Windows Azure Pack – Using the new AD Security Groups based Plan filtering feature in UR7

With the new Update Rollup 7 of Windows Azure Pack, we have a new feature that has been one of the top asks for the core services in our User Voice page. This feature is best described as  “Plan filtering based on AD Security Groups”. Before UR7, a Plan can have 2 visibility states: Public… Read more

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) with Azure Pack Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting

We have been getting a lot of interesting questions from customers and partners who have implemented AD FS as an identity system for Azure Pack and bringing us some very interesting scenarios. This blog post is an outcome of our engagement with those folks. I will be discussing a few of the lesser-known features/ tips… Read more

Azure Pack Tenant portal extensibilities – Part 1

Hello folks! Hope everyone had a great holiday! Its been a while since I last blogged and so I thought I’d kick start the good habit again in the new year with an interesting blog series. In this series, I am going to talk about a certain set of extensibilities we enabled for Azure pack… Read more

The Windows Azure Pack VM Role – Part 2 Concept

This is part 2 from the blog series written by MVP Marc van Eijk (@_marcvaneijk). After successfully deploying a gallery item, which was downloaded from the custom feed in the Web Platform Installer, the first thing you probably did was install the VM Role Authoring Tool to open that gallery item. At least, that is… Read more

The Windows Azure Pack VM Role – Part 1 Introduction

Introduction This blog series is written by one of our MVPs Marc van Eijk (@_marcvaneijk). Marc is a consultant with Inovativ and is a Microsoft Azure MVP. He works with many Service Providers and Enterprise organizations, extending their datacenters into hybrid clouds with Microsoft Azure and Azure Pack. You can read other interesting posts by… Read more

We're Listening! Contribute your feature suggestions for Windows Azure Pack!

Do you have an idea or suggestion based on your experience with Azure Pack ? We would love to hear it! You can provide your suggestions and ideas at  http://feedback.azure.com/forums/255259-azure-pack Please take a few minutes to submit your ideas about features and suggestions for improving Windows Azure Pack and making it more applicable to you! If you… Read more

Creating users in Windows Azure Pack

Introduction In this blog post, I will give you an overview on how to create users in WAP and have them sign in. As you might already know, the Authentication and Authorization processes are separated into their own entities making the stack flexible enough to plug in your own custom Authentication system (eg. AD FS)…. Read more

Setting up Windows Azure Active Directory ACS to provide identities to Windows Azure Pack

Authentication in Windows Azure Pack follows Claims-based principles and works with a customized ASP.Net Membership provider based Tenant Authentication Site for Tenants and a Windows Authentication Site for Administrators out of the box. You can also integrate the stack with Active Directory using Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). This has been discussed in detail in… Read more

Federated Identities to Windows Azure Pack through AD FS – Part 3 of 3

In few of the previous posts, Anders Ravnholt discussed Installation & Configuration of WAP and Reconfiguration with FQDNs, ports and Trusted Certificates in detail. In this series, I will discuss how to configure AD FS and enable it to provide Identities to your WAP installation. Scenario Contoso Inc. is a Service Provider that hosts a… Read more

Federated Identities to Windows Azure Pack through AD FS – Part 2 of 3

In few of the previous posts, Anders Ravnholt discussed Installation & Configuration of WAP and Reconfiguration with FQDNs, ports and Trusted Certificates in detail. In this series, I will discuss how to configure AD FS and enable it to provide Identities to your WAP installation. Scenario Contoso Inc. is a Service Provider that hosts a… Read more