Whitepaper – Architecting Hybrid Cloud Environments

IT is experiencing a rapid sea of change towards greater consumption of capacity and services through public cloud providers. Enterprises are increasingly feeling pressured to leverage the cost economies and flexibility of cloud-based IT strategies. For most, the reality of current on-premises investments will dictate a gradual transformation from existing on-premises datacenters to cloud-based solutions…. Read more

Windows Server Containers, what are they and where do they fit?

There are a lot of questions to be answered around Windows Server Containers. Two top questions are “what are they” and “where do they fit”. To answer these questions fully would require too much time and too much soapboxing for me to put in this blog post.  I’ll do that in a later post, but… Read more

Extending Windows Azure Pack Using Service Management API

In the past 12 or more months I’ve worked quite a bit with Windows Azure Packs API layer, the Service Management API’s. Most of this was working with users who are not always C# or PowerShell users and they wanted to understand how to interact with the API’s. They wanted somewhat of a quick start… Read more

Updated White Paper – Enabling Database as a Service Enabling Database as a Service with the Microsoft Private Cloud Stack

Hello Readers, Just a quick note to let you know that the document from this blog post has just been updated. It now includes updates related to the latest changes and enhancements in Update Rollups (UR) 3, 5 and 6 for Windows Azure Pack. There are also a few additional FAQ entries in the second… Read more

White paper: Modern Application Modeling and Configuration for Infrastructure Clouds

  Hello readers! This blog post introduces the “Modern Application Modeling and Configuration for Infrastructure Clouds” white paper from the Enterprise Cloud Group (ECG) CAT team, that you can download at the link below. We hope you will find this resource useful! Audience This document is for IT professionals or application owners interested in understanding… Read more

Thank You TechEd Europe 2014!

Hello Readers and Viewers! Quite a few Enterprise Cloud Group CAT Team Members / Building Clouds Bloggers were speakers at TechEd Europe this year! On behalf of the team, I would like to express our appreciation to the many thousands of attendees that showed up ready to learn and experience everything TechEd had to offer… Read more

Desired State Configuration (DSC) Nodes Deployment and Conformance Reporting Series (Part 4): Using Operations Manager to check for configuration enforcement

In the previous post for this series, we discussed how the conformance server reports on the health of configuration download/application on the nodes. Here, we will look at how you can report if nodes are actually enforcing their expected configuration. For example, let’s say you wanted a specific file to be present on a node…. Read more

Automation–Windows Azure Pack & Service Management Automation–Automated Tenant Deprovisioning

Hello Readers! Today’s topic is one that has been coming up more and more as the usage of Windows Azure Pack (WAP) increases. Problem Statement / Question / Answer Problem     “When I delete the Subscription for a WAP User (or the actual User), their Subscription Resources remain in VMM!” Question     “How do I automatically remove… Read more

Updated SMA Runbook Toolkit (SMART) download, with new Visualization and Dependency Mapping Tool

The SMA Runbook Toolkit (SMART) has seen multiple component releases so far, and this time we are all bringing them together in a single download package! This short blog post summarizes the tools included in the package, what has changed since the last update, and links to other blog posts for more information on features… Read more

New SMART tool : Visualization and Dependency Mapping Tool

There is a new kid on the “SMA Runbook Toolkit” block! The Visualization and Dependency Mapping Tool creates a visual representation of the dependencies of a group of SMA Runbooks : child Runbooks, assets like variables, credentials, certificates and connections. Visualization can happen in the following formats: Text output (in the PowerShell console) Visio output… Read more