System Center App Controller offers you a web based Self-Service portal for managing Virtual Machines and Services in the Private Cloud and Public Cloud. Now if you want to work with System Center App Controller in your company you may also want to customize the self-service portal by changing the logos. Now what you can do is replace the logos by your self created logos.
Now on the System Center App Controller server you can find the two files in the following folder:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\App Controller\wwwroot
Before I replace this two pictures I would create a backup of the existing logos. You can simply replace the pictures with a picture with the same size and a transparent background.
Recently I have worked with the latest release of Windows Azure and the second Community Technical Preview of System Center 2012 SP1 App Controller. App Controller provides a common self-service experience that can help you easily configure, deploy, and manage virtual machines and services across private and public clouds. And you can get more information about System Center App Controller on Microsoft TechNet.
Now in this blog post I will show you how you can connect your System Center App Controller to Windows Azure. For this I used Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1 CTP2 of App Controller and Virtual Machine Manager and I also used the latest preview version of Windows Azure. This post also works for the RTM products of System Center 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, but the screenshots look maybe a little different.
System Center 2012 SP1 CTP2 – App Controller
System Center 2012 SP1 CTP2 – Virtual Machine Manager
Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate
Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Windows Azure Preview
It also works for:
System Center 2012 – App Controller
System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1
Now here is how you do it:
Setup a Server for System Center App Controller
Create a Windows Azure subscription if you don’t have one already
Install System Center App Controller
Export the certificate from your App Controller Server
Import the certificate on your Azure account
Connect Windows Azure in System Center App Controller
First you have to install System Center App Controller on a machine. If you install the 2012 RTM of App Controller this is just wizard and the installer will configure all IIS requirements for you. If you install System Center 2012 SP1 CTP2 version of App Controller you have to install the IIS requirements by yourself.
This are the features you have to install in the IIS Role.
Name (for use with the Add-WindowsFeature command in PowerShell)
Display Name (displayed in the wizard in Server Manager)
.NET Framework 3.5 Features
.NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)
IIS Management Console (under Web Server (IIS), Management Tools)
Static Content (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Common HTTP Features)
Default Document (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Common HTTP Features)
HTTP Errors (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Common HTTP Features)
HTTP Logging (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Health and Diagnostics)
Request Monitor (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Health and Diagnostics)
Tracing (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Health and Diagnostics)
Static Content Compression (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Performance)
Request Filtering (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Security)
Basic Authentication (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Security)
Windows Authentication (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Security)
ISAPI Filters (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Application Development)
ISAPI Extensions (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Application Development)
.NET Extensibility 3.5 (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Application Development)
ASP.NET 4.5 (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Application Development)
You can use the following PowerShell commands to install all the requirements:
After you have installed you need to export the certificate on the App Controller server to add it to your Windows Azure Management Certificates. You have to export the certificate twice, first as DER encrypted binary (.cer ) which you have to import into Windows Azure and once as Personal Information Exchange (.pfx) which you will need in App Controller to connected to Windows Azure.
Last year I did a little research project about Microsoft’s public cloud and how it cloud affect Small and Medium sized businesses. So I created a paper which should help Microsoft partners to decide how they can improve their services and solutions by using the Microsoft public cloud. I the paper I focused on Microsoft Office 365 and Windows Intune. This should be for the partner which do infrastructure solutions like Active Directory, Exchange and PC Management.
You can download this paper from my Windows Live SkyDrive.
The paper includes a lot of text copied from Microsoft documents and websites, and research I did by myself. All the sources should be marked, but if you find anything which is not marked please feel free to contact me.