Tag: App Controller

TechDays Basel 2013

TechDays 2013 – Fabric Management with Virtual Machine Manager Session Online

One day after I was presenting at the TechNet Conference in Berlin Germany I was also talking at the TechDays 2013 in Basel Switzerland. Microsoft has now published my session online on Channel9:

The Session is in German and shows how you can use System Center 2012 R2 – Virtual Machine Manager as your Datacenter Management Tool, to manage your Fabric like Storage, Network and Compute, how you can Pool Resources, create Tenants, Service Templates and about the Self-Service Portals like App Controller and Windows Azure Pack.



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Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

Microsoft released Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 which includes updates for the System Center Suite. Get more information about the Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 on support.microsoft.com.

To manually download the update packages from Microsoft Update Catalog, go to the following Microsoft websites:

App Controller (KB2887822)
Download the App Controller update package now.

Operations Manager (KB2880799)
Download the Operations Manager update package now.

Operations Manager – UNIX and Linux Monitoring (Management Pack update)
Download the Management Pack update package now.

Service Manager (KB2887775)
Download the Service Manager update package now.

Virtual Machine Manager Server (KB2887779)
Download the Virtual Machine Manager Server update package now.

Virtual Machine Manager Guest Agent (KB2888944)
Download the Virtual Machine Manager Guest Agent update package now.

Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console (KB2888946)
Download the Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console update package now.



System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 3 available

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Microsoft just releaed Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 SP1 which includes updates and fixes for Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager and App Controller.

Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 3

The Update Rollup 3 for Virtual Machine Manager includes fixes for 25 issues. The Update Rollup includes fixes for the Virtual Machine Manager Server, Console and Agent.

  • Virtual Machine Manager Administration Console Update (KB2858509)
  • Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2858510)
  • Virtual Machine Manager Guest Agent Update (KB2858511)

Which fix the following issues:



Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

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Microsoft released Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 which includes updates for the System Center Suite. Get more information about the Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 on support.microsoft.com.

 



Windows Azure: General Availability of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

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Today Microsoft announced the General Availability of the Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service offering. This includes the new Virtual Machine and Virtual Network capabilities. This release is now live in production, backed by an enterprise SLA, supported by Microsoft Support, and is ready to use for production apps.

Today’s IaaS release also includes new enhancements:

  • VM Image Templates (including SQL Server, BizTalk Server, and SharePoint images)
  • VM Sizes (including Larger Memory Machines)
  • VM Prices (reduced prices 21%-33% for IaaS and PaaS VMs)

Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service allows you to create Virtual Machine and Virtual Networks hosted by the Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud. I already created a blog post how you can create new Virtual Machines in Windows Azure and how you can connect System Center App Controller to manage your Private Cloud, as well as your Public Cloud, hosted in Windows Azure.

New Windows Azure Virtual Machine Compute Pricing

Below are the new hourly on-demand rates for Windows Azure Virtual Machines:

Size Name # of CPU Cores Memory Windows VM Pricing Linux VM Pricing
ExtraSmall Shared 768 MB $0.02 per hour $0.02 per hour
Small 1 1.75 GB $0.09 per hour $0.06 per hour
Medium 2 3.5 GB $0.18 per hour $0.12 per hour
Large 4 7 GB $0.36 per hour $0.24 per hour
ExtraLarge 8 14 GB $0.72 per hour $0.48 per hour
A6 4 28 GB $1.02 per hour $0.82 per hour
A7 8 56 GB $2.04 per hour $1.64 per hour

 

Note that the above prices are for hourly on-demand usage (meaning there is no commitment to use them for more than an hour, and you pay only for what you consume).  Complete pricing details for Windows Azure Virtual Machines can be found here.

Commitment Pricing Discounts

You can also optionally take advantage of our 6 Month and 12 Month commitment plans to obtain significant discounts on the standard pay as you go rates.  With a commitment plan, you commit to spending a certain amount of money each month, and in return, Microsoft gives you a discount on any Windows Azure resource you use that money on.

You can get more information on the blog post from Scott Guthrie or the Windows Azure homepage.



Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

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Microsoft released Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 which includes updates for the System Center Suite. Get more information about the Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 on support.microsoft.com.



Microsoft TechDays 2012 Switzerland – SCVMM 2012 SP1 and Hyper-V 2012 Session Online

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Some months ago I had the chance to present at the Swiss Microsoft TechDays 2012 in Basel. I had a session together with Michel Luecher from Microsoft Switzerland about the new features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 and how you can manage your new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V environment.

Now you can watch the session online (German):

 



Customize System Center App Controller Portal

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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.

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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

  • SC2012_WebHeaderLeft_AC.png (213×38)
  • SC2012_WebHeaderRight_AC.png (108×16)

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.

SCAC

 



System Center 2012 App Controller connecting to Windows Azure

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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.

I used:

  • 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
  • Windows Azure

Now here is how you do it:

  1. Setup a Server for System Center App Controller
  2. Create a Windows Azure subscription if you don’t have one already
  3. Install System Center App Controller
  4. Export the certificate from your App Controller Server
  5. Import the certificate on your Azure account
  6. 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-Features .NET Framework 3.5 Features
NET-Framework-Core .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)
Web-Mgmt-Console IIS Management Console (under Web Server (IIS), Management Tools)
Web-Static-Content Static Content (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Common HTTP Features)
Web-Default-Doc Default Document (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Common HTTP Features)
Web-Http-Errors HTTP Errors (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Common HTTP Features)
Web-Http-Logging HTTP Logging (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Health and Diagnostics)
Web-Request-Monitor Request Monitor (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Health and Diagnostics)
Web-Http-Tracing Tracing (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Health and Diagnostics)
Web-Stat-Compression Static Content Compression (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Performance)
Web-Filtering Request Filtering (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Security)
Web-Basic-Auth Basic Authentication (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Security)
Web-Windows-Auth Windows Authentication (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Security)
Web-ISAPI-Filter ISAPI Filters (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Application Development)
Web-ISAPI-Ext ISAPI Extensions (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Application Development)
Web-Net-Ext .NET Extensibility 3.5 (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Application Development)
Web-Asp-Net45 ASP.NET 4.5 (under Web Server (IIS), Web Server, Application Development)

 

You can use the following PowerShell commands to install all the requirements:

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Features
 
Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Mgmt-Console
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Static-Content
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Default-Doc
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Http-Errors
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Http-Logging
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Request-Monitor
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Http-Tracing
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Stat-Compression
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Filtering
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Basic-Auth
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Windows-Auth
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-ISAPI-Filter
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-ISAPI-Ext
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Net-Ext
 
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Asp-Net45

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.