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System Center 2012 SP1 App Controller Beta ( #scappctrl ) and #WindowsAzure in One Console Private and Public #Cloud

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Connecting a Windows Azure Subscription to App Controller

Certificates are used to set up trust between the Windows Azure management API and App Controller. This authentication allows App Controller to call on the Windows Azure API when you perform tasks such as deploying services or change configuration properties. The service certificate, or Personal Information Exchange certificate (.pfx file), contains a private key. App Controller stores this certificate in the App Controller database. Since the certificate contains the private key, you need to provide the password so that App Controller can use the private key. The management certificate (.cer file) contains only the public key, which is kept in Windows Azure for accessing the API. Windows Azure allows customers to create their own management certificates, either self-signed certificates or using their preferred certification authority (CA). By giving Windows Azure the public key and keeping the private key local, the authentication can be completed.

If you are creating a certificate, you will need to export the certificate twice—once as a .cer file, and then a second time as a .pfx file, for use in App Controller. For more information about how to create and export certificates for connections to Windows Azure subscriptions, see How to Create a Management Certificate and How to Add a Management Certificate to a Windows Azure Subscription in the Windows Azure Platform section of the MSDN Library.

Before you begin with the WindowsAzure subscription you have to make an Management X.509  Certificate  for Windows Azure.

Step by step how to make the Certicates :

First you start certmgr.msc and go to personal Certificate and make a Export for Windows Azure management.

When you saved the Certificate for Windows Azure Management, you have to upload this certificate to Windows Azure portal.

After this you have to make a secure certificate (PFX) for System Center 2012 App Controller Beta.

We need this certificate in System Center 2012 SP1  App Controller Beta.

Open System Center 2012 SP1 App Controller Beta in overview en start the Connect A Windows Azure Subscription

Give the Windows Azure Subscription a name and browse to the PFX certificate and type the password of the certificate and click on OK.

This is all you have to do to make Windows Azure Available in System Center 2012 SP1 App Controller Beta.

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Author: James van den Berg

I'm Microsoft Architect and ICT Specialist and Microsoft MVP System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management

One thought on “System Center 2012 SP1 App Controller Beta ( #scappctrl ) and #WindowsAzure in One Console Private and Public #Cloud

  1. Pingback: Deploying Virtual Server into #WindowsAzure with System Center 2012 SP1 APP Controller #sysctr | mountainss SystemCenter Blog

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