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Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager RU6 Available #SCVMM #Azure #HybridCloud #Hyperv

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Today I’m very happy that Microsoft Released System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Roll Update 6 via WindowsUpdate :



When you installed update Rollup 6 you can add your Microsoft Azure Subscription to manage VM’s in the Cloud.

Click on Azure subscriptions


Click on add subscription

Add Azure sub

Creating a Certificate

The first thing the Windows Azure administrator (private key holder) needs to do is use their local machine to create a certificate. In order to do this they will need Visual Studio installed or the SDK Windows 8.1. The technique that I usually use to create a private/public key pair is with a program called makecert.exe.

Here are the steps to create a self-signed certificate in .pfx format.
1.Open a Visual Studio command prompt (Run as administrator) or just CMD.exe (Run as Administrator)
2.Execute this command:
makecert -r -pe -n “CN=azureconfig” -sky exchange “azureconfig.cer” -sv “azureconfig.pvk”


This is what you need to make the Certificate.

3. You will be prompted for a password to secure the private key three times. Enter a password of your choice.

Cer password

4.This will generate an azureconfig.cer (the public key certificate) and an azureconfig.pvk (the private key file) file.
5.Then enter the following command to create the .pfx file (this format is used to import the private key to Windows Azure). After the –pi switch, enter the password you chose.

pvk2pfx -pvk “azureconfig.pvk” -spc “azureconfig.cer” -pfx “azureconfig.pfx” -pi password-entered-in-previous-step

6. Upload the certificate to Azure via Settings => Management Certificate

Upload cer
7. Install the PFX locally

Install pfx

You are now ready to setup the Microsoft Azure subscription in SCVMM.


Here you can see what you can do with the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines in the Cloud with System Center 2012 R2 VMM RU6 :

SCVMM Azure Features


Author: James van den Berg

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

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