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Happy Holidays and I wish you a Healthy 2021 #Azure #Cloud #MVPBuzz #Winserv #Security #Healthcare

It’s a year full of misery with the Covid-19 virus around the world. People who lose their loved one, It’s a very sad time for all of us! Microsoft technologies are still going on strong with new features in Azure Cloud Services but also supporting the people who are working in the healthcare, data analytics, Microsoft Teams for Collaboration and much more. But what I want to say to all HealthCare people over the world : THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO 👍
I have deep respect for you all !
Community, Microsoft Product Teams, MVP Lead, WIndows Insiders, I wish you and your family happy holidays and a Healthy 2021 with lot of Success! 🎄😍

 


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Happy Holidays and Thank you ! #MSOMS #Azure #AzureStack #Hyperv #Sysctr #HybridCloud

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Thank you for following me @Jamesvandenberg
Thank you Community 😉
Thank you Microsoft
Wish you all the Best !
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Wish you all Merry Christmas & Happy New Innovative Year 2016 !

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wow a lot has happened in 2015, I don’t even know where to begin with a recap of 2015 in a Mobile and Cloud first world ! What I have learned that’s it’s all about
applications on your Mobile Phone, Tablet, or any Device to Work, Learn in any environment you want. Sharing Microsoft technology with the Community and in Education via Social media is what I love to do on a daily bases. I hope you enjoyed the information in 2015 with Microsoft Products like :

I wish you all a Healthy Life and a lot of Success in 2016 !

Microsoft is transforming Datacenters with New Technology and making Hybrid Cloud possible for your Applications.
What I personally like is the Microsoft Hololens this is something different, but very Cool to be in a Virtual Reality World with
awesome possibilities in 2016 and in the Future 🙂

Thank you Community, Followers, Microsoft Product Teams, MVP Award Program, MVP’s, Developers, ITpro’s, Students, for Sharing !

Best Regards, James van den Berg.

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Very Proud on the 5th #Microsoft Global MVP Award for SCCDM #SYSCTR

5th MVP Award SCCDM
I’m very proud to receive the 5th Microsoft Global MVP Award for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management (SCCDM) !
A Big Thank YOU community for following me via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and my Blog, is really appreciated 🙂
A Big Thank YOU Microsoft for all the support and PGI sessions, really Awesome working together as a Great Team 😉
A Big Thank YOU MVP Mates for sharing information with the community 🙂
A Big Thank YOU to my Family for supporting me all the way ! 🙂

2015 – 2016 will be a beautiful Microsoft year with Awesome new technologies in Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V, System Center, Azure, and we will Bring
Microsoft Azure Cloud Services to your Datacenter with AzureStack.
A lot of New Microsoft information and Great solutions for blogging and sharing with the Community on Social Media.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013 ! #Hyperv #sysctr #WindowsAzure #SCVMM

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#Microsoft System Center 2012 Technical Documentation Library #sysctr #ITPRO

Microsoft Technet Library for System Center 2012

App Controller

App Controller provides a unified console that helps you manage public clouds and private clouds, as well as cloud-based virtual machines and services.

Configuration Manager

Configuration Manager provides a comprehensive solution for change and configuration management for the Microsoft platform. It allows you to deploy operating systems, software applications, and software updates; and to monitor and remediate computers for compliance settings. With Configuration Manager, you can also monitor hardware and software inventory, and remotely administer computers.

Data Protection Manager

Data Protection Manager (DPM) is a backup and recovery solution for Microsoft workloads. DPM provides out-of-the-box protection for Files and Folders, Exchange Server, SQL Server, Virtual Machine Manager, SharePoint, Hyper-V, and client computers. For large-scale deployments, DPM also allows you to monitor your backups through a central console or remotely.

Endpoint Protection

Endpoint Protection provides an antimalware and security solution for the Microsoft platform.

Operations Manager

Operations Manager provides infrastructure monitoring that is flexible and cost-effective, helps ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications, and offers comprehensive monitoring for your datacenter and cloud, both private and public.

Orchestrator

Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks, enabling you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.

Service Manager

Service Manager provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization’s IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management.

Virtual Machine Manager

Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is a management solution for the virtualized datacenter, enabling you to configure and manage your virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds that you have created.

Unified Installer

The Unified Installer is a tool that enables a single user-interface experience for the installation of seven System Center 2012 components. The Unified Installer provides a means of distributed installation from a central point using the existing Setup program of each component.

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Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 with documentation

Overview

VMMSSP (also referred to as the self-service portal) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution built on Windows Server® 2008 R2, Hyper-V™ technology, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). You can use it to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service and to deliver the foundation for a private cloud platform inside your datacenter. VMMSSP includes a pre-built web-based user interface that has sections for both the datacenter managers and the business unit IT consumers, with role-based access control. VMMSSP also includes a dynamic provisioning engine. VMMSSP reduces the time needed to provision infrastructures and their components by offering business unit “on-boarding,” infrastructure request, and change management. The VMMSSP package also includes detailed guidance on how to implement VMMSSP inside your environment.

Important VMMSSP is not an upgrade to the existing VMM 2008 R2 self-service portal. You can choose to deploy and use one or both self-service portals depending on your requirements.

Feature Summary
The self-service portal provides the following features that are made available through a web-based user interface:

  • Register business units (business unit on-boarding): Using standardized forms, users can register their business units with the self-service portal; the self-service portal provides a simple workflow for the datacenter administrator to use when approving or rejecting registrations.
  • Manage infrastructure requests and change requests: Using standardized forms, users can request new infrastructures or request changes to infrastructures; the self-service portal provides a simple workflow for the datacenter administrator to use when provisioning, approving, or rejecting requests.
  • Move infrastructures between business units: The datacenter administrator can move an infrastructure from one business unit to another.
  • Support self-service provisioning of virtual machines: Depending on their user role, users can use standardized forms to request bulk creation of virtual machines.
  • Import virtual machines: The datacenter administrator can import existing virtual machines from Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Configure and allocate datacenter resources: The datacenter administrator can manage configuration information related to computer, network, and storage resources in the VMMSSP database.
  • Configure automatic email notifications: The datacenter administrator can configure VMMSSP to work with SQL Server® Database Mail to send email messages to designated recipients. The messages notify the recipients of such events as request approvals or rejections, or impending expiration of virtual machines.
  • Customize default virtual machine actions: Using a simple, web-based interface, the datacenter administrator can extend the default virtual machine actions; for example, the datacenter administrator can add scripts that interact with storage area networks (SANs) to support rapid deployment of virtual machines.
  • Define and use custom virtual machine actions: A datacenter administrator can now create up to five custom virtual machine actions and make them available to users on the Virtual Machines tab. For example, a datacenter administrator can create a Create Checkpoint action and add it to the list of actions on the Virtual Machines tab.
  • Use Opalis policies in virtual machine actions: In a datacenter that includes a deployment of Opalis Integration Server, a datacenter administrator can customize tasks in virtual machine actions to trigger Opalis policies instead of run scripts.
  • Define and use custom virtual machine properties: A datacenter administrator can define custom properties to collect information from users in the Create Virtual Machine wizard, and use these properties in the tasks of the CreateVM virtual machine action. For example, a datacenter administrator can create the properties RAM and CPU Count. Then the Create Virtual Machine wizard includes fields for RAM and CPU Count. When a user finishes the wizard, the wizard passes the RAM and CPU count values that the user entered to the tasks in the CreateVM virtual machine action.
  • Set virtual machine expiration dates: Depending on their user role memberships, users can set expiration dates for virtual machines. After a virtual machine has expired, it is no longer available for use in VMMSSP.
  • Manage virtual machine DVD drives and media: When working with virtual machines that have DVD drives, users can attach media such as ISO images to the virtual machines.
  • Localization: The self-service portal is now available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese

You can download SCVMMSSP 2.0 ServicePack 1 here


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Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1

 

Download here SCVMM SSP 2.0 SP1

Overview

VMMSSP (also referred to as the self-service portal) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution built on Windows Server® 2008 R2, Hyper-V™ technology, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). You can use it to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service and to deliver the foundation for a private cloud platform inside your datacenter. VMMSSP includes a pre-built web-based user interface that has sections for both the datacenter managers and the business unit IT consumers, with role-based access control. VMMSSP also includes a dynamic provisioning engine. VMMSSP reduces the time needed to provision infrastructures and their components by offering business unit “on-boarding,” infrastructure request, and change management. The VMMSSP package also includes detailed guidance on how to implement VMMSSP inside your environment.

Important VMMSSP is not an upgrade to the existing VMM 2008 R2 self-service portal. You can choose to deploy and use one or both self-service portals depending on your requirements.

Feature Summary
The self-service portal provides the following features that are made available through a web-based user interface:

  • Register business units (business unit on-boarding): Using standardized forms, users can register their business units with the self-service portal; the self-service portal provides a simple workflow for the datacenter administrator to use when approving or rejecting registrations.
  • Manage infrastructure requests and change requests: Using standardized forms, users can request new infrastructures or request changes to infrastructures; the self-service portal provides a simple workflow for the datacenter administrator to use when provisioning, approving, or rejecting requests.
  • Move infrastructures between business units: The datacenter administrator can move an infrastructure from one business unit to another.
  • Support self-service provisioning of virtual machines: Depending on their user role, users can use standardized forms to request bulk creation of virtual machines.
  • Import virtual machines: The datacenter administrator can import existing virtual machines from Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Configure and allocate datacenter resources: The datacenter administrator can manage configuration information related to computer, network, and storage resources in the VMMSSP database.
  • Configure automatic email notifications: The datacenter administrator can configure VMMSSP to work with SQL Server® Database Mail to send email messages to designated recipients. The messages notify the recipients of such events as request approvals or rejections, or impending expiration of virtual machines.
  • Customize default virtual machine actions: Using a simple, web-based interface, the datacenter administrator can extend the default virtual machine actions; for example, the datacenter administrator can add scripts that interact with storage area networks (SANs) to support rapid deployment of virtual machines.
  • Define and use custom virtual machine actions: A datacenter administrator can now create up to five custom virtual machine actions and make them available to users on the Virtual Machines tab. For example, a datacenter administrator can create a Create Checkpoint action and add it to the list of actions on the Virtual Machines tab.
  • Use Opalis policies in virtual machine actions: In a datacenter that includes a deployment of Opalis Integration Server, a datacenter administrator can customize tasks in virtual machine actions to trigger Opalis policies instead of run scripts.
  • Define and use custom virtual machine properties: A datacenter administrator can define custom properties to collect information from users in the Create Virtual Machine wizard, and use these properties in the tasks of the CreateVM virtual machine action. For example, a datacenter administrator can create the properties RAM and CPU Count. Then the Create Virtual Machine wizard includes fields for RAM and CPU Count. When a user finishes the wizard, the wizard passes the RAM and CPU count values that the user entered to the tasks in the CreateVM virtual machine action.
  • Set virtual machine expiration dates: Depending on their user role memberships, users can set expiration dates for virtual machines. After a virtual machine has expired, it is no longer available for use in VMMSSP.
  • Manage virtual machine DVD drives and media: When working with virtual machines that have DVD drives, users can attach media such as ISO images to the virtual machines.
  • Localization: The self-service portal is now available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.


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All Microsoft Virtualization video from Data Center to Desktop

Here is a link to the Microsoft site where you can see all the virtualization solution videos of Microsoft.

Watch these free videos to learn more about Microsoft Virtualization whenever and from wherever you want—just click, listen, and learn. Start by clicking the picture above to learn more about the videos. You can then stream it or download to view offline.


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Microsoft VMM Self Service Portal 2.0 guide

This Topic is about Self Service Portal of System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

The VMMSSP Website Component

The VMMSSP website component provides a role-based user interface to the self-service portal; in this way, it provides
functionality for different levels of users within business units, and for datacenter administrators who oversee the entire system. For information about how to plan for and deploy the VMMSSP website component, see the Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0: Deployment Guide.

Business units that enroll in the self-service
portal system can use the VMMSSP website component to do the following:

  • Register. Use standardized forms and  follow a simple workflow for registering in the portal (also referred to as “on-boarding”).
  • Create infrastructure and change requests. Use standardized forms and follow a simple workflow to request the
    resources needed for the business unit infrastructure.
  • Manage virtual machines. Use  self-service provisioning to create virtual machines in bulk on the provisioned
    infrastructure, and delegate management functions to user roles within the
    business unit.

Datacenter administrators can use the VMMSSP website component to do the following:

  • Manage requests. Use standardized forms and follow a simple workflow for provisioning and approving or rejecting
    business unit requests.
  • Configure and allocate datacenter resources. Store management and configuration information related to memory,  network, and storage resources as assets in the VMMSSP database.
  • Customize virtual machine actions. Work  with technology partners and hardware vendors to extend the default virtual  machine actions; for example, you can add scripts that interact with storage area
    networks (SANs) to support rapid provisioning of virtual machines.

The following figure summarizes the process of registering a business unit, setting up its resources, and creating its first
virtual machines.

The VMMSSP Server Component

The VMMSSP server component is a Windows® service that runs default and customized virtual machine actions that users request through the VMMSSP website. The VMMSSP server component uses the VMMSSP database component to store and retrieve information (described later in this section), and communicates with the Virtual Machine Manager server to manage virtual machines and access resources such as the VMM Library and virtual machine hosts.

Customized virtual machine actions may contain scripts that interact with Virtual Machine Manager or with other datacenter
resources, such as SANs or load balancers. The VMMSSP server component runs any embedded scripts when it runs the virtual machine actions. The VMMSSP server component also makes sure that business units do not exceed the memory and storage quotas that have been reserved for their use, and calculates the charge-back costs—costs to business units of both the reserved resources and the resources in use.

For information about how to plan for and deploy
the VMMSSP server component, see the Virtual
Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0: Deployment Guide
.

The VMMSSP Database Component

The VMMSSP database component is a SQL Server® database that stores information about configured assets, information related to business units and requests, and information about what has been provisioned to various business units. The database also stores the XML that encodes default and customized virtual machine actions and other information related to the
configuration of the self-service portal.

Understanding the Self-Service Portal

To get started using the self-service portal, you first need to understand certain concepts about how it operates. These
include how the self-service portal works, options for extending the self-service portal, charge-back costs, and the different user roles that the self-service portal uses.

Understanding How the Self-Service Portal Works

As described previously, business units can use the self-service portal to manage their own infrastructures while using the
physical resources of a central datacenter. The self-service portal defines infrastructures in terms of services and service roles.

Infrastructures

In the context of the self-service portal, an infrastructure is a collection of services that a business unit needs for a specific purpose. For example, a human resources business unit may create an infrastructure called “Payroll” that contains the services needed to run the payroll system. A single business unit can manage multiple infrastructures.

Services

An infrastructure must contain at least one service. The service coordinates the resources needed for a specific function or set of related functions. These resources include networks, Active Directory® domains, users that have access to the service, memory and storage capacity available to the virtual machines, and locations of virtual machine templates to use in creating virtual machines. A business unit can use a service to contain groups of virtual machines (see the discussion of service
roles later in this section) that must communicate with each other, such as a set of web servers and their supporting database server. A business unit can use multiple services to set up parallel versions of the same environment, such as a production environment and a development or test version of the same environment. If the datacenter environment includes a storage
area network (SAN), services can take advantage of the rapid provisioning features provided in Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2. Rapid provisioning decreases the amount of time to create virtual machines by eliminating the need
to copy the virtual hard disks (VHDs) for the new virtual machines over a network connection. For more information about how rapid provisioning works or about how to configure it, see What’s New in VMM 2008 R2Scripting.

Service Roles

A service must contain at least one service role. A service role is a group of virtual machines that perform a single function and share some configuration settings. Service roles within a service have access to a common set of networks
(configured as part of the service), or may be configured to use a subset of those networks. A common way to use service roles is to group virtual machines for load balancing. You can designate a load balancer for a service role, and the load balancer can manage network traffic to the virtual machines in the service role. Incoming traffic connects to the single virtual
IP address and a TCP/IP port configured for the load balancer, and the load balancer forwards the traffic to one of the virtual machines in the service role. For example, to run a web application, a BUIT administrator can request a service role of load-balanced virtual web servers. The load-balancing configuration of the service role applies to each member virtual machine. The BUIT administrator can request new virtual machines for the service role as appropriate. The self-service portal does not provide its own load balancing functionality; you can configure a service role to use the virtual IP address, port numbers, and network connections of an external load balancer.

Note   Depending on your specific load balancer, the self-service portal may need to use custom versions of the virtual machine actions (Stop, Start, and so forth). In addition to configuring a service role to use a specific load balancer, you can configure the service role to use a matching set of customized virtual machine actions. For more information, see “Extending the Self-Service Portal.”

For more information about load balancing, see Network Load Balancing.
For specific information about configuring your load balancer, see the
documentation provided by the load balancer’s vendor.

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