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Microsoft Service Designer in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Create your own Services

Service Designer in Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 

Service Templates are authored in the new VMM Service Template designer. Typically when you are creating a service template, deployment specific information like hosts and load balancers is not available – you just know you need a host for the VM or a load balancer for the service but don’t know or care if it is Microsoft Hyper-V host vs. VMware ESX host or F5 Big IP load balancer vs. Citrix Netscaler load balancer.

This is a screenshot of the new VMM Service Designer. It gives you a simple drag and drop interface for defining and deploying new Services.

Service Template and Instance – Single Tier Service

Let’s take a quick look at simple single tier service template and an instance created from it. If you have a VM template that has the OS/hardware information, you can create a Service Template with this VM template to deploy a Service with one or more instances of the machine.
As a next step, you can imagine adding roles/features and applications to the Service definition and deploying a Service that can have one or more instances by default, and can choose to mark it as scalable. This gives a high level idea of how you can build on your existing knowledge of VM templates to author and deploy services.

Here you see the steps in SCVMM2012 Realease Candidate version :

I created from the SCVMM2012 Console a Services.

I added a Machine Tier to the Service.

Browsing in my Library

Here you can set additional properties to the Machine Tier.


In this step you can manage the Harware configuration of the Machine Tier.

In the this step you can manage settings like :

    • Indentity information
    • Admin Password
    • Productkey
    • Time zone
    • Operating System
    • Roles and Features
    • Networking, Domain or Workgroup
    • Scripts

In this step you can select the Operating System(s) wich can run the application.

In this step you can add a SQL Server profile or just add a new SQL Server in the Machine Tier.

A summary of the Machine Tier is shown, here you can also copy the Complete PowerShell Script wich is made by SCVMM2012. Handy for System Center Orchestrator 2012 or Opalis.

Powershell Script of the Machine Tear creation.

A simple service is made, you add virtual applications to this Service.

Don”t forget to save 😉

More information on Services in SCVMM 2012

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Microsoft Integration Pack Opalis for System Center Virtual Machine Manager

This topic is about integration pack Opalis for System Center Virtual Machine Manager to automate the virtual environment on Hyper-V.

The Integration Pack for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is an add-in for Opalis Integration Server 6.3 and is
included in the Opalis 6.3 download.

The Integration Pack enables you to automate the following activities:

– Manage the self-service virtual machine library
– Create virtual machine resources such as disks, virtual hard disks (VHD)s, and network adapters, as needed
– Create virtual machines from templates, VHDs, and from other virtual machines (modifying disk and network resources if needed)
– Modify existing virtual machines
– Turn on and shut down virtual machines in batch mode
– Restart virtual machines
– Move virtual machines to a new host to manage availability and performance
– Create and restore virtual machine checkpoints

Virtual Machine Manager Integration Pack activities:

– Create Checkpoint
– Create Disk From VHD
– Create Network Adapter
– Create New Disk
– Create VM from Template
– Create VM from VHD
– Create VM from VM
– Get Checkpoint
– Get Disk
– Get Network Adapter
– Get VM
– Manage Checkpoint
– Move VM
– Remove VM
– Repair VM
– Resume VM
– Shut Down VM
– Start VM
– Stop VM
– Pause VM
– Update Disk
– Update Network Adapter
– Update VM

The Name System Center Opalis will be called in the nearby future :

You can find more information about Opalis here


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Microsoft System Center Suite for dynamic datacenters

This topic is about getting a dynamic datacenter with the Microsoft System Center suite centrally managed and automated with workflows.

Core Datacenter Management Solutions

The System Center datacenter solutions described below are designed to help you build on top of your existing investments while transitioning to cloud computing.

See also Datacenter virtualization & Management Whitepaper


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Microsoft Multiple (resource) forest with the Cloud topology

This Topic is about Microsoft Multiple Forest sharing a resource forest in a Shared Service DataCenter wich is going to federate and colabrate with Microsoft Cloud services like Windows Azure and Microsoft Office 365.

Here is the high level design picture of this Microsoft technology topology :

We will use the following Microsoft products in this design :

  • Microsoft Windows 2008R2 SP1 OS and domains.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V R2 Clustering with Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)
  • Microsoft DPM 2010 for Disaster recovery
  • Microsoft System Center for deploying
  • Microsoft SCOM for monitoring
  • Microsoft Fore Front Identity Managent 2010 for provisioning.
  • Microsoft TMG and UAG 2010
  • Microsoft Exchange 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010 with collabration mysite at Office 365
  • Microsoft ForeFront protection
  • And more ……….

Microsoft System Center suite 2012 ( SCVVM2012, SCCM2012, SCOM2012,DPM2012 etc ) will become RTM available at the
end of 2011 according to the Microsoft Roadmap at Hyper-V.nu  :

http://www.hyper-v.nu/archives/hvredevoort/2011/03/system-center-roadmap-2011/

Datacenter automation with Microsoft System Center Opalis in the future Orchestrator will become important to manage all processes in the system center suite.
Microsoft ForeFront Identity Management 2010 will provision the accounts from the resource forest to Multiple forest on-premises and in the cloud to Office 365 via federation (ADFS 2.0 ). A user account will have a unique account on this Microsoft topology design with single sign on and can work from Sharepoint 2010 portal ( On-premises / Office365 )