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Windows Azure Pack – SQL Server in AlwaysOn as a Service

Windows Azure Pack is able to provide Database as a Service to tenants. This service supports SQL Server in high availability using AlwaysOn. So when a tenant uses the service, the database is automatically placed in an AlwaysOn Availability Group. (AAG). In this topic I will show you how to implement this service. Requirements A working SQL Server cluster using ...

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Whitepaper: Implement a highly available private cloud to host virtual machines

For some time I write a whitepaper about how to implement a highly available private cloud to host virtual machines. On this day of Christmas, I have finished and published it. You can download it from this link. This whitepaper explains how to implement a Private Cloud with Windows Azure Pack in high availability from scratch. So I talk about ...

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Connect SCOM 2012R2 to Azure Operational Insights

Microsoft Azure Operational Insights (OpInsights) is a set of tools based on Azure technologies that enables to collect, combine, correlate and visualize all your machine data. OpInsights works with intelligence packs which are collection of logic, visualization and data acquisition rules. These intelligence packs can be added the the OpInsights easily from a gallery. These intelligence packs enable for example ...

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Windows Azure Pack – Authoring a VM Role

Thanks to Windows Azure Pack, we can deploy standalone Virtual Machines or Virtual Machine Roles from the management portal. The Virtual Machine Role (VM Role) enables to deploy virtual machines with pre-configured Windows Server roles as File Server, Domain Controller, Web Server and so on. Moreover when deploying VM roles, it is easy to increase the number of instances that ...

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Windows Azure Pack – Manage VM role gallery

The VM Role enables to deploy Virtual Machines with a predefined role as Domain Controller, Web Server, Exchange and so on. When deploying VM role from the gallery, the configuration of the related role is made automatically. Usually two packages are needed to deploy a VM role (resource extension package is optional): A resource definition package (*.resdefpkg). This is a ...

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Windows Azure Pack – NVGRE Gateway

In Windows Azure Pack – Manage VM Networks topic, I have talked about network virtualization implemented with NVGRE and I have implemented it without NVGRE gateway. That means that Virtual Machines weren’t able to be contacted from the outside of its VM network boundary. In this topic, I’m going to implement a NVGRE gateway in order to these VM can ...

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Update Rollup 4 released for System Center 2012R2 and Windows Azure Pack

Microsoft has just released Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack. This update fix a lot of issues (mainly on VMM) and add new features as DPM which is now able to backup SQL Server 2012SP2/2014. Below, you can find links to download updates: Virtual Machine Manager: KB2992024 Service Provider Foundation: KB2992021 Operations Manager: KB2992020 Service ...

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Windows Azure Pack and VM Clouds in High Availability

When the Windows Azure Pack is installed for production, the access to the cloud services should be accessible 99,9% of the time. To implement this service level, the Windows Azure Pack has to be deployed with high availability mechanisms as Load-Balancing, SQL AlwaysOn and so on. The below schema shows the Windows Azure Pack deployment in high availability that I ...

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Windows Azure Pack – SMA installation

SMA (Service Management Automation) is a feature that enables to automate tasks in your private cloud from the Windows Azure Pack. SMA is included in the Orchestrator ISO. Three components are needed to run SMA for Windows Azure Pack: SMA Web Services – This is a REST Endpoint used by the Windows Azure Pack to connect to the SMA service. ...

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