Virtual Machine Manager Service Template Example for SharePoint 2013

A common request to cloud providers is not only to provide individual virtual machines but also to provide a service. Jim Britt from Microsoft provides a service template for SharePoint 2013 that you can customize to fit in your cloud. If you are interested it check it out here.

New MSFT Blog: In the Cloud

Brad Anders Corporate Vice President for the Windows Server & System Center division started a new blog titled “In the Cloud”. Probably it will not include any deep technical posts but nevertheless I expect them to be very interesting. Check out the first two articles:

System Center Cloud Services Process Pack Updated to Support SM 2012 SP1

You have noticed that System Center Cloud Services Process Pack (CSPP) for OM 2012 SP1 was released a month later than IT Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) Process Management Pack. Microsoft needed more time to test CSPP with different languages in order to make sure it is fully compatible with SCSM 2012 SP1. The pack is part of System Center 2012 SP1 – Service Manager Component Add-ons and Extensions. You can download the updated pack here.

Documentation: Cloud Infrastructure Solution for Enterprise IT

If you are designing Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud based on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 this set of documents will be very useful for a starting point. They will offer you the basics you will need in order to design your Cloud and take the necessary decisions. Download all 4 documents from here.

System Center 2012 SP1 General Availability and VHD Downloads

It is official: System Center 2012 SP1 has reached General Availability. Summarization of the new capabilities you can find on the System Center blogs:

If you want to test the components you can download VHD files that will help you with that:

I trial version of the product can be downloaded from here.

Documentation for download:

List of SC 2012 SP1 KB articles:

Kevin Holman’s QuickStart deployment guides:

Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses:

  • Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals – Learn how Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center 2012 SP1 can help you build, deploy, and manage private cloud architecture. NOTE: This course becomes available on Jan 15.
  • System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Updates – Learn about the enhancements to each of the System Center 2012 SP1 components, which includes added support for Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and tighter integration with Windows Azure. NOTE: This course becomes available on Jan 16.
  • COMING SOON: System Center 2012 SP1 Capabilities – Learn about the configuration and management of the infrastructure, services and applications available from System Center 2012 SP1. NOTE: This course becomes available on Jan 31.