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Service Templates in System Center 2012 SP1 VMM: Build Your Private Cloud (Series)

Service Templates in System Center 2012 SP1 VMM: Build Your Private Cloud (Series)

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This guy is happily evaluating System Center 2012 SP1 as the foundation for his Private CloudToday’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the last of our 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we (Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton and I) gave you the details and demonstrated some of the key areas in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager that support the foundational concepts and objects in your Private Cloud arsenal:

  1. Hardware Profiles (Monday)
  2. Guest OS Profiles (Tuesday)
  3. Application Profiles (Wednesday)
  4. VM Templates (Thursday)
  5. Service Templates (Friday) <—Today, by Blain Barton  

To follow along, make sure you have installed a test lab with Windows Server 2012 and the Virtual Machine Manager component of System Center 2012 SP1.  (Click the links and download the evaluations, please.)


Today my “Floridated” friend Blain Barton delivers our article on creating and using Service Templates in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager.  He shows you a very useful step-by-step, and leaves you with some very useful resources for further learning.


Blain's Article


Have you found our series useful?  I hope so!  Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, concerns, clarifications, or cheap shots at me or Microsoft.  (Hit me with your best shot!  I can take it! Smile)

  • Very useful series.  Part of the challenge for most folks is obtaining the right hardware at home.  Suggestions?

  • Definitely.  

    I can tell you that Hyper-V will work on some "older" hardware (older but still i5 or i7 processors, I mean).  In my case I'm fortunate that Microsoft rarely asks me for older hardware to be returned.  So I have a couple of "Old" Lenovo T61P laptops (4-5 years old), one with 4GB and one with 8GB RAM, both running the free Hyper-V Server 2012 (, and a third newer laptop (Lenovo W510) with 16GB RAM, SSDs, etc, with Server 2012 Standard - from which I do all management of all three.  

    The key is to get lots of RAM, and lots of disk speed (7200 RPM or better spinning disks, though once you've used good SSDs you'll never go back! :))  And with evaluation software ( or TechNet or MSDN Subscription, you can get a pretty good test/training lab set up.

    Hope that helps!


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