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  • Blog Post: Public IP Address Requirements within a Windows Azure Pack environment

    Introduction Hello everyone, this is Kenon Owens from the Windows Server and System Center CAT Team in Asia Pacific. I created this post as I have been working with customers recently who asked this question, and since they have, I am guessing more of you have the same or similar question. Whether...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Rack Design - Part 1

    Contoso Labs Series - Table of Contents Now that we have all of our equipment, we need to figure out what our deployment footprint looks like. It’s worth noting that while we’re discussing this like it was a linear process, this is actually one of the many interdependencies we had to manage...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Network Purchasing (Device Types)

    Contoso Labs Series - Table of Contents Now that Cisco has been chosen as the vendor for our network, we need to identify the layers of our network fabric, and the devices to be used in those roles. We'll have a 3-level network topology when done. Some devices will act as leaf node top-of-rack switches...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Network Purchasing (Vendor)

    Contoso Labs Series - Table of Contents Now that our storage is straightened out, it's time to set our sights on network gear. As was mentioned earlier, this entire project is operating as an independent entity from Microsoft's normal IT operations. There's no shared network, authentication...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Storage Purchasing (SAS config)

    Contoso Labs Series - Table of Contents Now that we've got our JBODs and our file servers, we need to tackle an underappreciated aspect of this solution: The SAS connectivity itself. How Many? After discussing our configuration and layout with folks inside of Microsoft with serious experience...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Storage Purchasing (File Servers)

    Contoso Labs Series - Table of Contents Now that we have our JBOD's identified, we needed to decide what we were connecting them to. We seriously considered using some of our compute nodes as file server heads, but quickly ran into insurmountable problems. Precious I/O We designed our Scale...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Storage Purchasing (JBODs)

    Contoso Labs Series - Table of Contents Today we're looping back to our first decision point: Storage. We already made our commitment to Storage Spaces on JBODs, now we had to find the right parts and vendors to fit our needs and build a good solution. JBODs Our search had to start with...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Fabric Choices (Network)

    Contoso Labs Series - Table of Contents In the prior post , we discussed how our major decision revolved around storage. The choices we made there would dictate the cost of the rest of the solution, so we had to make a decision there first, and carefully at that. Once we knew we'd be using Scale...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Fabric Choices (Storage)

    Contoso Labs Series - Table of Contents The first step on the way to defining our architecture is designing our fabric. That involves taking the goals, users, services, and resources we talked about in previously, and then figuring out the optimal deployment configuration. Storage Choices Came First...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Introduction

    Welcome to a new series here on the Building Clouds Blog: Contoso Labs .  A new post in this series will run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  What is Contoso Labs? Contoso Labs is a project that is being undertaken by our team in Windows Server and System Center (WSSC) with the intent...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Who are the Users? What is the Service?

    Contoso Labs Series - Table of Contents Now that we've laid out our high-level business goals for the project , we have to identify some basic information that will help define the service. Every well-executed IT project has to consider its users and the service they will be consuming very early...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Labs-Table of Contents

    This is a table of contents for the entire Contoso Labs series. Posts will be categorized by main topics that they cover. Introduction and Planning Introduction Who are the Users? What is the Service? Hardware Resources Fabric Choices (Storage) Fabric Choices (Network) Storage...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture Guidance

    In a joint effort between Microsoft product development and Microsoft Services, the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Product Line Architecture (PLA) has been created to help organizations develop and implement private cloud infrastructures quickly while reducing complexity and risk. The IaaS PLA utilizes...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Host Network Settings through VMM PowerShell (Part 3)

    In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series I detailed the steps required to deploy BMC (Bare Metal Deploy) and configure the physical network adapter settings using Logical Networks and Logical Switches created in VMM. In this post, I will provide an overview of the necessary steps to configure the physical...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 – About Clustered Storage Spaces Issue

    In this post I’ll examine a specific issue in Storage Spaces while using with Enclosure awareness. Storage Space Setup with Enclosure awareness: Note: There are only 2 enclosures for the disks. The Scenario for the Issue: 1. Create Storage Pool in a cluster. 2. Use IsEnclosureAware flag to enable the...
  • Blog Post: Cloud OS Video Series 5–Monitoring the Private Cloud

    The Cloud OS Video series is a collection of videos that help you understand the technology, deployment, and management of the Cloud OS leveraging Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. Each video is designed to be less than 10 minutes and cover a specific topic. These allows you to target your...
  • Blog Post: Software Defined Networking – Hybrid Clouds using Hyper-V Network Virtualization (Part 2)

    Hello Readers and Viewers! This is part 2 (of 3) in series for Software Defined Networking – Hybrid Clouds using Hyper-V Network Virtualization. In the previous post we covered all of the major concepts related to Hyper-V Network Virtualization. In this post we will examine simple SDN implementation...
  • Blog Post: Building Clouds – Introduction to “Fabric” Track:

    With the release of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 it is really amazing to see customers (including service providers) deploying large scale clouds to deliver services such as IaaS, DaaS and SaaS. While both these technologies possess a huge set of features that help to build a robust...
  • Blog Post: Software Defined Networking – Hybrid Clouds using Hyper-V Network Virtualization (Part 3)

    Hello Readers and Viewers! Welcome to the last part (3 of 3) of this blog series on Software Defined Networking. In the previous post we have examined how multi-tenant S2S VPN and NAT provide different modes of connectivity to VMs of different tenants with overlapping IP addresses hosted in Fabrikam...
  • Blog Post: How to handle deployment of large memory Virtual Machine’s using Dynamic Memory feature in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

    In this post I’ll explain a specific recommendation in setting up the Startup RAM parameter of Dynamic Memory (DM) and how it can be used in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) for Virtual Machine (VM) placement. At first, let us look into how the Startup RAM setting in dynamic memory works...
  • Blog Post: Cloud OS Video Series 4–Enabling Chargeback in System Center

    The Cloud OS Video series is a collection of videos that help you understand the technology, deployment, and management of the Cloud OS leveraging Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. Each video is designed to be less than 10 minutes and cover a specific topic. These allows you to target your...
  • Blog Post: Software Defined Networking – Hybrid Clouds using Hyper-V Network Virtualization (Part 1)

    Hello Readers and Viewers! By now, you have likely seen Brad Anderson’s Blog Post ( Networking Without Limits: SDN ) where he talks about Software Defined Networking, and how it applies to the larger topic of Transform the Datacenter . So what the heck is SDN you ask? Well, as Brad mentioned in his blog...
  • Blog Post: Bare Metal Deploy through VMM PowerShell (Part 2)

    In Part 1 of this blog series I explained the steps to deploy BMC (Bare Metal Deploy) and configure the physical network adapter settings using Logical Networks created in VMM. In this post, I will explain the steps to deploy BMC and configure the physical network adapter settings using Logical Switches...
  • Blog Post: Bare Metal Deploy through VMM PowerShell (Part 1)

    Most ITpros follow an automated process when deploying OS to bare metal servers, and when it comes to VMM (Virtual Machine Manager) there is a really nice built-in feature for this bare-metal deployment. System Center 2012 SP1 (VMM) includes several enhancements to this feature, and the most important...