KnowledgeThis is something we mentioned a few months ago but it’s such a great series I wanted to mention it again in case some of you missed it.

Microsoft’s own Travis Wright spent quite a bit of time with customers over the last 6-12 months helping them plan out and deploy their first private clouds managed by System Center 2012, and to help people get started faster he went to the Enterprise Engineering Center (EEC) on the Redmond campus, arranged for some really nice hardware and set up a System Center managed private cloud from bare metal all the way up. All along the way he recorded everything he did. In his 8 part webcast series below he shows you some of the best practices and process for getting started with your System Center 2012 managed private cloud. He deploys a Hyper-V host cluster, Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager, Service Manager, Orchestrator and the Cloud Service Process Management Pack, and integrate them all together in a high performance and high availability configuration.

If this is something you have planned, or maybe you’re just dreaming of how powerful and easy your life would be in a System Center 2012 environment, this is one series you won’t want to miss.

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Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 1 of 8): Beginning with the End in Mind

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809577 or http://bit.ly/JTGtJK

Abstract: In this session, we take a look at the end state of managing a private cloud with Microsoft System Center, including the Cloud Services management pack. The sessions that follow this session describe how to go from bare metal to a private cloud managed by System Center.
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Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 2 of 8): Hardware and Prerequisite Software Platform

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809578 or http://bit.ly/KJc41E

Abstract: In this session, we take a look at the hardware used for these sessions as examples of the kind of hardware that you can use to run a private cloud. We’ll also discuss how to install and configure the prerequisite software, such as the Windows Server operating system, SQL Server data management software, and Active Directory Domain Services.
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Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 3 of 8): Clustering Hyper-V and Installing a Highly Available Virtual Machine Manager Cluster

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809579 or http://bit.ly/KvgVAM

Abstract: In this session, we take a look at how to create a Hyper-V host cluster and install a highly available cluster by using Virtual Machine Manager, a component of Microsoft System Center 2012.

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Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 4 of 8): Configuring System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809580 or http://bit.ly/KlsCYU

Abstract: In this session, we talk about how to configure Virtual Machine Manager, a component of Microsoft System Center 2012. We explore how to deploy agents, create a host group, create a cloud, and create virtual networks.

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Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 5 of 8): Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 - Operations Manager

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809581 or http://bit.ly/J2WDgE

Abstract: In this session, we show how to install a highly available Microsoft System Center 2012 - Operations Manager and deploy agents to manage the private cloud.

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Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 6 of 8): Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 - Service Manager

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809582 or http://bit.ly/Ms8GtP

Abstract: In this session, we show how to install a highly available Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Manager, including the configuration management database (CMDB), data warehouse, reporting, self-service portal, and service catalog.

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Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 7 of 8): Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 - Orchestrator

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809583 or http://bit.ly/JXQgPA

Abstract: In this session, we show how to install a highly available Microsoft System Center 2012 - Orchestrator and installing the System Center and other integration packs for automated administration of the private cloud.

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Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 8 of 8): Integrating System Center 2012

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809584 or http://bit.ly/JcGHxd

Abstract: In this session, we configure the many integration points between the Microsoft System Center components and also between System Center and Active Directory Domain Services.

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J.C. Hornbeck | Knowledge Engineer | Management and Security Division

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