Back in February we started working with partners and TAP customers on a toolkit to create private cloud environment.  See our February blog about the Dynamic Infrastructure Toolkit for System Center.

A couple updates were announced Monday at our Worldwide Partner Conference. First, the tool has a new name: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (the portal). Second, we reached the release candidate milestone. You can download it here. A release candidate milestone means it’s feature complete, and is nearing completion. We expect the portal to be finalized and released to the web in calendar Q4.

You can read more about the self-service portal tool over at the System Center team blog (here). Here's an excerpt:

The self-service portal provides the following features that are exposed through a web-based user interface:

  • Configuration and allocation of datacenter resources: Store management and configuration information related to compute, network and storage resources as assets in the VMMSSP database.
  • Customization of virtual machine actions: Provide a simple web-based interface to extend the default virtual machine actions; for example, you can add scripts that interact with Storage Area Networks for rapid deployment of virtual machines.
  • Business unit on-boarding: Standardized forms and a simple workflow for registering and approving or rejecting business units to enroll in the portal.
  • Infrastructure request and change management: Standardized forms and human-driven workflow that results in reducing the time needed to provision infrastructures in your environment.
  • Self-Service provisioning: Supports bulk creation of virtual machines on provisioned infrastructure through the web-based interface.Helps business units to manage their virtual machines based on delegated roles

Patrick