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A Solution for Private Cloud Security “Blueprint,Design Guide & Operations Guide”

"A Solution for Private Cloud Security" series of three papers on private cloud security. With increasing numbers of organizations looking to create cloud-based environments or to implement cloud technologies within their existing data centers, business and technology decision-makers are looking closely at the possibilities and practicalities that these changes involve.

There are three documents in the downloadable .zip file:

  • A Solution for Private Cloud Security – Service Blueprint
  • A Solution for Private Cloud Security – Service Design
  • A Solution for Private Cloud Security – Service Operations

This document set represents the v.95 beta of this document set.

Please write to Tom Shinder at if you have recommendations or would like to review these documents for the official v1 release.

Download Page

Note: Tom is doing great job in building Reference and Security Architecture for Private Cloud

Categories: Cloud, IaaS, Microsoft, Security Tags:

Download Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment
System Center 2012 Release Candidate plus optional Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 download

Download Microsoft Private Cloud

A Microsoft private cloud dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services by creating a layer of abstraction over your pooled IT resources. This allows your datacenter to offer true infrastructure service capability as well as optimally managed application services.

Microsoft private cloud solutions are built on System Center and Windows Server.

System Center 2012 Release Candidate empowers you with a common management toolset for your private and public cloud applications and services. System Center helps you confidently deliver IT as a Service for your business.

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (optional download) will give you improved powerful virtualization capabilities that can transform how you deliver IT services to your end users and enable you to lay the foundation of a private cloud infrastructure.

Please Note: Many Microsoft private cloud scenarios require Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. If you are using an older version, we highly recommend upgrading to experience the full Microsoft private cloud evaluation.
Need more information? See the product details page. Register to access technical product resources at the Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Resource Page.

The Microsoft private cloud evaluation includes:

System Center 2012 Release Candidate
Available in these languages: English

  • System Center 2012 Unified Installer is a utility designed to perform new, clean installations of System Center 2012 for testing and evaluation purposes only. If you want to upgrade from an existing System Center installation or choose set up options such as high availability or multi-server component installs, please refer instead to the System Center 2012 component installation guides located on the Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Resource Page.
    User’s Guide >>
  • System Center 2012 App Controller provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private, and public clouds.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Service Manager provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.
    System Requirements >>

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (optional download)
Available in these languages: Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is designed to help you increase control, availability, and flexibility of your datacenter and desktop infrastructure while helping reduce costs.
    System Requirements >>

Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud

January 8, 2012 Leave a comment


The definition, business value, and technology benefits of the “the cloud” have been hotly debated in recent months.  Most agree that cloud computing can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and increase business agility in the market.  In 2012, cloud computing will transition from hype and discussion, to part of every enterprise’s reality, and IT is uniquely positioned to lead this transformation and help business reap the benefits of cloud computing. 

Join us for a virtual event designed to help you explore your cloud options. It’s your chance to interact with Microsoft experts and with IT leaders like yourself, who have been putting cloud technology to work in their own organizations. You’ll be among the first to hear the latest private cloud news from Microsoft.

Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud
Approx. Start Time

Private cloud discussion with Microsoft executives: Insights and news

  • Satya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft
  • Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management and Security Division, Microsoft

Register Now for the virtual event
Tuesday, January 17th
8:30 AM PST | 16:30 UTC
Hear from other senior IT professionals about how cloud computing can help you gain maximum competitive advantage with minimal risk.
Learn about Microsoft cloud offerings, including private, public, and hybrid cloud models.
Experience Microsoft private cloud solutions through the Microsoft Technology Center.

Check The Event Link

Categories: Cloud, IaaS, Microsoft

Open Beta now available for download: Service Management for the Private Cloud

October 3, 2011 1 comment

The Solution Accelerators Microsoft Operations Framework team is working on a new white paper, Service Management for the Private Cloud. Based on your participation in the IPD Beta Program, we believe you will find this white paper useful in your journey to the cloud. We hope you’ll take the time to preview and provide feedback on our new beta release.

Get the download

To download the Beta version of this Solution Accelerator, click here.

Tell us what you think

The Beta review period runs through October 7, 2011.

Download the beta guide and provide us with your feedback, especially in the areas of its usefulness, usability, and impact. Send an email with your input by Friday, October 7. We need to receive your input during this period for your feedback to be included in the final release ofService Management for the Private Cloud.

Your input helps to make the guides we publish as helpful and useful as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!

To submit feedback through email, please use the following procedure:

1. Use the Comment feature in Microsoft Word to insert your feedback in the form of comments. Please only submit your feedback in the documents using this feature in Word.

2. If your feedback concerns something other than the content of the document, please include your feedback directly in your email message.

3. Email the document with your feedback to

Kinds of feedback

We would especially appreciate feedback in the following areas:

  • Usefulness
    Is the technical depth of this white paper sufficient for the topics covered? What portions of the white paper are the most useful to your organization?
  • Usability
    Is the structure or flow of this white paper effective? Is the information presented in a clear and logical manner? Can you easily find key content?
  • Impact
    Do you anticipate that this white paper will save you time and accelerate deployment of Microsoft management products in your organization? Has this white paper had a positive influence on your opinion of the Microsoft technologies it addresses? Do you think this white paper helped you apply service management principles to make your private cloud more successful?

Benefits for participation

  • You get an early look at this high-demand content.
  • You will be listed as a contributor if you provide feedback we integrate into the final version of the guide.


The final release is expected to be available from the Microsoft Download Center in November 2011. You will receive an email notification when it’s available for download.

Learn More

Visit the MOF home page on TechNet:

For the latest Solution Accelerators, visit the home page:

Thank you for your interest in the development of the Service Management for the Private Cloud white paper. We look forward to receiving your feedback!


Solution Accelerators Infrastructure Planning and Design Team

Microsoft Corporation

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Categories: Cloud, Hyper-V R2, IaaS Tags:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate is here

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

So it is here…Get Ready for the new Wave

System Center 2012 cloud and datacenter management solutions empower you with a common management tool set for your private and public cloud applications and services. System Center helps you confidently deliver IT as a Service for your business. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate (RC) is key to delivering the promise of the System Center 2012 release wave. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 enables you to:

Deliver flexible and cost effective Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). You can pool and dynamically allocate virtualized datacenter resources (compute, network, and storage) enabling self-service infrastructure experience for your business, with flexible role based delegation and access control.

Apply cloud principles to provisioning and servicing your datacenter applications with techniques like service modeling, service configuration and image based management. You can also state-separate your applications and services from the underlying infrastructure using server application virtualization. This results in a “service centric” approach to management where you manage the application or service lifecycle and not just datacenter infrastructure or virtual machines.

Optimize your existing investments by managing multi-hypervisor environments, including Hyper-V, Xen and VMware.

Dynamic optimization of your datacenter resources based on workload demands, while ensuring reliable service delivery with features like high availability.

Best-of-breed virtualization-management for Microsoft workloads like Exchange and Sharepoint.


Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate is a core component of the System Center 2012 release wave and offers you the following benefits:

Build your Private Cloud today; provision flexible, agile and cost effective IaaS while maintaining your quality of service (QoS) commitments to the business.

Manage heterogeneous virtual environments using a single tool, thus optimizing your existing datacenter investments.

Optimize your existing applications for private cloud deployment without requiring you to rewrite them from scratch.

Dramatically simplify application provisioning and servicing thus saving operational effort and expense.

Unlock application mobility between your cloud environments as appropriate to your business needs.

So you can start testing and I would recommend to take a look at VMM 2012 Survival Guide

Microsoft TechNet Library content:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012  (on the Web)

Download the official VMM 2012 Beta content  (may not be as current as the “live” Web version in TechNet)


System Center VMM 2012 Overview 

Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals  This is a link to the whole series. For sections specifically related to VMM 2012, see:

Virtualization Jump Start (07): System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 

Virtualization Jump Start (08): Private Cloud Solutions, Architecture & VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 

90 Seconds to the Cloud: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta with Kenon Owens 

MMS 2011 Day 1 Keynote 

Creating a Stand-Alone Virtual Machine with a Blank VHD in VMM 2012 

Best of MMS Belgium 2011 video series  (Includes “Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Technical Overview”, “Managing Your Fabric With System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012”)


System Center Virtual Machine Manager blog  (from the Microsoft product team)

Microsoft Server Application Virtualization Blog (from the Microsoft product team) 

SCVMM 2012 content on blog 

SCVMM 2012 content on Virtualization and some coffee blog 


System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: VMM Gets Major Upgrade   (TechNet Magazine)


Post your question to the VMM forums

Troubleshooting OS Deployment of Hyper-V Through VMM 2012    (Blog post)



System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1– Now Available for Download!

Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1, you can respond more effectively—and at a lower cost—to the rapidly changing needs of your organization. Built on Windows Server® 2008 R2, Hyper-V™ technology, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, VMMSSP enables you to offer infrastructure as a service in your organization.

Download VMMSSP

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 is a partner-extensible toolkit that enables customers to dynamically pool, allocate, and manage their datacenter resources, to offer infrastructure as a service for their organization. The self-service portal is a free Solution Accelerator, and is fully supported by Microsoft. In addition to providing users the ability to import virtual machines created outside the self-service portal, this new version is now localized in Japanese, simplified Chinese, and traditional Chinese.

Please send any questions or comments to the VMMSSP team at We will respond within two business days.

Please download VMMSSP here, and visit\SSP for more information, including a free Datasheet and FAQ. You can also follow System Center and Solution Accelerators on Twitter to keep up-to-date on new releases and features.

VM Create from VMM SSP v2.0 SP1 (beta) fails with boot from ISO

Vote As Helpful A very interesting problem that I saw before in my testing


If I create the VM from VMM 2008 R2 it "fails" on "Install VM Components" because there is no OS yet. But I can then start VM from VMM and boots from ISO just fine.

From SSP it fails with:

Parameters cannot be specified for the guest operating system because the selected template was created as a non-customizable template (-NoCustomization parameter). (Error ID: 730) Please retry the operation without specifying guest operating system parameters.

Have tried with/without a synthetic network adapter and have also tried a custom action without the -Owner $SubmittedBy -ComputerName $vmName -FullName $submittedBy from the New-VM entries in the createvm task.


Santos from MS give one shoot solution

The Action xml segment which does not have " -Owner $SubmittedBy -ComputerName $vmName -FullName $submittedBy" needs to be associated with Service role in which virtual machines are being created and then select that service role during create virtual machine wizard. This should resolve your issue.  You can also refer to "Associating an Action XML Segment with a Service Role" in VMM08R2_VMMSSPExtensibilityGuide.

Categories: Cloud, IaaS, Virtualization, VMM
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