As you are familiar with Microsoft® Azure Virtual Machines gallery resources in the public cloud, you can have a similar experience in your own private cloud with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Windows Azure Pack.
The Windows Azure Pack is a collection of Windows Azure technologies available to Microsoft® customers on-premises for free. Once installed in your private cloud, the Windows Azure Pack integrates with System Center Suite and Windows Server to help provide a self-service portal for managing services such as websites, Virtual Machines, a portal for administrators to manage cloud resources, and a portal for tenants “customers” for self-service.
The feed of Windows Azure Pack Gallery Resources and VMM Service Templates is constantly being updated at the following URL:
How to deploy it?
1. Download and Install the Microsoft Web Platform Installer 5.0 from here.
2. Launch the Web Platform Installer.
3. Select the Options link at the bottom right.
4. Enter the Feed URL into the Custom Feeds field: http://www.microsoft.com/web/webpi/partners/servicemodels.xml 5. Select the Add feed button. 6. Select the OK button.
7. You will now see a new Service Models link at the upper right of the Web Platform Installer UI.
8. Select the Service Model you want to download (SCVMM Service Templates or Gallery Resources).
SCVMM Service Templates:
Windows AZURE Pack Gallery Resources:
9. Select the Add button next to whichever Service Model you would like to download (VMM or WAP).
10. Select the Install button.
11. Select the I Accept button.
12. Select the Continue button.
13. Select the Finish button.
14. Last but not least, the Windows Explorer window will open, displaying the contents of the Service Model.
Service Models are extracted into your %SystemDrive% folder, according to both types:
Gallery Resources – %SystemDrive%\GalleryResources\<resourcename>
SCVMM Service Templates – %SystemDrive\SCVMM Service Templates\<resourcename>
Follow the directions in the Service Model Readme file that ships with each Gallery Item to complete this procedure.
The Readme file includes the values specific step by step to that particular item.
Next we will move into the import process of the Template.
Copy the VMM Service Template directory into your VMM library server, launch the VMM Console and then refresh the library.
From the Virtual Machine Manager console, launch the import template wizard.
On the Select Package page, click browse, navigate to the location where the service template is saved in my case (Domain Controller Windows Server 2012.1.0), then select the .XML template, click open, and then click next in the import wizard.
Note: On the Configure References page, verify that all resources are mapped correctly for your environment. For any reference which is not mapped correctly (or contains a Current Mapping of None), click the icon next to each resource and choose an appropriate resource in your environment in which to map the references:
Complete the import wizard and verify that the template has imported successfully:
Open the service template in the designer and modify any applicable settings to conform to your standards, for example:
– Virtual machine hardware configuration.
– Computer name pattern.
– Product Key, etc…
Here you go a DC service template instance is ready to be deployed.
Enjoy your weekend!