Microsoft announced last week an interesting book for anyone who wants to use the Azure along with System Center Data Protection Manager Backup tool.
The book covers the basic concepts of DPM and deepens integration with Microsoft Azure, in addition to basic concepts of data protection, and other platforms.
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One of the novelties of the System Center Technical Preview 2 is in the Virtual Machine Manager now integrates VMs you have in the Azure, which let us orphan with the end of the app controller.
To do this simply go to the console in Azure Subscriptions and insert signatures.
To find the signatures in the web panel of Azure and copy the signature ID and download the certificate in management of tab settings, like the image below:
Multiple signatures may be added in VMM:
VMM will automatically populate the list of VMs each signature, integrating the visualization:
From the integration it is possible to generate reports, view the settings, start and stop VMs and automate with Orchestrator.
There are still limitations, for example it is not possible to create VMs in VMM console what I hope will be possible when there is the launch of System Center 2016.
Microsoft is hosting a virtual event with MVPs in various places in the world available in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
The date of the event will be the same of the other countries of the world in 14 and 15 may, details at http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference.aspx
Registration can be done by the link: http://aka.ms/mvpvirtualconference2015
The link http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx#Brazil it is possible to view the full grid of lectures in English, Portuguese or Spanich, made by native MVPs.
Along with Vidal have two presentations (pt-BR) and invite everyone to participate!
Already for some time we have available to download preview versions of System Center, and a question on send is often about SCCM and the app controller.
Where’s the SCCM TP?
First we take the Configuration Manager (SCCM). Despite being part of the family (suite) of System Center products, SCCM is handled by a separate group. While the Group of Program Managers of CDM (Cloud and Datacenter Management) takes care of the entire suite, SCCM is under the Enterprise Group Client Management since you’re more connected to client tier than servers and it operations as other products.
Thus, SCCM is not yet available in Technical Preview version.
Now let’s talk about the app controller. This tool is one that particularly I loved (http://www.marcelosincic.com.br/search.aspx?q=appcontroller), because it integrates the administration of private environment (via VMM) with the public environment in Azure, allowing to use the same templates and a single administrative tool.
In version vNext System Center it will be discontinued, and the reason is that few companies used the app controller to manage hybrid environments, using the app controller as self-service portal.
With the launch of Windows Azure Pack (WAP), the main customers of the app controller have been given a much more robust self-service tool and complete for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS (app controller only provided IaaS).
I discussed this tool in the past (http://www.marcelosincic.com.br/post/Virtualizacao-de-Aplicacoes-de-Servidores-com-o-Server-App-V-do-VMM-2012.aspx) and its functionality has always been little used.
With telemetry and use Microsoft’s research found that customers use more templates with the applications and software’s installed than the sequencing of applications/services.
Based on this low usage and duplicity of ways to embed applications, Microsoft decided by more economical which is discontinue development.
There are still some other items, but are less relevant and obvious, such as older versions of vCenter and Xen.
All the removals are available at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn806370.aspx
The launch of this book earlier this month, free in digital format, brings good tidings in the series of books about Microsoft Azure: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2015/02/03/free-ebook-microsoft-azure-essentials-fundamentals-of-azure.aspx
Separated into 7 chapters of technical content of Azure, discusses how to create web sites, VMs, manage, arrays, virtual networks, databases, Active Directory. Taking into account that the book intended to fundamentals discusses how start using with PaaS (web sites) and IaaS (infrastructure and VM).
Chapter 8 deals with PowerShell and chapter 9 brings some examples of implementations that can be made.
Is a simple book, but with content that can be used as references for those using the Azure occasionally or with the help of assistants.
Remembering that the entire collection of free books available by Microsoft can be found at http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/ebooks
The official announcement today on the Windows team blog and System Center reserve some very important information after the announcement of the new build and the automatic update and free for Windows 7 and 8/8.1
In short, the release of Windows will be 10 in early 2016 along with System Center vNext (temporary name). The next Preview build will be the first North American, between March and may.
System Center vNext – launch Synchronized
This gives us an idea that we don’t have a release of System Center behind the Windows OS 10. It really was a problem with the release of System Center 2012 that couldn’t support Windows 2012 and only supported Windows 8 after SP1 that came out several weeks later.
Synchronization between the release of Windows 10 and System Center vNext will allow administrators to distribute is the new OS, as well as migration. This point is important taking into account the duration of 1 year for the free upgrade.
In this news we noted a commitment to maintain compatibility with Windows 7 and 8/8.1, assumed after seeing the difficulty that companies faced by having to migrate applications from Windows XP to Windows 7.
This difficulty of migration of Windows becomes more critical when we think about companies with hard-coded processes or equipment, such as machinery manufacturing and specialized computers. Some migration projects from Windows XP to Windows 7 failed and ended up making migration from Windows XP to Windows 8, so time-consuming that projects have become.
With the long-term commitment to compatibility, we can trust that will be easier migrations.