Managing Windows Azure with System Center AppController
One of the products of the System Center suite little known is the app controller. Its function is to make use of Private Cloud environments, by providing a self-service portal with a web interface.
It is important to note that the app controller is not just an update of the Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal, because it has the new features of VMM 2012 SP1 as quota control, instânciamento of services and integration with Windows Azure, which is treated in this post.
Configuring the Windows Azure account in the app controller
The first step is to integrate the app controller the Azure and for this you must first register for a digital certificate in the Azure portal, option Settings-> Management Certificates where you can upload the certificate:
This certificate is used to authenticate and access can be issued by any IIS on Certificates-> Self-Signed and then make the exports and upload in Azure.
The next step is to register this account of Azure and the certificate on the app controller:
Performed these steps will already be possible to see the account in the app controller:
By clicking on account of Azure, will have a list of VMs created in the environment, with the name of each VM, the geographic location of the Datacenter and the selected instances created:
In the Virtual Machines menu you can see the list of VMs available, where both local VMs (Private Cloud) as VMs in Azure can be managed in an integrated manner:
Note that in the above screen we have the bottom two panels, the left shows the basic data of the VM and on the right the service that served as the source for this instance, since the VMs in Azure can be created by uploading a VHD ready. In the above example, clicking in the design we see details and we can change the data:
Creating VMs in Azure with the app controller
The creation of virtual machines by app controller is very simple and allows a level of customization that is larger than the Windows Azure Portal.
The first way to do this and also the simplest, is in Virtual Machines menu use the Add:
A second way is to use the account list or by selecting in the Library the image that will be used to instantiate the new virtual machine, with the option to Deploy:
Will open the design window for defining components of VM, as shown below:
Note that the links allow you to select the items as the desired virtual machine image, the network and the geographic location of the Datacenter you want:
Use System Center app controller to manage their environment in an integrated manner for Private Cloud and Public Cloud in a single console, service-based and functional.