Microsoft System Center 2012 Revealed, January 19, 2012 Microsoft's System Center 2012, which we discussed in Microsoft's System Center 2012: Building A Private Cloud, is the latest attempt by a big vendor to bring private cloud to the masses. While there are many improvements to System Center, building a private cloud using anyone's software is far from easy. At Microsoft's private cloud reviewers' workshop, we got a peek at the sausage factory. There are a lot of components to configure, but Microsoft has done a good job of streamlining many of the processes.
In the lab, the hardware wasn't actually available, so it failed. However, you can drill into the task and see exactly which step failed and which steps remain. In our case, PXE boot failed, so we couldn't talk to the server. Note that VMM used BMC to power on the host.