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.
Once we defined the hardware templates, we configured the OS images to deploy. If you have ever installed Windows Server 2008, or any Windows server, for that matter, these options will be familiar to you. Tick off what you want. Fill in the server name (which itself can be pre-defined via a template), and you have a stock golden image ready to deploy. What is interesting is that you can patch and reconfigure the image and, when it is active, you can deploy it to your cloud--automatically, if you desire.