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.
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In the VMM Service Template, you can visually arrange the various services and customize the options for them quickly and easily. This is one of the final steps before publishing the service in the service catalog and self-service portal. All of the components are already built; here, we are just putting them together. You can easily add more applications as needed.

Bear in mind that we are simply arranging systems together and not affecting application code in any way. The application code has to be written to talk amongst the various services. The best practice is to use names for systems and services, and never to hard-code dependencies. The templates should be able to build and resolve service names and locations dynamically.

While we don't show it, when we publish this application to the self-service portal, users can come to the portal, request an application and fill just a few relevant bits of information such as application name. The tehcincal bits should all be buried out of site. When they request the service, their permissions are validated and the request kicks off a workflow. That work flow could be fully automated or at any point, you could interject a person to take actions. It's entirely up to you.

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