Center AppController (changed from «Codename Concero») is available and you can
grab it from here!
what`s up with this tool? All the 2012 editions of the System Center portfolio
are focusing on cloud computing. AppController is no exception.
It is a
small piece of software that open the doors to both Private Clouds (VMM 2012)
and Public Clouds (Windows Azure).
It is a
web-based management solution that lets you manage multiple public and private
clouds in your organization, and you can therefore deploy services to both
public and private cloud.
Some key benefits:
to and manage Windows Azure subscriptions and private clouds on VMM 2012
and manage services and VMs across multiple public and private clouds
and share file resources, service templates and VM Templates
role-based access to users for the management of services and resources on
public and private clouds
Just another Self-Service Portal?
the answer is yes. And no.
still have the option to deploy VMs though the biggest focus in this portal is
the Service (service is equal to
should you consider the System Center AppControll if you already have the VMM
2012 Self-Service Portal?
have developers and application owners that need to manage subscriptions and
applications running in Windows Azure.
have multiple VMM servers within your organization (AppController can connect
to multiple VMM servers/private clouds).
supported operating system (Windows Server 2008 R2 Full Installation –
Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter. ServicePack 1 or earlier
.NET Framework 4 (The AppController setup will install it for you).
Server (IIS) with Static Content, Default Document, Directory Browsing, HTTP
Errors, ASP.NET .NET Extensibility, ISAPI Extenstions, ISAPI Filters, HTTP
Logging, Request Monitor, Tracing, Basic Authentication, Windows Authentication,
Request Filtering, Static Content Compression, IIS Management Console. And yes –
The AppController setup will install everything.
supported SQL Server (SQL 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter, SQL 2008
SP2 Standard or Enterprise. Both x86 and x64 are supported)
sure the computer you install on is a member of an Active Directory Domain
practice – do not install AppController on your VMM server
Connect to public and private clouds
AppController service is up and running, you can access it through Internet
Explorer 9 (remember to install Silverlight).
Connect to the public cloud
connect AppController to a Windows Azure subscription, you need the
subscription ID and a Personal Information Exchange (.pfx) file that you have
exported, and also the password to it.
the Clouds page click Connect and click Windows Azure Subscription
a name for the subscription. This name is displayed in the Clouds column
inn the Subscription ID (get the ID from the Windows Azure Portal)
the .pfx file and enter the password
the Clouds page click connect and then click VMM Server
Connect to the private cloud
a name for this connection. This name is displayed in the Clouds column
the VMM server name box, enter the FQDN of the VMM management server¨
the port needed for communicating with the VMM server. This port should be the
same within the entire VMM infrastructure (default port: 8100).
Automatically Import SSL certificates. This is required when you intend to copy
files and templates to and from VMM cloud libraries.
may then be asked to select which VMM user role to use from the new VMM server
connection for the current session
time, we`ll take a closer look at when the IT-pro meet the developer in the
cloud (part 2).