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Learning System Center App Controller

Book Description

Design, implement, and manage System Center App Controller

In Detail

System Center App Controller provides an integrated console that helps you manage public and private clouds, as well as cloud-based virtual machines and services.

Learning System Center App Controller guides you through a successful implementation of App Controller in minimal time. The book starts by covering how to install the prerequisites and System Center Virtual Machine Manager Server and concludes with topics such as backup and recovery. By the end of this book, you will have extensive knowledge and a firm understanding of how to use App Controller efficiently.

This book is a step-by-step guide that introduces you to System Center App Controller and quickly moves on to the common tasks that are faced by an IT professional managing virtual and physical environments within a data center.

What You Will Learn

  • Manage application services using System Center App Controller
  • Install SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, and App Controller
  • Explore the advanced functionality provided by System Center 2012 R2 App Controller
  • Install and configure an SCVMM server
  • Integrate Virtual Machine Manager with App Controller
  • Connect your Microsoft Azure subscription with App Controller
  • Configure cloud services and virtual networks and deploy cloud services
  • Migrate virtual machines from private cloud to Microsoft Azure cloud
  • Create virtual machine templates, hardware profiles, and operating system profiles in Virtual Machine Manager
  • Make disaster recovery planning decisions for App Controller recovery

Table of Contents

  1. Learning System Center App Controller
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Learning System Center App Controller
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
        1. Why subscribe?
        2. Free access for Packt account holders
        3. Instant updates on new Packt books
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Downloading the color images of this book
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. Questions
    8. 1. Introduction to System Center 2012 R2 App Controller
      1. Issues addressed by System Center App Controller
      2. Quick planning primer
      3. Installing the prerequisites
      4. Windows assessment and deployment toolkit for Windows 8.1
      5. Other application requirements and dependencies to consider
      6. System Center 2012 R2 App Controller scaling limitations
      7. Summary
    9. 2. Installing and Working with Different App Controller Components
      1. Installing SQL Server
      2. Installing required services
        1. Installing Web IIS server
      3. Installing the SCVMM console
      4. Installing System Center 2012 R2 App Controller
      5. Summary
    10. 3. Deploying and Configuring System Center Virtual Machine Manager Server
      1. Prerequisites for installation
        1. Installing ADK 8.1
        2. Account permission requirements
      2. Installing System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
      3. Configuring the SCVMM server
        1. Adding Hyper-V host to the SCVMM server
        2. Creating hardware profiles
        3. Creating Guest OS profiles
        4. Creating a VM network
        5. Creating the VM template
        6. Creating a private cloud
      4. Summary
    11. 4. Customizing App Controller
      1. Logging in to the App Controller interface
      2. Integrating the Virtual Machine Manager server for private cloud management
      3. Configuring a Microsoft Azure subscription
      4. Configuring roles-based access
      5. Adding a new VMM Library share
      6. Adding a network share
      7. Configuring SSL certificate for the App Controller website
      8. Customizing App Controller branding
      9. Summary
    12. 5. Exploring Advanced Options
      1. Copying VHD files from a private cloud to Microsoft Azure
      2. Installing the PowerShell module to manage App Controller
      3. Introduction to App Controller PowerShell cmdlets
        1. Displaying the App Controller shares in PowerShell
        2. Installing the Windows Azure PowerShell
      4. Summary
    13. 6. Backup and Recovery
      1. Available choices
      2. Procedure
      3. Backing up App Controller
      4. Restoring App Controller
      5. Summary
    14. Index