Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud

This course equips students with the skills they require to configure and deploy a cloud using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. Using hands-on labs, students learn the following:

  • Produce a high-level design that accounts for requirements for cloud environments.

  • Configure and deploy the cloud fabric.

  • Configure a PXE server, an update server, and a software update baseline.

  • Configure Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (App-V) so that it can be used to sequence and deploy an application virtually.

  • Build the core components necessary for delivering services on the fabric.

  • Allocate resources to a cloud and grant access to a cloud.

  • Understand how to monitor clouds using Operations Manager.

  • Understand the tools necessary to extend and customize Operations Manager for cloud environments.

  • Set up, configure, and integrate the core components of Service Manager into a cloud fabric.

  • Configure a service catalog, and then publish it to the Self-Service Portal.

  • Gain the knowledge necessary to deploy and configure Data Protection Manager in a cloud.

  • Deploy and configure Orchestrator in a cloud, and then integrate it with other System Center components.

Course Outline

1. Planning for the Cloud

  • Cloud Models

  • Deploying a Private Cloud

  • Designing a Private Cloud Infrastructure

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Components

  • System Center 2012 R2 Components

  • Deploying Hyper-VClustering with Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

2. Configuring and Deploying the Private Cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

  • VMMArchitecture and Components

  • Configuring Advanced Networking in VMM

  • Installing and Upgrading VMM

  • Configuring VMM Security and Roles

  • Host Groups

3. Extending and Maintaining the Cloud Infrastructure

  • PXE and Update Server Roles

  • Deploying Bare-Metal Hyper-V Host Servers

  • Configuring the Update Server Role

  • Creating and Remediating an Update Baseline

4. Configuring Application Delivery

  • Dynamic Application Deployment

  • Web Deployment Packages

  • Server Application Virtualization

  • Configuring Server App-V Components

  • Sequencing and Deploying Virtual Applications

5. Creating the Private Cloud Building Blocks

  • Configuring Templates and Profiles

  • Configuring Networks and Sites

  • Configuring Service Provider Foundation

  • Configuring User Roles

6. Deploying and Configuring Access to a Private Cloud

  • Private Cloud Resources

  • Installing and Configuring App Controller

  • Creating and Managing Service Templates

7. Monitoring a Cloud Infrastructure

  • Operations Manager Architecture and Security

  • Operations Manager Installation Considerations

  • Configuring Roles and Notifications

  • Configuring Management Packs

  • Configuring Integration with System Center 2012 R2

8. Extending and Customizing Monitoring of Private Cloud Infrastructure

  • Configuring System Center Advisor

  • Configuring the SharePoint Server Portal

  • Monitoring Templates

  • Distributed Application Monitoring

9. Implementing Service Management for the Cloud

  • Service Manager Architecture

  • Upgrading to System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager

  • Service Manager Work Items

  • Configuring Service Manager Connectors

  • Configuring Service Manager Notifications

10. Configuring High Availability, Disaster Recovery and Protection for a Cloud

  • Planning for Hyper-V Recovery Manager

  • Planning DPM Deployment

  • DPM Architecture and Components

  • Upgrading DPM

  • Configuring DPM for a Private Cloud

  • Configuring Application Protection for a Cloud

  • Restoring Applications to a Cloud

11. Automating and Standardizing a Cloud

  • Orchestrator Architecture and Components

  • Deploying and Configuring Core Components

  • Managing Runbooks

  • Configuring Integration Packs

12. Configuring a Self-Service and Multi-tenant Cloud with the Windows Azure Pack

  • Configuring the Windows Azure Pack


Lab 1: Prepare for the Private Cloud Infrastructure

  • Deploy the Virtual Machine Manager Agent

  • Create a Hyper-V Host Cluster Using VMM

Lab 2: Configure and Deploy the Private Cloud Infrastructure

  • Review and Configure Hosts

  • Configure Host Groups

  • Configure User Roles and Run as Accounts

  • Configure the Library

  • Prepare the Private Cloud Infrastructure

  • Deploy a New Virtual Machine

Lab 3: Maintain the Cloud Infrastructure

  • Configure a PXE Server in VMM

  • Configure a Host Profile

  • Configure an Update Server Role in VMM

  • Configure a Software Update Baseline in VMM

Lab 4: Configure Virtual Application Delivery

  • Configure the Server App-V Sequencer

  • Configure the Server App-V Agent

  • Sequence an Application

  • Test the Server App-V Package Deployment

Lab 5: Create the Private Cloud Building Blocks

  • Configure Virtual Machine Profiles

  • Configure Virtual Machine Templates

  • Configure User Roles

Lab 6: Deploy and Configure Access to a Hybrid Cloud

  • Create and Configure a Private Cloud

  • Configure App Controller

  • Create, Deploy, and Manage Services

Lab 7: Monitor the Cloud Infrastructure

  • Deploy Agents

  • Deploy and Configure Monitoring Management Packs

  • Configure Roles and Notifications

  • Configure VMM Integration

  • Configure DPM Integration

Lab 8: Extend and Customize Monitoring

  • Configure Custom Monitoring

  • Configure a Distributed Application Diagram

  • Configure Service Level Management

  • Create Views for Cloud Infrastructure

  • Configure SharePoint Integration

Lab 9: Implement Service Management for a Cloud

  • Configure Service Manager Basic Settings

  • Configure Service Manager Connectors

  • Configure the Self-Service Portal

  • Configure Notifications

Lab 10: Protect the Private Cloud Infrastructure

  • Configure the Storage Pool

  • Deploy DPM Protection Agents

  • Create and Configure Protection Groups

  • Configure SQL Server Self-Service Recovery

  • Restore Data from a SQL Server Protection Group

  • Perform Self-Service Recovery to Recover SQL Server Data

Lab 11: Automate the Private Cloud

  • Deploy a Runbook Server and Configure Integration Packs

  • Configure a template to deploy agents to a new Virtual Machine

  • Configure a Runbook to protect all resources on a Virtual Machine

Lab 12: Configure the Cloud Service Process Pack

  • Install the Cloud Service Process Pack

  • Configure User Roles and Settings

  • Configure Service Offerings

  • Create an Incident Request


This course is intended for cloud administrators who will be responsible for designing, installing and configuring a cloud infrastructure.