Paul Gregory | 29 January 2013
App Controller was a new piece within the System Center portfolio for System Center 2012 – here are the major enhancements for System Center 2012 SP1.
App Controller facilitates self-service within
a Private Cloud by being managed by System Center Virtual
Machine Manager and a Public Cloud in Windows Azure.
SP1 introduces the following new features:
This feature allows a VHD to be uploaded either from a network share or a SCVMM library into Windows Azures new IaaS service. This allows the uploading of a VM built on premise to be easily upload into a Windows Azure cloud
Service Machine Deployment into Existing Service
If a complete solution or service has been deployed in Windows Azure and additional VM can be deployed into that service to extend its capability
Manage VM's in Windows Azure
This enables VM's within Windows Azure to be started, stopped and connected to from within App Controller, rather than having to use the Windows Azure management tool
Copy VM's from SCVMM to Windows Azure
Create a Cloud Service in Windows Azure by deploying a VM
Add a Service Provider connection to App Controller
This enables management of a cloud hosted by a Service Provider from with App Controller providing the Service Provider supports the Service Provider Framework (SPF)
Upgrading to SP1
Before upgrading it is important to make sure System Center Virtual Machine Manager has been upgraded to SP1 first. Full upgrade documentation is available here .