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System Center 2012 SP1 – App Controller New Features

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.

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:

VHD upload

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 .

Also remember QA has a full portfolio of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 training courses

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QA Training | Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory

Head of Microsoft Infrastructure

A Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1995, Paul has worked both for and with some of the world's leading IT Services organisations – including Unisys, Dell and Microsoft during the Microsoft Windows (TAP) Technology Adoption Programme. Paul specializes in delivering training around the Windows Operating system as well infrastructure and management solutions around System Center going right back to SMS 1.0. Paul is a frequent visitor to Microsoft's Global Headquarters in Seattle to attend early product workshops and for many years has delivered training courses around the world on behalf of Microsoft. In addition to being actively involved in Microsoft's Windows TAP programme, Paul has recently delivered both Microsoft's Private Cloud 2012 readiness training to partners in the UK and was a member of the Microsoft global training team delivering Windows Server 2012 early adopter training. During recent years Microsoft has requested Paul to deliver System Center training at both Redmond and The South American head office to Microsoft Partners.
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