MCSE Private Cloud Re-certification Exam – Skills Measured – Part 5: Configure System Center Integration

As you may know, I have obtained my Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) specifically in the solution area of Private Cloud. When you obtain a Microsoft Certification, there are some certifications that have an expiry date, meaning that to maintain a certification you need to re-certify. This is the case that I am in with my MCSE Private Cloud. I received an email from Microsoft indicating that the Recertification exam is now available.

Since I plan to take this recertification exam, I thought it would be helpful to go through each of the Skills Measured, and include some examples. Not only will this help me review the material I already know, and brush up on the areas that I need more experience with.

I figured that I would break this into a series, covering each of the higher-level categories/areas and their sub topics.

So, to start let’s cover the fifth and final category: Configure Data Center Process Automation.

 

5.0 – Configure System Center Integration

5.1 – Configure Private Cloud Integration

  • Configure Operations Manager connectors
  • Orchestrator integration packs
  • Service Manager connectors
  • SharePoint integration
  • Configure IP Address Management (IPAM) server integration, configure AppController

 

 

5.1.1 – Configure Operations Manager Connectors

There are several System Center components that can integrate with SCOM. However, the term “connector” immediately (in my mind) makes me think about Service Manager (SCSM). Remember with SCOM-to-SCSM integration, there are 2 connector, one for Alerts and another for CI’s.

How to Create a System Center Operations Manager Connector: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh524325.aspx

If you want to include other System Center components that connect with SCOM, though not specifically called “connectors”, you can also include VMM’s integration for Forecasting Analysis Reporting.

 

5.1.2 – Orchestrator Integration Packs

There are many SCORCH Integration Packs (IPs) available, both from Microsoft, third-party, and the community.

Take a look at my Configuration Guide on SCORCH Integration Packs: http://adinermie.com/scorch-2012-sp1-in-a-lab-configuration-guide-integration-packs/

 

5.1.3 – Service Manager Connectors

In Service Manager (SCSM) there are several connectors that can be configured, including SCOM, SCCM, SCVMM, SCORCH, Active Directory, etc.

Check out my Configuration Guides on Service Manager for various walk-throughs: http://adinermie.com/scsm/

 

5.1.4 – SharePoint Integration

SharePoint integration with System Center, only touches a few of the components. Predominately, this ties mostly into Service Manager’s Self-Service Portal.

I have written an article on installing the portal, found here: http://adinermie.com/scsm-2012-sp1-in-a-lab-installation-guide-install-sharepoint-self-service-portal/

Further, you can leverage SharePoint for use with SCOM. Here are some reference articles.

Using SharePoint to View Operations Manager Data: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/hh212924.aspx

Publishing SCOM 2012 dashboards to SharePoint: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2013/04/03/publishing-scom-2012-dashboards-to-sharepoint.aspx

 

5.1.5 – Configure IP Address Management (IPAM) Server Integration, Configure AppController

Although in VMM you have virtual networks, IP pools, etc., VMM does not directly integrate with DHCP. Therefore, you can leverage a newer server role/feature called IPAM (or Internet Protocol Address Management). This feature monitors DHCP address usage, and therefore can fit nicely with VMM’s virtual networks. Here is some useful information:

 

How to Add an IPAM Server in VMM in System Center 2012 R2: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/dn249418.aspx

Deploy IPAM VMM Integration: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/dn783350.aspx

For information on setup and configuration of AppController, check out my guides: http://adinermie.com/scac/

Also, you can connect AppController to your Azure subscription. Here’s an article detailing that.

How to Connect to Public Clouds: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/hh221344.aspx

 

5.2 – Configure Integration of Private and Public Clouds

  • Configure Service Provider Framework (SPF), configure Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

 

5.2.1 – Configure Service Provider Framework (SPF), Configure Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

Setting up SPF is straight forward. Here is a link to my article series on it: http://adinermie.com/service-provider-foundation-part-1-introduction/

WAP can be more complex since it has a lot of pieces. Here’s a search result of WAP articles I’ve written (including some issues I’ve encountered): http://adinermie.com/?s=WAP

 

And that finishes this series on the 70-981 Private Cloud Re-Certification exam.

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