This week I decided to start with Windows Azure. One of the biggest reasons for that, was that I knew that with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, which is currently still in BETA, it is possible to create a Cloud Distribution Point based on Windows Azure. So that’s what I decided to start with this week.
First I started with figuring out how exactly Windows Azure works. It’s actually quit easy to set-up, but after another good look at ConfigMgr 2012 I figured that it’s not even necessary to do anything within Azure. The following things are a prerequisite for creating a Cloud Distribution Point:
- Create a Windows Azure subscription.
- Create a certificate for the management of Windows Azure.
- Add the management certificate to Windows Azure.
- Create a certificate for the new cloud serivce.
The configuration was actually quit easy and, as always, a nice wizard. To create a Cloud Distribution Point navigate to Administration > Overview > Hierarchy Configuration > Cloud, click Create Cloud Distribution Point and follow the next steps:
As always I like to show the results of the actions. This time I will do it with a few small screenshots instead of log files. The log files where the most actions are logged are the CloudMgr.log and the DistMgr.log. First take a look at the results in the ConfigMgr Console, there is now a Cloud Service and a new Distribution Point:
Also a more closer look look the Storage Account will show that the Cloud Distribution Point is created. The contentservice-master-container, the deploymentcontainer, the publickeystore and the wad-control-container are default containers, but to show that the server-side is working I already uploaded content and that’s the content-ptn0001b container.
For more information see: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh272770.aspx#BKMK_InstallCloudSiteSystems