23 February 2013

Create Cloud Distribution Point on Windows Azure with SCCM 2012 SP1 (Part 2)

Cloud, everybody is talking about that. And with the new ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 fully integrating with Windows Azure it's time to see how this works. You need to have some things in place first, so here we go:
  • A Windows Azure subscription (duh)
  • A working PKI Infrastructure
  • 2 (a .cer and a .pfx) certificates to talk to the Management service of Windows Azure
  • A certificate (the .cer) added to the Management service of Windows Azure
  • Your Windows Azure Subscription ID. This can be found on the Management Portal of Windows Azure.
  • And well, uh SCCM 2012 SP1 ;-)
  In Part 1 I took care of the setup of the necessary PKI Infrastructure and take care of the Certificate part.. In Part 2 I will configure SCCM 2012 SP1 for talking to that big Cloud called Windows Azure.   So we took care of the Certificate, now we have upload it to Windows Azure.   Upload Certificate Log on to the Windows Azure Management Portal. Under Settings you can upload your Certificate (this will be the .CER one) And the result is visible: Create the Windows Azure Cloud Distribution Point: Now it's time to create the Distribution Point in the Cloud! Launch you ConfigMgr Console and let's start. Under Administration – Overview – Hierarchy Configuration – Cloud is the Create Cloud Distribution Point.   And here you need your Subscription ID and Certificate (the .PFX one)   Select your Region, and Certificate:   Specify the alerts:   And off we go   Look good:   You can follow the process by looking in the CloudMgr.log.   This can take a while! So be patient, it will come eventually. Still working:       And there we are!   And also in the Windows Azure Management Portal:   Distribute content to the Windows Azure Cloud Distribution Point: There are no extra steps needed to distribute content to a Windows Azure DP. You take an application and distribute it to the Cloud. Logging under DistrMgr.log.   And in the console:   Cloud rules!   Read Part 1 Here!

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