As part of prep for an upcoming MMS session, I was spending some time assessing the current level of functionality in the Cloud Process Pack. The download for this is available at here: System Center Cloud Services Process Pack. For this blog post I focused on the following for the Cloud Process Pack:
- Installing the Chargeback feature
- Installing the Cloud Process Pack
- Configuration of the Cloud Process Pack
- What’s added in the Administration pane by the Cloud Process Pack?
- What do I get from the Cloud Process Pack?
Installing Chargeback features:
Before this could be installed, the Chargeback features need to be installed if you are installing on Service Pack 1. Details on installation and configuration are available here: Installing and Configuring Chargeback Reports in System Center 2012 SP1 – Service Manager.
Here’s how this worked in my lab environment. I have three servers which are relevant to this: Cloud-OM05 (Operations Manager), Cloud-SM03 (Service Manager), Cloud-SM04 (Service Manager DW). There is also one server which will later be relevant (Cloud-OR02 – Orchestrator server).
I logged into the Operations Manager server and from PowerShell navigated to the correct folder on my Service Manager server (\\cloud-sm03\c$\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\Service Manager\Chargeback\Dependencies).
From the Operations Manager 2012 SP1 server ran the .\ImportToOM.ps1 (after running Set-ExecutionPolicy –force RemoteSigned)
From the Service Manager 2012 SP1 server ran the .\ImportToSM.ps1 (after running Set-ExecutionPolicy –force RemoteSigned)
After this completed, I opened the Service Manager console to validate Chargeback was appearing:
And on the Datawarehouse section, I resumed the MPSyncJob per the article discussing how to install Chargeback.
Once this was complete, I could now begin the installation of the Cloud Process Pack.
Installing the Cloud Process Pack:
Downloaded the Cloud Process pack from: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36497
And extracted the zip file on the Service Manager server.
Ran the setup for the cloud process pack:
Chose the Cloud services process pack
Copied the extracted download to the Orchestrator server and ran the setup for the cloud process pack:
Choose the Cloud services runbooks option.
Configured the user account and database settings for Orchestrator:
From the Service Manager console in the Administration pane locate the connection (or create the connection) to Orchestrator.
I did have some failures on the installation as shown below but I believe I may have been running the wrong version of the pack. I re-downloaded and re-extracted it and the error below did not recur.
Successful completion below:
Configuration of the Cloud Process Pack:
You will need connectors to Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager and Orchestrator. Details on these are available in the “System Center Cloud Services Process Pack Administration Guide” which is part of the Cloud Process Pack download.
What’s added in the Administration pane?
The Service Manager console now has a section in the Administration pane called Cloud Services. This pane assists with making the required and optional configurations for this pack. If you already have connectors in place for VMM, OpsMgr and Orchestrator the first section of the Getting Started section is already done.
Part 2: Configure VMM Resources
The following screenshots just show the configuration process using as close to default settings as I could accomplish in my lab environment.
Part 3: Configure General Properties
Part 3: Configure Cost Properties
What do I get from the Cloud Process Pack?
The new service requests (such as request virtual machine) are now available in the service request fulfillment page.
And an example request virtual machine form is shown below: