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Learning System Center App Controller

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Learning System Center App Controller

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Learning System Center App Controller
About the Author
About the Reviewers


This book has been written specifically for IT professionals who need to learn System Center App Controller quickly. In this book, you will find chapters separated by topics that are task-specific, intentionally utilizing the minimum amount of theoretical jargon and providing step-by-step information to complete the task successfully. We hope you will enjoy this book as much as we enjoyed writing it for you.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introduction to System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, provides an introduction and outlines setting up App Controller, prerequisites, issues addressed by App Controller, a planning guide, and common issues to keep in mind during planning and deployment phases.

Chapter 2, Installing and Working with Different App Controller Components, provides step-by-step instructions for the installation of SQL Server, the installation of required services, and then deployment of System Center App Controller Server.

Chapter 3, Deploying and Configuring System Center Virtual Machine Manager Server, provides step-by-step instructions for completing a successful installation of SCVMM 2012 R2 Server. After completing the installation, further instructions are provided to create a private cloud.

Chapter 4, Customizing App Controller, introduces you to the App Controller administrative portal. Further instructions are provided to integrate the SCVMM server with App Controller. It also covers integrating the Azure cloud subscription, roles-based access, adding network share to the SCVMM server, and configuring the SSL certificate for the App Controller website.

Chapter 5, Exploring Advanced Options, provides some of the common day-to-day tasks faced by IT professionals administering a hybrid private and public cloud network. You will be introduced to the PowerShell module for App Controller, Windows Azure PowerShell module installation, and copying VHD files to the Azure cloud.

Chapter 6, Backup and Recovery, introduces you to the choices available for backing up App Controller. It provides step-by-step instructions to back up App Controller.

What you need for this book

To follow exercises in this book, System Center 2012 R2 evaluation for App Controller and Virtual Machine Manager along with the evaluation version of SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 2 and the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system are required. A virtual or physical server running ADDS services and an evaluation version of Microsoft Azure subscription for completing the Azure connectivity steps is required. Windows Server 2012 R2 Server with Hyper-V role enabled is required to add as a host server in VMM and to boot the virtual machine.

Who this book is for

This book is intended for IT professionals working with Hyper-V, the Azure cloud, VMM, and private cloud technology, looking for a quick way to get up to speed with System Center 2012 R2 App Controllers. VMM administrators will also benefit from this book as it addresses managing Azure subscription with App Controller and moving data from the private cloud to public cloud.

To get the most from this book, you should be familiar with Microsoft Hyper-V technology. Knowledge of Virtual Machine Manager is helpful but not necessary. Access to a physical server or cluster running Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V extensions enabled is necessary to perform the steps related to Hyper-V.

All of the System Center 2012 R2 Components, including Windows Server 2012 R2, are available as a 180-days trial from Microsoft download center.


In this book, you will find a number of text styles that distinguish between different kinds of information. Here are some examples of these styles and an explanation of their meaning.

Code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles are shown as follows: "In our case, it is a domain user account created for SQL services that is srv_sql_acc."

A block of code is set as follows:

Import-Module AppController
$cred= Get-credential
$scac= 'https://appcontroller.contoso.internal'
Get-SCACServer -ServerName $scac -Credential $cred 

New terms and important words are shown in bold. Words that you see on the screen, for example, in menus or dialog boxes, appear in the text like this: "Right-click and select Run as administrator."


Warnings or important notes appear in a box like this.


Tips and tricks appear like this.

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