Building A FREE Private Cloud Using Microsoft Technologies - How To Guidance

Microsoft's Chris E. Avis has published a document that "will guide you through the process of setting up the bare minimum components to demo a Private Cloud environment using current release versions of Microsoft products and technologies."Customers looking to demo a private Cloud leveraging Microsoft technologies, or just needing to put together a test environment […]

Microsoft's Chris E. Avis has published a document that "will guide you through the process of setting up the bare minimum components to demo a Private Cloud environment using current release versions of Microsoft products and technologies."

Customers looking to demo a private Cloud leveraging Microsoft technologies, or just needing to put together a test environment before deciding to acquire the Redmond company's solutions, can drastically reduce cost by taking advantage of free trial releases from the software giant.

Products such as Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, SQL Server 2008 R2 x64, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Server Components and Administrator Console, and SCVMM Self Service Portal 2.0 are required.

"It is NOT meant for nor is it an ideal configuration for use in a production environment. If you have a Technet or MSDN subscription then you have all the software you need already. Otherwise you can download FREE TRIAL versions of all the necessary components from the Microsoft Technet Evaluation Center," he added.

The guidance will help IT pros put together a basic private Cloud. Of course, additional technologies and hardware can be added into the mix to create a more powerful Cloud, capable of offering monitoring, reporting, enhanced management, deployment, etc.

Once the installation and configuration are complete, you will be able to demo the use of System Center Virtual Machine Manager and the SCVMM Self Service Portal 2.0 to build and manage a Private Cloud. With additional software and hardware resources, this configuration can be expanded to include additional System Center Technologies to demonstrate a much broader Private Cloud implementation including monitoring, reporting, change management, deployment and more. There are free trial versions of all the System Center products at the Microsoft Technet Evaluation Center.

"The resultant demo configuration does not provide for any failover or redundancy and is intended solely as a lightweight demo/test/learning environment," Avis added.

"The concepts here can be used as a template to install a production Private Cloud, but please, do not implement this configuration in production without speaking to the appropriate persons that administer your network. If you implement this in production, you do so at your own risk and you should have an updated resume available," added Avis.

Avis has published the printed version of the document on the SkyDrive, which you can download here for offline reading, and for our readers, interested in reading it online, we have embedded the document (in read only mode) below: