This is the last integration point I was looking into between System Center (Configuration Manager in this case) and Azure. Configuration Manager 2012 with SP1 can use use an Azure based distribution point. I did some looking into this and one of my colleagues pointed me to a great blog article on how to configure an Azure distribution point which is available at http://www.truesec.com/news/newsletter_october_2012#KA1210. So I decided it wasn’t worth re-creating the wheel to blog on this topic. What is below is just a high level summary of what’s required for this integration between Configuration Manager and Azure.
The following are the high level steps to get this configured:
- Upgrade to Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 (see the screenshot below which shows Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1).
- An Azure account is needed for this from the regular Azure portal at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/. These accounts can be activated from an MSDN subscription (see this blog post for details). You will need the subscription number, certificate and password.
- Create a certificate for the Azure distribution point (I’ll admit, I hate certificates – this is the point where I gave up for the night).
- Configure the cloud distribution point to communication with Azure.
- Configure DNS for the Azure distribution point.
Below is what the option looks like in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to configure the cloud distribution point.
For details beyond this again I recommend reviewing this blog post: http://www.truesec.com/news/newsletter_october_2012#KA1210.
Thank you to Eric Morrison for pointing out the link with the details on how to do this configuration and to the crew at Truesec for writing up such a comprehensive blog post on this!