It has been 2 weeks since the new lab server was built and I wanted to share the up-to-now configuration of my Private Cloud Lab. The ultimate goal of this lab environment is to learn and demonstrate the following elements of the private cloud dynamic datacenter, Self Service, Automation and Orchestration. The lab has been up and running for a few days now and after some adjusting I was able to get all 8 virtual machines running using 20 GB of memory. The Dynamic Memory in Windows 2008 R2 SP1 really made a big difference.

Private Cloud Lab Starting Lineup

Physical Host Server

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Dual Xeon E5606 Processors
  • 24 GB Memory
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 (SCVMM)


Virtual Machines

  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 (OpsMgr)
  • System Center 2012 Orchestrator (SCOrch)
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)
  • SharePoint Server 2010
  • Windows 2008 R2 File Server
  • Windows 2008 R2 Domain Controller
  • 2 Windows 7 Enterprise


I chose to use SCVMM 2008 R2 and OpsMgr 2007 R2 because there was System Center Orchestrator 2012, (SCOrch) Integration Packs available for these applications. SCOrch Integration Packs give us the ability to tie system processes together and create Runbooks, (aka workflows). There will be future blog posts planned to discuss the following:

Active Directory Group Policies

The lab Active Directory domain will have a few specific GPOs that will be in place to aid in the ability to orchestrate and automate datacenter processes.

Creating System Orchestrator 2012 Runbooks

Configuration of a few simple system center Runbooks that will automate the following datacenter processes:

  • Create a new user in Active Directory
  • Provision a Virtual Machine
  • FTP file transfer
  • Failed Service Restart


System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

  • Using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Compliance to auto-remediate desired configuration baselines
  • Making software applications available through the ConfigMgr Software Library


Self Service

The use of SharePoint as a portal for the following Self Service tasks:

  • Add user to Active Directory
  • The provisioning of software to users
  • Automated creation of Windows 7 virtual machines for users and Windows Server 2008 R2 for domain services

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