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How to View or Change Cloud Services and Certificates

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - App Controller, System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, System Center 2012 SP1 - App Controller

The following section describes how to view, add, and delete cloud services in a Windows Azure subscription, as well as how to manage certificates for a cloud service.

noteNote
A cloud service is a container for your service deployments in Windows Azure. Your subscription may have a limit on the number of cloud services that can be created. If you reach this limit you will not be able to create a cloud service until an existing cloud service is deleted.

For System Center 2012 SP1 only: For information managing certificates for a connection to a hosting service provider, see How to Connect to a Hosting Provider in System Center 2012 SP1.

To add or delete a certificate to a cloud service

  1. From the Clouds page, select a Windows Azure subscription from the list and click Manage Cloud services in the task bar.

  2. Select a cloud service from the list and click Certificates.

  3. To add a certificate to the cloud service, click Add Certificate.

    The certificate must be in either a Windows Azure storage account or on a network file share that is already added to App Controller. The certificate is a PFX file, and to access the file you will need to enter the password used to protect the PFX file. When you add a certificate to a cloud service, the certificate is uploaded to the certificate store of the Windows Azure subscription.

  4. To delete a certificate from the cloud service, select the certificate you want to delete and click Remove Certificate.

    When you delete a certificate, the certificate is deleted from the certificate store of the Windows Azure subscription and will no longer be available for use by services deployed in the subscription.

To create a new cloud service

  1. From the Clouds page, select a Windows Azure subscription from the list and click Manage Cloud services in the task bar.

  2. Click Create to create a new cloud service.

  3. Enter a name for the cloud service and an optional description.

  4. Enter a public URL for the cloud service.

    noteNote
    The public URL you give the new cloud service must be unique across Windows Azure.

  5. Select a region in which to deploy the new cloud service.

    noteNote
    When you create a cloud service, you must specify a geographical location for it. You can do this either by specifying a geographic location or by specifying that the service should be part of an affinity group.

To delete a cloud service

  1. From the Clouds page, select a Windows Azure subscription from the list and click Manage Cloud services in the task bar.

  2. Select the cloud service you want to delete from the list and then click Delete.

    A cloud service can only be deleted if there are no services deployed to the cloud service. If a cloud service has certificates, the certificates will be deleted from the certificate store when the cloud service is deleted.

    noteNote
    If you are creating a new cloud service, the public URI that you give your cloud service must be unique across Windows Azure. When you create a cloud service, you must specify a geographical location for it. You can do this either by specifying a data geographic location or by specifying that the service should be part of an affinity group. Additionally, you can upload certificates for use of deployments in the cloud service. Certificates can be used by a service for many purposes including SSL for a web role or encrypting remote desktop passwords.

See Also

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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