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Planning for Cloud Services in Configuration Manager

Bijgewerkt: november 2012

Van toepassing op: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1


With SP1, you can use cloud services to help you manage resources and to reduce the number of remote distribution points you deploy in a hierarchy. Use the information in the following sections to help you plan for using cloud-based infrastructure such as site system roles by using Windows Azure.

With SP1, you can use a cloud service in Windows Azure to host the following site system roles:

Site system roles that are hosted by Windows Azure are named site system cloud services. This is in contrast to site system servers, which refer to on-premises computers that you manage in your network environment.

Before you can use a cloud service to host a site system role, you must have a subscription to Windows Azure, and configure Windows Azure to support the site system roles. To use Windows Azure for site system roles, you must obtain a management certificate that you upload to Windows Azure. The management certificate enables to communicate with the cloud service. For additional requirements, see the planning topic that is specific to the site system role you install as a cloud service.

When you use a cloud service to host a site system role, you do not need to plan for the hardware that the site system role is installed on. The hardware is replaced by the cloud service in Windows Azure. For example, for a distribution point, you define the amount of storage you want to the distribution point to use, and specify when generates alerts based on data transfer thresholds. You also specify the Windows Azure region each cloud-based distribution point serves. For example, you might deploy one cloud-based distribution point to the North America region, and a second distribution point to Asia.

Typically, the primary concern for a site system role that is installed as a cloud service is cost management for the Windows Azure account that hosts the cloud service. Therefore, plan to monitor each cloud service that you use for ongoing costs that are associated with the storage of data in the cloud, and for data transfers from site system cloud services that you use with . For more information, see Costs of Using a Cloud Service with Configuration Manager, and review the details for your Windows Azure subscription.

When you use a cloud service, plan for the cost of data storage and transfers by clients. Charges for using a cloud service are not controlled by , nor does add additional costs to access a cloud service. Instead, all costs are determined by your Windows Azure account and subscription details, and the volume of data that you store and allow clients to download.

For more information about Windows Azure, see Windows Azure in the MSDN Library.

uses certificates to provision and access your content in Windows Azure, and to manage the services that you use. encrypts the data that you store in Windows Azure, but does not introduce additional security or data controls beyond those provided by Windows Azure. For more information about Windows Azure security, see the documentation for Windows Azure.

The following topics on the TechNet web site can help you understand security in Windows Azure:

Zie voor aanvullende bronnen Information and Support for Configuration Manager (Informatie en ondersteuning voor Configuration Manager).

Tip: Gebruik deze query om online documentatie te vinden in de TechNet-bibliotheek voor System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Zie voor instructies en voorbeelden Search the Configuration Manager Documentation Library (De documentatiebibliotheek van Configuration Manager doorzoeken).
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