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Get to know Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

If your organization is looking to have a private cloud with some of the benefits of a public cloud, Windows Azure Pack is an option that can give you the best of both worlds.

The cloud continues to be the focus of Microsoft's message to organizations, and that won't change anytime soon. The company continues to introduce new technologies aimed at moving organizations toward the cloud, and Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server is one such option.

If your organization is interested in moving to a private cloud that includes some of the benefits of a public cloud, Windows Azure Pack should interest you. Take a closer look at what would be involved should your organization decide to use Windows Azure Pack.

What is Windows Azure Pack?

Windows Azure Pack is a group of Microsoft Azure technologies running on top of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. The pack -- which is free -- helps Windows Server admins build new infrastructure on-demand for use in their organization's apps and data center. It also includes new capabilities not previously available.

Learn more about Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

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Why you should know Windows Azure Pack

One major appeal of using Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server is that it can put organizations well on their way to building a private cloud. Admins can build an offering for the organization's customers and departments using the provided infrastructure as a service interface, taking self-service IT and control from a dream to reality.

How to install Windows Azure Pack

The Windows Azure Pack installation process can be divided into three categories: components, hardware and software. You'll also need to know some of the most important requirements: at least eight physical servers or eight VMs to install the components, and currently running Windows Server 2012 R2.

Know the two ways to deploy Windows Azure Pack

Organizations can choose between two different modes of deploying Windows Azure Pack in Windows Server, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Express deployment uses the Windows Platform Installer to install the Windows Azure Pack components on a system. Distributed deployment spreads the components across multiple VMs or systems.

Get to know Windows Azure Pack UR1

Windows Azure Pack receives routine patches and updates, which organizations should automatically receive with Windows Update. One of these recent updates is Update Rollup 1, and your organization should make sure it's protected with backups and snapshots in case it needs a rollback after installing the update.

This was first published in August 2014

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