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Building Clouds with Windows Azure Pack by Amit Malik

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The VM Role architecture

VM Role in Windows Azure Pack adds greater flexibilities and self-service capabilities in IaaS offerings. VM Role is not just about providing virtual machines for tenant's workload, it takes IaaS services to another level by offering automated applications deployment in VM in a self-service manner.

VM Role packages are developed in JSON and provide resources or values, which are used to provision virtual machines and applications. JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a lightweight format used for data interchanging.

JSON files for a VM Role along with metadata such as logos, resources, and more make a VM Role package.

A VM Role is primarily made up of two components/packages as follows:

  • Resource Definition package
  • Resource ...

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