Glossary for System Center 2012 - App Controller


Updated: June 1, 2015

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

Term Definition
App Controller Library A single logical representation of all library objects from registered clouds from VMM and Windows Azure.
capability The ability to perform a function, for example, the ability of a cloud to host highly available virtual machines is a capability, and the ability of a cloud to connect virtual machines to a certain logical network is a capability.
capacity A consumable resource which is pooled and reported as an aggregate value via a cloud. CPU count, memory, and storage are examples of capacity dimensions.
cloud A pool of resources which exposes a set of capacity and capabilities without revealing the actual physical backing of the resources.
cloud resource mapping A mapping created by an App Controller administrator with all the cloud resources.
member An individual Active Directory user account or an Active Directory group that is assigned to one or more user roles. A user role can consist of one or more members.
portal A website that users who are assigned to an appropriate user role can use to create and manage their own virtual machines and services.
private cloud The cloud created within and exposed by VMM systems running within an App Controller installation’s trust boundary. There can be multiple private clouds.
public cloud A cloud provided to the general public.
quota A per-user limit on cloud capacity usage. A quota can consist of several dimensions such as CPUs, memory, storage, virtual machines, and so on.
scope The set of public and private clouds to which a user role has access.
service configuration file The file that sets values for a service. The values that you can specify include the number of instances to deploy for each role, the values for the configuration parameters that you established in the service definition file, and the thumbprints for any SSL certificates associated with the service.
service configuration setting A configuration option that can be changed in a running service without requiring the service to be redeployed.
service definition file The file that determines the service model, such as the roles that comprise a service, optional local storage resources, configuration settings, and certificates for SSL endpoints.
service instance A deployed service in Windows Azure or VMM.
service package A package, also known as a service template, is a file that contains the role binaries and the service definition file to be published to the Windows Azure fabric.
service requirement A design option that, if it is changed, requires the service to be redeployed.
storage account An account that provides access to Windows Azure storage services to obtain persistent, redundant storage in the cloud. The storage services include these fundamental services: a) Blob service b) Queue service c) Table service.
user profile A profile that defines the set of available actions, scope choices, and quota options available to a user role. Examples of profiles are App Controller Administrator, Cloud Manager, and Self-Service User.
user role A unique combination of members, scope, and quota. A user role is based on one and only one profile.
VMM service template A template, also called a virtual machine template, that represents a set of virtual machines that are working together to provide a tool for the customer.