System Center 2012 SP1 RTM is available for download on MSDN

The long waited Service Pack 1 of System Center 2012 has reached RTM and it is now available for download on MSDN. It seems the rumors were true. This is a Christmas gift from Microsoft Smile.

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Technical Documentation Download for the CTP2 release of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

In my previous publication I’ve posted the download link and the changes for CTP 2 of System Center 2012 SP1. Now I will give you the link to download the documentation for this update. Find it here.

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2

The second community technology preview of SP1 for System Center 2012 is out. Actually this is not an ordinary Service Pack, Microsoft is actually adding more and more features to System Center 2012:

  • Virtual Machine Manager
    • Improved Support for Network Virtualization
    • Extend the VMM console with Add-ins
    • Support for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service, thin provisioning of logical units and discovery of SAS storage
    • Ability to convert VHD to VHDX, use VHDX as base Operating System image
  • Configuration Manager
    • Support for Windows 8
    • Support for Mac OS clients
    • Support for Linux and Unix servers
  • Data Protection Manager
    • Improved backup performance of Hyper-V over CSV 2.0
    • Protection for Hyper-V over remote SMB share
    • Protection for Windows Server 2012 de-duplicated volumes
    • Uninterrupted protection for VM live migration
  • App Controller
    • Service Provider Foundation API to create and operate Virtual Machines
    • Support for Azure VM; migrate VHDs from VMM to Windows Azure, manage from on-premise System Center
  • Operations Manager
    • Support for IIS 8
    • Monitoring of WCF, MVC and .NET NT services
    • Azure SDK support
  • Orchestrator
    • Additional support for Integration Packs, including 3rd party
    • Manage VMM self-service User Roles
    • Manage multiple VMM ‘stamps’ (scale units), aggregate results from multiple stamps
    • Integration with App Controller to consume Hosted clouds
  • Service Manager
    • Apply price sheets to VMM clouds
    • Create chargeback reports
    • Pivot by cost center, VMM clouds, Pricesheets
  • Server App-V
    • Support for applications that create scheduled tasks during packaging
    • Create virtual application packages from applications installed remotely on native server

If you want to try CTP 2 in test environment download it from here.

SCOM Management Pack for Server App-V

Another MP for the System Center 2012 family. This time Microsoft provides the ability to monitor Server App-V trough SCOM (2007 and 2012). The MP offers these features:

  • Monitor for the Server Application Virtualization Agent service health
  • Monitor for the Server Application Virtualization Agent virtual registry health
  • Monitor for virtual environment health

Download it from here. Server App-V Management Pack is offered in 9 different languages.

8 Webcasts from May 29th till June 28th about System Center 2012

  • 5/29/2012 11:00:00 AM (Pacific Time) / 20:00 (CET) – Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 1 of 8): Beginning with the End in Mind
    In this session, we take a look at the end state of managing a private cloud with Microsoft System Center, including the Cloud Services management pack. The sessions that follow this session describe how to go from bare metal to a private cloud managed by System Center.

Register here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809577

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  • 5/31/2012 11:00:00 AM (Pacific Time) / 20:00 (CET) – Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 2 of 8): Hardware and Prerequisite Software Platform
    In this session, we take a look at the hardware used for these sessions as examples of the kind of hardware that you can use to run a private cloud. We’ll also discuss how to install and configure the prerequisite software, such as the Windows Server operating system, SQL Server data management software, and Active Directory Domain Services.

Register here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809578 
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  • 6/5/2012 11:00:00 AM (Pacific Time) / 20:00 (CET) – Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 3 of 8): Clustering Hyper-V and Installing a Highly Available Virtual Machine Manager Cluster
    In this session, we take a look at how to create a Hyper-V host cluster and install a highly available cluster by using Virtual Machine Manager, a component of Microsoft System Center 2012.

Register here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809579 

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  • 6/7/2012 11:00:00 AM (Pacific Time) / 20:00 (CET)  – Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 4 of 8): Configuring System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager
    In this session, we talk about how to configure Virtual Machine Manager, a component of Microsoft System Center 2012. We explore how to deploy agents, create a host group, create a cloud, and create virtual networks.

Register here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809580 

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  • 6/19/2012 11:00:00 AM (Pacific Time) / 20:00 (CET)  – Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 5 of 8): Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 – Operations Manager
    In this session, we show how to install a highly available Microsoft System Center 2012 – Operations Manager and deploy agents to manage the private cloud.

Register here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809581

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  • 6/21/2012 11:00:00 AM (Pacific Time) / 20:00 (CET)  – Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 6 of 8): Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 – Service Manager
    In this session, we show how to install a highly available Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Manager, including the configuration management database (CMDB), data warehouse, reporting, self-service portal, and service catalog.

Register here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809582 

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  • 6/26/2012 11:00:00 AM (Pacific Time) / 20:00 (CET)  – Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 7 of 8): Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 – Orchestrator
    In this session, we show how to install a highly available Microsoft System Center 2012 – Orchestrator and installing the System Center and other integration packs for automated administration of the private cloud.

Register here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809583

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  • 6/28/2012 11:00:00 AM (Pacific Time) / 20:00 (CET)  – Bare Metal to Private Cloud (Part 8 of 8): Integrating System Center 2012
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    In this session, we configure the many integration points between the Microsoft System Center components and also between System Center and Active Directory Domain Services.

    Register here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9809584

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