System Center 2012 SP1 BETA is now available

Great news we now have beta version that we can test and provide feedback. From what I hear is that RTM could be available before end of the year or early next year. The downloads are located here. Some of the new features are:

  • 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
    • Deployment and management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
    • Distribution point for Windows Azure to help reduce infrastructure costs
    • Automation of administrative tasks through PowerShell support
    • Management of Mac OS X clients and Linux and UNIX servers
    • Real-time administrative actions for Endpoint Protection related tasks
  • 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
    • 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

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager Beta

IPD guides helps us make designs for specific technology. After releasing a couple of such guides for System Center 2012 components now it is time for Operations Manager. The guide is first released as beta version and if you have any remarks about the documentation you can sent them to Microsoft. Download the beta IPD guide for SCOM 2012 here.

Note: You have to have account to Microsoft Connect in order to be able to download it.

Windows Server 2012 Beta Essential available for download

For those who are interested in the replacement of Windows Home server you can download it for testing.

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2012 Beta available for download

VMST is the tool that can help you in updating your offline virtual machines, VHDs and templates with latest operating system and application patches. The new version now works with VMM 2012 and SCCM 2012. The tool can be downloaded from Microsoft Connect site. To learn more about the product go to Technet Library page.

Consideration when Deploying App-V 5.0 Beta

If you want to test App-V 5.0 beta Anurag Juneja from Microsoft wrote an article what components you have to have on the server before starting deployment. Check it out here.