System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Community Technology Preview 2 – Service Provider Foundation Update for Service Management API available for download

This preview provides a subset of the Service Provider Foundation API that is included with System Center 2012 SP1 CTP2. It should only be used in conjunction with the installable components of the Service Management API and “Virtual Machines” scenario on Windows Server. You can download it from here.

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2 VHD downloads

Microsoft has published for download System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2 in form of a VHDs. Every VHD enables you to create a virtual machine to evaluate the different System Center components. Here are the download links:

System Center 2012 CTP2 – Service Manager–Introducing the Chargeback feature

Service Manager Team blog is introducing the Chargeback feature that will be available in SP1 of System Center 2012. In the article there is a clear explanation on how you can use the feature and short demo. Read and watch here.

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.