I cannot stress enough how important is to have some SQL knowledge when dealing with System Center. I’ve previously blogged about SQL Server guide for System Center 2012 by Paul Keely and I’ve personally used this guide many times when I was designing System Center environment and now there is a new version SQL 2012 and System Center 2012 R2. Actually it is not exactly a new version but more extension to the first guide as many of the stuff are still relevant. If you haven’t checked the first guide do it but also definitely check the new one to learn some cool stuff.
The first guide that includes 2012 R2 RTM versions of System Center and Windows Server is out. You can download it now and save it to be prepared to test certain scenarios when GA availability of R2 wave arrives.
If you want to try out Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server but you do not know from where to start here is a good guide from Microsoft. Download it from here.
Database as a Service is not one of the most popular services but for sure it is gathering more and more usage. It is difficult service to design and built so for sure this architecture guide from Microsoft can help a lot.
Even though SC 2012 R2 and WS 2012 R2 are not released yet Microsoft published a guide to setup lab for Hyper-V Network Virtualization. There are no screenshot in the guide but you can have a sneak peak preview of the architecture of the new Multi-Tenant NVGRE Gateway. Check it out here.