Technet Library: New in System Center 2012 SP1 was updated

Soon after the release of System Center 2012 SP1 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers Microsoft updated the SC 2012 SP1 library with the changes that are included in SP1. Information about changes in all components you can find here.

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.


Integrating public and private clouds with AppController by Daniele Grandini

Another great article by Daniele Grandini titled “Integrating public and private clouds with AppController”. In the article he shows how to connect to Windows Azure and move virtual machine from SCVMM to Windows Azure and vise versa.

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

Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Reference Documentation is released

The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Program is a joint reference architecture for building private clouds, which combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations with hardware partner computing power, network, and storage architectures; and value-added software components.

The provide documents can be very useful in designing Private Cloud Solution based on System Center 2012: