Creating Azure-like Windows Server Images with System Center

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A small update on this topic. If you do not want your customers to face error 0x800F0906 when they try to install .NET Fraemwork 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 I would suggest you to install and disable .net FRamework 3.5 feature with DISM prior syspreping your images. The following commands should do the work: Continue reading “Creating Azure-like Windows Server Images with System Center”

System Center 2012 SP1 General Availability and VHD Downloads

It is official: System Center 2012 SP1 has reached General Availability. Summarization of the new capabilities you can find on the System Center blogs:

If you want to test the components you can download VHD files that will help you with that:

I trial version of the product can be downloaded from here.

Documentation for download:

List of SC 2012 SP1 KB articles:

Kevin Holman’s QuickStart deployment guides:

Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses:

  • Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals – Learn how Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center 2012 SP1 can help you build, deploy, and manage private cloud architecture. NOTE: This course becomes available on Jan 15.
  • System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Updates – Learn about the enhancements to each of the System Center 2012 SP1 components, which includes added support for Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and tighter integration with Windows Azure. NOTE: This course becomes available on Jan 16.
  • COMING SOON: System Center 2012 SP1 Capabilities – Learn about the configuration and management of the infrastructure, services and applications available from System Center 2012 SP1. NOTE: This course becomes available on Jan 31.

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Final Version Released

Solutions Accelerator team released the final version of MVMC that will allow you to convert VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V virtual machines. Documentation is also provided with the tool. More about the tool and download location are located here.

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.

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: