SCCM2012: System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2

The System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2 includes updates to System Center 2012 for compatibility with Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate including support for Azure VM and capabilities for Hosted Service Providers.

This Community Technology Preview (“CTP2”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate. CTP2 is for evaluation purposes only and not to be used in production as described in the EULAs associated with the product. No license keys are required to do this evaluation. CTP2 includes updates and enhancements to the following System Center 2012 components:

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
  • Ability to deploy Windows 8 Apps
  • 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

The System Center 2012 CTP2 can be downloaded at : http://www.microsoft…s.aspx?id=30133

Technical Documentation for System Center 2012 CTP2 : http://www.microsoft…s.aspx?id=30134.

System Requirements:

Supported operating systems: Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2
The Virtual Machine Manager server for the CTP2 release System Center 2012 SP1 will only run on Windows Server 2012 RC

-via Technet > http://www.microsoft…s.aspx?id=30133

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