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
- 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
- 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
- Support for IIS 8
- Monitoring of WCF, MVC and .NET NT services
- Azure SDK support
- 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
- Apply price sheets to VMM clouds
- Create chargeback reports
- Pivot by cost center, VMM clouds, Pricesheets
- 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.
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
Here are som facts about releases:
Volume Licensing and available to partners – 16 August
RTM – 26 October
Windows Server 2012
Volume Licensing and available to partners – not announced “We will also make the software available to our volume licensing customers in the next couple of weeks.”
RTM – 4 September
SQL Server 2012
RTM – 6 Mars
SCCM 2012 SP1
Sccm2012 with support for Windows 8 OSD and Server2012
CTP2 Released Today 15 August
So it seems at the latest we will get to work with all of these combined is the 4 september, depending on the SP1 for CM12.
If you are planning on installing Configuration Manager 2012 then before you do you need to be sure that your SQL collation is set to SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS. If you live in the US then that’s probably what it is set to already but if not, and if you are using regional settings that may change the default collation (for example Swedish) then you will need to reinstall SQL from scratch to change the SQL collation or try some unsupported hacks to resolve your collation issues. If you are wondering why then it’s because ConfigMgr setup will not let you continue without the correct Collation. Full. Stop.
Configuration Manager 2012 requires SQL collation set toSQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS. Yup that’s it. And here’s where it states that on Technet. Expand the SQL Server Requirements section and look at the Collation field. And I quote: “The instance of SQL Server in use at each site must use the following collation: SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS.”
If you have already install SQL and want to verify the collation settings prior to running ConfigMgr setup, then you can start SQL Server Management Studio and look at theServer Collation section of the General page as in this screenshot by right clicking on the database server and choosing properties.
How can i set the collation? If you are installing SQL server and want to set the collation manually, you can do so on the Server Configuration screen as pictured below, simply click on the collation tab.
Now you need to uninstall your SQL instance, this is what technet say about it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955499
- We recommend that you use the Add or Remove Programs feature in Control Panel to uninstall SQL Server.
Then install SQL again it might complain about reporting files that may be left over. Just ignore the reporting part of the SQL installation.