As I write this post flying back from TechEd, North America (
check out Day 1 keynote
), it never ceases to amaze me how technology has really changed our lives!!! Speaking of which, what an honor that all of you voted System Center 2012 as
best Microsoft Product at TechEd
. Thank you for your support! We here have worked incredibly hard over the past few years to develop System Center to meet your needs and having this award means a lot to us. Below is a picture of the award; not the best picture I admit. It’s going to find a home in
building 44 at the Microsoft Campus
And now for what we all have been waiting for... YES, it is here!! We are super excited to announce the availability of
CTP2 of System Center 2012 SP1
. With the recent release of
Windows Server 2012, Release Candidate
, this release of System Center is targeted at supporting that. While at TechEd, the buzz about Windows Server 2012 was evident and we are thrilled to be able to release CTP2 which supports this incredible release of Windows Server. Given the plethora of capabilities in
Windows Server 2012
, this release of System Center has significant investments to provide you a management solution based on a rich platform.
While at TechEd, we had a
which talks about what’s coming in System Center 2012 SP1. Given the breadth of capabilities in SP1, I was able to cover only a few key things, but it’s a good place to start your journey with CTP2. The recording was not up as I write this, but should be available by early next week. In addition there were deeper dive sessions on each of the System Center components which you should check out at the TechEd
This release contains updates to all the System Center components. See below for more information and stay tuned for additional posts describing the component updates.
: CTP1 cannot be upgraded to CTP2 and CTP2 will not be upgradable to Beta.
: This release is not intended for production deployments. It’s targeted at giving you an early preview of some of what’s coming in this SP1 release.
We specifically focused on a key set of scenarios documented
for this release.
FEEDBACK, FEEDBACK, FEEDBACK –
Please give us your feedback on use of Windows Server 2012, Release Candidate and CTP2 of System Center 2012 SP1 by visiting
All components now support Windows Server 2012 RC and SQL Server 2012.
· Ability to migrate a VM from VMM to Azure
· Support for using Service Provider Foundation to create and operate VMs in VMM
· Azure IaaS enhancements: Ability to deploy VMs from an image or disk, start and stop VMs, and add VMs to a service