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CTP2 release of the System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 is available

Hi Geeks after this loooooong time!

In this post, I will focus on the new CTP2 of the SP1 of the System Center 2012 Suite which enhances the beautiful family.

The most important feature is the support of the new amazing Windows Server 2012 RC. However, I have really appreciated the support of the MAC OS clients by SCCM 2012!

Here you are the involved features of this CTP2 (from the official site).

  • 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 latest versions of XenServer, vSphere (I don’t know if the ESXi 5 is also supported!)
  • Configuration Manager
    • Support for Windows 8
    • Support for Mac OS clients(Amazing)
    • Support for Linux and Unix servers(Finally)
  • 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
    • Additional 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

Finally, you can download this CTP from here . The documentation is also available here.

But do attention; this CTP is not to be installed in the production environments and cannot be upgraded! 

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