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System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta Now Available for Download

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta Now Available for Download

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downloadThe Beta of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (“SP1”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. The Beta 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. The Beta 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
    • Deployment and management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
    • Distribution point for Windows Azure to help reduce infrastructure costs
    • Automation of administrative tasks through PowerShell support
    • Management of Mac OS X clients and Linux and UNIX servers
    • Real-time administrative actions for Endpoint Protection related tasks
  • Data Protection Manager
    • Improved backup performance of Hyper-V over CSV 2.0
    • Online Backup support with Windows Azure Online Backup service
    • 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

For all the details and a download link please see the following:

J.C. Hornbeck | Knowledge Engineer | Management and Security Division

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  • Great update. Will the use of VHDX make it possible to use 4k sector disks as backup storage?

  • Is there a guide or case study that covers comparison or why to move from Symantec Backup Exec to Microsoft Systems Center Data Protection Manager? Or is there a comparison sheet on BE 2012 versus DPM 2012?

    Any reference will help.


    Faisal Masood

  • Just want to get confirmation... it was stated on the SP1 CTP2 release that the DPM team would support the upgrade path from Beta --> RC --> RTM. Is this still the case? Thank you.

  • I read that backup to Windows Azure will be encrypted and compressed. Will this option be available for 'normal' protection groups also?

  • Hi,

    Is there is an official channel for providing feedback on the beta?

    I ran into some issues with backing up a 2012 Hyper-V cluster using DPM SP1 beta. When the backup server was turned on, starting up other VMs would cause the cluster to lose connection with the ISCSI CSVs and the VMs to freeze for a couple of minutes. This was with the DPM VM sitting on the same CSV as the VMs it was backing up. Moving the DPM server to a different CSV resolved the issue.