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Microsoft’s Private Cloud is built on the industry leading foundation of Windows Server and System Center. The System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) update enables System Center to run on and manage the final version of Windows Server 2012, released earlier this week. System Center 2012 SP1 brings System Center manageability to many new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 as well as a range of other improvements.  You can read about the System Center 2012 SP1 on the product overview page.

The beta of System Center 2012 (SP1) is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center.  This blog post focuses on some of the new capabilities for Datacenter and Cloud in System Center 2012 SP1.  For information about the Configuration Manager capabilities of System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows InTune, read the client management blog post.

  • Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 Support - With this Beta release, all System Center 2012 SP1 components are now enabled to manage and run in a Windows Server 2012 environment.  System Center 2012 SP1 Beta also now supports the use of SQL Server 2012.
  • Network Virtualization - With System Center 2012 SP1 you can take advantage of the Virtual Machine Manager’s ability to manage Hyper-V network virtualization across multiple hosts, simplifying the creation of entire virtual networks.
  • Windows Azure Virtual Machine management - System Center 2012 SP1 now integrates with Windows Azure Virtual Machines enabling you to move on-premises Virtual Machines to run in Windows Azure and then manage from your on-premises System Center installation enabling a range of workload distribution and remote operations scenarios

There are many other capabilities in the System Center 2012 SP1 Beta.  Read the full blog post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2012/09/10/system-center-2012-sp1-beta-available-evaluate-with-windows-server-2012.aspx.