While filling us in on his weekend plans, Rhoderick accidentally lets slip that System Center 2012 SP1 Beta is now available.

This is an interesting release as it is adding support for Windows Server 2012.  In the case of SCVMM 2012 SP1, it means that it can only be installed on the RTM version of Windows Server 2012. 

RedmondMag provides further commentary in a useful summary:

While it may seem somewhat unsurprising to say it, the top big benefit of SP1, according to a Microsoft blog post, is that it lets IT pros use System Center 2012 to manage Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. When Microsoft released System Center 2012 in April, it was just limited to managing the most current flagship Microsoft operating systems products at that time, which were Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Similarly, with SP1, it's now possible to use all of System Center 2012's components to manage SQL Server 2012.

So, big day for System Center 2012 SP1 – go tyre-kick your new Intune-capable cloud-compatible management suite today!

Posted by Tristan Kington, MSPFE Editor, currently circulating at Tech.Ed Australia.