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Installation and Deployment – System Center 2012 SP1 New Online Virtual Labs

Installation and Deployment – System Center 2012 SP1 New Online Virtual Labs

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Microsoft System Center 2012 provides a common toolset to manage infrastructure and applications across private, hosted, and public clouds. In these new virtual labs, you will get started with initial configuration of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). You will configure a System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 infrastructure to prepare the environment for subsequent activities that demonstrate the management, reporting, and administrative capabilities of the System Center 2012 SP1 products. Learn to install the Operations Manager (OpsMgr) and enhance VMWare hosts with VMM.  Enhance the management and reporting of the virtual machine environment and install the System Center 2012 SP1 – Operations Manager (OpsMgr) agent and configure it to integrate VMM with OpsMgr.  Find out how to integrate Orchestrator to enable workflow automation of a VM Ware environment.

Ready for next steps?  Learn basic customizations for Operations Manager in these recent labs.

Virtual Labs are free, hands-on learning environments—no complicated installation

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Activities in these labs include performing an initial configuration of System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to manage and provision virtual machines by adding Hyper-V host groups and Hyper-V servers in addition to configuring a library server to store re-usable components. To enhance the management and reporting of the virtual machine environment, you will install the System Center 2012 SP1 – Operations Manager (OpsMgr) agent and configure it to integrate VMM with OpsMgr. You will add a third party custom Operations  Manager Management Pack that will enhance the management of VMware hosts and  virtual machines using Virtual Machine Manager. Finally, you will add a System Center 2012 SP1 – Orchestrator integration to enable workflow automation of a VMware environment.

Note: the lab spins up two windows: one is the lab
  environment, and the second is the step-by-step guide documentation.

How to try this solution, full-featured, and at no cost?

System Center 2012 R2 builds on System Center 2012 to enable at-scale management of major Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities, including Hyper-V Replica, dynamic VHDX resize, and Storage Spaces. Trial System Center 2012 R2 Preview at the TechNet Evaluation Center.  (You can also still downnload System Center 2012 SP1 at the TechNet Evaluation Center).

Useful Resources

  • TechNet Radio:“Building a Private Cloud with System Center SP1” Building a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Introduction
  • TechNet Library: System Requirements for System Center 2012 SP1
  • Upgrade guide: Update from earlier versions to System Center 2012 SP1 (Includes ConfigMan, Endpoint Protection, Data Protection Manager, Orchestrator, Service Manager, and VMM)
  • System Center Team Blog: Find out what’s new

 

Comments
  • Hello Karen,

    I have tried to launch the Virtual Lab a few times and each time one of the two windows fails saying "Unable to connect to DC01".

    Thanks,

    -Matthew

  • Hello Karen:

    I am also having issues with the virtual lab and it is failing for DC01.

  • Thanks for flagging the issue with the Virtual Lab link, Matthew & Doug - I've updated the article.

    Here's the new URL: go.microsoft.com.

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