After we had already spotted the updated documentation on Microsoft Download and on TechNet, we now have the beta bits for System Center 2012 SP1. So finally we can also manage the recently released version of Windows Server 2012.
Fortunately SP1 Beta is not restricted to TAP customers, but publicly available. But be careful if you decide to run this beta version in production. There is no formal support available from Microsoft unless you are part of the TAP program. You can download the software here:
In the below section you can read what is now supported in this release:
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.
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.
Hybrid Cloud Management and the Service Provider Foundation API
System Center 2012 already enables optimization of your organization’s private cloud and Windows Azure resources from a single pane of glass, using the AppController component. In System Center 2012 SP1 we’ve extended AppController’s capabilities to include cloud resources offered by hosting service providers, giving you the ability to integrate and manage a wide range of custom and commodity IaaS cloud services into the same single pane of glass.
Service Provider Foundation API
The Service Provider Foundation (SPF) API is a new, extensible OData REST API in System Center 2012 SP1 that enables hosters to integrate their System Center installation into their customer portal and is automatically integrated with customers’ on-premises installation of AppController. A simple exchange of credentials enables enterprises to add the Service Provider cloud to App Controller for consumption alongside private and public cloud resources. SPF also has multi-tenancy built-in enabling operation at massive scale, controlling multiple scale-units built around Virtual Machine Manager.
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
Enhanced backup and recovery options
System Center 2012 SP1 Data Protection Manager adds the option to host server backups in the Windows Azure cloud, helping to protect against data loss and corruption while integrating directly into the existing backup administration interface in System Center. More details.
Global Service Monitor Support
System Center 2012 SP1 includes support for a new Windows Azure-based service called “Global Service Monitor” (GSM). GSM extends the application monitoring capabilities in System Center 2012 SP1 using Windows Azure points of presence around the globe, giving a true reflection of end-user experience of your application. Synthetic transactions are defined and scheduled using your on-premises System Center 2012 SP1 Operations Manager console; the GSM service executes the transactions against your web-facing application and GSM reports back the results (availability, performance, functionality) to your on-premises System Center dashboard. You can integrate this perspective with other monitoring data from the same application, taking action as soon as any issues are detected in order to achieve your SLA. To evaluate System Center 2012 SP1 with GSM, sign up for the customer preview of GSM.
Begin your evaluation of System Center 2012 SP1 with Windows Server 2012 today:
- Download the Beta
- Visit the TechNet System Center 2012 SP1 Beta library for technical documentation to support your evaluation