System Center SP1 RTM available for download


Today Microsoft made System Center SP1 available on the Technet and MSDN websites. If you have a login for one of those websites you can download the SP1 RTM bits. SP1 give all System Center products support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. For more information about what’s new please follow the links below:

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Microsoft Private Cloud and System Center 2012 announcements


Today Microsoft organized a webcast around the Private Cloud and the System Center products. On this webcast Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management and Security Division, Microsoft announced the public availability of System Center 2012 Release Candidate. This version can be downloaded here.


Other important announcements from this session are:

  • System Center 2012 will be available as a suite, not as single products
  • Improved Licensing model for System Center 2012 (More information Below)
  • Availability of the Microsoft Customer Assessment tool for Private Cloud (link)
  • System Center 2012 will have a Unified Installer to install the products


More information about the Microsoft Private Cloud can be found in the following whitepaper.


System Center 2012 Licensing System Center 2012 can only be purchased as a bundle. So the various products can’t be purchased as a single product. With System Center 2012 there will be 2 bundle options: Datacenter and Standard. Both editions include all the System Center components, the editions are differentiated only by virtualization rights. Both licence editions has the limitation of 2 physical CPU’s. See the table from the Microsoft Website:



More informatie can be found in this whitepaper from Microsoft. (link)


System Center Universe 2012


System Center Universe 2012 is a one-day globally available technical event which will focus on the System Center 2012 products and new capabilities resulting from these releases. The conference begins on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 3.00 pm (CET). See below the Agenda of this event:


3:00-3:30 Introductions

3:30-4:25 System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (Presented By: Wally Mead)
4:25-4:55 Break and Sponsor Presentation: Veeam
4:55-5:50 System Center Operations Manager 2012 (Presented By: Baelson Duque)
5:50-6:05 Sponsor Presentation: Softmart
6:05-7:00 System Center Service Manager 2012 (Presented By: Travis Wright)
7.00-8:00 Lunch
8:00-9:00 System Center Virtual Manager 2012 (Presented By: Mahesh Unnikrishnan)
9:00-9:15 Sponsor Presentation: Savision
9:15-10:15 System Center Orchestrator 2012 (Presented By: Pete Zerger)
10:15-10:45 Break and Sponsor Presentation: BDNA
10:45-11:45 System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 (Presented By: Jason Buffington)
11:45-12:30 Ask-the-Experts Panel Q&A


Above times are in CET timezone. SCUG Netherlands is organizing a simulcast. You can register here


Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud


I just registered for the Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud event from Microsoft. This event is all about the Private Cloud and System Center.



From the Microsoft website:
“The definition, business value, and technology benefits of the “the cloud” have been hotly debated in recent months. Most agree that cloud computing can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and increase business agility in the market. In 2012, cloud computing will transition from hype and discussion, to part of every enterprise’s reality, and IT is uniquely positioned to lead this transformation and help business reap the benefits of cloud computing. 

Join us for a virtual event designed to help you explore your cloud options. It’s your chance to interact with Microsoft experts and with IT leaders like yourself, who have been putting cloud technology to work in their own organizations. You’ll be among the first to hear the latest private cloud news from Microsoft.”


You can register here