Friday, 15 June 2012

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2 - What's New?

So Service Pack 1 CTP2 has just been released for download:

With the Technical Documentation here:

I don't know if it's an oversight or not, but there is currently no technical doc for ConfigMgr....

From scanning the documents quick, here's a high level new feature list:

App Controller
  • Upload a virtual hard disk or image to Windows Azure from a VMM library or network share
  • Add a virtual machine to a deployed service in Windows Azure
  • Start, stop, and connect to virtual machines in Windows Azure
  • Migrate a virtual machine from VMM to Windows Azure
  • Deploy a virtual machine in Windows Azure to create hosted service
  • Add a Service Provider Framework (SPF) hosting provider connection
  • In System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 are both supported.
  • Additional support for Integration Packs, including 3rd party
  • Manage VMM self-service User Roles
  • Manage multiple VMM ‘stamps’ (scale units), aggregate results from multiple stamps
  • Integration with App Controller to consume Hosted clouds

Virtual Machine Manager
  • Network Virtualization
  • VHDX Support
  • SMB 3.0 File Shares
  • Live Migration Enhancements
  • Storage enhancements
  • Provision a Physical Computer as a Hyper-V Host - Enhancements
  • Support for VMM console add-ins

Service Manager
  • SQL Server 2012 Support
  • New Charge Back Feature

Operations Manager
  • New APM Monitoring Capabilities (WCF, MVC and .NET NT services)
  • New MP and support for Windows Server 2012 and IIS 8
  • Azure SDK support

Configuration Manager
  • Support for Windows 8
  • Support for Mac OS clients
  • Support for Linux and Unix servers

Data Protection Manager
  • Improved backup performance of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over CSV 2.0 deployments
  • Protect Hyper-V over remote SMB share
  • Protect Windows 8 deduplicated volumes
  • Support for Live Migration (Uninterupted Protection)
  • Use SQL Server 2012 to host DPM database
Server App-V
  • Support for applications that create scheduled tasks during packaging
  • Create virtual application packages from applications installed remotely on native server

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