VMM CTP of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Documentation

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This download provides a step-by-step guide that walks you through the new Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) features in the CTP of System Center 2012 SP1.

New Features In The CTP Release

The VMM CTP of System Center 2012 SP1 provides the following new features of Windows Server 8:

  • Network virtualization: the multitenant network abstraction mechanism.  Not all the capabilities of network virtualization in Windows Server "8" Beta are supported in this CTP.
  • VHDX support: the new virtual hard disk that support 64 TB.  For the CTP release, the library server must be a Hyper-V host to automatically index .vhdx files.
  • Support for file shares that use the Server Message Block (SMB) 2.2 protocol: the new storage alternative.
  • Live migration enhancements: how Windows Server 8 moves VMs

System Requirements



Operating system

· All computers that are used for the following roles must be running Windows Server "8" Beta:

· VMM management server

· VMM console

· VMM library server

· Virtual machine hosts

· The VMM database server can be running on either Windows Server "8" Beta or Windows Server 2008 R2.

· The only supported guest operating system for virtual machines in this CTP is Windows Server "8" Beta.


Hyper-V only (on Windows Server "8" Beta)

SQL Server

· SQL Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1

· Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter edition

· 64-bit edition only


You cannot upgrade from a previous version of VMM to this CTP. This includes upgrading from System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager.


Bear in mind that this is just the CTP release, wa-ay before beta.

2 thoughts on “VMM CTP of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Documentation”

  1. Hi Aidan,

    I can’t quite understand what this doc is about – why do we have CTP of SP1 for SC2012 if the SC2012 itself is still on RC? Does this mean that SC2012 will be released with SP1 slipstreamed? Or with the release of the RTM it will be impossible to use the features of WS8 and we’ll need to wait for the SP1 to be released?

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