System Center 2012 RTM is Available To Download

I just saw a tweet by Anthony Crotty where he said:

Stumbled across the System Center 2012 Suite on the Volume License website

So I just checked and ….


… there it is.  I just checked MSDN but it is not there yet.  Your distributor or LAR should have pricing as of this morning – we did, as well as for the new CIS license.

That explains the glut of System Center 2012 downloads that came out overnight and continue to appear today on the Downloads site.


Thanks to Wilbour Craddock for this: TechNet and MSDN now have System Center 2012 available for download.

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System Center 2012 Technical Documentation Downloads

Smell that?  We’re getting close to release!  Microsoft has released a bunch of technical documentation downloads for System Center 2012:

And there’s a lot of related downloads available too:

  • Microsoft Security Compliance Manager: Take advantage of the experience of Microsoft security professionals, and reduce the time and money required to harden your environment. This end-to-end Solution Accelerator will help you plan, deploy, operate, and manage your security baselines for Windows client and server operating systems, and Microsoft applications. Access the complete database of Microsoft recommended security settings, customize your baselines, and then choose from multiple formats—including XLS, Group Policy objects (GPOs), Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs, or Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP)—to export the baselines to your environment to automate the security baseline deployment and compliance verification process. Use the Security Compliance Manager to achieve a secure, reliable, and centralized IT environment that will help you better balance your organization’s needs for security and functionality.
  • System Center 2012 – Service Manager Component Add-ons and Extensions: Download and install add-ons and extensions for the System Center 2012 – Service Manager component.
  • System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Component Add-ons and Extensions: Download and install add-ons and extensions for the System Center 2012 – Orchestrator component.

And there are some new management packs too!  Check the catalog, read the documentation, prep, download, import, and configure as specified in that documentation you made sure to read first, rather than lazily importing the management packs via the import GUI and hoping for the best Smile

Three System Center 2012 Exams On The Way

I was checking out the details of the new Microsoft partner Management And Virtualisation competency when I saw that three new System Center 2012 exams are coming soon after the GA of System Center 2012:

Get studying!

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Looking Back At System Center 2012 Launch In Dublin

That was one seriously full day today.  In a nutshell we had:

  • Introduction and setting the scene by Art Coughlan (MS Ireland sales)
  • The System Center story and licensing by Gavin McShera (MS Ireland sales)
  • A story from the real world by Damian Flynn (MVP, Cloud & Datacenter management)
  • Windows Server 8 by Dave Northey (MS Ireland DPE)

With the PowerPoint done, we moved on to a demo-centric afternoon based on real-world scenarios:

  • Device lifecycle management featuring ConfigMgr and Endpoint Protection by me
  • Application models and monitoring by Kevin Greene (Ergo)
  • Orchestration & automation of cloud by Damian Flynn (again)
  • Orchestration & self service by Paul Keely (MVP, Cloud & Datacenter management)

We repeat the show in Belfast next Tuesday.  If you’re registered, you really do not want to miss this show.  The material and gathering of speakers will not be repeated.

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CTP of SP1 for System Center 2012

Following my post on information for VMM 2012 SP1 CTP, Microsoft released the CTP downloads.  This includes the VMM download and a download for DPM 2012 SP1 CTP. 

The CTP enables the Data Protection Manager component’s repository and agents to run on Windows Server ‘8” as well as providing protection in Windows Server “8” environments. The CTP also adds protection for new features in Windows Server “8”:

  • Hyper-V Virtual Machines on Cluster Shared Volumes 2.0 (CSV2.0)
  • Hyper-V Virtual Machines on remote SMB share
  • Files on De-Duplicated Volumes

The supported operating systems for DPM 2012 SP1 CTP are:

  • Windows 2008
  • Windows 2008 R2
  • Windows "8" Beta

Event – Microsoft Ireland System Center 2012 Launch

Myself and some other community contributors will be working with Microsoft Ireland to launch System Center 2012 next month:

Please join us for our System Centre 2012 launch events in Dublin or Belfast and hear customers talk about how they implemented virtualisation, automation and delivered IT-as-a-service in a way that transformed their business. Engage in a lively discussion with partners and independent experts as they present real-world challenges and show how System Center addresses them.

System Center 2012 enables you to:
  • Deploy flexible, cost-effective Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas)
  • Deliver predictable application service levels
  • Take control of your public and private cloud resources

Register now to reserve your place


On the Agenda



10:00 – 10:30

Event Registration

10:30 – 11:30

Hear how Microsoft takes the experience of running the largest datacentres in the world and applies it to scalable management solutions for customers worldwide

11:30 – 12:00

Damian Flynn from Lionbridge Technologies shares the cost savings and efficiencies achieved from implementing System Center

12:00 – 13:00


13:05 – 16:15

Real-world examples from Industry Experts

Demonstration based sessions sharing scenarios that you can take and apply to your business. Examples include Deep Application Insights, Cloud and Data Centre – Automation and managing from the desktop to the datacentre

Subject Matter Experts

Aidan Finn (MVP – Virtual Machine), works for MicroWarehouse Ltd as a technical sales lead, working with Microsoft partners on Hyper-V, System Center and Forefront opportunities. He has been working with systems management technologies since 1996, and is experienced with Windows Server, desktop deployment and management, System Center, virtualisation, and so on. He blogs on, tweets as @joe_elway, and has written or contributed to books such as Mastering Hyper-V Deployment and Mastering Windows 7 Deployment.

Damian Flynn (MVP – System Center Cloud & Data Centre), works for Lionbridge Technologies (a Localisation, Logo Certification, Search & Content Services Company) as a Technical Architect of Corporate IT Infrastructure, working with the Business Stakeholders, IT Team, and Partners. Damian is a member of the Microsoft Windows Sever Futures Council, actively participating in multiple Microsoft TAP programs, and has being working on infrastructure technologies since 1994, with a high level of experience in Networking, Storage, Linux and Windows Servers, Virtualisation, System Center, etc. He blogs on, tweets from time to time on @damian_flynn, and is a contributing author on the forthcoming book “Microsoft Private Cloud Computing”.

Kevin Greene (Subject Matter Expert – Microsoft System Center Operations Manager), works for Ergo Group Ireland. Kevin has been responsible for the deployment of a large number of System Center projects to enterprise level clients across all sectors. He blogs at and you can also find him on Twitter as @kgreeneit

Paul Keely Paul has been working with System Center in its original from form for nearly ten years. He works for Infront Consulting group, a specialist system center practice that deploys system center to some of the biggest companies in the world.