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System Center 2012 SP1 on Windows Server 2012 with SQL 2012 Server

shaun molnar on September 28th, 2012 with 0 Comments »

The Beta of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (“SP1”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. We have been testing the new Beta Service Pack 1 with the following configuration:

SCOM 2012 SP1:
Extra Pre-Reqs include .Net Framework 4.5 Features –> WCF Services –> HTTP Activation
Windows Process Activation Service –> Configuration API’s –> Process Model
ISAPI and CGI Restrictions in IIS are already enabled so the manual process to enable these is no longer required.

SCCM 2012 SP1

Running on Windows Server 2012, both System Center Products using SQL 2012 Server. Make sure you enable full text index searching, then restart SQL before starting the System Center SP1 Installation.

System Center SP1 looks to bring support for SQL Server 2012 which I know will make many people happy. We certainly are!

The Beta includes updates and enhancements to the following System Center 2012 components:

-Virtual Machine Manager ◦Improved Support for Network Virtualization
-Extend the VMM console with Add-ins
-Support for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service, thin provisioning of logical units and discovery of SAS storage
-Ability to convert VHD to VHDX, use VHDX as base Operating System image

-Configuration Manager ◦Deployment and management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
-Distribution point for Windows Azure to help reduce infrastructure costs
-Automation of administrative tasks through PowerShell support
-Management of Mac OS X clients and Linux and UNIX servers
-Real-time administrative actions for Endpoint Protection related tasks

-Data Protection Manager ◦Improved backup performance of Hyper-V over CSV 2.0
-Protection for Hyper-V over remote SMB share
-Protection for Windows Server 2012 de-duplicated volumes
-Uninterrupted protection for VM live migration

-App Controller ◦Service Provider Foundation API to create and operate Virtual Machines
-Support for Azure VM; migrate VHDs from VMM to Windows Azure, manage from on-premise System Center

-Operations Manager ◦Support for IIS 8
-Monitoring of WCF, MVC and .NET NT services
-Azure SDK support
-Monitoring of SharePoint 2010 with APM (.NET application performance monitoring)
-Integration with Team Foundation Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2012
-Conversion of Application Performance Monitoring events to IntelliTrace format
-Support for monitoring of CentOS, Debian, and Ubuntu Linux
-Improved Heartbeat monitoring for Unix/Linux
-ACS support for Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012
-Global Service Monitor – cloud based capability to monitor the health of your web applications from geo-distributed perspective
-Additional network devices models supported
-Visibility into virtual network switches in vicinity dashboard – thru integration with Virtual Machine Manager

-Orchestrator ◦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

-Service Manager ◦Apply price sheets to VMM clouds
-Create chargeback reports
-Pivot by cost center, VMM clouds, Pricesheets

-Server App-V ◦Support for applications that create scheduled tasks during packaging
-Create virtual application packages from applications installed remotely on native server

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 now available for download

shaun molnar on May 1st, 2012 with 0 Comments »

MDT 2012 now with support for Windows 8 Consumer Preview!

Reliable and Flexible OS Deployment—now with support for Windows 8, Windows Server “8” Beta, and System Center 2012

The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 is now available for download.

Visit the Download Center to download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 now.

New features include:

  • Support for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  • Integration with Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset 7 (DaRT) and Security Compliance Manager (SCM)
  • Support for Windows 8 Consumer Preview for deployments in a lab environment
  • Support for Windows Server “8” Beta

Details:

Support for Configuration Manager 2012: MDT 2012 provides support for Configuration Manager 2012 RC2 releases. MDT 2012 fully leverages the capabilities provided by Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment. Users now also have the ability to migrate MDT 2012 task sequences from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012.

Ease Lite Touch installation: The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) is now integrated with Lite Touch Installation, providing remote control and diagnostics. New monitoring capabilities are available to check on the status of currently running deployments. LTI now has an improved deployment wizard user experience. Enhanced partitioning support ensures that deployments work regardless of the current structure.

Support for Windows 8: MDT 2012 provides support for deploying Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server “8” Beta in a lab environment.

Tell your peers and customers about Solution Accelerators! Please forward this to anyone who wants to learn more about OS deployment with MDT, and Microsoft Solution Accelerators.

Already using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit? We’d like to hear about your experiences.