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    Microsoft System Center 2012 has RTM'd

    Downloading now from VLSC.

    Microsoft System Center 2012 released to volume-license customers < ZDNet

    Microsoft officials are confirming System Center 2012 is available to volume license users, as of April 1. They are declining to provide dates as to availability of the product to other customer groups, saying that they will have more to say on that front in mid-April at the Microsoft Management Summit. I’m not sure exactly when the suite RTM’d, and it seems Microsoft also is not commenting on that.

    Among the System Center products making up the 2012 family are System Center Configuration Manager 2012, which is going to enable Microsoft to better manage iPads and other non-Microsoft devices; System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 ; and a hybrid on-premises/cloud management portal known as Microsoft System Center App Controller 2012 (codenamed Concero).

    Microsoft execs have said there will be two System Center 2012 SKUs: Standard and Datacenter. Each includes the same bunch of eight point products, but with only two “operating system environments” (OSEs) supported for Standard, and an unlimited number supported for Datacenter. (OSEs can be physical and/or virtual machines, as explained by Tech Republic last year.)

    Microsoft is playing up the “single bundle” concept as a way to simplify its private/public cloud message. At the highest level, Microsoft is emphasizing that System Center 2012 will allow customers to manage private and/or public clouds. The hope in Redmond is that by getting customers more comfortable with cloud-computing concepts — like self-service, elasticity, automation, etc. — that they’ll be more amenable to moving to the public cloud (at some point).

    Microsoft officials are scheduled to share more particulars about System Center 2012 at the Microsoft Management Summit in mid-April in Las Vegas.

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    Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 Released.
    Description of Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYK-IT View Post
    Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 Released.
    Description of Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012
    Good grief is this a new record - not even out for 2 weeks and already we have an update rollup !!

    Now it's RTM'd though I wont be able to use it as I *still* don't have TechNet
    Everytime I go to do it something happens financially

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    Personally I will wait a goodly while before putting this into production. As great as 2007 is it took a couple of SPs and an R2 to get it where it is.
    I would expect the same from 2012.

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    Got to admit - from he brief play I had with the RC - I didn't find it as appealing as 2007.
    There are some new features that are worth looking into, but it seemed to that the whole process for deploying software and updates seemed rather too clunky and problematic..

    And I'm not a big fan of the whole Silverlight interface now being favoured by MS.. Lync possibly works ok with it, but not sure about SCCM...

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    Johan Arwidmark's Hydration Kit for Config Manager 2012 RTM is now available.

    Here is a download for deploying a complete ConfigMgr 2012 RTM infrastructure in either Hyper-V or VMware: One Domain Controller and one ConfigMgr 2012 RTM member server – Including pre-requisites like .Net Framework, SQL 2008 R2 SP1 CU4 (or higher) and IIS - all fully automated.

    Once configured, the total build time for the full ConfigMgr 2012 RTM lab environment is about 1.5 hours (on my laptop).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Personally I will wait a goodly while before putting this into production. As great as 2007 is it took a couple of SPs and an R2 to get it where it is.
    I would expect the same from 2012.
    Spot on, remember the joys of SCCM before they added in Unknown Computer Support for PXE

    There was a good reason I stayed on SMS 2003 for about a year and a bit before moving to SCCM. As with a few other releases recently I'm going to sit and let someone else take the pain initially as 2007 does what I need to get 7 deployed this summer. Looking forwards the Android management functionality of 2012 seems very useful though.
    Last edited by gshaw; 19th April 2012 at 12:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Personally I will wait a good while before putting this into production.
    There's already quite a few KB articles...

    New Knowledge Base articles for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager « The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog

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    I'm beginning to think this little general purpose gotcha would make a good interview question:

    2679653: The lastLogonTimestamp attribute in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager may not be accurate

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    System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 announced

    There will be support for new platforms like:
    • Windows 8
    • Windows RT – Intel SoC tablets support
    • Mac OS X
    • Linux and Unix

    Application changes
    • Support Metro style applications and Deep link applications
    • Network cost support, which is intelligence support for detecting and controlling/blocking traffic from connections like 3G and 4G networks
    • Hierarchy changes
    • You can add a new CAS to an existing stand-alone primary site
    • Changes in SQL replication
    • E-mail support for all in console alerts

    Software Updates
    • Fallback support to Windows Update site for content
    • Endpoint Protection definition updates applied 3 times per site
    • Real-time administrative actions from the console

    Changes in Settings Management
    • User Profile and Data Management
    • Client Side Caching
    • Roaming User Profiles
    • Folder Redirection

    Changes in OSD
    • TPM and PIN support
    • Used Space BitLocker support

    Prestage media support for additional content types
    • Support for WIM, Applications, Drivers, Package/Programs

    PowerShell support
    • New PowerShell Provider
    • The scope is to support what-ever feature exposed in the Admin Console

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    Good #deity!

    Is this the faster service pack ever!?

    Reading through the bullet list above - it reads like a "oops we forgot some things" list
    Last edited by Gatt; 14th June 2012 at 07:57 AM.

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    Indeed - some nice little additions though. Another pro for virtualisation - apply it, if it breaks, roll back - 2 minute job

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    Reading through the bullet list above - it reads like a "oops we forgot some things" list
    Heh, or a "These are the things we wanted to include but weren't working when the product was rushed out the door" list

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    And this is why I'm leaving my SCCM on 2007 for now until 2012 settles down a bit

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