I'm Robert Marshall, director and principle consultant at SMSMarshall Ltd, who's specialism is in the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product and all of its dependent products, covering all aspects from Architecture, Implementation, Migration to Break-Fix.
I've been in front of computers for over 30 years now, with my roots in programming 8 bit computers, I've taken an often exciting journey which has led to becoming an expert in an enterprise product. I consider my career as starting 17 years ago, when I began my first serious role as a deployment engineer. I've seen 8 bit through to 64 bit, the rise and refinement of the interface we take for granted now, the rise of the Internet from land-line based modem access for the few, to the powerful broadband connections we have today for the masses, I saw mobile phones come into existence, and I've seen Microsoft evolve from more than a handful of employees to the company it is now, while pretty much tinkering with every OS they have released, as well as seeing an industry that has evolved around those humble beginnings to become what we have today. I'm a keen technical puzzle solver, I love to solve gnarly problems around my area of specialism. And, I love to share when I have time. I hope you enjoy the blog.
Looky here, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CTP2 has just been released for public consumption.
Download Installer hereDownload Docs here
Download Installer here
Download Docs here
Nod to Raphael Perez MVP for turning up the links mega-fast.
More info here: blogs.technet.com/.../system-center-2012-sp1-ctp2-now-available.aspx
Look at this spec!
•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
◦Support for Windows 8
◦Support for Mac OS clients
◦Support for Linux and Unix servers
•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
◦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
◦Support for IIS 8
◦Monitoring of WCF, MVC and .NET NT services
◦Azure SDK support
◦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
◦Apply price sheets to VMM clouds
◦Create chargeback reports
◦Pivot by cost center, VMM clouds, Pricesheets
◦Support for applications that create scheduled tasks during packaging
◦Create virtual application packages from applications installed remotely on native server
NOTE: Do not install this into production, this is for the lab. There is no upgrade to the full release once it arrives.