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eBook on SCOM and OMS

eBook: 5 Top Questions about SCOM and OMS

Together with Microsoft MVP Dieter Wijckmans, I collaborated on an eBook with Savision about the 5 top questions that we have come across regarding System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS).

There is much debate around SCOM and OMS, and the common belief is that OMS is competing against SCOM. This is contributing to people thinking that OMS is still SCOM in the cloud, or that they are both doing the same thing.

For those already using Microsoft technologies to monitor their IT elements, is OMS the same as the Microsoft System Center Suite? Is OMS a replacement for Microsoft System Center?

eBook SCOM and OMS

5 Top Questions about SCOM + OMS

  1. What is OMS?
  2. Is OMS replacing System Center?
  3. What are the main differences between SCOM and OMS?
  4. Do you still need SCOM?
  5. How can I get better insights from SCOM + OMS?

To download the eBook for free, just visit the Savision download page: 5 Top Questions about SCOM and OMS



Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

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Microsoft released Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 which includes updates for the System Center Suite. Get more information about the Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 on support.microsoft.com.

 



Windows 8.1 Preview available

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A little less than 2 years ago Microsoft announced the preview of Windows 8. And Microsoft today makes the previews of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 available for the public.

I am running the Windows 8.1 preview for some days and I love it. Because it’s a preview version it still has some bugs, but the new features and improvements really made the Windows 8 experience better.

You can get it on preview.windows.com



Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview available

Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

Microsoft made the preview bits for System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 available on TechNet and MSDN. So for all of you who have a MSDN or TechNet account you can download them and test them in your lab environments.

This release includes:

  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Virtual Machine Manager
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Service Manager
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Data Protection Manager
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview App Controller
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Configuration Manager
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Orchestrator
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Operations Manager
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Debug/Checked Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Language Pack Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Debug/Checked Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Virtual Machine Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Virtual Machine Core Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Debug/Checked Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview

Microsoft also released a Community Tech Preview of SQL Server 2014. Make sure you reserve some time for tomorrow when Microsoft makes the Windows 8.1 Preview available for the public.



System Center 2012 SP1 Beta available for download

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One week after the release of the Windows Server 2012, Microsoft released the Beta of System Center 2012 SP1 which brings support for the new features in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. The Beta includes System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1.

Downloads:

You can get the System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta Downloads here:

 

ConfigMgr_SCEP_2012_SP1_Beta_ENU_7782.exe 377.3 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCAC.exe 15.1 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCDPM_Part1.exe 818.6 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCDPM_Part2.exe 1.5 GB Download
SC2012_SP1_Beta_SCDPMREADME.txt 1 KB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCO.exe 68.6 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCOM.exe 905.9 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCSM.exe 400.2 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCVMM.exe 756.4 MB Download

 System Center 2012 Technical Documentation

 

 

Get System Center 2012 SP1 Beta documentation.



Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V – Welcome to the Post-VMware Era!

Windows Server 2012

Today is the day Microsoft official releases Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft is doing a virtual launch event. Windows Server 2012 is a huge step forward for Microsoft virtualization technology Hyper-V.

I the past year I wrote a lot of blog post about the new features in Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V. I also did some comparing between VMware vSphere 5 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

First to get an overview about the new feature in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V you should check out my blog post: Hyper-V 2012 – Hey I Just Met You And This Is Crazy

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Features

You can find some advanced blog posts about new technologies, which cover for example Hyper-V Replica, Converged Fabric and Cluster-Aware Updating here:

Hyper-V vs. VMware

If you are a VMware vSphere user at the moment, you should checkout my blog post series about Hyper-V vs. VMware.

Gartner Hyper-V

Hyper-V and Windows PowerShell

If you are deploying Windows Server 2012 in your environment have a look at PowerShell. Windows PowerShell v3 which is included in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 is also a great release. I recommend reading the following posts:

Hyper-V and System Center

To manage Hyper-V Microsoft offers System Center 2012 and with the release of Service Pack 1 Microsoft will support the new features in Windows Server 2012.

Interview about the new feature in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

In July I met with Carsten Rachfahl who is a MVP for Virtual Machine and the owner of hyper-v-server.de. Carsten was visiting Switzerland and he also took the time to do some interviews and I had the chance to speak with him.

In the interview (in german) we talked about the new release of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V which is included in Windows Server 2012:

Next Events

Downloads

Credits for the blog post title go to Michael Faden from Microsoft Switzerland.



Download Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 RTM from the Volume Licensing Portal

Windows Server 2012 RC Logo Some weeks ago Microsoft announced the release schedule for the Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 RTM, and today Microsoft released the Windows Server 2012 RTM and Windows 8 RTM for Volume Licensing Customers with Software Assurance. If you are a Volume Licensing Customer with Software Assurance, you can get it here:

If you have a MSDN subscription, you can get Windows 8 RTM here: