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System Center 2019 Download

System Center 2019 now generally available!

A couple of weeks a go the System Center team announced that System Center 2019 will be available in March 2019. Today is the good day, the general availability of System Center 2019 is announced. You can now download the LTSC release in the MSDN and the VLSC portal, and if you want to have a summary about what is new in System Center 2019, you can read my blog: System Center 2019 – What’s new

This will bring several enhancements around datacenter management, Windows Server 2019 support and Microsoft Azure integration. If you want to know more about what is new in Windows Server 2019 or Windows Admin Center, check out my blog posts.

As customers grow their deployments in the public cloud and on-premises data centers, management tools are evolving to meet customer needs. System Center suite continues to play an important role in managing the on-premises data center and the evolving IT needs with the adoption of the public cloud.

Today, I am excited to announce that Microsoft System Center 2019 will be generally available in March 2019. System Center 2019 enables deployment and management of Windows Server 2019 at a larger scale to meet your data center needs.

Download System Center 2019

You can download System Center 2019 from different Microsoft portals, depending on your needs:

I wish you all happy downloading and updating. If you have any question around System Center, feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email.

As always, we would love to hear what capabilities and enhancements you’d like to see in our future releases. Please share your suggestions, and vote on submitted ideas, through our UserVoice channels.

Also check out the full System Center documentation at Microsoft Docs.

Windows Server 1709

Microsoft released Windows Server 1709

Microsoft just released the new Windows Server version 1709 which is the first release in the Semi-Annual Channel. The Semi-Annual Channel release cadence to deliver innovation at a faster pace, but you will also need to keep updating your systems to newer versions of Windows Server. As of today, you can download Windows Server 1709 from the Volume license portal or deploy it in Microsoft Azure, since it is available in the Azure Marketplace.

Windows Server 1709 Features and Improvements

Windows Server 1709 will drive innovation in the container space and in the Windows Subsystem for Linux, as well as some Cloud Host improvements in Hyper-V with new support for Storage Class Memory and more. Windows Server 1709 will be only available as Windows Server Core (Standard and Datacenter).

If you want to know more about the new features and improvements in Windows Server 1709, check out my blog post and check also out the Microsoft What’s new in Windows Server 1709 page.


New Windows Server Management Experience

If you want to know more about the new Management Experience called Project Honolulu, check out my blog post:


Windows Server Servicing

For more information about the Semi-Annual Channel and Windows Server Servicing check out my blog posts:




Windows Server, version 1709 is only the first step in this new world of faster release cadences. The most important aspect of having new releases twice a year is customer feedback will shape the product. You can try the preview builds of Windows Server in the Semi-Annual Channel and provide feedback by joining the Windows Insiders program. You can also join the conversation in the Microsoft Tech Community where we have tons of professionals and experts sharing their learnings and answering questions.

Microsoft Windows 10 January Event

Windows 10 arrives July 29

Microsoft yesterday announced that Windows 10 will be launched on July 29. For most of us it will be a free upgrade from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. If you want to know more about the upgrade path you can check out my previous post about the Windows 10 Editions and Upgrade Paths.

You will get the update via Windows Update or Microsoft Update so make sure you have installed the latest updates for your system. Some users already got a Windows 10 update notification.

Windows Insiders which are testing the Windows 10 builds right now, will also get the update on July 29 and maybe some other builds between 10130 and the official release.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

Microsoft just announced that Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 will be available on October 18th.


So mark your calender for the new r.eleases and check out my blog posts about the new Features


Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 RTM Calendar

Windows Server 2012 RC Logo

Today Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 RTM (Release to Manufacture). Now when will the RTM be available for customers, developers and IT professionals?

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
  • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
  • August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC).
  • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
  • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
  • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.
  • September 4th: Windows Server 2012 will be GA (generally available)
  • October 26th: Windows 8 will be GA (generally available)

On the Windows Server Blog Microsoft mentioned that Windows Server 2012 will be available to our volume licensing customers in the next couple of weeks. Maybe this means the same dates as Windows 8.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM In First Week Of August And General Availability In October

Windows 8 Logo

Today in Toronto, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller shared some interesting news about the upcoming Windows 8 release roadmap at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference.

Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will be RTM (Release to Manufacturing) in first week of August and the general availability of Windows 8 for consumers in October.

Checkout the Windows Team Blog post: Upcoming Windows Milestones Shared with Partners at WPC

Windows Server Team Blog post: Windows Server 2012 final release timing

Checkout the WPC Keynote

Cisco UCS Release 2.0


This monday Cisco released the the UCS Software 2.0, which brings a lot of bug fixes and important features. This major software release brings a new drivers, BIOS, software and firmware.

New Hardware Features in Release 2.0(1)

  • Cisco UCS 6248 Fabric interconnect
  • Cisco 2208 IO Module
  • 2500 Watt DC Power Supply for the Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis

New Software Features in Release 2.0(1)

  • Licensing – Updated information for new UCS hardware.
  • Firmware Bundle Option – Enables you to select a bundle instead of a version when updating firmware using the Cisco UCS Manager GUI.
  • Disk Drive Monitoring Support – Support for disk drive monitoring on certain blade servers and a specific LSI storage controller firmware level.
  • iSCSI Boot – iSCSI boot enables a server to boot its operating system from an iSCSI target machine located remotely over a network.
  • Pre-login Banner – Displays user-defined banner text prior to login when a user logs into Cisco UCS Manager using the GUI or CLI.
  • Unified Ports – Unified ports are ports on the 6200 series fabric interconnect that can be configured to carry either Ethernet or Fibre Channel traffic.
  • Upstream Disjoint Layer-2 Networks – Enables you to configure Cisco UCS to communicate with upstream disjoint layer-2 networks.
  • Virtual Interfaces – The number of vNICs and vHBAs configurable for a service profile is determined by adapter capability and the amount of virtual interface (VIF) namespace available on the adapter.
  • VM-FEX Integration for VMware – Cisco Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) for VMware provides management integration and network communication between Cisco UCS Manager and VMware vCenter. In previous releases, this functionality was known as VN-Link in Hardware.
  • VM-FEX Integration for KVM (Red Hat Linux) – Cisco Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) for VMware provides external switching for virtual machines running on a KVM Linux-based hypervisor in a Cisco UCS instance.

More Information about the Cisco UCS Software 2.0 release