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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.


System Center 2012 SP1 Update Rollup 1 Available

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After Microsoft released System Center 2012 SP1 the first update rollup is available which fixes some issues for some of the System Center components. With the System Center 2012 SP1 Update Rollup 1 (KB2785682) fixes also some issues with System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and App Controller (SCAC).

You can get more information about what is fixed on the Description of Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 page.

Thanks to Michel Lüscher (Consultant at Microsoft Switzerland) for the link.



System Center 2012 SP1 RTM download available on TechNet and MSDN

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Finally System Center 2012 SP1 is available on TechNet and MSDN. This has been a release we all have been waiting for, since we could get Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 is not just a maintenance release, it also includes a lot of new features for all products and especially for Virtualization:

  • Virtual Machine Manager adds support for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Network Virtualization, Advanced Networking Configurations, SMB Storage, Plugins and a lot more.
  • Data Protection Manager adds support for online backup to Windows Azure and also support for Windows Server 2012.
  • App Controller adds support for Windows Azure and Hoster VMs

And of course a lot more, so checkout the downloads on TechNet and MSDN.

What’s new in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta

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Some days ago Microsoft released the Beta of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1. With the Service Pack 1 beta Microsoft added a lot of improvements and features to the System Center 2012 suite. However not everything is included in the beta. Here is a list of new features in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta:

  • 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
  • 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

I will provide more impressions on products I could already work with, such as SCVMM, SCAC and SCDPM, as soon as I find some time.

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.


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


ConfigMgr_SCEP_2012_SP1_Beta_ENU_7782.exe377.3 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCAC.exe15.1 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCDPM_Part1.exe818.6 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCDPM_Part2.exe1.5 GBDownload
SC2012_SP1_Beta_SCDPMREADME.txt1 KBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCO.exe68.6 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCOM.exe905.9 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCSM.exe400.2 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCVMM.exe756.4 MBDownload

 System Center 2012 Technical Documentation



Get System Center 2012 SP1 Beta documentation.

OCZ Vertex 2 Bluescreen after resume from Hibernate / Standby

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Some weeks ago my HP Elitebook 8460w arrived. The first thing I did was installing a new OCZ Vertex 2 SSD and Windows 7 with Servicepack 1, I installed all the drivers from the HP Support Website and everything worked fine.

Now last week I tried to update the firmware on my OCZ Vertex 2 drive. Now with an Intel Rapid Storage driver installed, the OCZ Toolbox could not find the SSD drive and I could not update the SSD firmware. So I uninstalled the Intel Rapid Storage driver and updated the SSD. After I did this every thing still worked fine. But some days later I got the first Bluescreen after I came out of Hibernate. After searching for a solution I could see I am not the only one with this problem.

Now after some research I think I have the solution. This could be the Microsoft MSAHCI driver in Service Pack 1. After I installed the latest Intel Rapid Storage driver everything worked again.

Cisco UCS Hyper-V Cluster – Important Updates for the Hyper-V Cluster – Part 9

Since we have installed our Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster on the Cisco UCS, Microsoft released some patches for Hyper-V, Windows and Clustering.

There are two really important Updates which I would recommend for Hyper-V Clusters.

  • The first is Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Service Pack 1 brings a lot of Hotfixes for Hyper-V, Failover Cluster Feature and other Microsoft Server features. And it brings also a two new features called Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.
  • The second one is a hotfix for Servers with Intel Westmere or Sandy Bridge and has a large amount of physical memory. Most of the Cisco UCS Blades will meet this configuration. You can get more information on this Hyper-V hotfix here.

This two updates will bring you a much better experience with your Hyper-V Cluster. It will improve performance, stability and it will add new features.