System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta: Whats New

Microsoft has released a Beta Service Pack 1 for it’s System Center Product line.

You can download the Beta Service Packs here:

Find an outlined description of the new Features on the Server & Cloud Technet blog here:

Here’s a list of new Features available in the corresponding SP1 Beta Updates:


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


  • 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


For all the details and a download link please see the following:

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