All posts tagged System Center 2012 Operations Manager

Yeah! Another System Center 2012 book has been released this week and available for the community. The book Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager from Sybex is now available on Amazon. The book is released in the same series as of our Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager book..

The book, writen by great team of authors like Paul Keely (MVP), Bob Cornelissen (MVP), Ivan Hadzhiyski, Kevin Greene (MVP), Sam Allen, Arie de Haan (former MVP) and Telmo Sampaio, will give you an introduction of many exciting new and enhanced feature sets that allow for large-scale management of mission-critical servers.


A couple of weeks ago I saw a tweet about that someone was playing with the RC2 version of Configuration Manager 2012. Since then no news about this version, until now! Today is during Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud webcast System Center 2012 Release Candidate released. As part of this suite also System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC2 is released. You can download the suite here.

Part of the System Center 2012 RC suite is:

  • System Center 2012 Unified Installer RC
  • System Center 2012 App Controller Beta
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC2
  • System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager RC
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection RC
  • System Center 2012 Operations Manager RC
  • System Center 2012 Orchestrator RC
  • System Center 2012 Service Manager RC
  • System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager RC

Today Microsoft has released the new licensing model for the System Center 2012 suite. (thanks to @Syliance) A couple of highlights are the following. Regarding Server Management Licencing there are only two different licences available:

  • Datacenter (Maximizes cloud capacity with unlimited Operating System Environments (OSEs) for high density private clouds)
  • Standard (For lightly or non-virtualized private cloud workloads)

Buying one of those editions gives you the right to use the complete System Center 2012 suite. The members of the System Center 2012 Suite are:

  1. Configuration Manager
  2. Service Manager
  3. Virtual Machine Manager
  4. Operations Manager
  5. Data Protection Manager
  6. Orchestrator
  7. App Controller
  8. Endpoint Protection

Regarding Client Management Licencing there are three different editions available.

  1. System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (per user/device)
  2. System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (per user/device)
  3. System Center Client Management Suite (per user/OSE, composed of Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager, Service Manager, and Orchestrator)

There is no information available about the pricing of the 5 different licencing options, we will have to wait until the System Center 2012 suite is general available. Nevertheless the new much more simple licencing model makes me happy :), and I think that System Center 2012 will be widely adopted!

Read more information about this new licencing model and all of the benefits at the System Center 2012 Licensing website and here

Today I came across a couple of online TechNet Virtual Labs about three of the System Center 2012 products.  This is a good way to get familiar with the new System Center 2012 products when you do not have a lab environment available. This time one lab for Operations Manager 2012, one lab for Configuration Manager 2012 and two labs for Virtual Machine Manager 2012 are available to play with.

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While launching all the new beta and release candidate versions of the products in the System Center 2012 family, Microsoft slightly changed all the names of the products. Let’s see how the names are changed. Did we read also something about a release date? 😉

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