The arrival of SP1 for System Center 2012 is a big deal because it will add management support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Without this service pack, there's no management support for those operating systems in System Center 2012.
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 check out the downloads on TechNet and MSDN.
After being Released to TechNet/MSDN for Evaluation purpose on the 20th December 2012, now Starting 3rd January 2013, System Center 2012 SP1 is release for VLSC and can be installed on Production Environment.
System Center 2012 SP1 provides many new private cloud capabilities with Windows Server 2012 and enhanced capabilities for hosting service providers, as well as a range of advanced management scenarios including: Support for the "System Center Global Service Monitor" service, enhanced backup and recovery options from the Data Protection Manager component to Windows Azure, and the ability to migrate, manage and monitor virtual machines from Windows Server to Windows Azure.
What is new in System Center SP1?