Microsoft System Center 2012 released to volume-license customers

Microsoft System Center 2012 released to volume-license customers

Summary: Microsoft volume licensees are reporting they are able to download what seems to be the final versions of the System Center 2012 system-management products.

TOPICS: Microsoft

Microsoft seemingly has released to manufacturing its systems-management suite of products, known as System Center 2012, and is making them available for download by its volume-license customers as of this past weekend.

Microsoft made available a release candidate of the handful of System Center 2012 products it is integrating into a single  deliverable back in late January 2012. Company officials have declined to say since then when the family would be released to manufacturing. I've asked company officials when System Center 2012 RTM'd and when non-volume licensees can get access to the products. No word back so far.

Update: Microsoft officials are confirming System Center 2012 is available to volume license users, as of April 1. They are declining to provide dates as to availability of the product to other customer groups, saying that they will have more to say on that front in mid-April at the Microsoft Management Summit. I'm not sure exactly when the suite RTM'd, and it seems Microsoft also is not commenting on that.

Update 2 (April 4): MSDN and TechNet subscribers are reporting they can download the final System Center 2012 products today.

Microsoft officials are positioning System Center as a key component of its private cloud strategy. (System Center’s public-cloud counterpart is Windows Intune.)

Among the System Center products making up the 2012 family are System Center Configuration Manager 2012, which is going to enable Microsoft to better manage iPads and other non-Microsoft devices; System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 ; and a hybrid on-premises/cloud management portal known as Microsoft System Center App Controller 2012 (codenamed Concero).

Microsoft execs have said there will be two System Center 2012 SKUs: Standard and Datacenter. Each includes the same bunch of eight point products, but with only two “operating system environments” (OSEs) supported for Standard, and an unlimited number supported for Datacenter. (OSEs can be physical and/or virtual machines, as explained by Tech Republic last year.)

Microsoft is playing up the “single bundle” concept as a way to simplify its private/public cloud message. At the highest level, Microsoft is emphasizing that System Center 2012 will allow customers to manage private and/or public clouds. The hope in Redmond is that by getting customers more comfortable with cloud-computing concepts — like self-service, elasticity, automation, etc. — that they’ll be more amenable to moving to the public cloud (at some point).

Microsoft officials are scheduled to share more particulars about System Center 2012 at the Microsoft Management Summit in mid-April in Las Vegas.

Topic: Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • That was quiet...

    They release all software to VL on the first of the month. I assume it will be official at MMS, see them there!
  • Three guesses what I'll be installing tomorrow

    Just checked it's downloading as I type, oh and by the way don't let Leo and Paul bully you keep enterprise goodness coming on windows weekly
  • Upgrading SCVMM 2012 RC to RTM does not work

    Trying to upgrade my test environment from SCVMM 2012 RC to RTM and starting the RTM install it reports "upgrading from current version is not supported".
    • Not supported

      You answered your own question? It's common practice to not support Beta or RC upgrades to RTM.
      • Wrong

        ruddj is correct - in all the documentation that was released when the 2012RC was released, an RC->RTM upgrade path was promised. Backing out at the last minute is going to anger many SCVMM users.

    Microsoft Cookie Monster needs moar moar moar high-margin VL deals!!!!