System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2 Now Available



You can download CTP2 and the supporting documentation from the following links.



Installation packages for all components

Documentation for all components


  • CTP1 cannot be upgraded to CTP2 and CTP2 will not be upgradable to Beta.
  • CTP builds are not supported for production use .
  • All components now support Windows Server 2012 RC and SQL Server 2012.


What’s included in CTP2:


What’s New

App Controller

· Ability to migrate a VM from VMM to Azure

· Support for using  Service Provider Foundation to create and operate VMs in VMM

· Azure IaaS enhancements: Ability to deploy VMs from an image or  disk, start and stop VMs, and add VMs to a service

Data Protection Manager

· Improved backup performance of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over CSV 2.0 deployments

· Protect Hyper-V over remote SMB share

· Protect Windows 8 de-duplicated volumes

· VM Live Migration: Uninterrupted data protection

Operations Manager

APM enhancements, including:

· Support for IIS8

· Monitoring of WCF, MVC and .NET NT services

· Azure SDK support

Orchestrator & Service Provider Foundation

· Supports existing System Center and 3rd-Party Integration Packs

· Service Provider Foundation, which provides a rich set of web services that manage VMM: 

o Create, change, and operate VMs

o Manage VMM Self-service User Roles

o Manage multiple VMM stamps and aggregate results from multiple stamps

o Integration with App Controller to use hosted capacity

Service Manager

· Ability to apply price sheets to VMM Clouds

· Create VM chargeback reports

· Ability to pivot by Cost Center, VMM Clouds, and Price sheets

Server App-V

· Support for applications that create scheduled tasks during the packaging process

· Ability to create virtual application packages from applications installed natively on a remote server

Virtual Machine Manager

· Improved support for network virtualization

· Ability to convert VHD to VHDX and to use VHDX as a base operating system image

· Support for the Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service, thin provisioning of logical units, and discovery of SAS storage

· You can now create Add-Ins that extend the VMM console.

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