There was an interesting discussion today (Taming IT with the Microsoft Private Cloud) which shows the deeper level of integration occurring in the System Center space. The following is my “Summary for Geeks” from the meeting above:

  • Packaging and Pricing change: simplified the pricing from 8 SKU’s down to 2 SKU’s [System Center Standard, System Center Data Center]. From the technical chat: “SMSE will transition to SC 2012 Standard and SMSD will transition to SC 2012 Datacenter Edition. Both will maintain existing rights plus additional benefits.” “SC 2012 Standard and Datacenter will both be offered through SPLA.” “All customers with SA on existing licenses will transition to the new integrated product SC 2012 with equal or better use rights than they have today.”
  • Notification that System Center 2012 RC is publicly available and represents eight products brought into a single suite (Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager, Configuration Manager, Service Manager, Orchestrator, EndPoint Protection, App Controller & Data Protection Manager).

Additional tidbits from the technical chat session: [The information below is only gathered from chat users identified as MSFT and was not specifically stated by the presenters in this presentation. Per the chat session “the users with MSFT after their name are part of our Microsoft team of experts here at the event”.]

  • Upgrade from System Center 2012 RC to System Center 2012 RTM is only supported if you are in the TAP. “while we expect RC to deliver a great evaluation – you will need to do a clean install at general availability.”
  • Configuration Manager and Unix/Linux: “We have announced that we will add unix/linux management agents to ConfigMgr 2012 – these agents will be delivered after GA. We are aware of the demand for Mac management, but we do not have anything to announce at this time. If you need Mac management today, we have partners like Quest who provide Mac management on the System Center infrastructure.”
  • Microsoft sees the cloud as great virtualization plus management.
  • System Center Essentials: “Our primary offering for SMB is System Center Essentials, which isn’t impacted by today’s announcement. As we move forward with the development of System Center 2012, we remain committed to providing a “right-sized” set of management functionality and tools for IT in the midmarket that makes it easy for these customers to setup and manage Hyper V. Details on our midmarket management strategy will be released in the months ahead.” “We’re not yet announcing planned updates to SCE at this time. We’ll have more here in the next few months.”
  • Unified Installer for System Center 2012. “there is a unified installer available in RC as part of this System Center RC. that will allow you to do a clean install of all the System Center 2012 components in one experience.” More information is available at:

This also has had an impact on the various System Center related MVP groups. To reflect this several of the MVP groups have been consolidated (SCDPM, SCVMM, and SCOM MVPs) into a single new “System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management” MVP group. The links and screenshots showing this are shown below.



Summary: While I’m no longer an SCOM or OpsMgr MVP – I look forward to being a System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management [SC-CDM] MVP! (And from the list above I’m in good company!)