System Center 2012 R2: Update Rollup 1

Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 R2 is available. Following components are fixed in this update:

  • App Controller
  • Orchestrator
  • Data Protection Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Service Provider Foundation
  • Virtual Machine Manager

Get it here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2904734

Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 is Available!

Update for Configuration Manager 2012 Sp1 is available.

This update adds support for Windows 8.1-based client computers in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1. Windows 8.1 is added to the supported platform list.

Download: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882125/en-us

If you are looking for Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 see the link below. A lot if issues is fixed in this update.

System Center 2012 R2, Upgrade Path

Soon, Microsoft will release System Center 2012 R2. I get a lot of questions regarding upgrade paths.

The upgrade path to any System Center 2012 R2 component (SCCM,SCOM,SCSM,SCORCH, SCVMM etc.) is:

System Center 2012 RTM > System Center 2012 SP1 > System Center 2012 R2.

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Follow TechEd Europe Madrid Live!

If you are not one of the lucky ones attending TechEd…. Don’t worry, you can still follow the sessions online! Navigate to: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2013#fbid=wipqIKVlFpz

Afraid of ADFS? here is a Quick Start Guide for Integrating a Single Forest AD with Azure AD

David Tesar has created a quick starte guide for integrating a single forest on-premises AD with Windows Azure AD. After completing this guide you will have federated your on-premises AD with Windows Azure AD. You will get single sign-on capatibillities to users of Windows Azure AD such as Office 365 and Windows Intune.

Get it here:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/16226.quick-start-guide-for-integrating-a-single-forest-on-premises-active-directory-with-windows-azure-ad.aspx

System Center 2012: The order in witch you upgrade System Center 2012 components is very important.

“In an environment that includes two or more components of Microsoft System Center 2012, the order in which you upgrade those components to System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is very important.”

Personally I recommend using this order also for cumulative updates and update rollups.

Upgrade Path

Read more here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj628203.aspx

System Center Online Community Resources

Looking for Microsoft Team Blogs, System Center MVPs, Twitter handles, System Center User Groups or Online communities? Chances are you will find it here:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/11504.how-to-participate-in-the-system-center-community.aspx

 

MMS 2013: View sessions online

If you are not one of the lucky ones attending MMS 2013 …. Don’t worry, you can still follow the sessions online!

“The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through an intensive week of training led by experts in desktop, device management, datacenter, and cloud technologies.”

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/MMS/2013

DPM 2012: Throttle bandwidth

In lab or low performance production environments it can be useful to throttle bandwidth between  the backup agent (server) and the DPM server. System Center 2012 Data Protection manager has this feature. Navigate to «Management», right click on a «protection agent», select «Throttle computer».

This can enable you to preform backup and not have to think
about affecting network performance.

DPM_BW1

As you can see in this dialog Box, you can define work hours and non-work hours, then set maximum bandwidth to be used by the DPM agent for each timeframe.

DPM_BW2