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System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate is here

So it is here…Get Ready for the new Wave


System Center 2012 cloud and datacenter management solutions empower you with a common management tool set for your private and public cloud applications and services. System Center helps you confidently deliver IT as a Service for your business. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate (RC) is key to delivering the promise of the System Center 2012 release wave. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 enables you to:

Deliver flexible and cost effective Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). You can pool and dynamically allocate virtualized datacenter resources (compute, network, and storage) enabling self-service infrastructure experience for your business, with flexible role based delegation and access control.

Apply cloud principles to provisioning and servicing your datacenter applications with techniques like service modeling, service configuration and image based management. You can also state-separate your applications and services from the underlying infrastructure using server application virtualization. This results in a “service centric” approach to management where you manage the application or service lifecycle and not just datacenter infrastructure or virtual machines.

Optimize your existing investments by managing multi-hypervisor environments, including Hyper-V, Xen and VMware.

Dynamic optimization of your datacenter resources based on workload demands, while ensuring reliable service delivery with features like high availability.

Best-of-breed virtualization-management for Microsoft workloads like Exchange and Sharepoint.


Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate is a core component of the System Center 2012 release wave and offers you the following benefits:

Build your Private Cloud today; provision flexible, agile and cost effective IaaS while maintaining your quality of service (QoS) commitments to the business.

Manage heterogeneous virtual environments using a single tool, thus optimizing your existing datacenter investments.

Optimize your existing applications for private cloud deployment without requiring you to rewrite them from scratch.

Dramatically simplify application provisioning and servicing thus saving operational effort and expense.

Unlock application mobility between your cloud environments as appropriate to your business needs.

So you can start testing and I would recommend to take a look at VMM 2012 Survival Guide

Microsoft TechNet Library content:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012  (on the Web)

Download the official VMM 2012 Beta content  (may not be as current as the “live” Web version in TechNet)


System Center VMM 2012 Overview 

Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals  This is a link to the whole series. For sections specifically related to VMM 2012, see:

Virtualization Jump Start (07): System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 

Virtualization Jump Start (08): Private Cloud Solutions, Architecture & VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 

90 Seconds to the Cloud: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta with Kenon Owens 

MMS 2011 Day 1 Keynote 

Creating a Stand-Alone Virtual Machine with a Blank VHD in VMM 2012 

Best of MMS Belgium 2011 video series  (Includes “Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Technical Overview”, “Managing Your Fabric With System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012”)


System Center Virtual Machine Manager blog  (from the Microsoft product team)

Microsoft Server Application Virtualization Blog (from the Microsoft product team) 

SCVMM 2012 content on Hyper-V.nu blog 

SCVMM 2012 content on Virtualization and some coffee blog 


System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: VMM Gets Major Upgrade   (TechNet Magazine)


Post your question to the VMM forums

Troubleshooting OS Deployment of Hyper-V Through VMM 2012    (Blog post)



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