Microsoft just release new KB regarding support for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection support for Windows Azure Virtual Machines.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later versions and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection SP1 or later versions support two specific scenarios to manage server software in the Windows Azure Virtual Machine environment.
The following table lists the scenarios and supported Configuration Manager features in each scenario.
Supported Configuration Manager features
Use an existing on-premises Configuration Manager infrastructure to manage Windows Azure Virtual Machines that are running Windows Server or Linux through a secure site-to-Site connection.
For Windows Server:
Set up a single stand-alone Primary site in the Windows Azure Virtual Machines environment to manage Windows Azure Virtual Machines that are running Windows Server or Linux in the same virtual network.
For Windows Server:
The following Linux distributions are endorsed for Windows Azure Virtual Machines in the supported scenarios:
- Canonical Ubuntu 12.04
- OpenLogic CentOS 6.3
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
Note The Linux-based virtual machines must be running version 188.8.131.5248 or later versions of the Linux client for Configuration Manager.
The System Center Configuration Manager Company Portal app allows users of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 machines to view and install applications made available to the user by their administrators. The machine must be managed by Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, or later, with the agent installed.
The app communicates directly with the Configuration Manager on-premise server infrastructure. Note that this contrasts with the Windows Intune Company Portal app (available through the Windows Store and the Download Center) which communicates directly with the Windows Intune service.
- System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
- The Application Catalog Web Service and Application Catalog Website Point roles must be operational on one or more primary sites
- End User Machines
- Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Enterprise
- Machine must be domain-joined
- System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (or later) client agent must be installed
- User must be logged on with domain credentials
To enable Company Portal app functionality a registry key must be present on target devices. This allows the Configuration Manager agent to communicate with the Company Portal app. The required value is:
- Key = [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\CCM]
- Value Name = PortalPackageFamily
- Type = REG_SZ
- Value = Microsoft.CorporateAppCenter_8wekyb3d8bbwe
To deploy the Company Portal app, use the following steps:
- Ensure that the Application Catalog role is operational on one or more primary sites. For more information, refer to the following TechNet article: Configuring the Application Catalog and Software Center in Configuration Manager (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=247211).
- Deploy the registry value specified above to all clients on which the Company Portal app will be installed. This can be done via Group Policy, the Compliance Settings feature of Configuration Manager, or any other method applicable in your organization.
- Deploy the Company Portal app. You can deploy this app to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 workstations through the Application Management feature. For more information, refer to the following TechNet article: Introduction to Application Management in Configuration Manager (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=247184) and select “Windows app package (*.appx, *.appxbundle)” in the Create Application wizard.
Note: The Company Portal app may take up to 15 minutes after installation before it is fully operational
Recommendations and Best Practices
Consider the following when deploying the Company Portal app in your environment.
- The Company Portal app utilizes the default Application Catalog Website Point assigned to the device when communicating with the Configuration Manager infrastructure. For more information, refer to the following TechNet article: About Client Settings in Configuration Manager (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=252184).
- If you have multiple primary sites in a hierarchy, we strongly recommend adding a set of Application Catalog roles for each of the primary sites, and using Automatic detection to control the default Application Catalog Website Points.
- When the user browses the list of applications in the Company Portal, the app will display the applications that have been made available to the user, similar to the Configuration Manager Application Catalog functionality. The Company Portal will assess the operating system requirements specified for the deployment type of the application to determine if the application should be available for installation.
As many of you already know System Center 2012 R2 release today and you can download from MSDN website. So this is a quick post about new features in each product
The System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer is your first line of defense in troubleshooting issues with System Center 2012 SP1 server-side components. The System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer is a diagnostic tool that you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that are running any of the following System Center 2012 SP1 components: Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), Service Manager, Orchestrator (plus Service Provider Foundation), Configuration Manager, and Data Protection Manager (DPM).
Previously, users who wanted to take advantage of this functionality had to download and install best practice analyzers (BPAs) for each System Center component. With the release of System Center 2012 SP1, users can now use a single model (called the System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer) within Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0 that automatically detects and scans all System Center 2012 SP1 server-side components.
You can find the download link Here
Supported operating systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012
The following items must be pre-installed on the server or client computer on which System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer will be installed:
- Operating system supported by System Center 2012 SP1
For a list of supported operating systems, see System Requirements for System Center 2012 SP1.
Note — System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer does not support Windows Server 2012 Core.
- Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.1
This can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center.
In addition, if you plan to scan any computers that will be used as a SQL Server host for a Configuration Manager site database, you must have SQL Server pre-installed on those computers.
Gabe Knuth has wrote a very good article about Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization product line as of 2009
Last up in our rundown of the Big 5’s desktop virtualization product lines is Microsoft. This is probably the most ambiguous vendor, because so many of their products intertwine to make up their solution. Many of those products have been around for a very long time, and in other capacities, so it’s not easy to pick which products to focus on. To make it easier, this article will only cover the products listed on Microsoft’s Virtualization Products and Technologies website. (http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/products-server.aspx)
Check it out there
I’m re-blogging here. Over at Virt Planet blog, Jim wrote the following:
This week Microsoft is launching a comprehensive solution to help customers implement cost effective, end-to-end site recovery programs. Built on proven capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2 and the System Center management suite, Microsoft is helping IT Professionals leverage Windows Server Hyper-V and Failover Clustering along with tools like Virtual Machine Manager to deliver cost effective site recovery.
The Microsoft Site Recovery Solution ecosystem is ramping with a broad range of storage replication partners like Double-Take Software, EMC, HDS, HP delivering solutions that take advantage of the Microsoft Cluster Resource DLL. With cluster integration IT Professionals can deploy streamlined and operationally effective site recovery.
You can learn more about the Microsoft Site Recovery Solution by joining the Microsoft team and Enterprise Strategy Group on Thursday, November 5th at 10:30am Pacific for a webcast Building Effective and Highly Available Disaster Recovery Solutions Using Microsoft Virtualization This webcast looks at key drivers for site recovery solutions and reviews practical deployment considerations (you can view the recorded version of the webcast after the 5th). Microsoft and select partners will also be demonstrating Site Recovery Solutions at TechEd, so if you plan to be in Berlin during the week of November 9th, make sure to stop by the Virtualization Solutions kiosk in the Technical Learning Center.
On the 28th of August Microsoft has released Microsoft Configuration Manager Release 2.
R2 is available free of charge to customers who have Software Assurance, and it comes with our updated documentation help file (SMSv4.chm). However, everybody can access this latest documentation online from the TechNet Configuration Manager documentation library. The documentation updates include the following:
* Configuration Manager 2007 R2 features (application virtualization, Forefront client security integration, client status reporting, SQL reporting services, operating system deployment enhancements that include support for unknown computers and multicast).
* Updates and corrections to the Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 documentation.
For more information about the new features and changes in R2, see What’s New in Configuration Manager 2007 R2.
For a list of topics that have had a significant technical change since the SP1 release in May, see What’s New in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library for August 2008.
Any topic that has been changed for this release has at the top Topic last updated—August 2008. This includes the topics that have significant technical changes, R2 topics that are new or have been updated for the release (previously preliminary), and also topics that have had minor updates such as non-technical typos and minor clarifications.
You will also find 3 important new topics:
· How to Upgrade the Windows Automated Installation Kit During Site Upgrades to Configuration Manager 2007 SP1
· Troubleshooting Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Setup
· Step-By-Step Example Deployment of the PKI Certificates Required for Configuration Manager Native Mode: Windows Server 2008 Certification Authority