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More System Center 2012 SP1 on Microsoft Virtual Academy

Earlier this month, I pointed at a couple of courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy – which is a great free resource, if you haven’t already found it. I’ve since found a post on the System Center blog pointing at a whole load more content that you might want to check out:


Configuring and deploying Microsoft’s Private Cloud

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/configuring-and-deploying-microsoft-s-private-cloud

Introduction to the Microsoft Private Cloud

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/introduction-to-the-microsoft-private-cloud

Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start (with System Center 2012 SP1)

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/introduction-to-hyper-v-jump-start

Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start (with System Center 2012 SP1)

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/microsoft-virtualization-for-vmware-professionals-jump-start

Microsoft Solution Accelerators for the Datacenter and Private Cloud

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/microsoft-solution-accelerators-for-the-datacenter-and-private-cloud

Private Cloud: Computing and Infrastructure Management

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/private-cloud-computing-and-infrastructure-management

Private Cloud: Service Delivery and Automation

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/private-cloud-training-service-delivery-and-automation

Private Cloud: Application Services Management

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/private-cloud-application-services-management

Private Cloud: Infrastructure Components

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/private-cloud-infrastructure-components

System Center 2012 Licensing Overview

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-licensing-overview

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Updates

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-service-pack-1-updates

System Center 2012 SP1 Capabilities

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-sp1-capabilities

System Center 2012: Operations Manager

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-training-operations-manager

System Center 2012: Configuration Manager

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/overview-and-infrastructure-changes-in-sccm-2012

System Center 2012: Data Protection Manager

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/protecting-private-clouds-with-system-center-2012-dpm

System Center 2012: Orchestrator & Service Manager

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-orchestrator-service-manager

System Center 2012: Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-2012-virtual-machine-manager-vmm-

System Center Advisor

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/system-center-advisor

What’s New in System Center 2012

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-in-system-center-2012


That’s a whole lot of learning, but that’s going to be of limited use to you if you don’t then go and kick the tires. To that end you might want to setup a test lab. You can download an evaluation of Windows Server 2012, either as an ISO if you want to pop it on a spare bit of kit, or a ready to use VHD file that you can attach to a VM, or boot from on your desktop. Then you can install an evaluation of System Center 2012 with SP1.


If you like, you can even setup an IaaS pop-up lab on Windows Azure and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny:


System Center 2012 SP1

When Microsoft first released Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012, there was a short period of pain when early adopters found that it was broken due to it shipping with a certificate that expired almost immediately. Thankfully that was quickly resolved and what is available now is an excellent update in terms of support for new versions of Windows and enhanced functionality.


I would recommend that people look at Microsoft Virtual Academy for details on the updates in SP1. They actually have two courses that cover it: System Center 2012 SP1 Updates and System Center 2012 SP1 Capabilities.


As usual, Microsoft has evaluation versions of the software available and you can grab System Center 2012 SP1 (handily with or without System Center 2012 in the same download bundle) from this link.

Microsoft IT Pro Camp, Newcastle, 27th March

Over the coming months, Microsoft are running events for IT professionals across the length and breadth of the UK, including a return to the North East. I went to the Microsoft Campus last week and had a taste of the new format, which is unlike the TechNet presentations of the past. These events are smaller and very interactive – there’s a real opportunity for attendees to shape the topics covered throughout the day.




As I said, these are smaller events, so you need to get registered fast! Here are all the details from Microsoft:



Event: Consumerisation of IT/ Manage consumer devices on a corporate network
Date: 27th March 2012
Location: Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
 
This year the UK Tech.Days team have changed the format of our traditional Tech.Days theatre events into a series of ‘Boot Camp’ style seminars. The aim of these is to allow IT Professionals to have more discussion time with evangelists like Andrew Fryer, and each other to share common problems and solutions – and we’re looking for your help to share these with your users.   
 
The Newcastle Event will host approx. 70 people with a mixture of discussions and practical demonstration. Although there will be a loose agenda, it will be PowerPoint-free event, allowing the hosts to focus on the questions that our guests ask.
 
For the event in Newcastle, we will be focusing on the Consumerisation of IT:
·         How key Microsoft technologies such as System Center 2012, SharePoint 2010, Windows Server 2008R2, Exchange 2010 or Office 365 and Windows 7 come together to help you deliver flexibility and support for devices and desktops.
·         How to use the latest tools to manage your estate, deliver applications flexibly, manage devices such as iOS and Android as well as Windows, implement IP Sec, reduce anti-malware costs, implement Direct Access and secure remote access.
·         We’ll also help you think about what you need to build into a “Bring your own device” or BYOD policy.
Registrations are now open and can be found here