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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

Introduction to the Microsoft Private Cloud

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

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

Microsoft Solution Accelerators for the Datacenter and Private Cloud

Private Cloud: Computing and Infrastructure Management

Private Cloud: Service Delivery and Automation

Private Cloud: Application Services Management

Private Cloud: Infrastructure Components

System Center 2012 Licensing Overview

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Updates

System Center 2012 SP1 Capabilities

System Center 2012: Operations Manager

System Center 2012: Configuration Manager

System Center 2012: Data Protection Manager

System Center 2012: Orchestrator & Service Manager

System Center 2012: Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

System Center Advisor

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: