System Center 2012 SP1 Released

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 has reached its “release-to-manufacturing” (RTM) milestone, Microsoft announced recently.
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RTM typically refers to feature-complete products, although the final “general availability” release of System Center 2012 SP1 is scheduled for early January.
The “release candidate” version of the product had been issued previously, but was just available to Microsoft’s Technology Adoption Program testers. The last public release announcement seems to have been a beta delivered in September.

The software is now available on the MSDN site for partners and customers with SA.
It’s available on http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/.

A list of what’s new in SP1 for System Center 2012:
1. There are new Monitoring Capabilities under APM functionality:
                         o Monitoring of Windows Services Built on the .NET Framework.
                         o Automatic Discovery of ASP.NET MVC3 and MVC4 Applications.
                         o New Transaction Types: MVC Pages and WCF Methods.
2. Enabled APM of SharePoint 2010.
3. Integration with Team Foundation Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2012.
4. New monitoring capability allows for opening of APM exception events from Visual Studio IDE as if the exception was captured during the IntelliTrace historical debugging session. Developers can stay within their familiar environment to examine complete exception call stack.
5. New Management Packs and Support for Windows Server 2012 and IIS 8.
6. The System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta version of Operations Manager can show you different perspectives of application health in one place—360 .NET Application Monitoring Dashboards. The 360 .NET Application Monitoring Dashboards displays information from Global Service Monitor, .NET Application Performance Monitoring, and Web Application Availability Monitoring to provide a summary of health and key metrics for 3-tier applications in a single view.
7. ACS support is now added for Dynamic Access Control – new feature in Windows Server 2012, where business data owners to easily classify and label data allowing access policies to be defined for data classes that are critical to business.
8. Support is added for CentOS, Debian, and Ubuntu Linux.

The arrival of SP1 for System Center 2012 is a big deal because it will add management support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 and SQL 2012.

Without this service pack, there’s no management support for those operating systems in System Center 2012.

Nice!