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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool #sysctr

System Center 2012

You can download the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment tool here


The Upgrade Assessment Tool provides the following functionality:

  • Retrieves device driver compatibility information for installed peripheral devices and creates reports that you can use to determine which device drivers need to be upgraded to support the Windows operating system.
  • Allows you to see which computers meet the recommended system requirements for Windows operating systems and to customize these requirements for your environments.
  • Creates summary reports that you can use to see an enterprise wide view of operating system upgrade readiness.
  • Allows you to create dynamic collections for an operating system deployment. The collection query rules can be based on system requirements, application compatibility status, and device driver status.

System requirements

Supported operating systems: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 Datacenter, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2012

  • Other Requirements:
  • You must install the following software before you install the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool.

    • Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager:
      • The site server must be running Configuration Manager SP1 with Cumulative Update 1.
      • Configuration Manager clients can run Configuration Manager with no service pack, Configuration Manager SP1, or Configuration Manager SP1 with Cumulative Update 1.
      • You must have a reporting services point to view the compatibility information from clients.
      • You must have one or more distribution points to deploy the ACT inventory collection package to clients.
      • Clients must run hardware inventory.
    • Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 6.0. To download and install the toolkit, see Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8. The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) is a collection of tools that you can use to customize, assess, and deploy Windows operating systems to new computers. For more information about the Application Compatibility Toolkit, see Application Compatibility Toolkit Technical Reference.
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4. To download and install the .NET Framework 4, use one of the following resources:


For planning guidance and installation instructions for the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool please see the Upgrade Assessment Tool Technet Documentation.
The Upgrade Assessment Tool depends on both System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and the Application Compatibility Toolkit 6.0.  The beginning of the Upgrade Assessement Tool support lifecycle will be the same as System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1. It will be supported on the System Center 2012 lifecycle.

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Poster : System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager Networking and Config. #SCVMM #sysctr




This poster for VMM in System Center 2012 SP1 can help you:

  • Plan your VMM networks using a logical view of VM networks, logical networks, and logical switches using a variety of configurations including VLAN-based configuration, no isolation, network virtualization, external networks, and with no virtual networking.
  • Configure networking in VMM using configuration steps by roles including fabric administrators, tenant administrators, or by any user.
  • Understand the network object model with diagrams of objects showing the relationships between objects.
  • Extend VMM with options including using a vendor network-management server with extensions, connect a VM network to other networks by configuring the VM network with a gateway, and load-balance requests to VMs that make up a VMM service tier by adding a load balancer to VMM.


Logical View


Network Object Model


Extensibility Options


Configuration Steps

You can Download the Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 VMM networking Poster here

In Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), you can consistently configure identical capabilities for network adapters across multiple hosts by using port profiles and logical switches. Port profiles and logical switches act as containers for the properties or capabilities that you want your network adapters to have. Instead of configuring individual properties or capabilities for each network adapter, you can specify the capabilities in port profiles and logical switches, which you can then apply to the appropriate adapters. This can simplify the configuration process.

Configuring Ports and Switches for VM Networks in System Center 2012 SP1

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A Great Cookbook Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 by MVP @edvaldocardoso #SCVMM

SCVMM2012 Cook Book

My fellow MVP Edvaldo Alessandro Cardoso made a great Cook Book about Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.
You can order this excellent Cook Book here

He also have a great blogsite :

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Support and Feedback on #Microsoft Technet WiKi site #sysctr #Hyperv #Cloud #WindowsAzure #SCVMM and More…

Technet WiKi site

Go to the Microsoft Social TechNet WiKi site here

What Is TechNet Wiki?

The TechNet Wiki is a library of information about Microsoft technologies, written by the community for the community. Whether you write code, manage servers, keep mission-critical sites up and running, or just enjoy digging into details, we think you will be at home in the TechNet Wiki.

  • This is a community site. For official documentation, see MSDN Library , TechNet Library or contact Microsoft Support .
  • The Wiki is focused on Microsoft technologies. The community will edit or remove topics that get too far off track.
  • We are inspired by Wikipedia .
  • Anyone who joins can participate and contribute content.

Here are some great examples of TechNet WiKi sites :

WiKi Cloud Portal

Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Guide

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager evolution

Wiki Virtualization Portal


Deploying Virtual Server into #WindowsAzure with System Center 2012 SP1 APP Controller #sysctr

App Controller provides a unified console that helps you manage public clouds and private clouds, as well as cloud-based virtual machines and services.

When you have installed Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 APP Controller, you can install your Windows Azure subscription for managing your public cloud virtual services.
Here you can find the step-by-step installation managing your Windows Azure certificate for System Center 2012 SP1 APP Controller

From here you are ready to deploy for example an virtual machine in Windows Azure, here is the step-by-step deployment :

Deploy 1

Login screen App Controller

Deploy 2

Deploy 3

The Deployment wizard will help you step-by-step beginning with Cloud Configure…

Deploy 4

Here we select the Windows Azure Cloud for the new virtual machine.

Deploy 5

Mountainss Public Cloud is selected, go to the next step Deployment Type select an item…

Deploy 6

Here you see the Library of Windows Azure and I will deploy a Windows Server 2012 image.

Deploy 7

Configure Cloud Service

Deploy 8

Here you can create a new Cloud Service also, but I use Mountainss and Click OK

Deploy 13

Give the VirtualMachine a Name and Choose an Instance size with an Availability set.

Deploy 14

Select the Storage pool in Windows Azure

Deploy 17

For storage I created a new extra ” Cluster Disk” to the Virtual Machine

Deploy 15

Select Subnet and configure your public ports

Deploy 16

Set here your administrator credentials

Deploy 19

From here we are ready to deploy the Virtual Machine into Microsoft Windows Azure

Deploy 20

System Center 2012 SP1 APP Controller is deploying the VM into Windows Azure

Deploy 23

The Virtual Machine is deployed and running in Windows Azure

Deploy 24

Connect the Virtual Machine with Remote Desktop

Deploy 25

You Can see with Server Manager from the VM the Extra ” Cluster Disk ” we made with System Center 2012 SP1 APP Controller wizard

Deploy 27

In the Windows Azure Management Portal you see your new VM.

Deploy 28

In a view minutes your VM is deployed with System Center 2012 SP1 APP Controller and running in Windows Azure

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Here you see the deployed Cloud Services in System Center 2012 SP1 APP Controller


#Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer #sysctr #SCVMM

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The Configuration Analyzer gives you the right information to solve the problem in System Center 2012 SP1
This is a handy tool for IT Pro.


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 download the Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer here


Download Now : #Office365 Security White Paper from #Microsoft #Cloud

Security Whitepaper Office365

Microsoft is an industry leader in cloud security and implements policies and controls on par with or better than on-premises data centers of even the most sophisticated organizations. Office 365 security consists of three parts. First, Office 365 is a security-hardened service that has security features built into the service by default. Office 365 customers benefit from in-depth security features that Microsoft has built into the service as a result of experience gained from two decades of managing online data and significant investment in security infrastructure. Office 365 has implemented and continues to invest and improve processes and technologies to proactively identify and mitigate security threats before they become risks for customers.
Second, Office 365 offers security controls that enable customers to customize their security settings. Office 365 is trusted by customers of all sizes across virtually every industry, including highly regulated industries such as healthcare, finance, education, and government. Since Office 365 manages productivity services for such a wide range of industries and geographies, it offers feature choices that customers can control to enhance the security of their data.
Third, Office 365 has scalable security processes that allow for independent verification and compliance with industry standards. This paper describes all three aspects of security that are available in the new Office 365.

Office365 Built in security

You can download the complete whitepaper Security in Office 365  from Microsoft here

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#Microsoft Service Bus 1.0 for Windows Server #WindowsAzure #Cloud #Winserv #Powershell

Architecture Service Bus For Windows Server


Service Bus for Windows Server provides Windows Azure Service Bus messaging capabilities on Windows Server. It enables you to build, test, and run loosely-coupled, message-driven applications in self-managed environments and on developer computers. Service Bus queues offer reliable message storage and retrieval with a choice of protocols and APIs. Building on the same foundation as queues, Service Bus topics provide rich publish/subscribe capabilities that allow multiple, concurrent subscribers to independently retrieve filtered or unfiltered views of the published message stream. The Service Bus Explorer allows users to administer messaging entities in an easy manner. The version provided here supports the Service Bus 1.0. For more information, visit the Service Bus Explorer documentation. The Microsoft Service Bus Best Practices Analyzer is designed for administrators who want to determine the overall health of their Service Bus farm configuration. The tool scans your Service Bus farm and identifies items that do not conform to Microsoft best practices.
For more information, see the Service Bus 1.0 Documentation

You can download the Microsoft Service Bus 1.0 here