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Bring Microsoft Software-Defined Networking (SDN) in your DataCenter with #sysctr #SCVMM #WS2012


Microsoft’s Software-Defined Networking 

Transforming your Datacenter with Software-Defined Networking (SDN): Part II Video

Experience the flexibility, automation and control delivered by Microsoft SDN solution by deploying Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 today.

You can also evaluate our latest and greatest SDN capabilities by using the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview and System Center 2012 R2 Preview bits that Microsoft announced this week.


What is new in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 ? #sysctr #Cloud #WindowsAzure #SCVMM



Get your Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview here #WS2012 #Winserv #Hyperv #WindowsAzure #TEE13

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview



Get your evaluation copy now of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

Product Keys

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview now supports two types of activation:

  1. Datacenter Product Key: JGXYY-7NMTC-MHKY3-QCC9B-VQRG7
  2. Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) Key for Datacenter Server: XVNRV-9HTX4-TH2JD-HVJQD-QRQWG

This AVMA key enables license activation for virtual machines based on the license state of the virtualization server (please see this  whitepaper for more information).


  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview ISO
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview VHD (Server Core)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview VHD (Server with a GUI)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview on Windows Azure


ISO available in: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

VHDs available in: English

Technical Resources

Access technical product resources—such as evaluation guides, virtual labs, training courses, and forums—at the  Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Resource Page.


At the heart of Microsoft’s Cloud OS, Windows Server helps customers transform the datacenter, taking advantage of technical advances and new hybrid cloud capabilities to increase resilience, simplify management, reduce cost, and speed delivery of services to the business.

Windows Server 2012 R2 is a proven, enterprise-class cloud and datacenter platform that can scale to run your largest workloads while enabling robust recovery options to protect against service outages. It helps accelerate time to value by simplifying your underlying infrastructure and allowing you to reduce cost by taking advantage of industry-standard hardware. Windows Server 2012 R2 helps you build, deploy and scale applications and web sites quickly, and gives you the flexibility to move workloads between on-premises environments and the cloud. It enables you to provide flexible, remote access to corporate resources while managing identities across your datacenter and federated into the cloud, and it helps you protect critical business information.

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#SQL Server-Based Database Services for Hosting Providers Guide #Hyperv #SCVMM

SQL Virtual Hosting

SQL virtual Hosting

MultiTenant Instance SQL


This is a hardware-agnostic guide to building the infrastructure for hosting Microsoft® SQL Server® Database as a Service (DBaaS). By using the features of SQL Server 2012 and Hyper-V® virtual machines with Microsoft System Center 2012, a hosting service provider can start with very small tenant databases and scale out or scale up to meet the needs of the largest and busiest SQL Server applications. This reference architecture includes hardware, software, system design, and component configuration.

You can download Database as a Service Reference Architecture Guide here :

SQL Server-Based Database Services for Hosting Providers

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Upgrade Sequencing for System Center 2012 R2 information #sysctr #WindowsAzure

System Center 2012 SP1 Integration Map

In an environment that includes two or more components of Microsoft System Center 2012, the order in which you upgrade those components from System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to System Center 2012 R2 is very important. With the release of System Center 2012 R2, you now have the option to add additional components beyond what was available with the release of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The order in which you introduce additional components is also very important. The following is a list of components, including new components for the System Center 2012 R2 release that are affected by upgrade sequencing:

1.   Service Management Automation

2.   Orchestrator

3.   Service Manager

4.   Data Protection Manager (DPM)

5.   Operations Manager

6.   Configuration Manager

7.   Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

8.   Service Provider Foundation

9.   Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

10. Service Bus Clouds

11. Windows Azure Pack

12. Service Reporting

13. App Controller

The list of components is presented in order of upgrade priority and in the order of introducing new components; the first component to be added or upgraded is at the top of the list. If you have only one of these System Center components in your environment, then you can proceed directly to the upgrade guide for that component. Otherwise, follow the steps in this guide to make sure that you perform the upgrades and additions in the correct sequence. Refer to the individual component-level deployment guides when adding an additional component for System Center 2012 R2.

The following sections in this guide show you how to prepare for upgrading two or more System Center components and are presented in order of upgrade precedence. Start with the section in this guide for the component you have at the highest position on the list. For example, if you have Operations Manager and VMM, start with the Operations Manager section first, as it is higher in the list, and then proceed to the VMM section.

Read the section in this guide for each component you have to help you prepare for an upgrade before referring to the specific component upgrade guide.

Except for the case of VMM and App Controller, you do not need to upgrade additional components at the same time. As long as you perform the upgrades and add additional components in the order listed, an upgraded or installed component will continue to function with the other components that have yet to be upgraded or installed.

Except for VMM, which requires Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, it is assumed that no other operating system upgrades have taken place before or during this upgrade. Upgrade the various System Center components before you upgrade the operating system. In addition, we assume that no upgrades to SQL Server have taken place. You can upgrade to SQL Server 2012 after you have upgraded your System Center components.

We recommend that you update all of the System Center 2012 components with the most current update rollups, or newer, if available. The current update rollups as of the time of this publication are shown in the following table.

Component Current Update Rollup
Orchestrator UR2
Service Manager UR2
Operations Manager UR2
Configuration Manager CU2
App Controller UR2

Here you can find Technical Documentation Download for Technical Scenarios for System Center 2012 SP1