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Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 (KB3096378) released ! This time new features and bug fixes cover below components:


  1. First test everything in your test or lab environment, before you deploy an Update Rollup in production environment!
  2. Before you deploy UR8, make sure you applied previous UR releases. You need to keep installation order of UR releases. First install previous releases, if you have not already done.
  3. Make sure you will plan right upgrade sequencing in your production environment. Before it, read this TechNet article: Upgrade Sequencing for System Center 2012 R2.

Happy upgrading 🙂

If you evaluating System Center 2012 and want to test Orchestrator or App Controller with Windows Azure IaaS you need certificate for management purpose. One of the best way for test environment is self-signed certificate. How to create it? Use Certificate Creation Tool (MakeCert).

MakeCert isn’t part of Windows operating system. It’s distributed with Windows SDK ( or Visual Studio ( Standalone tool you can download form TechNet Gallery

Below syntax create self-signed management certificate for Windows Azure.

makecert.exe -n "CN=Azure Management, O=Company Name" -pe -ss My -sr CurrentUser -r -a sha1 -sp "Microsoft Enhanced RSA and AES Cryptographic Provider" -sy 24 -sky exchange -len 2048

Your certificate will created in Certificetes Store in Personal container in Current User node.

Next steps? Just export your certificate with public key (.cer) and also with private key (.pfx) using MMC console with Certificates Snap-in.

5 dni temu pisałem o nowościach do pobrania z System Center 2012. Jednym z tych nowości jest System Center Orchestrator 2012 Release Candidate.

Sam w sobie SCOrch jest potężnym narzędziem, ale można go rozszerzać o “wiedzę” (tzw. Integration Pack) z innych systemów (nie tylko Microsoft) aby je automatyzować.

Microsoft wydał wersje RC z paczkami “wiedzy” dla VMware vSphere oraz IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus. Poniżej linki do Microsoft Downloads.

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Integration Pack for VMware vSphere RC

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Integration Pack for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus RC

System-Center-2012Wczoraj Microsoft udostępnił nowe binaria do pobrania kilku produktów z rodziny System Center 2012:

System Center 2012 Service Manager Beta

System Center 2012 Orchestrator Release Candidate

System Center 2012 App Controller Beta

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Release Candidate

System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Release Candidate

Pobierać, testować, zgłaszać błędy! Open-mouthed smile