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System Center 2012 and working with virtual lab environments

Before we get into this week’s blog, I wanted to remind everyone that the Ohio Cloud Intelligence Conference is coming up!  Take a look at the promotions, and register ASAP to ensure your seat!  The BEST promotion in my opinion is the one we are currently running on our Facebook page.  If you hit the “Like” button, you will open up the exclusive promotions area with a promo code for the conference.  It’s a great deal, and it’s easy do.

People are always asking if they can continue using the lab environments that they get to use in our classes once the classes are finished.  Sometimes this is the case, other times it isn’t an option.  The good news for System Center users is that Microsoft has made virtual labs available to you!  What’s even better is that these labs are designed for brand new tools!  Take a look.

System Center 2012 Virtual Labs

Microsoft has four new free System Center 2012 virtual labs available. Try out the basic operations of the new suite of System Center 2012 tools

  • TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Operations Manager 2012: Infrastructure and Application Performance Monitoring
  • TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Building Your Cloud Infrastructure
  • TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Building a Service Template
  • TechNet Virtual Lab: Introduction to System Center Configuration Manager 2012

These are just a few of the available lab environments.  View all System Center 2012 Virtual Labs

Speaking of SSCM 2012, check out the brand new course below!

SCCM2012: Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2012

This is a brand new class developed and presented by Kent Agerlund, Microsoft MVP Configuration Manager. Next version of Configuration Manager will be released in 2012, but now can you get a solid training on its new features as well as the upgrade path from earlier version. This unique training is based on the latest release version, currently RC1, of the product and is the first and only in the market at this level.

This class will take you through the installation and configuration of the main features in Configuration Manager 2012 based on Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7. After the training you will have a solid understanding of the product and be able to use and design these features: 

  • Installing different site servers
  • Working with multiple sites
  • Configuring site settings
  • Migrate from Configuration Manager 2007
  • Role based security
  • Configuring, maintaining and installing clients
  • Inventory Management
  • Reporting & Queries
  • Application deployment
  • Software updates
  • Settings management
  • Image deployment
  • Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 beta

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-Matt