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System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server 8 now available

On the heels of the Windows Server 8 beta release in late February, Microsoft released the Community Technology Preview of System Center 2012 late last week.

As Steven Bink posted, the preview software allows administrators to evaluate both the server OS and System Center together. Microsoft’s System Center Virtual Machine Manager blog also discussed the CTP’s availability and encouraged testers to send the company feedback about the software.

For Windows Server 8 admins, Microsoft emphasizes System Center Data Protection Manager 2012, which enables protection of VMs on remote SMB shares and Cluster Shared Volumes 2.0. The Data Protection Manager component also includes the ability to protect files on de-duped volumes.

Redmond also wants admins to test out how the Virtual Machine Manager works in concert with Server 8. The company is soliciting feedback on features like live migration, SMB 2.2, Hyper-V virtual network creation and VHDx, the new file format.

As with every preview release, Microsoft cautions not to run the System Center 2012 CTP in a production environment.

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