System Center 2012 R2 Evaluation Virtual Machines

Today, Microsoft published 7 System Center eval VHDs.  If they are anything like the 2012 versions, they are great and very easy to deploy, with a wizard automatically configuring them into your environment!

Check `em out:

Additional Reading: What’s New in System Center 2012 R2

Sample setup screen:

SCOM Evaluation VHD Setup Screen

A Picture Says a Thousand Words: TechNet Forums Now Supports Images

While replying to a question on the TechNet support forums, I noticed a little green button that wasn’t there before:

Green Image Upload Button

It seems that Microsoft has finally created a way to upload pictures to the forums!  No more feeling around in the dark, trying to guess what’s wrong.

As the seasoned forum participants will tell you, this isn’t entirely new.  You’ve always been able to add an image if it was hosted by another site via editing the thread’s HTML manually, but the introduction of this button will now allow you to store images with Microsoft; no 3rd party site needed.  And more importantly, this will allow anyone to upload a screenshot.

Once you upload an image, there are controls to drag it into place, as well as controls to resize.

I’m curious to see how this goes.  While I think it’s a needed addition, I would imagine there is a high risk of abuse, or worse, administrators accidently exposing sensitive information about their environments.

 

Do you use the TechNet forums?  If no, why not?  What other forums do you like?

SCE 2010 On TechNet

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SCE is System Center “Essentials”.

This is a great product for small businesses looking to step up management of their environment.  Today you can download the bits on TechNet.

What’s new (From the Microsoft site):

  • We’ve raised the number of Windows Server devices you can manage from 30 to 50.
    [up to 500 workstations]
  • We built Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 technology right into the product, so that Essentials 2010 provides a single console and management solution for managing both your physical and virtual servers. This includes support for converting physical servers to virtual machines and support for live migration.
  • The console has a new look and feel making it easier than ever to quickly check the health of your IT environment and address any issues.
  • Installation and configuration are even easier with checks for prerequisites during installation and Group Policy checks for proper configuration.
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    More info here: http://microsoft.com/sce