SCOM 2012 R2 Technical Preview – A Box of Chocolates?

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I was asked few times during my engagements what has changed in the System Center Operations Manager Technical Preview. Microsoft released few weeks ago a first technical preview of Windows 10, Windows Server and System Center. You can download Windows 10 here , for Windows Server and System Center you need to have a MSDN subscription to download the sources or test it in Microsoft Azure. But what has changed in SCOM 2012 R2 Technical Preview? Is it like a box of chocolates, a box filled with many sweet things and surprises? Well, not really.

I went for the full mile and installed SCOM on Windows Server Technical Preview. SCOM 2012 R2 Technical Preview installation itself is exactly the same as you would install SCOM 2012 R2. The only thing you have to be aware of is that you can only install SCOM 2012 R2 Technical Preview on Windows Server Technical Preview and SQL Server 2014 which is documented here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn806369.aspx.

One thing Microsoft removed is the Visio based authoring tool for SCOM documented here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/dn806370.aspx. I don’t think anybody will miss it.

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Besides that I found only one widget which was renamed (by accident?) but contained the same functionality…

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There are some well-known issues with this Technical Preview which you can find here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn806369.aspx.

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So what does that mean? Well, SCOM Technical Preview was made to run on the new Windows Server Technical Preview and SQL Server 2014 but besides that no new features, functionality or enhancements!

I assume there will be some changes in the upcoming releases (I hope so)…

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