Microsoft's final versions of the System Center 2012 system-management products as of Arpril 1, released to the Volume License customer ahead of the coming out party at the Microsoft Management Summit.
Microsoft officials confirming the availability of the bits, however declining to provide dates as to availability of the product to other customer groups, saying that they will have more to say on that front in mid-April at the Microsoft Management Summit.
The System Center products making up the 2012 family are System Center Configuration Manager 2012, which is going to enable Microsoft to better manage iPads and other non-Microsoft devices; System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 ; and a hybrid on-premises/cloud management portal known as Microsoft System Center App Controller 2012 (codenamed Concero).
Microsoft said there will be two System Center 2012 SKUs: Standard and Datacenter. Each includes the same bunch of eight point products, but with only two "operating system environments" (OSEs) supported for Standard, and an unlimited number supported for Datacenter. (OSEs can be physical and/or virtual machines, as explained by Tech Republic last year.)
Microsoft officials are scheduled to share more particulars about System Center 2012 at the Microsoft Management Summit in mid-April in Las Vegas.
The System Center 2012 for Volume License customers is available for download from the TechNet.