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Evaluate the Cloud OS: From this page, you can download all the evaluations for the Cloud OS, or select specific evaluations for

Solution guides for IT professionals

Solution guides help IT pros solve complex business problems. Each guide provides recommended steps for building the end-to-end solution using various products and features. Solutions related to System Center include:

Automate Configuration Manager tasks with Windows PowerShell

Give users access to their work from any device

Remote client management

Using SQL Server and System Center together

  • SQL Server in System Center: All System Center server components require SQL Server as a database. Here is a compilation of resources to help you figure out the SQL Server requirements across the System Center components - VMM, DPM, Operations Manager, Service Manager, Orchestrator, and App Controller.

Private and public cloud management

  • Use System Center 2012 to help manage virtual machines in Windows Azure: Use the resources featured here to understand how you can best use System Center to manage your public cloud virtual machines in Windows Azure. It's a list of System Center + Azure = Better Together!
  • Cloud Terminology: When it comes to the cloud, nothing beats clarity. Cloud terminology is confusing and the definitions evolve. Here are links to industry-standard definitions, product-specific terms, and a forum where you can quickly clarify terms and definitions.