On the 17th January 2012 important information regarding the System Center 2012 suite of products was announced. This included the launch of all System Center 2012 products at Release Candidate (RC) status.
All products have free trial downloads including a new “Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software” download which includes trial versions of all the products.
Additionally, System Center Licensing has been simplified to two licensing models:
- System Center 2012 Standard
- System Center 2012 Datacenter
Both licensing models include all the products in the suite with the only difference being the number of Operating System Environments (OSEs) that can be managed. Datacenter Edition allows for an unlimited number of OSEs per license. Standard Edition allows the management of up to two OSEs per license.