System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 VHD Now Available

We have posted the ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 VHD. You can download the files here.

With this release you can also test out the Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 Beta which integrates with ConfigMgr 2012. Take a look at the link at the bottom of this post for more information on how to get the FEP 2012 beta.

System requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

Hyper-V is required to run this virtual machine. In addition to Hyper-V, you will need a 64-bit system with hardware-assisted virtualization enabled, as well as data execution prevention (DEP).

Hyper-V can be run from one of the following environments:
– Windows Server 2008 SP2
– Windows Server 2008 R2
– Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Prerequisites, installation steps, OS recommendations and known issues of Hyper-V can be found here.


1. Download all parts of the VM archive
2. Run the self-extracting RAR archive.
3. When prompted, accept the EULA. The VM will now be extracted.
4. Import the VM into Hyper-V

By default, this VM comes configured without a virtual NIC assigned. If you do not have a virtual NIC already defined in Hyper-V Manager, you will need to configure one. This is required in order to activate your 180 day trial period. You will have 10 days to activate.

Also, if you want to add more memory beyond the defaulted 4GB, do so before you launch the VM (Note: You can add a virtual NIC while the VM is running, but you cannot alter the memory)

Specific details on how to add this image to the Hyper-V library can be found in the README file included in this VM package.

If you have any questions, please contact

Additional information

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 Beta can also be evaluated using this VHD. FEP 2012 Beta software is available for download here. More information on FEP 2012 and its integration with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 is provided on the technet documentation site.

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