Unified Installer lets you deploy the System Center 2012 components. What's the big deal about that? In previous versions, you had to install each desired component separately, and each had its own set of prerequisites and (sorry to say) potential nightmares. The Unified Installer helps with all that; its wizard figures out the prerequisites for the components you select and configures what's needed for you.
VMM (Virtual Machine Manager) manages a virtual data center's servers. VMM 2012's new capabilities focus on configuring fabric resources, in an attempt to better compete with EMC VMware's vSphere management tools.
That's the lowdown of what's in System Center 2012. Again, keep a lookout in this column for deeper looks at several of the core components over the next several months.
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