In preparation for the Technical Preview for System Center, Microsoft has made a couple documents available that are important to sift through. You can read them here:
- Release Notes for System Center Technical Preview – this one is important to understanding what doesn't work in the Technical Preview and learning workarounds.
- Features removed in System Center Technical Preview – the "features removed" document shows Microsoft's investments in moving System Center forward, while trimming the product suite.
Of particular interest to me, and most likely other System Center aficionados, is how the Technical Preview will retire certain products and merge
- App Controller – App Controller has been replaced by functionality in the Windows Azure Pack.
- VMM Support for Vmware vCenter and Citrix XenServer – Citrix support is gone completely, while only versions 5.5 and 5.8 of Vmware vCenter is now support.
- System Center Service Manager governance support – Microsoft is getting out of the governance model, and suggests simply utilizing a governance partner for your System Center needs.
- Server App-V – the functionality for Server App-V support has been replaced with template-based migrations.
- Cloud Services Process Pack (CSPP) – CSPP for Service Manager is now available as Windows Azure Pack functionality.
- Management Pack Creation with Visio – I'm not sure how many people used this anyway, but you can no longer utilize Visio for management pack authoring. Instead, Microsoft is promoting a partner solution: Silect's free MP Author
P.S. A Technical Preview for System Center Configuration Manager is not included in the first round of beta releases, and won't show up until sometime in early 2015.