Not quite a week after the wave of R2 products rolled out from the shores of Redmond, Microsoft has now made the evaluation versions of each System Center 2012 R2 product available. The evaluation downloads are provided in VHD format and each includes a specific System Center suite product and an instance of Windows Server 2012 R2.

Here's the list (with links) of each product available for evaluation:

System Center 2012 R2 App Controller – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager Data Warehouse– Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

Please note:

  • The evaluation versions expire 180 days after installation.
  • The evaluation versions are only offered in English.
  • The evaluation version of SQL Server expires 180 days after installation and you cannot use the evaluation version of SQL Server in a production environment.
  • The evaluation version of Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter expires 180 days after installation. Also, you must activate the evaluation version within 30 days.

And, here's some addition resources to help get up to speed:

What's New in System Center 2012 R2

System Requirements for System Center 2012 R2

Upgrade Sequencing for System Center 2012 R2

Configuration Analyzer for System Center 2012 R2