As complex as the data center sprawl has gotten, with various on- and off-premises servers and services, so has systems management. The Microsoft System Center suite of products has been updated over the years to match the needs of data center administrators.
So what's new and what has changed? This guide covers the latest improvements and changes to the System Center product bundle. Plus, it gives you a deeper look at virtual machine management software and some useful resources to get started.
1Get the latest Info-
Understanding the evolution of System Center
System Center 2012 R2 is the latest version of the software, making it easier for administrators to bridge the cloud gap and create hybrid deployments. Plus, it offers improvements to the device management story in Configuration Manager.
Microsoft will deliver new versions of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 this year, with a focus on hybrid clouds. Continue Reading
Microsoft's new configuration management product offers some important features. But is it the right fit for your organization? Continue Reading
This Q&A with Don Retallack, research vice president for systems management at Directions on Microsoft, covers the most important System Center 2012 SP1 features IT shops should be on the lookout for, including the addition of Windows Azure Online Backup Service. Continue Reading
System Center 2012 SP1 improved support for a number of products, including System Center VMM, the Global Service Monitor for Windows Azure, Hyper-V capabilities, Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012. Continue Reading
System Center 2012's features offer scalable management choices no matter your location, be it on-premises or in the cloud. Continue Reading
2The cloud and System Center-
System Center's cloud management tale
Building out private clouds is another one of System Center's primary benefits. Combine this feature with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2, and data center admins can create a highly available private cloud for the price of just the software. In addition, Intune, a cloud version of the configuration management software, aims to bring the best of on-premises configuration management scaled out to the cloud.
Microsoft is pushing private cloud with the latest releases of its systems management products. Find out how they help you get a handle on internal resources. Continue Reading
Our expert encourages organizations looking to adopt Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 or Windows RT devices to try the beta version, but organizations planning to stick with Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 should wait for the final release. Continue Reading
It's an Apple and Android world. And Microsoft is just managing it. See how admins can use the new Windows Intune to manage iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Continue Reading
At System Center's core: Virtual Machine Manager
Virtualization has been Microsoft's main point of emphasis over the last few years. Hyper-V is being rapidly updated with each new Windows Server release, and so is Virtual Machine Manager. Virtual Machine Manager in System Center 2012 R2 contains new features like IP address management, generation two virtual machines and Linux VM support. It also makes use of the Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) capability.
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 offers a self-service portal and granular admin roles for cloud management. Continue Reading
Virtual Machine Manager 2012 promises improvements for Hyper-V shops. Find out why this all-in-one manager improves on VMM 2008. Continue Reading
Find out how easy it is to transition from VMware to Hyper-V with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Virtual Machine Converter. Continue Reading