Essential Guide

The evolution of Microsoft System Center


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.


Hybrid cloud support comes to Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

Microsoft will deliver new versions of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 this year, with a focus on hybrid clouds. Continue Reading


FAQs about System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Microsoft's new configuration management product offers some important features. But is it the right fit for your organization? Continue Reading


What to expect with Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1

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


Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 hits general availability with monitoring tool

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


Ease cloud management with new System Center 2012 features

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.


System Center 2012 SP1 supports private clouds

Admins should ignore previous complaints and look at Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 to turn their traditional data centers into modern private clouds. Continue Reading


Learn how System Center 2012 enables Hyper-V private clouds

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


Evaluating Microsoft System Center 2012 SP 1

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


Microsoft almost on key with new Windows Intune

Microsoft updated Windows Intune with iOS 7 support, giving enterprise IT another tool for deciding which EMM platform to install. Continue Reading


Windows Intune for managing iOS, Android mobile devices

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

3Virtually vital-

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.


Managing SCVMM 2012 SP1 with PowerShell

If you think you have to memorize 529 PowerShell cmdlets in order to manage SCVMM 2012 SP1, think again. Continue Reading


Managing Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer

Most admins are familiar with Hyper-V Manager and SCVMM, but there's other useful info that only the Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer can give you. Continue Reading


At a glance: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 offers a self-service portal and granular admin roles for cloud management. Continue Reading


Microsoft Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2012 improvements

Virtual Machine Manager 2012 promises improvements for Hyper-V shops. Find out why this all-in-one manager improves on VMM 2008. Continue Reading


Use SCVMM or MVMC to move virtual machines from VMware to Hyper-V

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