Microsoft recently unveiled the new version of its System Center program. Microsoft System Center 2019, generally available as of March 2019, allows users to deploy and manage Windows Server 2019 at a large scale, perfect for those with specific datacenter needs.
Leading up to its release, System Center 2019 was in private preview through the Windows Server Technical Adoption Program starting in December 2018. This helped the company shape the program and tailor offerings to the needs of users.
Now, System Center 2019 is being released with a few key areas of focus and improvements: tools to help users monitor and manage datacenters, support and management capabilities for the latest versions of Windows Server, and hybrid management and monitoring capabilities with Azure. Here’s what you should know about each of these areas.
System Center 2019 includes an integration with Service Map so you can automatically create applications in Operations Manager based on those dynamic dependency maps. There’s also an Azure Management Pack so you can view perf and alert metrics right in Operations Manager and monitor applications and PaaS services directly within Service Center as well. Finally, Virtual Machine Manager 2019 lets you easily patch VMs through an integration with Azure Update Management.
With this update, System Center products will support service logon, meaning it won’t be dependent on interactive logon. VMM 2019 will also include the new role of VM administrator, which allows organizations to create permissions like read-only visibility and prevents escalation of privilege.
VMM 2019 allows you to manage and monitor HCI deployments efficiently, while also providing storage optimization so you can prevent VM outages by optimizing placement of VHDs across cluster shared volumes.
System Center is part of Microsoft’s Long Term Servicing Channel release. So it provides five years of standard support followed by five years of extended support. The suite will continue to be updated through the Update Rollup releases every six months over that standard support window.
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