Microsoft System Center

Microsoft System Center is a suite of tools to help you manage physical and virtual servers, client computers and devices.

There are different components of System Center. In 2012 it became a single product. You can use any of the products with one license.

  1. VM Manager
  2. Service Manager
  3. Orchestrator (Azure Orchestration)
  4. Configuration Manager
  5. Data Protection Manager
  6. App Controller
  7. Endpoint Protection
  8. Operations Manager

Microsoft System Center is changing and evolving.

  • Changing potentially to a service on the Cloud
  • 1 in 5 machines in Azure currently is on Linux and Microsoft is trying to accommodate them

What Does Microsoft System Center Do?

It’s an evolution (started as managing desktops, became a configuration manager). In 2012 it became a standalone product. It’s cross platform – it works with Azure, AWS- it’s  agnostic.

  • Patching on cross platforms
  • Deployments
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Application performance monitoring
  • Dynamic application discovery (with Blue stripe)- it sniffs ports, with a light agent, the physical mapping of the application
  • SQL backups
  • Azure backups
  • Security and audit
  • DR
  • Automation
  • Updates client computers and devices across physical, virtual, distributed and mobile environments

What is Operations Management Suite (OMS)?

It sits on top of System Center. It can be on the Cloud or on the premise. It requires an additional license. OMS offers:

  • Log Analytics
  • You can do custom dashboards
  • Ties easily AWS & Azure
  • Nice web platform/view (HTML5)

It has 260+ business intelligence packs (plugins).


AWS Abbreviations

SQS- Simple Queuing Service

SNS- Simple Notification Service

WAM- Workspace Application Manager

VPC – Virtual Private Cloud

DC (DX)- Direct Connect

EFS – Elastic Filesystem

VPE – Virtual Private Endpoint (?)

NAT – Network address translation

EMR- Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) is a web service that uses Hadoop, an open-source framework, to quickly & cost-effectively process vast amounts of data.

IOPS- Input/Output Operations per Second

NFS – Network File System

AML – Amazon Machine Learning

NAS – Network Attached Storage

S3 – Simple Storage Service

EC2- Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

RDS – Amazon Relational Database Service

ELB – Elastic Load Balancing

Aurora – Amazon’s MySQL-compatible relational database management system (RDBMS)

Right Scale – Manage Your Cloud

Right Scale is a tool to help us with managing a multi-cloud environment. It’s a single interface for multi-cloud support (example AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, as well as VM).

Right Scale is SaaS (software as a service).

The features:
– Cloud and configuration management
– Credential management
– One place to manage user access to the multi-cloud environment
– Managing and automating server patching & maintenance
– Server deployments automation
– Monitoring & alerting (including backup alerts)
– Cloud cost management (cloud analytics)
– With the Collectd plugin you can collect server statistics (in numbers)
– There is the  Multi Cloud Marketplace which gives you access to server templates and scripts (ex. Chef recipes, right script and so on)
– RightScale APIs (everything that’s in the interface, can be done through API)
– It has Chef integration. It has New Relic integration.

The main focus of Right Scale:
* Automation (in and across Clouds through Self-Service and CAT files)
* Governance (Offer self-service IT access while sleeping at night. Design and enforce policies based on budgets, configurations, and user access. Control resource placement and capacity.)
* Economics (Through Cloud Analytics and Self-Service Scheduling we are able to control waste)
* Ecosystem (Multi-cloud & hybrid environment)

Note: Hybrid is the combination of private Cloud (VMware, Open Stack & Cloud Stack environment) and public Cloud (ex. AWS, Azure, Google…).

There are 3 parts to Right Scale Cloud Portfolio Management:
Self-Service, Cloud Management, and Cloud Analytics


Cloud Analytics – shows the cost of the cloud (User oriented view)

  • Budget Alerts
  • Spending Reports
  • Estimation Tool (Scenario Builder)


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