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)

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