Microsoft System Center – What’s New?
Anyone who has worked in a data center using Microsoft server technology knows how crucial Microsoft System Center is to network and server management. It is the controller for the whole data center enterprise.
Currently, most data centers are composed of a combination of cloud and on-premises data structures. However, most users that access a server have no idea where the server actually resides or whether it’s a physical or virtual entity. Microsoft System Center is designed to handle the management of all of these systems seamlessly to provide a rich and uninterrupted user experience. Let’s take a look at some of the most helpful new features and updates to Microsoft System Center 2016.
Microsoft Azure Extensions
Native support for virtual machines running in Azure has been added to allow for the quick deployment of virtual machines to the cloud via your Azure subscription parameters. Virtual Machine Manager can be used to start, stop and connect all of your virtual machines in the cloud while Data Protection Manager can help you backup all of your machines to physical devices or Azure Backup. Additionally, DPM can even be configured as a virtual machine itself, so you never have to touch a physical server.
Windows Server Enhancements
Several features are added to Windows Server when paired with MCS. One especially helpful feature added by MCS is the ability to check on VM servers at different points and the ability to restore them back to a specific checkpoint in the case of a malicious hack or outage. You can also have production-only checkpoints with no backups for testing and development scenarios. You also have the ability to have hot-swappable memory and network adapters to enhance servers on the fly should the need arise.
Linux Server OS Integration
MSC 2016 is compatible with all major versions of Linux including Ubuntu, Red Hat, SUSE, Debian, and CentOS. You have the ability to add up to 64 processors to a Linux server and adjust the amount of allocated memory on the fly. Secure boot is another added feature so that the OS components can be verified before automatically running maliciously embedded code. Linux integration with MCS provides greater security, flexibility and power levels than in previous versions.
Enhanced Hybrid IT Support
Microsoft System Center 2016 can administer your network whether it’s completely on-premises, in the cloud or a hybrid solution that must communicate as if they’re on the same network. It can run on Windows, Linux, VMWare or OpenStack operating systems and provide support for both on-prem physical servers and cloud-based virtual servers.
Infrastructure and Workload Monitoring
MSC 2016 provides numerous new tools and resources for monitoring the health of your virtual servers. If the physical metrics drop below certain thresholds, a notification can be sent that will allow you to quickly enhance your server statistics on the fly and restore it to a healthy working state.
There are tons of new features packed into Microsoft System Center 2016 and the features listed above are just the tip of the virtual iceberg. The best way to learn to utilize all of the new bells and whistles is to obtain professional training by contacting ONLC. With more than 300 instructor-led virtual classrooms around the country, it’s incredibly easy to get the training you need to take full advantage of the new features included in MSC 2016. Contact us today and learn more!