Column for–System Center 1801 is here

After a short break my monthly column is back on In this article I look at the first incarnation of the Semi Annual Channel (Twice a year) version of System Center, particularly VMM, DPM and OM for virtualization. Read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

System Center Operations Manager and Data Protection Manager preview 1711 Preview for 4Sysops

The second, and last, part of my look at the 1711 Preview of System Center, recently released as 1801 is now online at 4sysops. This time I look at what’s new in DPM and SCOM, read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1711 Preview for 4Sysops

The first in a series of two articles where I look at the preview (called 1711) of System Center 1801 is now online at 4sysops. In this article I look at Virtual Machine Manager and what this new release brings to the table. The tl;dr is Windows Server 2016 and 1709 support, shielded Linux VMs, Software Load Balancer (SLB) support, easy encryption of VM networks and management of ARM VMs in Azure. Read it here.

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Virtualization in System Center 2016 for

In tandem with the big article on Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016 I wrote a piece on System Center 2016 as it applies to virtualization. Read it here.

This article covers VMM in-depth, the support for orchestrating the upgrade from 2012 R2 to 2016, creating storage spaces direct clusters, storage replica, software defined networking and shielded VMs. There’s also a bit on support for VMware and a bit on the other System Center products.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2016 for 4Sysops

In March I then started looking at the different parts of the System Center 2016 for 4Sysops.

Virtual Machine Manager and Configuration Manager have already been covered, this time I look at Data Protection Manager (DPM). The 2016 version will bring protection for shielded VMs, mixed mode Hyper-V clusters, Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) and Resilient Change Tracking. Read it here


And thanks for reading.

Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) vs. Data Protection Manager (DPM) for 4Sysops

Recently Microsoft really upped their game in cloud backup with the new MABS server. Previously, you could only backup volumes to Azure, no application backup, no VM awareness etc. By taking System Center Data Protection Manager and cutting out some features, there’s all of a sudden a very good backup tool for both on-premises and cloud backup. The only catch is that, unlike with DPM, even if you only backup to local disk with MABS, you pay per backed up server, per month. Read it here.

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System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager Technical Preview 3 for 4 Sysops – part 2

In this second part we look at Virtual Machine Manager’s support for the new Shielded VM functionality in Hyper-V 2016, along with the Host Guardian Service attestation service. Read it here.

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