Category: Systems Center


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.

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Rounding off my overview of System Center 2016 here I look at Service Manager for 4Sysops. Read it here.

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In part 2 of my look at System Center 2016 TP 4 Operations Manager for 4sysops, I cover scheduled maintenance improvements, storage spaces and Nano server support. Read it here.

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In early April my two part look at what’s coming in System Center Operations Manager (OM) 2016 was published at 4Sysops. In part 1, I look at Apache and MySQL monitoring and other open source improvements in OM.

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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

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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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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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Now that we’ve finally reached Technical Preview 3 in System Center, there’s enough new features there to see what’s coming next year. This part 1 for 4sysops covers management of rolling cluster upgrades, Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), Storage Replica, SOFS in front of SANs, centralized storage QoS management and Azure IaaS VM management. Read it here.

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A long time ago I reviewed a tool called PDT, PowerShell Deployment Toolkit for 4Sysops, (it’s a funny name since it doesn’t actually deploy PowerShell, it deploys System Center 2012 / 2012 R2). It’s now been furnished with a GUI by a couple of people in Germany and it works quite well – read all about it here.

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A couple of months ago I looked at System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, Configuration Manager and Virtual Machine Manager for 4Sysops. Those three received quite a few improvements in the R2 release. This time I have a look at the other three parts of System Center and find that, apart from DPM, there was very few improvements in the products. Read it here.

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