~ Bala Rajagopalan, Group Program Manager
As Mike Neil noted in his blog post, Windows Server (WS) 2016 brings cloud-born technologies to your datacenter. System Center (SC) 2016 is the perfect companion for managing this infrastructure and monitoring the associated workloads. If you are already using SC 2012 R2, upgrading to SC 2016 will provide enhanced value in client and server configuration, virtualization management, infrastructure and application monitoring, service management, and automation.
While SC 2016 will deliver significant feature enhancements in various areas, the particular focus is on the following:
Fundamentals: Ease of deployment, usability, and performance are fundamental to enhancing your operational experience with System Center. SC 2016 focuses on improving these fundamentals across various SC components. The improvements to SC 2012 R2 that were already delivered via various Update Rollups (URs) will also be available in SC 2016.
Support for Windows 10 and WS 2016 deployments: Deployment and management of Windows 10 devices is a key goal of SC Configuration Manager (CM). Furthermore, both SCCM and SC Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) will fully support the management of WS 2016 deployments and virtualization capabilities. SC Operations Manager (OM), in conjunction with WS 2016 Software-Defined Networking (SDN), will provide new network monitoring capabilities. It will also ease the development and deployment of management packs in support of WS 2016 deployments.
Attach to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) : SC 2016 will start providing native integration with OMS – a set of cloud-based services that would complement and extend SC functionality to give you new analytics, correlation, orchestration, archival, and hybrid management capabilities. With SC and OMS, you can use System Center – with its rich set of capabilities and familiar operations – on-premises, while tapping into OMS as needed for extended capabilities that rely on the power of the cloud. The integration of SC and OMS will be a continuous process starting with SC 2016 and extending beyond.
Technical Preview (TP) 4 reflects the above focus of SC 2016. A component-wise summary of the key capabilities in SC 2016 TP4 is given below (the links will take you to product pages that provide additional details).
|System Center Component||Features available in System Center 2016 TP4|
|Virtual Machine Manager||
|Data Protection Manager||
If you are yet to try out SC 2016 TP 4, please visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-technical-preview.
The TechNet documentation for SC 2016 TP 4 is available at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn997272.aspx.
If you have any questions on SC 2016 TP4, you can post it at the SC social forum.
Looking forward to hearing from you on your experiences with SC 2016 TP4.
Bala Rajagopalan | Group Program Manager | Microsoft
- Configuration Manager: http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/
- Data Protection Manager: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
- Orchestrator: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
- Operations Manager: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
- Operations Management Suite: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/omsblog/
- Service Manager: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
- Virtual Machine Manager: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm
- Microsoft Intune: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/intunesupport/
- WSUS: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
- AD and Azure RMS: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rms/
- Application Virtualization: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
- MED-V: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
- Application Proxy: http://blogs.technet.com/b/applicationproxyblog/
- Forefront Endpoint Protection: http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
- Forefront Identity Manager: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
- Forefront TMG: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
- Forefront UAG: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/