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System Center 2012

Boris Nisenbaum

Datacenter and Private Cloud TechnologySpecialist

Microsoft Corporation – NY Metro District

Key takeaways
Key Takeaways

System Center 2012 is here

Developed, released and licensed as a suite

You can use components independently or integrate them together to enable scenarios, up to Private Cloud

“On your terms” : Depending on your goals, private cloud computing could be the expected short term goal, or an eventual mid-term benefit

Cross-platform, heterogeneity and integration into existing tools and processes are at the heart of System Center 2012




Service Model

Private Cloud



DC Admin



System Center Helps Deliver IT as a Service

App Controller


Service Delivery and Automation

Virtual Machine Manager

Self Service

Operations Manager + APM

Configuration Manager + Endpoint Protection

Data Protection Manager



Service Manager

Service Manager

Application Management

Service Delivery and Automation

Infrastructure Management

The Private Cloud stack, including System Center 2012



On your terms

You can use components independently or integrate them together to enable scenarios, up to the Private Cloud

Cross-platform and heterogeneity mgmtfrom the metal up (tools and processes)

All about the applications

(deep insight and services)

Best of class performance, Enterprise


System center 2012 enabling the private cloud
System Center 2012 : Enabling the Private Cloud

Top Features of System Center 2012



Hybrid IT Management

Cloud Creation & Delegation

Multi-hypervisor Support

Deep Application Insight

Server Application Virtualization

Process Automation

Dynamic Optimization

Network Monitoring

Service Templates

Self-Service for App Owners






All About

the App

Cross-Platform From the Metal Up

Foundation for the Future

Cloud On Your Terms






System center 2012
System Center 2012

Engage us

Architecture design session

Proof of concept

Private cloud Fast Track solutions

Private Cloud Immersion experience



System Center 2012

Available Now

Components overview

Configuration Manager (CM)

Operations Manager (OM)

Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

Data Protection Manager (DPM)

Orchestrator (Orch)

Service Manager (SM)

App Controller (AC)

Configuration manager 2012
Configuration Manager 2012

Configuration management component

For desktops, laptops, servers and devices

Advanced inventory and compliance

OS, application and updates deployment

Power management

Remote control

Antivirus integration and firewall settings


Key part of the Infrastructure Optimization initiative

Backbone for Microsoft and partners management products (MDT, ACT, WDS, WSUS, App-V, XenApp, SCEP and MED-V)

Rich integration with the other System Center components, including Orchestrator and SM

  • Main datacenter scenarios

  • Inventory

  • Compliance drifts and remediation

  • Updates management

  • Antivirus integration

  • Physical/Virtual application management

  • Cross-platform needs

Praised by analysts for its reliability and its flexibility to match the architecture and delegations specifics of any environment - including very large, highly distributed or low bandwidth ones

Used by more than 53,000 enterprises worldwide

Cm what s new in system center 2012
CM : What’s new in System Center 2012

Architecture enhancements and TCO reduction:

Simplify and modernize the SCCM infrastructure

SCCM client health monitoring out of the box

Integrated security management with System Center Endpoint Manager (SCEP) 2012

Day to day tasks : collections, inventory editing, …

« User Centric Client Management » : Thinking user and applications first, for all day-to-day configuration operations

New application model for software distribution

Self-service portal

"Software Center" providing greater control and flexibility to the end user

Non-compliance remediation (DCM)

Heterogeneous support:

Expanded support for device management (Mobile Device Manager integration, ActiveSync connector)

After SCCM 2012 releases, an update will ship to support Unix and Linux agents : HP/UX, AIX, Solaris, Suse, RedHat

New console :

Simplify day-to-day tasks and learning curve for role-basedoperations

In-console alerting

And incremental features enhancements (OS deployment, Updates management,…)

C m screenshots new console
CM screenshots : New console

C m screenshots compliance
CM screenshots : Compliance

C m screenshots upcoming unix linux agents
CM screenshots : Upcoming UNIX/Linux agents

C m screenshots software updates and endpoint protection
CM screenshots : Software Updates and Endpoint Protection

Operations manager 2012
Operations Manager 2012

  • Monitoring component

  • Thanks to rules and knowledge base included in management packs, OM provides best-of-breed monitoring that you can choose to apply to all or part of your environment and/or integrate with your existing tools

  • Physical machines| Virtual machines |Azure

  • Windows| Unix and Linux

  • .NET | J2EE

  • Servers| Network

With OM, administrators don’t spend all time creating and maintaining monitoring rules. OM enables modeling of distributed applications and end users synthetic transactions to create added-value dashboards and reports for the business units and/or upper management (performance, availability, service levels)

End user experience | Infrastructure

Reporting on operations, performance, availability and service levels - with email subscription and a consistent experience across console, web and SharePoint

Fast deployment time and flexibility for delegations and scalability


Proactive monitoring

Faster reactivity

Accountability through reporting, including end user experience

Om what s new in system center 2012
OM : What’s new in System Center 2012

Extended monitoring coverage out of the box

Application Performance Management (APM) : .NET (AVIcode acquisition), J2EE

Network monitoring : discovery, monitoring and reporting

Enabled for the cloud

Includes the Windows Azure and SQL Azure management packs

Can monitor hybrid applications (private and public cloud)

More dashboards, including consistent viewsacross the console, web and SharePoint

Simplified and optimized architecture (multi-master architecture, agent pools)

Om screenshots deep application insight
OM screenshots : Deep application insight

Virtual machine manager 2012
Virtual Machine Manager 2012

  • Virtualization management component

  • For Hyper-V, VMware and Xen Server environments

Cloud Management

Define capacity & quota

Delegate access

Works with App Controller for a single pane of glass self-service experience across multiple VMM-managed private clouds and Azure public clouds


Virtual Machines and Services Lifecycle

Deployment of VMs and Services through templates

Can also deploy Web packages, SQL DAC components and virtualized applications

Infrastructure Management

Compute (Hyper-V, VMware, Xen Server), Network and Storage

Bare metal deployment and patching, for Hyper-V hosts and clusters

Works as standalone or with OM to load balance resources based on usage, power and applications

Vmm what s new in system center 2012
VMM : What’s new in System Center 2012

  • Infrastructure enhancements

  • Highly Available VMM Server

  • Custom Properties

  • Enables affinity rules

  • Powershell

  • Fully powershell scriptable (> 400 cmdlets)

  • Powershell 2.0 – standard verbs, noun naming convention

  • Backward compatible

Fabric Management


Adding Xen Server support

Integration with remote management – iLO, SMASH

Bare metal provisioning and updates management for Hyper-V hosts and clusters


Define network using Logical Networks

Assign IP, VIP, and MAC from pools

Integrate with load balancers


Discover and classify storage according to capabilities

Assign new storage to Hyper-V cluster

Provision new storage with VM deployment

Cloud & Service Management

New User Roles

Define and delegate Clouds & Quotas




Number of deployed VMs

Custom Quota


Define Service Templates

Design, deployment, Scale out

Web, Database and Virtual Packages

  • Resource Optimization

  • Dynamic Optimization (DO) and Enhanced “Intelligent Placement”

    • Cluster level workload balancing scheme

    • No dependency on Operations Manager

    • Leverages live migration to move workloads

    • Over 100 placement checks/validation, Support for custom placement rules

    • Multiple VM placement (service)

  • Power Management

    • Powers down servers during times of low utilization and according to admin policy

    • Leverages DO and live migration to balance workloads with no disruption

Vmm screenshots cloud management
VMM screenshots : Cloud Management

Pooling resources, creating cloud, assigning quotas

Vmm screenshots service templates
VMM screenshots : Service Templates

Data protection manager 2012
Data Protection Manager 2012

  • Save disk space, save operational time and reduce downtime

  • « Express Full » backup reduces the duration and size of full backups

  • « Zero data loss recovery » restores an application using the « Express Full » backup and transactions logs from Microsoft applications

Backup & Restore, Disaster Recovery component

Native continuous protection for Microsoft technologies

  • Quick and reliable restore, initiated by end users or by administrators

  • Enables users to restore files themselves, from their desktop (right-click on files in Windows Explorer)

  • Also some bare metal restore tools

  • Platforms and applications supported with DPM 2012

  • Windows Servers

    • Windows Server 2003 / 2003 R2 / 2008 / 2008 R2

    • Windows Storage Server 2008

  • Windows Desktops

    • Windows XP / Vista / 7

  • Virtualization

    • Virtual Server 2005, Hyper-V, Hyper-V R2

  • Technology for enterprises of all sizes, as DPM can leverages existing drives or tape libraries, or can integrate with the current tape-based backup solution

  • Backups can be disk-to-disk, disk-to-tape, disk-to-disk-to-tape


SQL Server 2000 / 2005 / 2008, including advanced configurations like mirroring and SAP

Exchange Server 2003 / 2007 / 2010, including advanced configurations like LCR/CCR/SCR/DAG

Office SharePoint Server 2007 / 2010 and WSS 3.0 / SharePoint Foundation 2010

“Generic Worload”

Dpm what s new in system center 2012
DPM : What’s new in System Center 2012

Protected workloads enhancements

Optimized item-level restoration for SharePoint

Support for protecting VMM hosts

Item-level restoration for Hyper-V is now possible even when DPM runs in a virtual machine

“Generic” workload : Supports all types of protections (Express Full, Delta Replication, Consistency Check) - Can restore to the original or alternate location on the network - Can use XML for applications without a VSS writer

DPM infrastructure optimization

Certificate-based authentication for computers in workgroups or untrusted domains.

More granular media co-location (at protection group level)

Support for multiple DPM servers to share one instance of SQL Server for DPMDB

Improved usage of tapes through protection group sets

Leverages OM for central console and role-based remote management

Orchestrator 2012
Orchestrator 2012

Automation component

a.k.a. IT Process Automation / Runbook Automation

Orchestrate tasks across systems

Automate large volume or highly repetitive tasks

Dynamic workflow engine («databus»)

Easy to implement and use, straightforward UI

Script-free automation, thanks to Integration Packs, Standard Activities, Integration Toolkit for API/CLI usages

  • Integration Packs

  • Standard Activities (run command line, run SSH, run script, work with databases, web services, etc…)

  • System Center 2007/2012

  • Monitoring, ticketing, CMDB, backup solutions from IBM, HP, BMC

  • Virtualization (VMM, VMware)

  • Active Directory

  • Community and Partner Integration Packs (SharePoint, Exchange, NetApp, ServiceNow,…)

Orchestrator what s new in system center 2012
Orchestrator :What’s new in System Center 2012

New web console based on .NET and Silverlight technologies

Richer remote interaction through scripting, PowerShell and Web Service

Feeds directly into SM for change management

New and updated Integration Packs

OM management pack

Protection of currents investments in runbooks

Service manager 2012
Service Manager 2012

  • ITIL implementation “made easy” thanks to best practices included in management packs (workflows, forms)

  • Incident Management, Problem Management

  • Change Management, Request Management

  • Release Management

  • Configuration Management

  • Knowledge Management

  • Governance, Risk and Compliance Management

  • Service Desk

  • Asset Management

IT Service Management component

including the CMDB and a service catalog (with the ability to feed directly into Orchestrator runbooks)

Ready for the Enterprise : Scalable ; easy code-free customization

  • Out-of-the-box integration with infrastructures like Active Directory, OCS/Lync, System Center, and the CMDB can include other type of objects as well

  • Specifically for System Center

  • Alerts to incidents

  • Compliance to incidents

  • Monitored services to business services

  • Inventory in the CMDB

  • Runbooks to service offerings (leveraged by the Cloud Services Process Pack)

S m what s new in system center 2012
SM : What’s new in System Center 2012

Major investments

New ITIL processes covered out-of-the-box (Request management, Release Management)

New self-service portal & service catalog

Cloud Services Process Pack (turnkey solution accelerator for private cloud self-service scenarios)

New connectors for VMM & Orchestrator


System Center Datawarehouse

Extended service level management for incidents

Parent/child incidents and parallel activities

Enhancements to the Active Directory connector

Expanded set of PowerShell cmdlets

New notification engine

Sm screenshots datawarehouse activities
SM screenshots : Datawarehouse, activities

App controler new in system center 2012
App Controler (New in System Center 2012)

Application self-service component

“Single pane of glass” with self-service flexibility and control for your application owners to manage their applications and services across private and public clouds (Windows Azure)

  • Single point of management

  • Simplified management across private and public cloud services

    • Offer private and public cloud service plus virtual machines

    • Audit jobs and monitor task progress

    • Capture changes to history

  • Standardization

  • Application owner can take advantage of standardized templates and predefined quotas

    • Simplified self-service

  • Empowerment

  • Application owner is empowered to manage resources based on business needs

    • Role-based access

    • Create, manage, and move resources between repositories