System Center A to Z

Posted by Jodie Gaver on Nov 1, 2016 9:09:19 AM

Dynamic IT environments are the next, new wave in technology.

Building, scaling, monitoring, and maintaining IT infrastructure is now a 24/7 operation, no matter the size of your organization, because users and businesses demand access, performance, and IT accountability. Regardless of where your IT infrastructure is, you need to know that it is secure and available, and able to respond to issues at a moment's notice.

Enter the power of Microsoft's System Center 2012 R2: Modern management across on-premises, service provider and Azure environments.

System Center helps customers gain a unified datacenter management experience with out-of-the-box monitoring, provisioning, configuration, automation, protection and self-service capabilities.

With this integrated suite of products, you can monitor, maintain, protect and automate your IT infrastructure – and create the ultimate in dynamic environments on a cloud-scale, on-premises, off-premise, or a hybrid of both.

The network monitoring features built into the System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 component enable you to discover and monitor the health of physical devices along with associated views that shows the device's connections with the rest of the network.

System Center 2012 Service Manager provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization's IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management.

For example, an environment that is monitored by System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 can generate an alert when a website is performing poorly, which automatically creates an incident ticket in System Center Service Manager 2012 R2. The Incident triggers automation in Orchestrator which remediates the issue then updates the Incident in Service Manager documenting the process. Operations Manager checks the alert ad closes upon finding the issue resolved.

System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 is an amazing framework for automating IT processes, triggered by a specified event or action. This automation can create new Active Directory user accounts, add them to group(s), set passwords, create e-mail accounts and notify via email the details at completion. Another ability Orchestrator has is its monitoring activities. Example: MSSQLSERVER service on Server MyDB is imperative to stay running. Orchestrator can monitor it with a simple runbook that automatically sends commands to restart the service if it is stopped. It can also automatically provision a virtual machine based on a user request. The automation can be simple or intricate, and can be designed to use various inputs, variables, and outputs to create an automated process, scaled to the environment.

The Configuration Manager component of System Center 2012 R2 with Endpoint Protection provides a comprehensive solution for change and configuration management. This component lets you perform tasks such as deployment of operating systems, upgrading operating systems, deployment of software applications and software updates; deploying Azure systems; monitoring and remediation of computers for compliance settings, provide antivirus protection, monitor hardware and software inventory and remotely administer computers. Configuration Manager allows for custom ala carte deployments for operating systems and software to meet the needs of today's frequent changes. A Configuration Manager Central Admin Site can manage up to 400,000 clients!

System Center 2012 R2 delivers best-in-class management for Windows Server environments by supporting the scale and performance delivered by Windows Server 2012 R2. The Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) component of System Center 2012 R2 plays a critical role in enabling virtualization-management scale. For example, a single VMM server can support up to 1,000 hosts and 25,000 virtual machines.

System Center 2012 R2 provides a unified tool to provision and manage virtual machines into on-premises and Windows Azure environments, including easy workload portability without a need for format conversion. The App Controller component of System Center 2012 R2 enables migration of on-premises Hyper-V virtual machines into Windows Azure virtual machines. The Orchestrator component of System Center 2012 R2 provides a Windows Azure Integration Pack for at-scale provisioning and management of Windows Azure virtual machines and Windows Azure Storage in an automated manner.


The entire cycle is open to reporting, with all data stored in the System Center 2012 R2 Data Warehouse. The Data Warehouse is a common repository for configuring, monitoring, and reporting data.

System Center 2012 R2 is designed to boost management, insight, and automation across an IT infrastructure, which allows you to spend more time and money on new services, rather than putting out fires.

Once your IT infrastructure is dynamic, well managed, and automated, the move to cloud-based technologies becomes easier and more appealing. Maintaining your existing level of services control without having to own the physical infrastructure should appeal to every organization, and that's possible with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2.

With the cloud services model, growing your infrastructure happens at the click of a button – making it a truly dynamic, scalable IT infrastructure.

Topics: SCCM, System Center