Microsoft Commercially Releases System Center 2022 – Redmond Channel Partner



Microsoft commercially launches System Center 2022

The “general availability” retail version of System Center 2022 is now available.

System Center 2022 includes six main “components” used for different computing tasks. Apparently, all components are available with the retail version of the product, with the exception of Data Protection Manager, which Microsoft describes as “coming May 2022”.

Friday’s announcements included this one by Shashank Bansal, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, as well as this one by Microsoft employee Bhavna Appayya. The system center product landing page has been updated with 2022 information. Microsoft is offering a 180-day trial version of the product to its Assessment center download page.

Here are the typical components of the System Center product suite:

  • System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is used for operational analysis.
  • Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) adds management of virtual machines hosted on servers.
  • Data Protection Manager (DPM) helps secure data (coming May).
  • Orchestrator is used to automate processes and integrate systems through runbooks.
  • Service Manager is a service management best practice automation tool.
  • Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) is used for client and server deployments, configurations, and management.

What’s new in System Center 2022
Microsoft’s Friday announcements didn’t describe many new features in System Center 2022. Most were previously described in Microsoft’s November initial announcement.

In general, System Center 2022 works well with Windows Server 2022 and is also considered the “best toolset” to use with SQL Server. The management suite also added support for Azure Stack HCI version 21H2, which is Microsoft’s “Azure in a box” hardware product that combines compute, storage, and networking on the same server in a single server. cluster.

Microsoft highlighted a few other new features in System Center 2022, as follows:

Nothing was said about ConfigMgr having new features. However, it is frequently updated as part of Microsoft Endpoint Manager subscriptions, which come with Microsoft Intune, Microsoft’s mobile device management service. ConfigMgr is still part of the System Center 2022 product, although Microsoft has internally seems to have moved awayinstead favoring Intune for managing its client devices.

The latest version of Microsoft Endpoint Manager ConfigMgr was update 2111 in decemberwhich added “Orchestration groups” and “Application groups” as full features.

Hybrid support for System Center 2022 coming soon
Last November, Microsoft hinted that it was bringing “hybrid” (cloud plus on-premises) management capabilities to the System Center 2022 product suite for Software Assurance licensees. However, these hybrid management capabilities appear to be at a level yet to come and “stay tuned” right now, according to Microsoft’s announcements on Friday.

“We will bring hybrid capabilities with System Center 2022 to standardize management and governance across on-premises and cloud environments while reusing your existing System Center investments,” Bansal promised, although no timeline was outlined.

Datacenter and Standard Editions
Microsoft sells System Center 2022 in Datacenter and Standard editions, both of which include all six product components.

System Center 2022 Datacenter Edition is designed for organizations overseeing “highly virtualized servers,” with rights to “unlimited” operating system environments (OSEs) and Hyper-V containers. The Standard edition is for “non-virtualized or lightly virtualized servers”, with rights for two OSEs and Hyper-V containers.

These edition license details are outlined in the Microsoft System Center 2022 Pricing Datasheet, available for download at this page.

Organizations that license System Center 2022 must also purchase managed device licenses, which Microsoft describes as client management licenses and server management licenses. Server management licenses are said to be core-based, where all physical cores (16 minimum) in a server must be licensed.

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media’s Converge360 group.


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