Microsoft System Center 2019 is now available for all the customers with a valid license of System Center 2019. The tool is part of the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC).
The modernized MCS suite strives to fulfill growing data center needs by taking Windows Server 2019 management and deployment to a larger scale.
Potential customers will be pleased to know that Microsoft has issued no change in pricing for SC 2019.
Before going any further, we see fit to mention the holy trinity of this new release:
- Data center management and monitoring improvements through high-end tools
- The newer versions of Windows Server will have a better support
- Hybrid monitoring and management capabilities unlocked with Azure
Microsoft System Center 2019 key features
While the focus fell on the above mentioned areas, the complete list of changes is quite long. Here are the highlights.
Data Protection Manager
Actually, this app received some negative critique from the public in the past. However, some issues have been addressed in the new version.
This now promises a 75% faster backup and less storage space consumption alongside other features like backups for such new workloads
(SharePoint 2019 and Exchange 2019) and of VMware VMs to tape.
A set of Azure management services have been successfully added to Microsoft System Center 2019, thus boosting on- premises tools. These features include:
- Service Map integration with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
- Azure Management Pack
- Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2019
In this department, the requirement for interactive logon has been swiped and better support has been provided for service logon.
Also, clients will be able to enjoy a new privilege level, VM Administrator, which offers a much needed balance of permissions.
Basically, the fabric of the data center will be just visible enough, without causing escalation of privilege to fabric administration.
System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) continues to serve as a reliable tool to monitor Microsoft and third-party workloads. The modernization package in the SCOM web console focuses on offering a more user-friendly layout.
It now offers an extended monitoring console with drill down experiences and HTML5 dashboards.
Some of the other noteworthy Service Manager improvements relate to an updated version of Active Directory (AD) connector, which enables a stable connection with specific domain controllers.
Also, clients will be able to run 64-bit cmdlets since PowerShell V 4.0 (and above) which are now supported by Orchestrator.
On a final note, following customer feedback, Microsoft decided to change its release priorities for System Center. The focus will once again be on the Long Term Servicing Channel, with a prospect of semi-annual upgrades, while dropping the Semi-Annual Channel, which failed to win
over the public.
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