Configuration Manager provides a comprehensive solution for change and configuration management for the Microsoft platform. It allows you to deploy operating systems, software applications, and software updates; and to monitor and remediate computers for compliance settings. With Configuration Manager, you can also monitor hardware and software inventory, and remotely administer computers.
Data Protection Manager (DPM) is a backup and recovery solution for Microsoft workloads. DPM provides out-of-the-box protection for Files and Folders, Exchange Server, SQL Server, Virtual Machine Manager, SharePoint, Hyper-V, and client computers. For large-scale deployments, DPM also allows you to monitor your backups through a central console or remotely.
Operations Manager provides infrastructure monitoring that is flexible and cost-effective, helps ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications, and offers comprehensive monitoring for your datacenter and cloud, both private and public.
Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks, enabling you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
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.
Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is a management solution for the virtualized datacenter, enabling you to configure and manage your virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds that you have created.
The Unified Installer is a tool that enables a single user-interface experience for the installation of seven System Center 2012 components. The Unified Installer provides a means of distributed installation from a central point using the existing Setup program of each component.
This Community Technology Preview (“CTP”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 and Windows Server “8” Beta. Customers should use this CTP for their evaluations of Windows Server “8” beta, and to provide Microsoft with feedback on both products. The CTP includes updates to the Virtual Machine Manager and Data Protection Manager components of System Center 2012.
Feature Bullet Summary: This CTP includes updates to the Virtual Machine Manager and Data Protection Manager components in support of new capabilities in Windows Server “8” Beta:
The CTP enables the Virtual Machine Manager component’s management server to run on Windows Server “8” as well as managing virtual machines (VMs) hosted on Windows Server “8”. The CTP also enables management of new Windows Server “8” features in Virtual Machine Manager:
Creation of Hyper-V Virtual Networks using Hyper-V Network Virtualization
Creation of virtual machines using the VHDx format
SMB 2.2 file servers as storage for virtual machines in a clustered and non-clustered environment
Live migration and live storage migration
The CTP enables the Data Protection Manager component’s repository and agents to run on Windows Server ‘8” as well as providing protection in Windows Server “8” environments. The CTP also adds protection for new features in Windows Server “8”:
Hyper-V Virtual Machines on Cluster Shared Volumes 2.0 (CSV2.0)
System Center 2012 – Orchestrator includes over 41 built-in workflow standard activities that perform a wide variety of functions. You can expand Orchestrator’s functionality and ability to integrate with other Microsoft and third-party platforms and products by installing integration packs. Integration packs for Orchestrator contain additional activities that extend the functionality of Orchestrator.
You can download integration packs from the Microsoft Download Center. Each integration pack has a guide that provides installation instructions, describes any known issues, and includes reference information for all of the activities supported by the integration pack.
Microsoft provides integration packs for all of the System Center products, as well as other Microsoft and third party products and technologies.
The following System Center 2012 – Service Manager add-ons and extensions are available for download:
System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool
The System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool is a tool for customization and extension of the built-in functionality in System Center Service Manager. This release supports modifying existing Process Management Packs and creating new Management Packs that define extensions to the Service Manager database for tracking additional information, customizations of forms or new forms, and new workflows. This release is available in 10 languages.
This release is compatible with the System Center 2012 release candidate. It contains the necessary changes to ensure the Authoring Tool is compatible with System Center 2012 – Service Manager but does not contain a new feature set from prior releases.
System Center Cloud Services Process Pack
This process pack will offer a self-service experience to facilitate private cloud capacity requests from your business unit IT application owners and end users, including the flexibility to request additional capacity as business demands increase.
IT Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) Process Management Pack
Microsoft System Center solutions assist medium and large organizations in managing and automating their IT GRC responsibilities; improving IT GRC program management efficiency while reducing costs; simplifying and consolidating IT GRC workloads; and increasing executive, audit, and management visibility into their GRC programs. The IT GRC Process Management Pack —combined with the IT Compliance Management Series—helps customers understand and bind complex business objectives to their Microsoft infrastructure in an operationally efficient manner.