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#Microsoft System Center 2019 GA – Whats New #Sysctr #SCVMM #SCOM #SCDPM #Azure

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Hybrid Integration

As enterprise environments now span on-premises to the cloud, customers look to leverage the innovation in Azure services using their on-premises tools. To enable this, Microsoft has integrated System Center with a set of management services in Azure to augment the on-premises tools.

  • With Service Map integration with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), you can automatically create distributed application diagrams in Operations Manager (OM) that are based on the dynamic dependency maps in Service Map.
  • With Azure Management Pack, you can now view perf and alert metrics in SCOM, integrate with web application monitoring in Application Insights, and monitor more PaaS services, such as Azure Blob Storage, Azure Data Factory, etc.
  • Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2019 enables simplified patching of VMs by integrating with Azure Update Management.

What is New in Microsoft System Center 2019

Read here what is new on Microsoft System Center 2019 for your IT Management :

New features in VMM 2019
See the following sections for detailed information about the new features/feature updates supported in VMM 2019.
System Center 2019 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) supports rolling upgrade of a Hyper-V host cluster from Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server 2019. Versions earlier to VMM 2019 supports rolling upgrade to 2016 from 2012 R2 This article provides the upgrade information for System Center 2019 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

New features in DPM 2019
See the following sections for detailed information about the new features/feature updates supported in DPM 2019.


Modern Backup Storage (MBS) was introduced in System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2016 to deliver 50% storage savings, 3X faster backups, and more efficient, workload-aware storage. DPM 2019 introduces further performance improvements with MBS resulting in 50-70% faster backup with Windows Server 2019. This article provides the upgrade information for System Center 2019 – Data Protection Manager (DPM). 

New features in Operations Manager 2019
See the following sections for detailed information about the new and updated features in System Center 2019 – Operations Manager. Features and updates introduced in Operations Manager version 1801 and 1807 are included in version 2019. Plan your Upgrade to SCOM 2019

Service Map integration
Service Map automatically discovers application components on Windows and Linux systems and maps the communication between services. It automatically builds a common reference map of dependencies across your servers, processes, and third-party services. Integration between Service Map and System Center Operations Manager allows you to automatically create distributed application diagrams in Operations Manager that are based on the dynamic dependency maps in Service Map.

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NEW Buy Now THE System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch Book #SCCM #ConfigMgr #Sysctr #MVPbuzz

System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch provides a total systems management solution for a people-centric world. It can deploy applications to individuals using virtually any device or platform, centralizing and automating management across on-premise, service provider, and Microsoft Azure environments. In System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch Unleashed, a team of world-renowned System Center experts shows you how to make the most of this powerful toolset.

A Great Book and a Must have for every System Center Administrator,  the book has more then 1100 pages with the following Chapters :

Configuration management basics
Configuration manager overview
Looking inside configuration manager
Architecture design planning
Network design
Installing and updating system center configuration manager
Upgrading and migrating to configmgr current branch
Using the configuration manager console
Client management
Managing compliance
Creating and managing applications
Creating and using deployment types
Creating and managing applications and packages
Distributing and deploying applications and packages
Managing software updates
Integrating intune hybrid into your configuration manager environment
Managing mobile devices
Conditional access in configuration manager
Endpoint protection
Configuration manager queries
Configuration manager reporting
Operating system deployment
Security and delegation in configuration manager
Backup, recovery, and maintenance
Configuration manager log files
Extending hardware inventory
Co-managing windows intune and configmgr
Reference urls

The System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch Unleashed is written by the following world wide Experts :

Kenneth van Surksum
Kerrie Meyler
Gerry Hampson
Saud Al-Mishari
Greg Ramsey
Michael Wiles
Byron Holt
Garth Jones

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Software Updates Management in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager #SCCM

SCCM 2012This whitepaper provides an overview of Software Updates Management in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with an emphasis on a detailed understanding of each process involved and how to troubleshoot those process when problems arise. All aspects are discussed, including prerequisites, installation and configuration, configuring deployments, performing maintenance as well as administrative best practices.

You can download the whitepaper Software Updates Management in SCCM 2012 here


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FREE WhitePaper : System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – Disaster Recovery #sysctr #SCCM

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 disaster recovery is a complex process. It requires sufficient knowledge of the Configuration Manager Product & dependent components. This document describes the steps to recover a full Configuration Manager 2012 R2 hierarchy in case of disaster. This document also describes the steps to recovery either CAS or Primary sites as well as additional steps that Configuration Manager Administrators should follow in order to restore a Configuration Manager Hierarchy or Sites without data loss. This document also provides some helpful troubleshooting tips.
At a higher level, there are the following few steps described below to recover an entire hierarchy in the event of disaster. Please note that the steps are different for recovering an entire hierarchy and individual site servers such as CAS or Primary sites. Please refer to appropriate sections within this document to recover appropriate site servers. The approximate time noted below in each of the tasks may vary significantly as there are many factors involved when recovering an entire hierarchy so use this timing as an example ONLY.

  1. Collect CAS & Primary Site Information (~1 hour)  In this step, collect & document all the necessary information required from the existing hierarchy. This task should be followed regularly whenever there are updates/changes at the site level so that it will save time at the time of disaster recovery.
  2. Backup Sites – CAS & Primary (~3 hrs.)  This section describes backup options.
  3. Recover CAS Site (~3 to 48 hrs.) This section provides the steps to recover the CAS Site server. Global data can be recovered within 3-4 hours but for site data it can take up to 48 hours.
  4. Recover Primary Site(s) (~3 to 48 hrs.)  This section provides the steps to recover Primary Site servers. Global data can be recovered within 3-4 hours but for site data it can take up to 48 hours.  Recover from supplemental backups (~2 hrs.)
  5. This section describes the steps to recover the additional components of Configuration Manager.

You can download this Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager WhitePaper here


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#Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1+ R2 Configuration Manager – Clients for Additional OS #sysctr #Apple #Linux

System Center 2012 SP1 CM ClientsMicrosoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 supports the management of Apple Mac clients. The client for Mac computers allows you to discover, collect inventory, manage settings, and deploy applications and patches using your Configuration Manager environment.
Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 also supports the management of UNIX and Linux servers. The clients for UNIX and Linux extends the scope of your Configuration Manager environment to collect inventory, deploy software, and run reports about UNIX and Linux servers in your enterprise. The client operates as a workgroup client that is managed by Configuration Manager.
Feature Summary: Mac Client: The following Mac versions are supported in this release:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

The following scenarios are supported through the Mac client in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1:

  • Discovery – Discovers Mac OS X system in Active Directory and through network discovery
  • Hardware Inventory – Provides hardware inventory and auditing of computers running Mac OS X, including a list of installed software similar to add/remove programs for Windows systems.
  • Settings Management – Ensures computers running Mac OS X comply with company policies using scripts and preference list management.
  • Application Deployment – Distributes required software via app model.
  • Software Updates Management – Distributes patches utilizing Software Distribution and Settings management features.

UNIX/Linux Client: The following UNIX and Linux versions are supported in this release.

  • AIX Version 7.1, 5.3
  • Solaris Version 11, 10, 9
  • HP-UX Version 11v2, 11v3
  • RHEL Version 6, 5, 4
  • SLES Version 11, 10, 9
  • CentOS Version 6, 5
  • Debian Version 6, 5
  • Ubuntu Version 12.4 LTS, 10.4 LTS
  • Oracle Linux 6, 5

The following scenarios are supported by the UNIX and Linux clients:

  • Hardware Inventory – Hardware inventory can be viewed through Resource Explorer and can be used to create collections of UNIX and Linux computers.
  • Software Inventory – Through hardware inventory the list of natively installed software can be gathered from the UNIX and Linux computers – similar to add/remove programs for Windows systems.
  • Software Distribution – Deploy new software, update existing software and apply OS patches to collections of UNIX/Linux computers (using a package and program). Run arbitrary maintenance scripts on a collection of UNIX/Linux servers.
  • Secure and Authenticated Communications
  • Consolidated Reports

You can download the System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager Clients for additional OS here

Download the Clients for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager here :

You can download the System Center 2012 R2 Configration Manager Clients for additional OS here


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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool #sysctr

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You can download the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment tool here

Overview

The Upgrade Assessment Tool provides the following functionality:

  • Retrieves device driver compatibility information for installed peripheral devices and creates reports that you can use to determine which device drivers need to be upgraded to support the Windows operating system.
  • Allows you to see which computers meet the recommended system requirements for Windows operating systems and to customize these requirements for your environments.
  • Creates summary reports that you can use to see an enterprise wide view of operating system upgrade readiness.
  • Allows you to create dynamic collections for an operating system deployment. The collection query rules can be based on system requirements, application compatibility status, and device driver status.

System requirements

Supported operating systems: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 Datacenter, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2012

  • Other Requirements:
  • You must install the following software before you install the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool.

    • Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager:
      • The site server must be running Configuration Manager SP1 with Cumulative Update 1.
      • Configuration Manager clients can run Configuration Manager with no service pack, Configuration Manager SP1, or Configuration Manager SP1 with Cumulative Update 1.
      • You must have a reporting services point to view the compatibility information from clients.
      • You must have one or more distribution points to deploy the ACT inventory collection package to clients.
      • Clients must run hardware inventory.
    • Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 6.0. To download and install the toolkit, see Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8. The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) is a collection of tools that you can use to customize, assess, and deploy Windows operating systems to new computers. For more information about the Application Compatibility Toolkit, see Application Compatibility Toolkit Technical Reference.
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4. To download and install the .NET Framework 4, use one of the following resources:

Instructions

For planning guidance and installation instructions for the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool please see the Upgrade Assessment Tool Technet Documentation.
The Upgrade Assessment Tool depends on both System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and the Application Compatibility Toolkit 6.0.  The beginning of the Upgrade Assessement Tool support lifecycle will be the same as System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1. It will be supported on the System Center 2012 lifecycle.


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#Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager Package Conversion Manager 2.0 #sysctr

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Overview

The Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Package Conversion Manager allows for converting packages and programs into applications and deployment types in System Center Configuration Manager 2012. There is a migration feature which is released with the Configuration Manager 2012 that allows packages to be migrated from 2007 to 2012. Once you have migrated your package objects and installed PCM it is just a matter of analyzing your packages to determine their readiness state and then converting the packages with the appropriate readiness state to applications. This release comes in 6 languages and will work with both System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1.
Feature Summary:

  • Analyzes Packages
  • Automatic Conversion
  • PCM Plug-In
  • Fix and Convert Wizard
  • Package Conversion Dashboard
  • Online Help
  • PCMTrace.log
  • Bulk Analyzer

Download System Center 2012  SP1 Configuration Manager Package Conversion Manager 2.0 here