Microsoft Systems Center 2012

Microsoft Systems Center 2012

Article Series 1.1

Microsoft Systems Center 2012 is a suite of programs from Microsoft that encompass Server management in one easy to use platform.  Prior to the release of this product, IT professionals found themselves managing patching computer systems, imaging workstations, monitoring servers, deploying software manually, backing up systems, and monitoring servers individually.   Now with Microsoft Systems Center 2012, the suite manages all those tasks, under one license.  Standardizing with Microsoft Systems Center 2012 is not only cost effective decision; it is a solid technical integration decision as well.  This article will discuss the important programs that comprise Microsoft Systems Center 2012 and how they are beneficial on all enterprise levels.  This article is the first of the series, and each article will further examine the components of Microsoft Systems Center 2012 and offer best practices as well.

The primary component in Microsoft Systems Center 2012 is System Center Configuration Manager.  This is the building block program that all of the other platforms will expand upon.  The System Center Configuration Manager begins with the ability to image or lay down the base operating system on a server or client-system based on specific guidelines for configuration.  Once the operating system has been installed the Systems Center Configuration Manager continually applies updates and patches to the system as necessary.  This platform also tracks the system inventory and allows IT professionals to maintain system configuration is maintained or edited as the enterprise grows, and has remote-control capabilities.

The Systems Center Operations Manager takes the organizational structure created and developed in the Systems Center Configuration Manager and monitors the on-going health of the system, as well as any applications that are installed and utilized on the system.  Based on specific rules, the SCOM tracks any sequence that falls out of the standard configurations, and notifies the IT professionals immediately to resolve the issue before it becomes a catastrophic mess, saving time, money, and resources that would be used to correct the issue and keep it from escalating.

The Systems Center Data Protection Manager is a god-send to the back-up world.  The Systems Center Data Protection Manager backs up client systems, server file systems, and Exchange databases, SQL databases, Hyper-V guest sessions, SharePoint Data, and all workstations that have Windows 7 and are connected to the network.  Thanks to this program, the organization now has the ability to recover a single file that was lost to restoring a completely dead machine.  Most companies cannot put a price on recovering their email, let alone a machine, or the company server.  With Systems Center Data Protection Manager deployed in the Microsoft Systems Center 2012, the client can completely recreate the network and system with new machines should there be a fire, act of God, or some other horrible event without the loss of data.

The Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager is a way to manager virtual systems.  As more and more companies opt out of having physical servers on location and are moving to virtual servers, clients are looking for a way to manage this process.  The Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager can also transfer fully running physical servers and transfer the operating system, application, and data to a virtual server in an automated physical-to-virtual conversion process.

The Systems Center Service Manager is a product that performs incident management and change control system that is tightly integrated with the Systems Center Operations Manager, Systems Center Configuration Manager, and Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager to take alerts, log problems, inventory information, and track system configurations so that the IT professionals that manage the network, servers, and systems have a healthy “pulse-check” of the enterprise system.  The Systems Center Service Manager brings together management polices and procedures under one platform that the other Systems Center tools use to facilitate day-to-day tasks.

System Center Orchestrator is a customizable run-book that provides graphical and text-based scripting that allows process not typically found in an enterprise environment to be supported by Microsoft Systems Center 2012.  These special processes can be anything from launching a script, processing a report, moving data from one system to another on a scheduled basis, or any of the similar tasks.  The Systems Center Orchestrator handles mundane tasks that can be standardized and triggered to ensure consistency in the operational process.

Microsoft Systems Center 2012 is a dynamic tool for any organization.  With so many benefits, and only one license to implement them, it is a very easy to see why enterprises that have a progressive growth plan for their business are choosing this option.  PSS Enterprises have the experts on staff to get your organization to this next level, protecting valuable data, streamlining processes, and being proactive in your network management.

Contact your local Solutions Specialist for your free network analysis, and let them show you how an amazing product, Microsoft Systems Center 2012, will save you time, money, and trouble in the future.

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