Microsoft Introduces System Center 2022 • The Register





Microsoft has quietly slipped System Center 2022 out the door, more than six months after the debut of Windows Server 2022 – but also flagged that the product is not in its final state.

System Center is Microsoft’s tool for deploying and managing software-defined data centers and has long been an almost essential companion for those deploying Windows Server at scale. Microsoft spends a lot more time these days talking about Arc, the cloud-hosted management suite, but System Center still has a loyal following.

The new version includes updates to System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), System Center Orchestrator (SCORCH), Service Manager (SM), and Data Protection Manager (DPM), but has a modest list of new features.

Teams integration for SCOM would be useful for DevOps types who want to drive the Windows infrastructure as code. VMM will get enhanced software-defined networking, including the ability to handle IPv6 addresses alongside IPv4 addresses. The virtual server wrangler now also welcomes guests with Windows 11 or Windows Server 2022 – an absolutely unsurprising improvement.

The update means System Center has gained the ability to manage Microsoft’s own Azure Stack HCI 21H2 or VMware 7.0 hosts — but given that Virtzilla’s flagship version was released as early as April 2020, that’s a catch-up, not a trendsetter. It’s better than Arc, though, which got the option to manage vSphere 6.7 last week – a release that leaves support in October 2022.

Microsoft thinks the new System Center has added support for “the latest Linux distributions” and lists RHEL Server 8 and CentOS 7 – both of which were released in 2020.

Welcome to 2020, System Center 2022!

If the above sounds disappointing, remember that Microsoft’s focus is on driving users to its clouds — both because the company believes it delivers a better experience and because it wants to turn your hardware budget into cloud consumption expenditures. It also wants to gain more from your software budget.

Microsoft recognizes that there are many good reasons to keep on-prem capabilities, but wants it to work well with its cloud. Hence the news, at the end of the post announcing the new release, that “we will bring hybrid capabilities with System Center 2022 to standardize management and governance across on-premises and cloud environments, while reusing your existing investments in System Center.” .”

But Microsoft hasn’t said when those capabilities will land — which is odd, since they’re arguably more significant improvements than those Microsoft chose to list in its System Center 2022 announcement.

Microsoft’s message ends with “Stay tuned to learn more about these exciting opportunities!” What other choice do those committed to System Center have?




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