System Center

Microsoft Releases First System Center Semi-Annual Channel Release

Microsoft has been tinkering around with its channel/ring nomenclature again, and it will probably continue to do so. Since the latest round of modifications, today marks the first release of the next big System Center suite update. Called System Center Semi-Annual Channel release, today’s update brings the suite to version 1801 and includes feature updates for System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager and bug fixes for Orchestrator, Service Management Automation, and Service Manager. Some might look at this list and wonder where System Center Configuration Manager might be. That products was yanked from the full System Center line a long while ago and is continually updated separately. Configuration Manager is now more related to Microsof...

System Center 1711 Products Preview VHDs Now Available

Microsoft is making its first semi-annual release of System Center available and the VHDs for testing the preview are now ready for download: System Center Service Manager Preview, version 1711 – Evaluation (VHD) System Center Orchestrator Preview, version 1711 – Evaluation (VHD) System Center Operations Manager Preview, version 1711 – Evaluation (VHD) System Center Data Protection Manager Preview, version 1711 – Evaluation (VHD) System Center Virtual Machine Manager Preview, version 1711 – Evaluation (VHD)   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft System Center Gets First Semi-annual Release

Microsoft has synched across its different product lines to deliver major updates in a semi-annual fashion. Originally, the company promised constant, flowing feature updates to its products, and with Windows 10 as the guinea pig, found pushback from customers. The company has now pared back its major update offerings across the board. System Center has now been granted its first semi-annual release. Bala Rajagopolan, Principal Group Program Manager for System Center says this about the release… Our focus in this first semi-annual channel release is on enhancements and features for System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager, based on feedback from our customers. Additionally, security and bug fixes, as well as support for TLS 1.2 will be av...

System Center 2016 Products Supporting TLS 1.2

To adhere to industry compliance for encrypted communications, Microsoft has now unveiled support for TLS 1.2 for the following System Center products: System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) System Center Orchestrator (SCO) Service Management Automation (SMA) Service Provider Foundation (SPF) System Center Service Manager (SM)   Microsoft recommends moving to TLS 1.2 as soon as possible and has provided the following guide to give prescriptive guidance for how to migrate: TLS 1.2 Protocol Support Deployment Guide for System Center 2016 Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Moves to Make System Center and Windows Server Follow Semi-annual Update Strategy

First Microsoft began delivering frequent updates to Windows 10. Then, it backed off a bit and promised only two big updates per calendar year. Then, the System Center Configuration Manager team took up the policy and began delivering constant features and bug fix updates, turning management of corporate resources into a whirlwind of capabilities. Now, Microsoft has announced that both Windows Server and System Center (the non-Configuration Manager areas) will also follow suit and align directly with Windows and Office Semi-annual Channel release cycle. The new release cycle revolves around… Two updates a year. Semi-annual feature updates targeted for March and September. 18 months of support. Extended support period for semi-annual feature updates from 12 to 18 months (starting from...

Quick Look at System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager

Learn about the new features in System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager to help you provision and manage Windows Server 2016 and other virtual machines. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Quick Look at System Center 2016 Operations Manager

Learn about the highlights of System Center 2016 Operations Manager including tuning alerts, scheduled maintenance mode, and the new network monitoring management pack. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Quick Look at System Center 2016 Orchestrator and Service Manager

Learn about how you can use System Center 2016 Orchestrator and Service Manager to streamline IT management and automate processes. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Quick Look at System Center 2016

Get a quick look at how System Center 2016 can help your business with a complete stack of operations management tools for enterprises. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Announcing CRM Integration for System Center

Kelverion are pleased to announce the availability of Integration Packs for System Center Orchestrator to include leading Customer Relationship Management products as part of an automated IT environment. The new Integration Packs are for: Salesforce Microsoft Dynamics CRM BMC RemedyForce Forwarding customer requests directly to backend systems, accompanied by near real time status feedbacks, accelerate business processes and increases customer satisfaction. Find out more at www.kelverion.com or join our webinar Announcing CRM Integration for System Center, Thursday, January 26th, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM GMT. And see how these Integration Packs enable… Automation of Service Desk Tickets Based on CRM Cases Dynamic discovery of the configuration of your CRM system from System Center Orc...

Kelverion Runbook Studio Release 1.2 with support for Azure Automation and SMA

Azure Automation is an incredibly powerful tool but it does require a high degree of PowerShell knowledge and necessities a constant internet connection to be able to develop anything. We realised at Kelverion that this need for PowerShell knowledge and the internet connection would be a stumbling block for Azure Automation adoption at most customers because not every IT engineer mumbles PowerShell in the sleep and certainly the 1st and 2nd line guys don’t speak PowerShell so who is going to support the automation on a day to day basis.   So we released our Kelverion Runbook Studio tool which provides rich graphical authoring of Azure Automation Runbooks without the need for a permanent internet connection. We are now pleased to announce the release of version 1.2 of the Runbook Studio, wh...

Brad Anderson’s Lunch Break; Season 3 Preview

Brad Anderson, a good friend to myITforum over the years has had some small success with an ongoing YouTube series where he talks to industry people while he drives during lunch. Think the Jerry Seinfeld “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” series and you’re close to understanding the theme of this show, except there’s rarely coffee and the comedic flair is themed differently. However, the content is good and interesting. Season 3 is about ready to kick-off and the preview is available today. Hey…is that Rick Springfield in the passenger seat?   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!