Presented by John Savill
Many people have heard of SMS, MOM, DPM, and Opalis. These individual products have gone through many versions and functionality evolutions, all of which have led to System Center 2012. These products are now components of System Center 2012, which offers organizations a complete management platform for desktops, servers, and the entire heterogeneous datacenter, managing far more than just Microsoft components. In this two-part eLearning event, John Savill will walk you through the key components and capabilities of System Center 2012, what’s involved in using the components, and the benefit they can bring to your environment.
Sessions (each session runs approximately 60-75 minutes):
Session 1: System Center 2012 Overview and Licensing
In this session we’ll examine the evolution of the components and overall capability set that is now possible with System Center 2012. We’ll look at licensing for System Center 2012 for servers, desktops, and other infrastructure components. We’ll also discuss Solution Accelerators, Process Packs, and other community additions for System Center to help attendees become as productive as possible.
Session 2: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
One of the earliest components of System Center is Configuration Manager, formally known as SMS, which with the 2012 version and the latest updates with Service Pack 1 offers a complete management solution that includes deployment, patching, and inventory for Windows desktops and servers in addition to management capabilities for iOS, Android, Linux, Mac OS, and Windows RT through integration with Windows Intune. In this session we’ll explore key capabilities of Configuration Manager, some best practices on its use and deployment, and how Configuration Manager is more than just a tool for desktops.
Session 3: System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager
Data Protection Manager (DPM) was introduced to provide customers of Microsoft solutions a backup and recovery solution that supported the full capabilities of the products in a fully supported manner. Today DPM provides best-of-breed protection for key Microsoft workloads, including SQL Server, SharePoint, Exchange, Hyper-V, file servers, and desktops—for not only backup purposes but for real-time protection. In this session we’ll cover the best ways to use DPM and how to enable its various restoration capabilities, including end-user self-service. We’ll also discuss how to use DPM as part of a disaster recovery plan.
Session 4: System Center 2012 Operations Manager
MOM has come a long way since its first version and today offers a complete monitoring solution for the entire datacenter: operating systems, applications, hardware, storage, and networks. Operations Manager provides a proactive monitoring solution that with 2012 also enables network monitoring and monitoring of custom .NET and J2E applications. In this session we’ll look at key features, best practices, and some features every organization should be using.
Session 5: System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager and AppController
Many organizations are looking at the Private Cloud today, or more specifically, at the capabilities enabled through a Private Cloud, such as better utilization of resources through pooling, scalability, abstraction of provisioning from physical fabric and user self-service. In this session, we’ll explore the complete fabric management capabilities of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), including management of Hyper-V, ESX, and XenServer—and how you also can manage network and storage with VMM, providing a complete provisioning solution. Creating clouds and assigning quotas will be shown, culminating in using AppController to deliver a web-based self-service and management interface for virtual machines and complete multi-tiered services.
Session 6: System Center 2012 Orchestrator and Service Manager
In the final session we’ll explore the two pieces that bind all the other components together. Orchestrator provides connectivity between System Center components as well as connectivity and the ability to perform actions on almost any system in the datacenter. With connectivity to every system, you can create runbooks of actions to automate processes across different systems. The runbooks can be ran manually, triggered by other actions, or called from other System Center components such as Service Manager which is the Configuration Management DataBase (CMDB) for the entire datacenter. It receives information from all the System Center components, providing a single pane of glass for complete information about a system. Service Manager also provides ticketing capabilities and a Service Catalog providing a central web-based portal where employees can access almost any type of service. In this session we’ll look at bringing everything together into a complete solution and how to go about implementing System Center in your environment.
John Savill is a Windows technical specialist, an 11-time MVP, and an MCITP: Enterprise Administrator for Windows Server 2008. He also is the author of the popular FAQ for Windows, and a contributing editor to Windows IT Pro. John’s latest book is Microsoft Virtualization Secrets(Wiley).