TechEd: System Center 2012 R2 (MDC-B206)

For the second session of the day is MDC-B206, what’s new in System Center 2012 R2. Right on the heels of System Center 2012 SP1, which was a major update, R2 is right around the corner coming out later this year. This was an overview session, just touching on many of the high level features. Additional sessions this week will deep dive into varous System Center 2012 R2 features.

System Center 2012 Capability Primer

  • Self-service portal
  • Service model
  • Process automation
  • IT service management
  • Tools to deploy, configure, migrate, inventory, monitor and protect
  • Seamless deployment on-premises, Azure or service provider
  • Cloud OS is three datacenters (private cloud, hosted cloud or Azure) and should all be managed in the same manner with the same tools

System Center 2012 R2 Features

Infrastructure Provisioning

  • Windows Server 2012 R2: Dynamic VHDX resizing, dynamic memory support for Linux, snapshot of running VM, synthetic fiber channel HBA in guest
  • Service templates & run books for system center components
  • Automated standards-based Top of Rack configuration
  • Multi-tenant edge gateway
  • Built-in Site to Site connectivity VPN
  • Bring your own IP
  • Service management automation
  • Orchestrator integration pack for Azure

Multi-tenant cloud infrastructure

  • In-box service templates and runbooks for system center components
  • Bult-in multi-tenant isolation and scale across multiple system center instances
  • Service management automation (new in R2) – Web based authoring, workflow automation, integration with CMDB, ticketing, billing, management systems
  • Capacity planning and chargeback – Enhanced in R2
  • Granular metering of resource usage by tenant, including CPU, memory & storage
  • Virtual network support – Provision in-box multi-tenant edge gateway for seamless connectivty between physical and virtual systems

Consumer Self-Service

  • Self-service application provisioning with Azure-consistent user experience
  • Unified view across clouds with app controller
  • Windows Azure integration pack
  • SharePoint integration pack
  • Scalable multi-VM tenant services (VM-tier) for Windows Server environments with Windows Azure-consistent user experience (new to R2)
  • Admin publishes gallary, user can consume them

Application Performance Monitoring

  • Deep Java monitoring including line-of-code traceabiltity
  • Deeply integrated with dev-ops – Faster issue tracking and remediation with system center-visual studio connector
  • Global Service Monitor – inject synthetic transactions and measure various metrics

Infrastructure Monitoring

  • Enhanced cross-platform monitoring of Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX
  • Cross-platform configuration of Windows Server, Linux, Unix

Consistent Management Experience

  • Enhance agility by delivering Windows Azure-consistent services to Windows server
  • Extensible, enterprise-ready service management portal
  • Standardized VM gallery format for Windows Azure and for service providers
  • Windows Azure pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 provides a consistent user experience

Service Consumers

  • Build highly scalable web apps
  • Guaranteed message delivery
  • Standard protocols (REST, etc.)
  • Supports .NET, Java, Node.js, Python

Demo showed a new feature where you can console connect to any running VM, even if the OS is not running or it’s a non-Windows OS like Linux.

Service Providers

  • Create offers of select services (define quotas, offer add-on or upsell, etc.)
  • Consistent interface for all services (REST, OData & JSON)
  • Enable third-party billing providers with ITFM integration
  • Data warehouse
  • Out of the box runbooks to automate delivery of cloud services
  • operational dashboard
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