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Microsoft System Center Suite is a family of IT management software for network monitoring, updating and patching, endpoint protection with anti-malware, data protection and backup, ITIL- structured IT service management, remote administration and more. It is available in two editions: standard and datacenter. Datacenter provides unlimited virtualization for high density private clouds, while standard is for lightly or non-virtualized private cloud workloads.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/7O/tq/2774ABKRZJ39.jpegCentralized management of your data center.Thanks to the platform developed by Microsoft, the Microsoft System Center allows you to monitor with ease, but also with the maximum possible detail all the infrastructure of your Data Center. For what is my experience I use with great satisfaction the operations manager that allows me to monitor different SQL server-side operations.,ease of management complete overview of the infrastructure unique and centralized console,differentiated licenses depending on whether you have VMs or physical servers license prices too different between VMs and physical servers initial configuration not very fast,8,excellent performance monitoring centralized management therefore time saved single license for multiple control uses,Using SCCM to save time and gain consistencyThe system center is used for several different things. We use it to deploy software and images to all of the machines on our network. We also use it for patch management and security updates. It also has several tools that can be helpful from the IT side to be able to assist end users better and get the information that you need without interrupting the end user.,Image deployment. Patch management. Remote management.,Sometimes it seems to take several times to get things added or changed in the system. For instance we have to add the OS that we want to me deployed a couple times. Can have some time delay when using it. Some management tools may be unavailable at certain times.,7,Less time managing machine. Remote work, less staff needed. Easier to image with less training.,,Remote Desktop Services, ServiceNow, AirWatch, Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager), Microsoft Exchange, MS SharePoint, PluralsightMakes life easier.We use it for image deployment as well as patching our computers. Of course only the I.T. Department will use it to deploy our computers to the rest of the organization. The business problems that it addresses is having a default image for all our computers that we deploy. It makes our lives easier knowing that we can deploy our computers quickly and correctly.,Storing drivers for our different model computers we have. Being able to have central server for Windows Patches The system analyzer is also a great tool to see what security risks our computers we deploy have.,Injecting the correct drivers could be a little easier.,6,It has been mostly positive.,,Microsoft Exchange, Windows Server, Citrix NetScaler Access GatewaySCCM IS great, here is why!We use SCCM to help us in multiple areas. Machine management and settings is one of the main areas we use this tool. One of my favorite pieces is the image deployment. It is the cleanest and best way to create an image. It uses wmi to read the hardware and selects appropriate drivers. It lays down the drivers after the OS. Then it installs the software you choose. It works much better than a static image where everything is the same and you can run into multiple issues down the road. We also use it to capture images and deploy updates. Another great thing we use it for is patches and as a remote control tool for the machines in our domain. IT mainly uses this. It addresses hardware structure and security concerns. It is a great tool.,I love being able to image the different machine setups we have with one system. I also love being able to manipulate windows settings without having to use group policy. Patch management and taking over WSUS is a great feature.,More detailed information on where installs are at. Easier and more granular reporting would be nice. Ease of use.,9,I think it has a huge ROI especially on time saved by IT Staff. It allows us to do automated tasks that would've been done manually and are sometimes forgotten. The money spent will come back in multiples.,,Acronis Backup & RecoveryPrivate Cloud with Microsoft System CenterWe used Microsoft System Center and Windows Azure Pack to build our Private Cloud. On the backend we are using VMware. We built self service portal with WAP, approval process with System Center Service Manager (through WAP portal or email), automated deployment of the requested vms with Orchestrator and VMM. Everything is monitored with Operations Manager. Right now we are using it only for our DEV environment but next step is to do for our production environment. Developers can request vm (windows, red hat, Linux) in different regions and get the vm in less then 1 hour comparing to days through traditional way.Our Desktop Support team is managing images and software with Configuration Manager.,System Center Orchestrator - best tool for automation I have ever used. System Center Virtual Machine Manager - nice way to manage your hyper v and VMware infrastructure.,VMM - currently you can't build vm from Linux template and customize the vm if you are running VMware on backend. Service Manager - email notification could be better, for a lot of notifications we need to use Orchestrator.,9,Standardization and Support - because everything is standarized and manage from one console, your IT team can concentrate on other things. Time - from user perspective, saves time to request and get vm. From engineer perspective, they don't need to waste time on building and customizing vms. Saving time saves a lot of $$$ for the company. Easy software deployment to the desktops and inventory.,vRealize Suite,LANDesk IT Asset Management Suite
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February 08, 2018

Microsoft System Center Review: "Centralized management of your data center."

Score 8 out of 10
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Thanks to the platform developed by Microsoft, the Microsoft System Center allows you to monitor with ease, but also with the maximum possible detail all the infrastructure of your Data Center. For what is my experience I use with great satisfaction the operations manager that allows me to monitor different SQL server-side operations.
  • ease of management
  • complete overview of the infrastructure
  • unique and centralized console
  • differentiated licenses depending on whether you have VMs or physical servers
  • license prices too different between VMs and physical servers
  • initial configuration not very fast
Scenarios which Microsoft System Center is useful are if:
  1. you are the systems engineer for a company and you have a complex data center in a Microsoft environment,
  2. you need to centralize the management of your data center in a single point
  3. you want to check its performance, make detailed analysis after a downed service
  4. you want to analyze what happened
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December 19, 2017

Microsoft System Center Review: "Using SCCM to save time and gain consistency"

Score 7 out of 10
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The system center is used for several different things. We use it to deploy software and images to all of the machines on our network. We also use it for patch management and security updates. It also has several tools that can be helpful from the IT side to be able to assist end users better and get the information that you need without interrupting the end user.
  • Image deployment.
  • Patch management.
  • Remote management.
  • Sometimes it seems to take several times to get things added or changed in the system. For instance we have to add the OS that we want to me deployed a couple times.
  • Can have some time delay when using it.
  • Some management tools may be unavailable at certain times.
This is well suited for a medium to larger size company that is looking to create and manage a computer image that is uniform across the company. It is also nice because you are able to do everything remote from the user and don't have to be there in person. This is really nice when someone needs software and you can just deploy it. There are sometimes when the connection is lost between the host and SCCM and you have to see them in person to sync things back up. Sometimes there is also some delay but that may be something on our network side even though I don't experience any delays in everything else I am doing on the network at that time which makes me think that SCCM may run slow at times.
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October 26, 2017

Microsoft System Center Review: "Makes life easier."

Score 6 out of 10
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We use it for image deployment as well as patching our computers. Of course only the I.T. Department will use it to deploy our computers to the rest of the organization. The business problems that it addresses is having a default image for all our computers that we deploy. It makes our lives easier knowing that we can deploy our computers quickly and correctly.
  • Storing drivers for our different model computers we have.
  • Being able to have central server for Windows Patches
  • The system analyzer is also a great tool to see what security risks our computers we deploy have.
  • Injecting the correct drivers could be a little easier.
It is well suited for any scenarios you need it for.
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April 13, 2017

Microsoft System Center Review: "SCCM IS great, here is why!"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use SCCM to help us in multiple areas. Machine management and settings is one of the main areas we use this tool. One of my favorite pieces is the image deployment. It is the cleanest and best way to create an image. It uses wmi to read the hardware and selects appropriate drivers. It lays down the drivers after the OS. Then it installs the software you choose. It works much better than a static image where everything is the same and you can run into multiple issues down the road. We also use it to capture images and deploy updates. Another great thing we use it for is patches and as a remote control tool for the machines in our domain. IT mainly uses this. It addresses hardware structure and security concerns. It is a great tool.
  • I love being able to image the different machine setups we have with one system.
  • I also love being able to manipulate windows settings without having to use group policy.
  • Patch management and taking over WSUS is a great feature.
  • More detailed information on where installs are at.
  • Easier and more granular reporting would be nice.
  • Ease of use.
I think the bigger the company the more need for SCCM. It can function very well at a large scale. The imaging function and management capabilities far outweigh any little headaches you might get from the initial setup and installation. The anti-virus piece could be more robust and easier to use but it is nice to have it included.
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December 16, 2016

Review: "Private Cloud with Microsoft System Center"

Score 9 out of 10
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We used Microsoft System Center and Windows Azure Pack to build our Private Cloud. On the backend we are using VMware. We built self service portal with WAP, approval process with System Center Service Manager (through WAP portal or email), automated deployment of the requested vms with Orchestrator and VMM. Everything is monitored with Operations Manager. Right now we are using it only for our DEV environment but next step is to do for our production environment. Developers can request vm (windows, red hat, Linux) in different regions and get the vm in less then 1 hour comparing to days through traditional way.

Our Desktop Support team is managing images and software with Configuration Manager.

  • System Center Orchestrator - best tool for automation I have ever used.
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - nice way to manage your hyper v and VMware infrastructure.
  • VMM - currently you can't build vm from Linux template and customize the vm if you are running VMware on backend.
  • Service Manager - email notification could be better, for a lot of notifications we need to use Orchestrator.

If you are thinking to build Private Cloud, I think it is a great product. I have experience with few VMware vrealize and I think Microsoft product is much more flexible and it has many more features.

If you are not thinking to build Private Cloud but you are Hyper V shop, the product is a must.

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About Microsoft System Center

Microsoft System Center Suite is a family of IT management software for network monitoring, updating and patching, endpoint protection with anti-malware, data protection and backup, ITIL- structured IT service management, remote administration and more.

It is available in two editions: standard and datacenter. Datacenter provides unlimited virtualization for high density private clouds, while standard is for lightly or non-virtualized private cloud workloads.

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