Microsoft System Center 2016

System Center 2016 keeps you in control of your IT – whether on-premises, in the cloud, or across platforms in a hybrid scenario. Experience simplified datacenter management for complex, heterogeneous workloads with comprehensive monitoring, hardware and virtual machine provisioning, rigorous automation, and configuration management functionalities.

Key Benefits for Your Business

The all new System Center 2016 allows you to:

  • Easily deploy software, protect data, monitor health and enforce compliance across devices
  • Manage Windows Server 2016 capabilities (Nano Servers, shielded VMs, hyper-converged clusters)
  • Automate your datacenter tasks with Orchestrator or Service Management Automation
  • Monitor health, capacity and usage across applications, workloads and infrastructures (incl. Azure, Office 365)
  • Improve efficiency with enhanced workflows, performance improvements and a user-friendly self-service portal

New Features

Simplified usable consoles and revised workflows (incl. one-click features, templates and alert tuning)

Extended Support for different systems, containing Linux, Hyper-V, VMware, Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10

Operations Management Suite integration enables you to manage on-premises and cloud workloads for an associated experience

System Center 2016 Editions and Licensing

The 2016 editions differ only with regard to their virtualization rights. The System Center 2016 licensing model for Standard and Datacenter will be the same as 2012 R2 with server and client management licenses. Licenses are just required for the endpoints being managed. For the management server or the SQL Server runtime, no additional licenses are needed. The server licensing will be based on physical cores and these cores will align with the Windows Servers 2016 model.

  • Datacenter Edition: Management of highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environments
  • Standard Edition: Management of low or non-virtualized environments

System Center 2016 Editions

  Datacenter Edition Standard Edition
OSE's unlimited 2 *
Configuration Manager
Data Protection Manager
Endpoint Protection
Operations Manager
Service Manager
Virtual Machine Manager
Licensing Model Core + CML Core + CML

* Standard Edition enables to manage up to 2 OSEs when all physical cores in the server are licensed. Multiple licenses can be assigned to the same cores to manage additional OSEs.

Server Management and Client Management Licenses (CML)

Server Management Licenses are needed for managed devices that run server operating system environments (OSEs). These server MLs will be core based. To license the OSEs under management, all physical cores in the server being managed must be licensed.

A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor in the server and at least 16 core licenses for each server.

How to license System Center 2016 server management licenses by physical cores

  Physical cores per processor
Processors per Server   2 4 6 8 10
1 8 8 8 8 8
2 8 8 8 8 10 **
4 * 16 16 16 16 20 **

* Standard edition may need additional licenses

** Additional licenses required


Semi-Annual Channel Releases: System Center 1801 is now available

Leipzig, 05/23/2018 – 1801 stands for the first half-year release of 2018: 01 in 18. The idea behind this is that more frequent biannual updates should make it easier for customers to remain technologically in tune with the times. According to Microsoft, Linux Monitoring Support will deliver more efficient VMware backup, additional support for Windows Server, as well as improved performance and usability in the case of System Center 1801. Scheduled support for the biannual release will be available for 18 months. 
Improvements to System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager are the focus for System Center Version 1801. Security and bug fixes, as well as support for TLS 1.2, will be available for all System Center components such as Orchestrator, Service Management Automation, and Service Manager.

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Introducing Windows Server 2019 – now available in preview

Leipzig, 03/26/2018 – The new Windows Server 2019 will be generally available in the second half of calendar year 2018. Starting now, you can access the preview build through Microsoft’s Insiders program.

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