Microsoft System Center 2019

The System Center 2019 release is focused on three different areas:  

  • To be the first choice when it comes to datacenter management
  • To integrate with the new Windows Server 2019 release and features
  • To better work with Azure in hybrid cloud scenarios

System Center Suite Overview

Component Function Description
Virtual Machine Manager Provision & Deploy Provision fabric, deploy and manage VMs, and deploy multi-tier apps
Configuration Manager Configure Configure, patch and update clients and servers
Operations Manager Monitor Monitor physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure and workloads in real time
System Center Orchestrator / Service Management Automation Automate Automate management tasks using graphical and scripting tools
System Center Data Protection Manager Protect Backup private clouds, physical machines, clients, and server applications
System Center Service Manager Self-Service IT process management and self-service

What's New?

  • Storage Optimization: VMM now optimizes usage of CSV. If a CSV disk gets full, VMM can automatically migrate VMs including the disk to another volume.
  • Storage Health: VMM can detect issues with Storage Spaces Direct clusters and detect storage and hardware failures.
  • Upgrading Storage Spaces Direct Clusters: MM 2019 can now automatically upgrade S2D clusters based on Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server 2019.
  • New VM Admin Role: there is a new role called VM Admin Role, which gives you specific rights between the fabric admin and the tenant admin: it allows access to manage the VMs and have read-only access to the fabric.
  • Virtual Network Encryption support: SDN in Windows Server 2019 now supports Virtual Network Encryption, VMM allows you to manage and configure this.
  • Hybrid: Integration with Azure Service Map and Improved Azure Management Pack.
  • Improved HTML5 dashboards: The new web console has no more dependencies on Silverlight and is fully HTML5.  It provides more browser support, extensibility for third parties, faster resolutions with better views, inline actions and more operator-friendly meaning remediate issues from the web console.
  • Enhanced notifications and alert management: Enhanced criteria builder, rich HTML email notifications for customization of notification emails.
  • Support for new versions of Windows Server and SQL Server: now supports Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2017
  • Modern Backup Storage: Improvements how DPM handles the Modern Backup Storage using ReFS. These enhance the reliability and performance of backup storage.
  • VMware to tape Backup: support for backing up VMware VMs to tapes for long-term retention
  • More flexibility to recovering from Azure: you can now still restore workloads from Azure if you lose your local DPM database.
  • Enhanced Reporting and Monitoring: Integration of DPM servers connected to Azure Backup, Azure Log Analytics or PowerBI.
  • Support for SQL Server 2017
  • Support for TLS 1.2
  • 64-bit support for Orchestrator
  • Support for PowerShell v4 and higher
  • Support for SQL Server 2017
  • Support for TLS 1.2
  • AD Connector improvements
  • Improved UI responsiveness

System Center vs. Windows Admin Center

What is Windows Admin Center?

Windows Admin Center is a lightweight, browser-based GUI platform and toolset for IT Admins to manage Windows Server and Windows 10. It's the evolution of familiar in-box administrative tools, such as Server Manager and Microsoft Management Console (MMC) into a modernized, simplified, integrated, and secure experience.

Can Windows Admin Center replace System Center?

No. System Center is designed to manage at a datacenter scale, while Windows Admin Center is providing deep management access to a single server or clusters. In small environments you could use Windows Admin Center only, but in larger datacenter deployments, a combination of both will be most likely.

System Center: Datacenter-scale management and monitoring Windows Admin Center: Individual server or small cluster management
Extensible and scalable monitoring platform in System Center Operations Manager Browser based, remote management for configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting
Deploying and managing Hyper-V, Windows Server clusters at datacenter scale Lightweight, single server and single cluster management
Alerts, notifications, third-party workloads monitoring Cloud-ready and hybrid Azure integration capabilities
Integration with System Center Service Manager and other tools Cloud-ready and hybrid Azure integration capabilities
System Center Data Protection Manager
System Center Service Manager

System Center 2019 Editions and Licensing

The 2019 editions differ only regarding their virtualization rights. The System Center 2019 licensing model for Standard and Datacenter will be the same as 2016 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 Server 2019 model.

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

System Center 2019 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 2019 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

Related News

System Center Semi-Annual Channel has been retired

Leipzig, 04/16/2019 – As of March 14, 2019,  System Center 2019 has become generally available to customers. At the same time, Microsoft announced that they will discontinue Semi-Annual channel releases for System Center.

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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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