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Microsoft cautiously takes the covers off System Center 2022

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Microsoft has unveiled System Center 2022 (opens in new tab), via a decidedly low-key blog post on its corporate site. 

The announcement follows on from the debut of Windows Server 2022 just over half a year ago, alongside its ongoing push to promote the cloud-based Azure Arc (opens in new tab).

Tellingly, the post reveals that while System Centre 2022 is now generally available, it is still something of a work in progress.

The tool can be used for managing software-defined datacenters and has been engineered to work alongside Windows Server during deployment, having first appeared back in 2008.

While Microsoft is keen to edge users in the direction of its cloud-based products like Arc, System Center 2022 is still likely to have plenty of takers, especially to those businesses who have already committed to using it.

The latest incarnation includes System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), System Center Orchestrator (SCORCH), Service Manager (SM) and Data Protection Manager (DPM).

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Push to promote cloud-based take-up

However, there are some new features lurking within the release of System Center 2022. Microsoft promises improved datacentre management capabilities thanks to offering enhanced access control capabilities in SCOM. Integration with Microsoft Teams (opens in new tab) and easier management of alert closures are aimed at improving efficiency too.

There’s also the ability to assign both IPv4 and IPv6 IP addresses to the software-defined networking (SDN) deployments with VMM. Performance and technology improvements will deliver more control over backups and resorts, along with offering speedier delivery.

Microsoft thinks the latest update will beef up the unification of management practices in the datacentre environment (opens in new tab), no matter which platform is in use. It’s still viewed by many as the central toolset for managing Windows Server 2022 and the SQL Server infrastructure.

Other improvements include support for managing Azure Stack HCI 21H2, VMware 7.0 hosts and the latest Linux (opens in new tab) distros. Users can create, configure and register HCI 21H2 clusters, control virtual machines on the HCI clusters, set up SDN controllers, and manage storage pools from VMM, according to the announcement.

In addition, the blog post (opens in new tab) reveals there are new management packs in SCOM for monitoring the Azure Stack HCI clusters. Enhanced protection comes from the ability to protect virtual machines on Stack HCI clusters using Microsoft Azure Backup Server.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s cloud-hosted Azure Arc management suite continues to offer the ability to ‘govern, manage, and secure’ Windows and Linux servers, plus Kubernetes clusters, and applications across an array of environments.

However, the post rounds out with an invitation for users to ‘stay tuned’ and promises more updates in the future. All of which suggests there may yet be more to come on the Microsoft System Center 2022 front.

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Rob Clymo has been a tech journalist for more years than he can actually remember, having started out in the wacky world of print magazines before discovering the power of the internet. Since he's been all-digital he has run the Innovation channel during a few years at Microsoft as well as turning out regular news, reviews, features and other content for the likes of TechRadar, TechRadar Pro, Tom's Guide, Fit&Well, Gizmodo, Shortlist, Automotive Interiors World, Automotive Testing Technology International, Future of Transportation and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International. In the rare moments he's not working he's usually out and about on one of numerous e-bikes in his collection.