Microsoft presented System Center 2022, a solution for deploying and managing software-based data center environments. The latest version especially helps manage large-scale Windows Server environments.

The latest version of System Center introduces new functionality to System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). A new MS Teams integration allows developers to collaboratively manage Windows infrastructure through code.

In addition, updates were pushed to Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), System Center Orchestrator (SCORCH), Service Manager (SM) and Data Protection Manager (DPM). VMM now includes improved software-defined networking, such as simultaneously handling IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. Also, VMM now handles guests running Windows 11 or Windows Server 2022.

Furthermore, System Center 2022 provides more integrations for managing Microsoft Azure Stack HCI 21H2 or VMware 7.0 hosts. Also, the tool supports newer Linux server distributions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 8 and CentOS 7.

Future developments

Though available, System Center 2022 is far from finished. Microsoft indicates that, over the course of the year, additional support for hybrid applications will be added. Microsoft seems to be shifting its focus towards multicloud.

According to Microsoft, upcoming functionality should standardize management and governance for on-premises and cloud environments, while allowing users to continue using their existing System Center environments. Further details and release dates are unknown at this time.

Tip: Microsoft launches Windows Server 2022