Preview of first System Center semi-annual channel release now available

By Bala Rajagopolan, Microsoft Principal Group Program Manager, System Center

November 15, 2017

In June, we announced that System Center was moving to a faster release cadence with new semi-annual channel releases coming this year. At Ignite, I shared with you that the first public preview would be available in November. Iím excited to announce that you can now try the System Center preview, version 1711, to take advantage of the new features and updates across the System Center family.

Download the System Center preview now.

Our focus in this first semi-annual channel release is on enhancements and features for System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager, based on feedback from our customers. Additionally, security and bug fixes, as well as support for TLS 1.2 will be available for all System Center components including Orchestrator (including Service Manager Automation, Service Provider Foundation) and Service Manager. Feature updates across components for the next semi-annual channel release will be shared in the first quarter of 2018.

Enhanced support for Windows Server, Linux, and VMware

Since the release of System Center 2016 last October we have seen many customers upgrade and start using the new features that enhance previous versions of System Center and support the latest software-defined datacenter capabilities in Windows Server, Linux, and VMware. I am pleased to share several new features that you can check out now as part of the public preview:

As well as consistent evaluation and license experiences across components.

New Azure integrations

Microsoft has made significant investments in Azure services for operations management. To help you connect to these great capabilities, we are including the following updates in System Center:

  • Service Map integration with Operations Manager: Use the Distributed Application Diagram function in SCOM to automatically see application, server, and network dependencies, deduced from Service Map. This deeper endpoint monitoring from SCOM is surfaced in the diagram view for better diagnostics workflows.
  • Manage Azure ARM VMs and special regions: Using a Virtual Machine Manager add-in, you can now manage Azure ARM VMs, Azure Active Directory, and more regions (China, US Government, and Germany).
  • Service Manager integration with Azure: Using the Azure ITSM integration with Azure Action Groups you can set up rules to create incidents automatically in System Center Service Manager for alerts fired on Azure and non-Azure resources.

We look forward to getting your feedback from this preview release as we move closer to our general availability planned for early next year. To help influence the upcoming releases, we encourage you to join the System Center Tech Community and UserVoice forums to provide your feedback and suggestions.

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