Unified physical and virtual IT management for midsized businesses
At the Microsoft Management Summit and TechEd this year we announced System Center Essentials 2010, the next version of Essentials. We also started to talk about the new features, in particular how we’ve placed virtualization capabilities in Essentials, providing a single location for monitoring and managing virtual computers.
You don’t need to wait for Essentials 2010 though to get started with virtualization management in Essentials.
Essentials 2007 supports virtualization in the following ways:
If you have System Center Virtual Machine Manager (including Workgroup Edition) you can go one step further and not only monitor virtual computers, but also create and control (start/stop etc) virtual computers.
Instructions for configuring Essentials and VMM are now available on TechNet to help you get started.
If you’ve previously followed Pete Zerger’s instructions for configuring Essentials and VMM you’ll be pleased to know that there are updated MPs available that include reports for Virtualization.
With Essentials 2007 and VMM you will use 2 consoles, but when Essentials 2010 is released you will have a single console for monitoring and managing both your virtual and physical computers.
David Mills and I hooked up with the TechNet Edge folks at TechEd 2009 and shot another video on System Center Essentials 2010.
Check out this video that we shot at TechEd 2009 for details on the next release of System Center Essentials.