CTP2 offers customers an opportunity to evaluate both System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012, both are the enabling technologies for constructing private cloud with hybrid scenarios. There are important updates and enhancements to System Center 2012 components and this post is a quick reference as listed below. Notice that pertinent information of all components is in the technical documentation of the CTP2 release of System Center 2012 SP1. There is also much information in TechNet library.
This is an add-on of SCVMM 2012 and a web-based interface configured as a virtual directory in IIS and offers a single pane of glass to manage both public and private clouds. It is a strategic tool to delegate cloud resources management with a self-service role-based security model.
It provides a vehicle for managing the change/configuration management of Microsoft platform. It is an integral part of the overall software deployment and patching solution for monitoring hardware and software inventories and remediating computers for compliance settings. Notice information regarding the prerequisites is available for better planning and yes, there is also a survival guide.
Data Protection Manager (DPM)
DPM is a backup and recovery solution for Microsoft workloads. It provides out-of-the-box protection for Files and Folders, Exchange Server, SQL Server, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, SharePoint, Hyper-V, and client computers. For large-scale deployments, DPM also allows you to monitor your backups through a central console or remotely.
This is an antimalware and security solution for Microsoft platform.
It is to monitor infrastructure and help ensure predictable performance and availability of target applications, and offers comprehensive monitoring for your datacenter and resources deployed to private and public clouds.
This component employs a runbook which is an artifact with specifications of hierarchy, dependencies, steps, etc. to orchestrate, integrate, and automate IT processes. It offers enterprise IT a vehicle to capture best practices and delivers services with repeatability, predictability, and consistency.
This integrated platform is with built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management. It facilitates enterprise IT’s adoption of those practices in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).
Virtual Machine Manager
SCVMM is a datacenter management solution enabling IT to configure and manage virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to a private cloud.
In addition, CTP2 also supports Server App-V for applications that create scheduled tasks during packaging and virtual application packages from applications installed remotely on a native server.