System Center 2016 Technical Preview 2 Features

August 11, 2015   //   Microsoft System Center, ,

Microsoft System Center 2016 is knocking on the door, and it’s chocked full of new features that are exciting all of us here as SWC. While only in Technical Preview 2 at the moment, we can expect System Center 2016 to be released early next year – and can already tell it’s definitely worthy of migration. We are also excited to announce the expected release of system center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2016 within the next few months, decoupled from the rest of the suite.

New Features in Microsoft System Center 2016

In announcing Technical Preview 2, Microsoft noted some of its favorite new System Center 2016. It now supports things like “mixed mode cluster upgrades” and it allows “enhanced scale-out file server management.” Microsoft also added the feature, “Desired State Configuration” support for managing Linux devices, which is a really cool PowerShell-enabled scheme for setting an optimal configuration state. Additionally, Microsoft System Center 2016 has improved monitoring of the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP).

Microsoft System Center 2016 Technical Preview 2 also complements Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). Introduced during the Microsoft Ignite event, OMS is conceived as a standalone or complementary solution for organizations with hybrid environments to manage. Here’s how a Microsoft spokesperson described OMS:

“OMS is a set of cloud-based services that customers can start using right away to simplify hybrid cloud management. Customers can either use OMS directly, or to complement their existing System Center management solutions with cross-cloud management capabilities, cloud-based log analytics, and additional core management capabilities such as protection, automation and security. As a cloud service, OMS offers customers rapid time to value without the complexity of deploying and integrating the various services.”

Furthermore, evaluators can use System Center 2016 Technical Preview 2 to test Windows 10 in-place upgrades. The upgrades can be performed from Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 client versions.

Technical Preview 2 can also be used to test mobile application management for devices running Android 4 and later, iOS 7, and older versions of iOS. One of my favorite features is the ability to restrict copy and paste operations between managed applications and personal applications via SCCM.

Technical Preview 2 also works with Microsoft Intune to protect data accessed via mobile devices. This allows users to test a passcode reset capability as well as a remote lock control feature.

Finally, Microsoft described at Ignite that Technical Preview 2 is the first iteration of the product to enable Windows 10 mobile device management for devices that are to remain on-premises. What this means is that we can control the means of management for embedded devices or “Internet of Things” types of devices, and/or highly regulated customers/networks. There’s always an element of security nowadays, and Microsoft has incorporated it into System Center 2016 quite nicely.

Windows 10 Support

In short, Microsoft System Center has provided and will continue to provide enterprise-class capabilities around streamlining your data center operations while enabling an ever-increasing mobile workforce. Whether you are looking to migrate to System Center 2016 or allow your existing System Center 2012 environment to support Windows 10, feel free to drop by our next System Center event or give us a call at (630.572.0240) to discuss how our technical experts can help.