The Top Features of Microsoft System Center 2012

August 27, 2012   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , ,

This year, SWC has had quite a few events focused on Microsoft System Center 2012. This is Microsoft’s comprehensive management platform which gives IT professionals the power to easily and efficiently manage their IT environments. System Center 2012 empowers your IT staff, by giving them a common management toolset for your organization’s private and public cloud applications and services, helping you confidently deliver IT as a service for your business. In this blog, I thought I would share a few of the features I really like for those of you who may be debating whether Microsoft System Center 2012 is a good solution for your organization.

The first Microsoft System Center 2012 feature I like is its User-Centric Management. The User-Centric Management feature gives users the ability to access their applications on all of the different devices they log on to. They can also take this feature to the next level and set-up different software policies for each device. For instance, someone may need to access all of their applications on their primary desktop computer, but may also need applications on their mobile device while they complete work at client sites. User-Centric Management is the perfect solution for this scenario. Additionally, I think users are surprised at how easy this feature is to use.

The second Microsoft System Center 2012 feature I like is its dependency-based software distribution. This is a great application management tool, which is responsible for defining and setting deployment rules on all of your users’ many devices. For instance, this rule will ensure that there is enough space on a user’s device and that all required software pre-requisites are met before a user can install any new hardware or software. The dependency-based software tool makes IT’s job a lot easier.

The third Microsoft System Center 2012 feature I like is its software portal, which delivers non-critical applications to users in an on demand webpage fashion. Users can then install the specific applications they want on their own, without having to bother or ask IT. IT managers also have the ability to push out applications to certain user and device groups, tailoring them to the specific needs and job functions of the users.

The Fourth Microsoft System Center 2012 feature I like is its smartphone support. As I previously mentioned, System Center is a comprehensive management platform, meaning it gives you the ability to manage all of your devices, which includes smartphones. One small disclaimer though, smartphone support is “lite management” and can only be used through an Exchange Active Sync connector. To gain more flexibility and ‘Full Management’ of your mobile devices, consider implementing a PKI Infrastructure and installing certificates on your mobile devices. This will then allow you to push the Configuration Manager Client to your devices providing richer management capabilities.

Finally, I really like the fact that we can now manage our storage, networking, and any other underlying fabric from within System Center 2012. System Center 2012 allows us to capture and aggregate knowledge about the infrastructure, policies, processes and best practices, and allows businesses to optimize IT structures, reduce costs, improve application availability and enhance service delivery. System Center 2012 is designed to bring cloud benefits to the enterprise datacenter.

To learn more about how Microsoft System Center 2012 can help you and your Chicago business, please join SWC Technology Partners for our next Chicago area Microsoft System Center event.