Here’s an overview of System Center 2012 – an integrated management platform that helps you to easily and efficiently manage your datacenters, client devices, and hybrid cloud IT environments.
App Controller provides a single interface for managing both your Windows Azure services and, via the VMM (Virtual Machine Manager) tool, your internal virtual machines.
SCCM (Configuration Manager) helps deploy operating systems, software applications, and software updates, as well as inventory hardware and software and remote administration of computers.
DPM (Data Protection Manager) is more than a simple backup and recovery tool; it also provides continuous data protection. The new centralization element lets you manage as many as 100 DPM servers from a single console. That same console allows for role based administration and centralized reporting Monitoring is also enabled through Operations Manager.
SCEP (Endpoint Protection and formerly FOPE) provides anti-malware and security capabilities to your endpoint Windows PCs. It works with SCCM to deploy the security client to PCs and the configuration settings for Windows firewall.
SCOM (Operations Manager and formerly MOM). New features include network monitoring (for discovering and monitoring routers, switches, network interfaces, and ports) and application monitoring for Internet Information Services-hosted applications.
Orchestrator is a workflow management tool that uses a graphical user interface called Runbook Designer to help automate processes and operations through what are essentially data center scripts.
Service Manager lets you track tasks and support tickets via a work log. Its self-service portal lets users help themselves through a knowledge base.
Unified Installer lets you deploy the System Center 2012 components and is a big improvement over previous versions as its wizard figures out the prerequisites for the components you select and configures what’s needed for you.
VMM (Virtual Machine Manager) manages a virtual data center’s servers. VMM 2012’s new capabilities focus on configuring fabric resources.