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System Center Essentials



Slides from Solsoft weekly webinar, Thursday 31st March 2011.

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System Center Essentials Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Microsoft Virtualization Technologies
    System Centre Essentials 2010
    Sean Taylor– Microsoft Solutions Architect
  • 2. Agenda
    Essentials Features
    Unified Console
    Admin Console
    Inventory and Reports
    Software Distribution
    Update Management
    Virtual Machine Management
    Install and Configuration
  • 3. Common Small/Mid-size Business Pain Points
    “E-mail is critical for my company, server downtime is bad for business”
    “Keeping OS and applications updated with the latest patches is time-consuming”
    “Software installation for desktops should be quick and easy – it’s not!”
    “My servers are getting old and it is harder to keep them running”
    “I’m expected to do more and save money without any more staff”
    “End-user troubleshooting is manual for us –telephone, e-mail, and remote desktop in Windows® XP”
    “Our hardware and software inventory is in spreadsheets. It’s hard to pull it all together”
  • 4. SCE Features
    System Centre Essentials
    This is a specialist product for the SMB market supporting up to 50 servers and 500 clients
    Selected functionality from SCCM, SCOM, SCVMM and WSUS integration
    Unified management experience
    Virtualization machine creation and management
    Simple setup
    Comprehensive monitoring
    Update management
    Software and hardware inventory
    Software deployment
    Integrated reporting
  • 5. SCE Unified Management solution for SMB market
    A unified solution with a single console for managing your physical and virtual servers, desktops, hardware, software, and IT services
    Monitoring, troubleshooting and asset tracking to keep your IT environment secure and up-to-date
    Simple execution of complex management tasks like troubleshooting end user issues, monitoring, creating, and managing virtual servers, software deployment
  • 6. Unified Console
    Single view of the IT environment
    Overviews with summaries and health status
    Integrated virtualization management that’s simple to use
    Easy to find workspaces with pertinent data
    In-line tasks, reporting, and help
    New in 2010
    Overview pages with contextual click-thru
    Streamlined group creation for common attributes
    Notification Banners for new Management Packs
    Streamlined management tasks
    Custom views with search support
  • 7. SCE Console Highlights
  • 8. Inventory and Reports
    Keep track of hardware and software assets
    60+ HW & SW inventory attributes
    HW – WMI properties
    SW – Add/Remove Programs
    Inventory is preset and reported every 22 hours
    Inventoried only if a change in is detected
    Visibility through ready-to-use reports
    Daily Health Report providing quick status
    180 reports out of the box
    New reports available with each imported Management Pack
    Common reports available from each overview page
    New in 2010
    Virtualization Candidates
    Host Virtual Machine Utilization
    Security and Critical Update Compliance Report
  • 9. Monitoring
    Monitor your IT environment end-to-end
    Rich knowledge out of the box to help diagnose and fix alerts
    Simple in-line tasks to click and “fix it now.”
    Remote control support for managed clients and servers
    Ability to customize monitoring
    Network devices with SNMPv1 or v2
    Notification of problems via e-mail, text or instant message
    2010 Investments
    Monitoring import and maintenance via the Web portal
    Inline Notification Creation
    Service Level Wizards and Dashboard Reports
  • 10. Software Deployment
    Quickly Administer and Distribute Software
    Deploy software applications for clients and servers
    Simple 5-step application install wizard
    Support for MSI and EXE applications
    Parameters defaulted requiring minimal knowledge to deploy software
    Deployment status reporting
    Install now support
    Easily uninstall applications deployed
    New in 2010
    Support for common targeting filters
    Modify properties of existing packages
    Localized title/description during package creation
  • 11. Update Management
    Easily Configure and Track IT Updates
    Update management for Microsoft and third parties
    Multi-member group support for flexible targeting
    Compliance and status reports across the IT environment
    “Big Red Button” for installation of pressing updates
    Built upon WSUS technology
    New in 2010
    Auto-manage the software updates needed
    Auto-approval deadlines - “Set and Forget”
    Ability to sync with Microsoft Update multiple times daily
    Simple view for “Needed” updates updates”
  • 12. Virtual Machine Management
    Maximize your resources
    Virtualization management completely incorporated
    Comprehensive monitoring of total physical and virtual server environments (OS, apps, and services)
    Rapid provisioning of new hosts and virtual machines
    Fast and reliable P2V and V2V conversion
    Flexibility for your environment
    Windows 2008 Server and Hyper-V for new 64-bit
    Windows 2003 Server and Virtual Server for existing 32-bit
    Virtualization as a setup component
    Import of existing virtual servers, including VMWare
    Snapshot and template management
  • 13. Get up and running quickly!
    • Simple 10-screen setup
    • 14. Interactive prerequisite checker to analyze readiness
    • 15. Contextual help, ToolTips and Validation
    New in 2010
    • Automated Prerequisite Remediation and Dynamic updates at install time
    • 16. Modular Setup of Components
    • 17. Core Management Packs Only
    • 18. Migration to System Center Essentials 2010 for VMM Workgroup and System Center Essentials 2007
    Simple to configure, guided step-by-step
    • Wizard-driven experience for initial configuration
    • 19. Product configuration
    • 20. Computer and Device Discovery
    • 21. Update Management configuration
    New in 2010
    • Improved out-of-the-box experience
    • 22. Extended criteria for Scheduled Discovery
    • 23. Policy conflict detection
    • 24. Monitoring Configuration Wizard
    • 25. Recommends monitoring experience
    • 26. Automatically imports and updates MPs
  • Any Questions?