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Dynamic IT Management with

Microsoft System Center


Microsoft System Center solutions help IT pros manage the physical and virtual
What Is Dynamic IT?
Dynamic IT is Microsoft’s long-term strategy for providing critical
technologies that enable IT and development organizations to
information technology (IT) environments across data centers, desktops, and become more strategic to their businesses. A dynamic infrastructure is
Microsoft’s vision for what an agile business looks like—a business in
which IT works closely with business to meet the demands of

devices. Using these integrated and automated management solutions, IT a rapidly changing and adaptable environment. Dynamic IT is
Microsoft’s technology strategy for products and solutions that help
businesses enhance the dynamic capability of their people, processes,

organizations can be more productive service providers to their businesses. and IT infrastructures.

System Center’s Role in Dynamic IT

With the strongest partner ecosystem, the most compelling licensing model, Microsoft System Center solutions play a central role in Microsoft’s
vision for helping IT organizations benefit from self-managing, dynamic
systems. System Center solutions capture and aggregate knowledge

and the best economics, System Center solutions provide a low total cost of about the infrastructure, policies, processes, and best practices so that
IT pros can optimize IT structures to reduce costs, improve application
availability, and enhance service delivery.

ownership (TCO) and a high return on investment (ROI). The functionality and These integrated and automated management solutions enable
IT organizations to be more productive service providers to their

economics of System Center solutions combine to provide the fastest time to businesses. Aiming to enable self-managing, dynamic systems,
System Center solutions close the gap between development,
operations, and IT—connecting people, processes, and tools—by

value while building a more agile IT infrastructure. evaluating dependencies and optimizing business process performance
from deep inside the operating system, applications, and composite
services and workflows.
With Microsoft System Center solutions, IT pros have the power to • Integrated technologies. System Center solutions leverage the Management of Physical and Virtual IT Environments Knowledge-Driven Management
more effectively and easily manage all the components that define IT, management technologies and instrumentation available in the Virtualization technologies are becoming increasingly prominent as Today’s management solutions need to be easily customized solutions
allowing them to focus more on delivering new business value for the core platform, including the latest Microsoft Windows® operating IT organizations move toward a more logical environment. However, based on business need, capture best practices and processes to
organization. System Center solutions provide integrated management systems: Windows Vista® and Windows Server® 2008. System Center virtualization also increases the complexity of managing applications ensure service level agreement (SLA) delivery, and automate repetitive
of all aspects of IT infrastructures in physical and virtual environments, solutions use these management technologies and instrumentation and services. System Center solutions provide a single process by which management tasks. System Center solutions include embedded
using knowledge-driven management guidance to help organizations to collect more monitoring information and provide tighter control IT pros can manage both physical and virtual IT environments using knowledge based on industry standards and allow IT pros to add
realize the value of their investment faster than ever. over operating system configuration and compliance. In addition, the same management consoles and tools, enabling IT pros to manage organization-specific knowledge. Together, these sources of knowledge
System Center solutions are optimized to simplify management complexity and reduce overall costs. System Center solutions do this help IT pros adapt to infrastructure changes by providing management
Integrated Solutions from Desktop to Data Center of the systems and applications the organization has already by providing: solutions that are:
Managing IT resources using multiple management solutions implemented, including Active Directory® Domain Services (AD DS),
• Seamless end-to-end management. System Center solutions • Knowledge-driven best practices. System Center solutions
increases the complexity of completing day-to-day management Microsoft SQL Server® 2008, Microsoft Exchange Server 2005, the
provide a consistent management experience regardless of whether capture and aggregate knowledge about infrastructure, policies,
tasks and increases operating costs. System Center solutions provide 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Microsoft .NET applications.
the applications, services, or operating systems are running in a processes, and best practices so that the IT organization can be
an integrated, extensible platform for managing IT resources so that • Cross-platform integration and interoperability. System Center physical or virtual environment. more productive and deliver the level of services needed to support
IT pros can be more productive and efficient. To provide end-to-end solutions provide a centralized management solution for monitoring the business. Solution Accelerators, Management Packs, and
management of mission-critical applications and IT services, IT must • Common management methodology. System Center solutions
cross-platform environments, such as Linux and UNIX, in addition to Configuration Packs build on this knowledge to provide prescriptive
manage all aspects of IT infrastructures. From the desktops allow IT pros to manage their virtual environments with the same
managing different hypervisor technologies, including non-Windows
management tools, process, procedures, and level of specificity
knowledge, templates, and automated in-line tasks. “More than half of Dell’s
that users work on daily to the server computers in data virtualization environments such as VMware. System Center solutions
B U S I N E S S VA LU E Phy centers, System Center solutions offer such they use for managing physical environments, down to the • Rich in operational guidance. This solution includes operational $57 billion in annual
sic also offer connectors leveraging open standards such as Web
ter al end-to-end management application level. guidance based on the IT Information Library (ITIL) and the Microsoft
n a
Services for Management (WS-Management) that interoperate and sales come through
Ce n by providing: Operations Framework (MOF) so that IT pros can assess current
share information with different enterprise management systems • Reduced complexity. System Center solutions integrate the
and help desks. management of virtual workloads with the server and
IT service management maturity, prioritize processes of greatest Dell relies on

concern, and apply proven principles and best practices to optimize


• Integrated solutions.
System Center solutions

desktop management infrastructure, so IT can realize the

• Scalable and extensible data model. System Center solutions are the management of IT infrastructures.
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System Center solutions cost-reduction benefits of server consolidation while reducing


built on a scalable and extensible data model that allows IT pros

are integrated with one overall system complexity. • Highly automated. System Center solutions can play a key role to keep our global

to consistently define, deploy, monitor, and manage IT resources


another to provide a
by using the application programming interfaces (APIs) and
in helping IT achieve operational automation by leveraging and e-commerce presence
comprehensive and integrating existing tools and using best-practice processes such

development tools in the software development kits (SDKs)

consistent management as ITIL and MOF. These solutions help IT automate IT processes, and other mission-
for each System Center solution.
approach. In addition, such as operating system deployment, software provisioning, task
System Center solutions
critical systems up
sequencing, and data backup and restoration.
integrate with Microsoft and running, 24x7.”
Core Infrastructure
Solutions, including Takis Petropoulos
identity, security, database, Senior IT Systems Engineer
and server solutions. Dell

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Rapid Time to Value Microsoft System Center has developed solutions to help enable Configuration Management
Case Study Organizations must closely control ongoing management costs in their dynamic IT organizations. System Center desktop solutions enable The System Center data center configuration management solution
• Build the strongest partner community. System Center partners
IT environment and realize their investment value sooner by leveraging IT organizations to empower users by streamlining the connection provides centralized, automated software provisioning, updating, and
Carnival Cruise Lines provide custom service templates and management applications
the right expertise, guidance, and support from industry vendors and of any authorized user to any application, regardless of their location management of both physical and virtual servers. Implementing this
World’s largest cruise line increases to extend monitoring capabilities and control of non-Microsoft
their partners. System Center solutions provide a platform that can be or connectivity. System Center data center solutions provide a solution in a data center results in reduced costs through decreased
availability and cuts deployment times infrastructures, applications (such as those by SAP, Oracle, or
implemented quickly and produce results immediately. Organizations unified, extensible management system for the physical and virtual power consumption, optimized IT resources, and improved efficiency,
with Microsoft System Center. Apache), and operating systems (such as Linux or UNIX).
can realize the value of their investment more quickly, because System infrastructure in data centers to improve efficiency and availability. allowing the data center to meet its data and computing needs.
Customer Business Challenge • Maximize investments. System Center solutions provide the All System Center solutions are designed using knowledge-driven
Center solutions help them: • Automated provisioning and updating. This solution allows IT
Carnival needed an effective way to fastest time to value because of compelling licensing, reduced TCO, management guidance to help organizations realize the value of
deploy software and updates and boost • Provide value out of the box. System Center solutions can prescriptive guidance that relates to the core of IT operations, and pros to quickly provision new virtual and physical computers by
their investment faster than ever.
the availability of 850 servers and 5,200 be deployed and quickly customized to meet the needs of solution templates. performing rapid deployment of Microsoft Windows operating
organizations. This allows organizations to use existing Windows- systems, applications, hotfixes, and updates using software-
desktops between its Miami, Florida, Solutions for Dynamic Data Centers
headquarters and its fleet. based expertise, thus minimizing the need for extensive retraining distribution templates and task sequencing. IT pros can then manage
of administrators and help desk personnel. System Center solutions for data center management enable data those computers using highly prescriptive guidance and tools. Prior
Solution center managers to optimize resources, improve the visibility of IT to deployment, they can perform capacity planning and resource
Carnival upgraded from Microsoft assets and issues, and meet service levels, all while decreasing costs. optimization in the data center for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
Systems Management Server 2003 to S YS T E M C E N T E R S O LU T I O N S : F R O M D E S K T O P T O DATA C E N T E R Today’s data centers require and Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007 deployments. After
System Center Configuration Manager more processing power to meet the data and computing needs deployment, IT pros can maintain an up-to-date inventory of the
2007 and deployed System Center of the enterprise while at the same time facing resource constraints. servers and applications that reside in the data center.
Operations Manager 2007 for
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Simultaneously, many organizations are also undertaking projects • Server consolidation through virtualization management. This
Desktop OS Applications Application Platform Server OS Storage Network solution helps IT pros consolidate multiple servers onto fewer
such as:
Customer Results/Benefits • Windows Vista Windows Applications Business Applications • Active Directory • Windows • iSCSI • F5 • Using virtualization to consolidate servers and reduce power use. computers by converting physical computers to virtual machines
• Cut update distribution time by 80%
• Windows XP • BizTalk • Citrix • IIS • Linux • Fiber-Channel • Cisco (VMs). The prescriptive guidance and best practices help IT pros
• Boosted effectiveness of distributions • Improving availability through end-to-end monitoring and
• Dynamics • Oracle • .NET
• UNIX • SAN • Juniper determine which computers are good candidates for virtualization,
by 20%
disaster recovery.
• Exchange • SAP • Application • VTL and then quickly perform physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual
• Increased network availability by 10% Virtualization
• Placing controls and reporting in place to support
• Forefront • Custom Line of
• Disk to Disk conversions for server consolidation. After deployment, IT can
data :
Applications • SOA to Tape (D2D2T) compliance initiatives. manage the servers to align with application needs by adjusting
• Office
“We saw great results with Microsoft
• SharePoint utilization of physical computers and optimizing the placement
Systems Management Server. And when
• SQL enter Each of these data-center–related projects requires additional IT of VMs.
Configuration Manager became available,
attention and resources. To meet these demands, enterprises are
we saw it could do even more to meet our
transforming their data centers to be more responsive, with improved
needs for operating system deployment,
Virtualization • Server (Hyper-V, ESX) • Presentation • Desktop • Network service levels and lower TCO. System Center data center solutions
system maintenance, and control of
• Applications • Profile • Storage provide a unified, extensible management system for the physical and
our environment.”
virtual infrastructure in data centers to lower costs; improve efficiency;
Rodney Orange, Supervisor, and ensure that the servers, applications, and services in the data
Wintel Server Engineering Team, centers remain available.
Carnival Cruise Lines

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Case Study Server Compliance End-to-End Monitoring Data Protection and Recovery
The Shoprite Group The System Center data center server compliance solution assists with The System Center data center end-to-end monitoring solution The System Center data center data protection and recover solution
Africa’s biggest food retailer gains IT compliance on the servers in the data center through configuration provides end-to-end visibility into the data center through delivers disaster recovery, backup, and reliability capabilities for
reliability and full network compliance. controls, consolidated reporting, and a centralized collection of an open and extensible platform. Implementing this solution in the applications and services running in physical and virtual environments.
security events. Implementing this solution in a data center supports data center helps ensure that IT services, applications, and servers Implementing this solution in data centers helps simplify storage
Customer Business Challenge
compliance with business policies and regulatory requirements, satisfies run smoothly and are meeting service levels for optimal uptime management, provide higher availability, and improve responsiveness.
With anywhere from five to 60
auditors, and improves server security. and responsiveness. • Backup and restore. This solution provides centralized disaster
Windows-based computers across 1,181
stores throughout Africa, the Indian • Configuration controls and reporting. This solution creates, • Application and service level monitoring. This solution provides recovery capabilities to recover and restore physical and virtual S O LU T I O N S F O R DY N A M I C DATA C E N T E R S End-to-End
Ocean islands, and Southeast Asia and maintains, and reports configuration controls for data centers proactive operational management in data centers by monitoring environments in data centers after an outage, data loss, or
operating at 64 kbps to most outlets, to help enforce server compliance. IT pros can use configuration service levels across line-of-business (LOB) applications and IT corruption. This solution includes automated backup and restoration
bandwidth was a major IT constraint. management to discover unintended configuration changes and processes through operational IT service views. This end-to-end of Windows-based computers and Microsoft-based server Compliance
to ensure a desired configuration state for all components of the monitoring is accomplished by performing a user-monitoring applications through continuous data protection using integrated
physical and virtual server computers. Included in this solution perspective of application services to help identify potential disk and tape media. This architecture allows IT pros to perform
With Microsoft System Center
are dashboards and reports that provide visibility into the status problems and performance issues. IT pros can also create diagrams file backups that are more scalable and efficient by sending only Data Protection
Configuration Manager 2007, Shoprite and Recovery
of compliance with configuration controls to support compliance of the data center operations that help them visualize status based partial file changes, with throttling per server in either
is deploying the software to more than
efforts, such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act on real-time data and information. IT pros can monitor and manage physical or virtual environments.
13,000 desktops, servers, and Point of Configuration
(HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), or Federal Information Security applications and services running in virtualized environments in the Management
Sale (POS) devices. • Business continuity through server virtualization. This solution
Management Act (FISMA) compliance. same manner as physical environments.
provides virtualization management in the data center to
Customer Results/Benefits
• Centralized audit of system security. This solution gathers and • Proactive operating system platform monitoring. This solution enable quick restoration of virtual environments in data rprise
• Increased timely updates from 10% Ente
reports security-related events to help secure Windows-based provides availability, performance, and configuration monitoring centers in case of failure. This solution helps provide u ite Solution rs
of network to 100% of network tS to
en Accelera
computers in data centers. Auditors and security offices can use the of systems to proactively address IT issues before problems occur. high availability and disaster recovery for improved

• Decreased remote site visits by 60%

reports to assess compliance, including user access audits, account IT pros can monitor servers running multiple operating system failover capabilities and streamlined backup and


lockouts, privilege changes, asset inventory, and other regulatory platforms from a single management console, including Windows- provisioning processes. IT pros can quickly move virtual ns Manager

em Center Ser ve
“We’ll have our first-ever 100% compliance. This helps protect the data center IT infrastructure based, Linux-based, and UNIX-based computers. This solution helps machines (VMs) from one physical server to another without Manager
compliance and lock-down, which Micrososft
through strong authentication and protection from malware and IT pros analyze operating system platforms so that they can detect interruption or automatically restart VMs on different physical Service
translates into greater reliability and viruses on Windows-based computers. configuration changes and other issues. They can also generate servers in the event of a failure or for planned outages. Vir tual
availability, better help desk operations, Data Machine
reports that provide current and historical information about issues Protectio

and faster and smoother updates and • Continuous configuration compliance auditing. This solution Manager
that might affect the availability, performance, and reliability of data
deployments, because we’ll be building continuously evaluates the desired computer configuration by
center environments. Software
on up-to-date, same-state servers, defining a baseline that contains the configuration items IT wants Partners
workstations, and devices.” to monitor and rules that define the compliance required. Multiple
baselines can be assigned to any collection of computers, which
Richard Page, Wind
provides a high level of configuration control. Up to four levels ows Se
r ver 2008 SQL Ser ver
IT Project Manager,
of severity can be used to prioritize non-compliance. If a computer SharePoint Forefront
Shoprite Micro
is non-compliant, IT can automatically bring the computer back soft Appli ogies
cations and Technol
into compliance by deploying software to or running scripts on
the computer.

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Solutions for Dynamic Desktops
Case Study
The growing needs of different users demand that IT solutions • Run applications anywhere at any time. This solution allows users to • Retain current user information. During the deployment of • Provide continuous network protection. IT can provide continuous
Continental Airlines become more agile in the ways they provide access to applications run their applications while connected directly to the organization’s any new operating system, retaining the existing user profiles, network protection with quarantine support for both perimeter
Leading airline moves to virtual and corporate resources. Given the varying connectivity, storage, and intranet, remotely to the organization’s intranet, or disconnected user configuration settings, and locally stored application data is and online systems to better ensure that whenever or however
environment and sets stage for security models needed to provide service-oriented offerings, the from the organization’s intranet. IT pros can separate the users’ paramount. This information is encrypted and securely saved systems connect to the organization‘s network, they meet the
growth while cutting costs. “one-size-fits-all” approach no longer meets users’ needs. personalized information from the operating system so that they during the migration process, and then is restored to the newly security configuration policy definitions and spend minimal time
can run their applications from any traditional, virtual, or remote deployed Windows Vista operating system, minimizing users’ in quarantine. IT can stay apprised of the current state of risk by
Customer Business Challenge
Microsoft System Center desktop solutions enable IT to empower application environment. Users can cache streamed virtualized learning curve and helping them to be productive faster in their automatically and systematically assessing vulnerabilities to discover
Continental needed to consolidate its
users by streamlining the connection of any authorized user to any applications locally so that they can run their applications, even when new desktop environment. the need for updates and can report on recommended actions
data center, redeploy 100 servers in just
application, regardless of their location or connectivity. These solutions not connected to the organization’s intranet. This flexibility allows across the distributed enterprise. This solution integrates with
eight weeks, and ensure that the new • Minimize application-compatibility issues. IT can prepare, deploy,
allow users to run their applications by managing the delivery of locally users to be productive anywhere, anytime. Microsoft ForefrontTM to identify the need for anti-malware and
infrastructure would be flexible and easy and manage applications through traditional packaging tools or
installed traditional, virtualized, and streamed applications as well as antivirus signatures as well as firewalls.
to manage. virtualize them to avoid application-compatibility issues and reduce
remote-execution terminal services and virtual desktop infrastructures Simplified Windows Vista Deployment
Solution regression testing time. The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) • Protect access to the entire intranet. IT can enable the secure access
through a unified system that provides both secure access and the
Continental deployed Microsoft System The System Center desktop simplified Windows Vista deployment can help IT pros analyze the impact of operating system upgrades that the expanding enterprise requires, regardless of whether users “Across EMEA, we’re
consistent, optimized performance users expect.
Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007, solution securely automates the deployment of operating systems to and prioritize application-compatibility testing efforts. Or, IT pros can are accessing the organization’s intranet by wired access, wireless
desktop environments. This solution also helps reduce the size and use application virtualization to help resolve application-compatibility access, or remote-access connections. IT can deliver updates over
gaining 180,000 hours
System Center Configuration Manager Adaptive Application Delivery
2007, and System Center Operations The System Center desktop adaptive application delivery solution
number of images and separate applications and drivers from the core challenges without re-engineering existing or custom applications or the Internet to help enable geographically dispersed users who a year in improved
Manager 2007. operating system images, resulting in a reduced number of operating undergoing extensive debugging and regression testing. rarely connect to the corporate network to securely receive software
increases the ability of IT pros to respond to the evolving and varying
system images for IT to manage. updates and other management services more frequently, keeping
productivity because of
Customer Results/Benefits needs of business users through flexible options for managed client
• Consolidated the number of servers application delivery such as traditional software deployment, virtual • Streamline deployment processes. IT pros can streamline End-Point Security Management users productive and helping reduce the time spent in quarantine. software deployments
Windows Vista deployments by assessing, evaluating, and
while enabling enterprise growth or streamed applications, and terminal services or virtual desktops. The System Center desktop end-point security management solution that are automated by
• Saved more than U.S. $2 million in monitoring the health of physical assets and their topology before provides comprehensive end-point security that enables the secure
• Traditional, virtualized, or remote desktop delivery methods.
server costs deployment to help plan and prepare the infrastructure for large- access an expanding enterprise requires—regardless of the access Microsoft technology.”
Applications can be deployed to desktops by using traditional
• Sped provisioning from four weeks to scale data transfers. IT pros can use the delivery option that best mechanism—through enforced compliance with health policy
deployment methods with the tools and processes already familiar to Michael Partsch
two hours and cut physical-to-virtual meets the needs for that user or target group of users, supporting definitions before connecting with the corporate network.
IT personnel. Alternatively, IT pros can deploy virtualized applications Chief Information Officer EMEA
conversion time by 75% even the most distributed organizations and including removable
to increase the efficiency of application deployments and reduce or • Ensure security configuration compliance. IT helps protect Central Region EDS
media to support offline or low-bandwidth environments.
eliminate runtime conflicts. Finally, IT pros can incorporate remote the integrity of the enterprise network by enforcing software
“I’m an airline, I’m not an IT shop. If I can desktop environments that allow users to run their applications and • Reduce deployment complexity. The new Windows Imaging Format and hardware compliance on desktops. IT can also
find a solution that ties these various access their data from any location. (WIM) image standard allows IT pros to create fewer operating help ensure that systems maintain compliance with security
pieces together—virtualization, capacity system images while reducing the core operating system image configuration policies—like encryption of the hard disk volumes
management, software distribution… • Consistent management process. Regardless of the delivery
size. IT pros can further reduce the complexity of their images by for portable computers—by assessing systems for compliance with
that’s the way I want to go.” method, IT pros can manage all applications by using the same
separating applications, device drivers, and software updates from configuration baselines.
tools they use for managing traditional software while maintaining
Eric Craig, core operating system images at deployment time using dynamic
the unique and dynamic properties of the virtualized desktops
Managing Director of Technology, layering of task sequence-driven installations. IT pros can further
or streamed applications. They can inventory and report on all
Continental Airlines streamline the experience and bandwidth requirements by natively
packages and applications as well as their use. These applications can
deploying virtualized applications.
all be deployed and managed by using policies configured to meet
the needs of the organization.

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Case Study
Configuration Compliance Client Infrastructure Monitoring
Stewart Title The System Center desktop configuration compliance solution assesses The System Center desktop client infrastructure monitoring solution
Information services organization
system compliance against established configuration baselines— provides client availability, performance, and security monitoring to
enhances compliance and optimizes Configuration
showing IT the gap between what they want and what they have—and proactively identify problems that can affect user productivity. This End-Point
data center. Compliance
providing IT pros with an easy way to fix it. solution includes collective health and configuration knowledge from Management
naggeme ent
Customer Business Challenge Microsoft and its partners. Client
• Configuration controls and reporting. This solution creates, Windows
indows Vista
To comply with industry regulations, D p oyment
maintains, and reports configuration controls to help enforce • Proactive end-to-end monitoring. IT pros can monitor applications Monitoring
Stewart participates in over 35 IT
client computer compliance. IT pros can use desired configuration and all the dependent systems and services from the client computer
audits per year. It needed to improve
management to discover unintended configuration changes and to gain the actual user perspective and experience on availability and Remote PC
efficiencies in audit compliance as well as Adaptive
to ensure a desired configuration state for all components of the performance. IT can establish configuration baselines for desktops, Application
in managing its 1,800 distributed servers. Delivery
& Repair
desktops. Included in this solution are dashboards and reports that and then be notified if the computer configuration deviates from the
Solution provide visibility into the status of compliance with configuration established baseline. Automated collection of application failures at window

Stewart upgraded to Microsoft System controls to support compliance efforts. IT can use Microsoft and the client computer allows IT pros to identify the impact,
Center Operations Manager 2007 and

third-party best practice configuration knowledge to define best root cause, and resolution for these failures by using agentless
utilized Audit Collection Services to practices, help avoid common configuration errors, and manage exception monitoring.
reduce the amount of time needed to
systems in the context of regulatory requirements such as HIPAA,
generate reports from days to minutes. • Monitor individual or groups of desktops. This solution allows IT
SOX, or FISMA compliance.
Stewart also deployed System Center to monitor specific mission-critical desktops or a group of mission-
Solution rs
Configuration Manager 2007 to leverage • Centralized audit of system security. This solution gathers and critical desktops as a unit. Monitoring a group of mission-critical Accelera
synergies in System Center solutions and reports security-related events to help secure Windows-based desktops provides a consolidated view of collective system health
to assist in Windows Vista deployment. computers in the organization’s data centers. Auditors and security to help notify support teams when client issues are affecting a large
Customer Results/Benefits offices can use the reports to assess compliance, including user number of users. This allows IT to efficiently report on the status of Configura r
n s Manage
• Reduced the amount of time spent access audit, account lockouts, privilege changes, asset inventory, configuration compliance, individual and collective system health, Manage
r Micrososft
and other regulatory compliance requirements. This helps protect and other business-critical metrics to proactively identify trends and Service
collecting information for audits by 30%
• Able to monitor performance of non- the organization through strong authentication and protection from correct problems.
malware and viruses on Windows-based computers. Mobile on
Microsoft host servers, where they Applicati n
Device atio
previously had no visibility r Vir tualiz
• Continuous configuration compliance auditing. This solution Manage
• Active Directory integration in Software
Operations Manager 2007 reduced
continuously evaluates the desired desktop configuration by defining Partners
a baseline that contains the configuration items IT wants to monitor
workloads by 10-20 hours per week
and rules that define the compliance required. Multiple baselines can
W in
“It’s been very satisfying to present to our be assigned to any collection of computers, which provides a high dows
Vista Prote
Micr Windows Network Access nt
level of configuration control. Up to four levels of severity can be osoft
Desktop O F orefro
board and CEO how many hours we’ve ptimization Pack

transitioned from other engineering used to prioritize non-compliance. If a computer is non-compliant, Micro
soft Appli ogies
cations and Technol
teams… and the efficiencies that we’ve IT can automatically bring the computer back into compliance by
generated by freeing up those resources.” deploying software to or running scripts on the computer.
Mark Helman
Enterprise IT Management Solutions,
Stewart Title

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Remote PC Diagnostic and Repair
The System Center desktop remote PC diagnostic and repair solution
enables zero-touch remote diagnosis and remediation of problems
for online and out-of-band client systems to help pinpoint and
troubleshoot issues that affect the user experience.
• Expand help desk capability. IT can expand the capability of the
help desk to troubleshoot and improve time to resolution for
problems by checking the current desktop system configuration
against a desired state. This solution helps IT analyze application and
system failures, and then resolve problems by automatically linking
to the latest troubleshooting information and using diagnostic
tools that monitor performance and stability as well as enable
remediation. Additional auditing and troubleshooting information
is available on Intel Advanced Management Technology (AMT)-
enabled systems. If necessary, an administrator can remotely install
operating systems without requiring local agents, Pre-Boot Execution
Environment (PXE) servers, or local boot media.

• Reduce onsite service calls. IT can significantly reduce onsite

service calls for problem resolution through remote management
capabilities, even for computers that are powered off or are
unable to start up. IT pros can remotely access basic input/output
system (BIOS) functions on Intel AMT-enabled systems, including
BIOS configuration, interactive boot choices, and other pre-boot
environment operations. This provides a secure, end-to-end
method for troubleshooting computers from the beginning of the
startup process through logging on to the operating system and
running applications.

12 Microsoft System Center

In addition to the System Center solutions, Microsoft offers complementary packaged knowledge in the form of Solution Accelerators. Solution Accelerators are free,
scenario-based guides and automations designed to help IT professionals who are proactively planning, deploying, and operating IT systems using Microsoft products
Microsoft System Center System Center Configuration Manager comprehensively assesses, deploys, and updates servers, desktops, and devices—across physical, virtual, distributed,
and technologies. Below are nine Solution Accelerators commonly used with System Center solutions.
Configuration Manager 2007* and mobile environments. Optimized for Windows and extensible, it is the best choice for gaining enhanced insight into and control over IT systems.

Microsoft System Center System Center Operations Manager is the end-to-end service-management product that is the best choice for Windows because it works seamlessly The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Tool is a network-wide IT inventory and assessment tool that offers a quick way to determine if your existing IT infrastructure
Operations Manager 2007* with Microsoft software and applications, helping organizations increase efficiency while enabling greater control of the IT environment. is ready for technologies such as Windows Server 2008, Hyper-VTM , Windows Vista, Office 2007, Microsoft Application Virtualization and more. MAP is an agent-less zero-
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Tool
footprint tool that is typically used during the presales or pre-deployment phase of a project. The System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Configuration Manager tools
System Center Data Protection Manager is the new standard for Windows backup and recovery, delivering continuous data protection for Microsoft application are typically used post-deployment of an infrastructure solution; MAP can work with these tools to pass the right information depending on the scenario.
Microsoft System Center
and file servers using seamlessly integrated disk and tape media. System Center Data Protection Manager enables rapid and reliable recovery through advanced
Data Protection Manager 2007* The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 features Zero Touch Installation when using System Center Configuration Manger 2007. Configuration Manager 2007’s complete
technology for organizations of all sizes.
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 integration with software distribution, patch management, driver management, user state migration, the Windows Vista deployment toolset, and the MDT 2008
System Center Virtual Machine Manager provides a straightforward and cost-effective solution for unified management of physical methodology allows a full life-cycle approach to any scale deployment.
Microsoft System Center
and virtual machines, consolidation of underutilized physical servers, and rapid provisioning of new VMs by leveraging the expertise
Virtual Machine Manager 2007* Infrastructure Planning and The Infrastructure Planning and Design guide leads the reader through the process of planning a System Center Virtual Machine Manager infrastructure, including server
and investments in Windows Server technology.
Design Guide: System Center sizing, placement, and connectivity. It addresses the fundamental decisions and tasks of identifying the business and technical requirements for managing virtualization,
System Center Capacity Planner is a pre-deployment capacity-planning and post-deployment change-analysis solution for Microsoft Server offerings, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 determining whether to integrate Virtual Machine Manager with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 and how to design that integration.
Microsoft System Center
including Exchange Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, and Office SharePoint Server 2007 (and soon, System Center Operations Manager).
Capacity Planner 2007 The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool ties together System Center Virtual Machine Manager and System Center Configuration Manager to automate the process of
It provides the tools and guidance to deploy servers efficiently while planning for the future by allowing for “what-if“ analyses. Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool
updating stored virtual machines with the latest operating system patches. This tool provides the necessary workflow and automation to automatically service a library of VMs.
A new Microsoft System Center product, System Center Service Manager is being designed to meet the needs of the modern IT help desk. By providing powerful
Microsoft System Center Service Level Dashboard The Service Level Dashboard for Operations Manager 2007 provides reporting of the performance and availability for line-of-business (LOB) applications. This accelerator
new capabilities for incident, problem, asset, and change management, System Center Service Manager will support organizations as they seek to improve the
Service Manager (Beta) for Operations Manager 2007 provides a dashboard on the status of service levels by measuring the availability and performance of distributed applications.
service they provide to their users.

Microsoft System Center System Center Essentials is specifically designed for midsize businesses (up to 500 desktops and 30 servers). System Center Essentials provides a unified The Security Compliance Management Toolkit provides you best practices to plan, deploy, monitor, and remediate a security baseline for your organization. This toolkit
Security Compliance Management
Essentials 2007 management product that enables IT pros in midsize organizations to proactively manage their IT environment with increased efficiency. also offers a proven method that you can use to effectively monitor the compliance state of a security baseline for Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), and
Windows Server 2003 SP2.
System Center Mobile Device Manager is a flexible, end-to-end product for single-point access of LOB applications and corporate data on
Microsoft System Center The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool gives you a head start on planning new SharePoint installations by helping you answer questions about necessary hardware and
Windows Mobile® 6.1 devices. System Center Mobile Device Manager provides secure access to sensitive corporate data on Windows Mobile 6.1
Mobile Device Manager 2008 user capacity. It uses basic information that you provide about your organization and your SharePoint usage requirements to provide a first approximation of the topology
devices in a seamless manner, resulting in a positive user experience.
SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool your organization needs. The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool is a general-purpose modeling tool that complements SharePoint’s deployment planning documentation. It
Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 (formerly SoftGrid® Application Virtualization) allows the flexibility to control virtual application interaction. extends Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2007 (SCCP), employing its analysis and simulation features to help you explore suitable IT infrastructure options for new
Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Administrators wanting to consolidate virtual environments and enable faster, easier administration can use the product’s Dynamic Suite Composition, Windows SharePoint Services or Microsoft Office SharePoint Services deployments.
which sequences and manages packages for middleware applications separately from the main application.
The SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit simplifies the task of monitoring business critical applications deployed on SharePoint technologies. It contains two management packs for
SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit
System Center Operations Manager 2007, the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Management Pack and the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Management Pack.
*System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise includes System Center Operations Manager, System Center Configuration Manager, System Center Data
Microsoft Operations Framework 4.0 together with the System Center family of products provides powerful tools for automation and the practical guidance to deliver
Protection Manager, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. The suite provides a complete set of server management capabilities for application and platform Microsoft Operations Framework 4.0
business value through improved IT services and operations.
management that span physical and virtual environments as well as rights to manage an unlimited number of operating system environments on a single server.

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System Center Configuration Manager

2008 Editors’ Choice | Easiest to Use/Manage | Redmond Magazine

System Center Operations Manager

2008 Channel Insider Product of the Year | System and Network
Management (Gold) | eWeek Channel Insider

Best of MMS 2007 | Special Achievement | Windows IT Pro

System Center Data Protection Manager

2008 Channel Insider Product of the Year | Storage Management (Silver) |
eWeek Channel Insider

2007 Products of the Year | Data Protection (Gold) |

System Center Essentials

Best of Tech•Ed 2007 | Management | Windows IT Pro

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