Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2


Microsoft System Center is one of the three pillars of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision that will transform the traditional datacenter environment, help businesses unlock insights in data stored anywhere, enable the development of a wide range of modern business applications, and empower IT to support users who work anywhere while being able to manage any device in a secure and consistent way. The other two pillars of the Cloud OS are, of course, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure, and Microsoft Press has recently released free Introducing books on these platforms as well.
Whether you are new to System Center or are already using it in your business, this book has something that should interest you. The capabilities of each component of System Center 2012 R2 are first described and then demonstrated chapter by chapter. Real-world and under-the-hood insights are also provided by insiders at Microsoft who live and breathe System Center, and those of you who are experienced with the platform will benefit from the wisdom and experience of these experts. We also included a list of additional resources at the end of each chapter where you can learn more about each System Center component.


You can download the book here.

Edge Show 84 – Java Application Performance Monitoring with Operations Manager in System Center 2012 R2

In this interview that starts at [12:15] we cover:

Why does Microsoft invest in the Open Source community?
[13:45] What is “DevOps” and how does it add agility to the application lifecycle?
[15:30] What is Application Performance Monitoring (APM)?
[16:30] How does APM differ from traditional Operations Manager monitoring?
[16:45] What are the benefits of APM for IT professionals and developers?
[17:30] How does APM work?
[19:00] Does the developer need to add any specific code to make monitoring work?
[19:15] Will legacy Java applications work with APM?
[19:30] Demo: Configuring and viewing Java Application Performance Monitoring
[28:45] Where can people go to learn more?

Dell announced support for System Center 2012 R2 with their Management Packs

Thomas Jacob announced on his blog on Dell TechCenter global, that the Dell Management Packs now support Microsoft System Center 2012 R2.

Read more and download the Packs here.

You can now use the Dell OpenManage Integration Suite for Microsoft System Center with MicrosoftSystem Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager.  We have qualified all the Management Pack suites listed below on the latest version of OpsMgr and updated the documentation for R2 support.

• Dell Server Management Pack Suite ― Discover, inventory and monitor Dell PowerEdge servers (agent-based option with Windows/OpenManage Server Administrator and agent-free option using WSMAN for 12th Generation of Dell PowerEdge Servers), Chassis Management Controllers using SNMP &  iDRACs using SNMP.   Download: version 5.1 , Documentation

• Dell Client Management Pack –Discover, inventory and monitor Dell Client PCs running Windows andOpenManage Client Instrumentation (OMCI) ― Download: Dell Client Management Pack version 5.0 ,Documentation

• Dell Printer Management Pack –Discover, inventory and monitor Dell Printers using SNMP ― Download version 5.0Documentation

•Dell MD Storage Array Management Pack Suite –Discover, inventory and monitor Dell PowerVault MD Storage arrays ― Download version 5.0Documentation

• Dell EqualLogic Management Pack Suite–Inventory and monitor Dell EqualLogic storage arrays using SNMP―Download version 5.0Documentation

The latest releases of all the listed Dell Management Packs will work as-is for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager; the only exception is that the Chassis Modular Server Correlation feature of the Server MP Suite is not supported on R2 (110032 in the online Release Notes).

Dell Printer Management Pack Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and System Center Essentials (SCE)

Dell recently updated his Printer Manangement Pack.

Source Dell TechCenter global

The Dell Printer Management Pack Suite  with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and System Center Essentials (SCE) environment allows you to manage, monitor, and ensure the availability of the Dell Printers

To download on it, please click here.

Dell MD Storage Arrays Management Pack Suite for Microsoft System Center 2012 Operations Manager R2

Dell published his Array Management Pack Suit for Microsoft System Center 2012 Operations Manager R2.

Source Dell TechCenter global:

The Dell MD Storage Array Management Pack Suite for Microsoft System Center 2012 Operations Manager SP1, System Center 2012 Operations Manager, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 and System Center Essentials 2010 integrates Dell PowerVault MD Storage Arrays monitoring into Operations Manager. The Management Packs provide a list of Dell-specific views that you can use to observe and drill down the system status in a network.

To download the Suit please click here.