On 14th March 2019 Microsoft announced that System Center 2019 is now generally available. This latest release is delivered in the LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) cadence, which provides five years of standard and five years of extended support that customers can rely upon.
Future enhancements and features to the System Center 2019 suite, will be delivered through update rollup releases every six months over the five-year mainstream support window. At the same time as announcing the arrival of System Center 2019, Microsoft have also announced that there will be no more semi-annual channel (SAC) releases.
The decision to abandon the semi-annual channel releases we think is good one. Customers will continue to benefit from new features and enhancements every six months just as intended in Semi-Annual Channel, but also benefit from the long-term servicing (5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of Extended Support) without the limited 18-month support of each release in Semi-Annual Channel. Only one branch to support and maintain. :o)
(System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is not impacted by the 2019 release change and will continue current branch release cadence of three times per year)
Operations Manager (SCOM), Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and Data Protection (SCDPM) have received the greater amount of attention from Microsoft when it comes to enhancements and new features, there’s some minor improvements for Orchestrator (improved PowerShell support) and Service Manager (improved AD connector).
Operations Manager (SCOM) 2019
Here’s a high-level list of all the new features and enhancements you get with SCOM 2019:
- Service Map integration with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to automatically create distributed application diagrams based on the dynamic dependency maps in Service Map.
- New Azure Management Pack allows viewing of Azure performance and alert metrics along with integration for web application monitoring in Application Insights. Also, support for monitoring more PaaS services, such as Azure Blob Storage, Azure Data Factory, etc.
- Enhanced experience for alerts raised by monitors
- Full HTML5 dashboards and drill down experiences in the SCOM web console.
- SCOM REST API.
- Modernized HTML email notifications.
- Enhanced Linux monitoring leveraging Fluentd and now is resilient to management server failovers in your Linux environments.
Operations Manager (SCOM) 2019 – Upgrade Path
Operations Manager 2019 will support direct in-place upgrade from the following versions:
- SCOM 2016
- SCOM 1801
- SCOM 1807
If you are running SCOM 2012 R2, you first need to upgrade to SCOM 2016 or 1801, then lastly upgrade to 2019.
Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2019
Here’s a high-level list of all the new features and enhancements you get with SCVMM 2019:
VMM 2019 now includes a new role, VM administrator, which provides just enough permissions for read-only visibility into the fabric of the data center, but prevents escalation of privilege to fabric administration.
Manage and monitor HCI deployment more efficiently.
VMM 2019 storage optimization.
Simplified patching of VMs by integrating with Azure Update Management.
Data Protector Manager (SCDPM) 2019
Here’s a high-level list of all the new features and enhancements you get with SCDPM 2019:
Improved backup performance (75 percent increase in speed).
Monitoring experience for key backup parameters via Azure Monitor Logs.
Backup of VMware VMs to tape.
SharePoint 2019 and Exchange 2019 backup support.