System Center 1801– Microsofts first release of a Semi-Annual System Center version

Microsoft announced to Ignite 2017 Semi-Annual Channel releases for System Center to deliver new capabilities at a faster cadence and they kept their word: System Center 1801 is available since then end of Januray 2018 (the end of January begining in February 🙂  ).

Semi-Annual Channel are only available for Microsoft customers with Software Assurances  and releases have an 18-month support policy. In addition, in the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) Microsoft will released at a lower frequency. The LTSC will continue to provide 5 years of mainstream support followed by 5 more years of extended support.

System Center, version 1801 focuses on enhancements and features for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), and Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) with improved Linux monitoring support, more efficient VMware backup, additional support for Windows Server, and better user experience and performance.

Comparison with the LTSC Version System Center 2016 per component:

  • Data Protection Manager (SCDPM):
    • Modern Backup Storage
    • Resilient change tracking (RCT)
    • Continued protection during cluster aware updates
    • Shielded VM
    • Hyper-V with Storage Spaces Direct
    • Hyper-V with ReFS SOFS Cluster
    • Upgrading a DPM production server to 2016 doesn’t require a reboot
  • Operations Manager (SCOM):
    • Linux monitoring
    • Improved HTML5 dashboarding experience
    • System Center Visual Studio Authoring Extension (VSAE) support for Visual Studio 2017
    • Enhanced SDK Client performance
    • Updates and recommendations for third-party Management Packs
    • Linux Kerberos support
    • Service Map integration
  • Orchestrator (SCO):  just includes bugfixes from SC2016 UR4 including the support für TLS 1.2
  • Service Manager (SCSM): just includes bugfixes from SC2016 UR4 including the support für TLS 1.2
  • Service Management Autonation (SMA:) just includes bugfixes from SC2016 UR1 (latest until now)
  • Service Provider Foundation (SPF): just includes bugfixes from SC2016 UR2 (latest until now)
  • Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM):
    • Nested virtualization
    • Migration of VMware VM (EFI firmware-based VM) to Hyper-V VM
    • Performance improvement in host refresher
    • Enhanced console session in VMM
    • Improvement in VMM storage QoS
    • Configuration of guest clusters in SDN through VMM
    • Configuration of SLB VIPs through VMM service templates
    • Configuration of encrypted VM networks through VMM
    • Support to Linux shielded VM
    • Configuration of fallback HGS
    • Management of ARM-based and region-specific Azure subscriptions


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