Private Cloud depends on the flexible pooling of computing, storage, networking, and software resources. This pooling helps deliver greater utilization and efficiency and is powered by virtualization, which abstracts the platform from the physical infrastructure. Multiple organizational units within a business can share pooled resources, resulting in higher resource utilization and on-demaind automated resource provisioning.
System Center 2012 contains the following products:
System Center 2012 SP1 releases some additional functionality in each of the products. All of the changes are detailed in the “What’s new in System Center 2012 SP1” section which can be found on Microsoft TechNet.
Virtual Machine Manager:
Data Protection Manager:
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 offers key new features that include hypervisor creation and management, network management, storage management, private cloud creation, self-service usage and service creation. It features deep investments in server application virtualization, service design and service modeling all of which can be used to efficiently offer an on-premises private cloud.
Upgrade - Setup will support the following upgrade paths:
-VMM 2008 R2 SP1 --SC VMM 2012 RC -- SC VMM 2012 RTM
-SC VMM 2012 RC -- SC VMM 2012 RTM
Hyper-V and Cluster Lifecycle Management – Deploy Hyper-V to bare metal server, create Hyper-V clusters, orchestrate patching of a Hyper-V Cluster
-ISO or CD-based OSD for environments with DHCP without WDS
-OSD will now convert dynamic to fixed type of VHD destination
-All network adapters on host can be configured during provisioning
-Ability to bypass cluster validation during cluster creation
-Run cluster validation reports on-demand
-New Cluster status tab to view an aggregated status and a cluster validation report
-Ability to see current CSV owner in the properties of the cluster
Network Management – Manage IP Address Pools, MAC Address Pools and Load Balancers
-Simplification of the logical networks in the Fabric workspace
-Ability to see IP addresses that are in use from a IP pool
-Added support for Microsoft Network Load Balancer
-Gateway and DNS are no longer mandatory fields for logical networks
-Load balancer can now support affinity to logical networks
Storage Management – Classify Storage, Manage Storage Pools and LUNs
-Create persistent sessions to iSCSI array and logon initiator to array
-Better scalability of storage operations - LUN create, snapshot, clone, masking, and unmasking
-Option to create storage groups per cluster
-Enablement of MPIO feature when provisioning a new Hyper-V server
-Automatic MPIO device claim
-Support for arrays that implement OnePortPerView
Update Management- Keep your VMM Fabric Servers (VMM roles, hosts, and clusters) up-to-date with patches.
-Share a WSUS root server between System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2/ System Center Configuration Manager 2012
-Hyper-V Cluster Orchestration- Nodes put into VMM Maintenance Mode can be set to trigger Maintenance Mode in Operations Manager.
Power Optimization – schedule power savings to use the right number of hosts to run your workloads – power the rest off until they are needed.
-Set Operations Manager Mode for powered down hosts
PRO – integrate with System Center Operations Manager to respond to application-level performance monitors.
-Support added for System Center Operations Manager 2012
-VMM will ship two sample PRO Packs: Cluster scale out and Service scale out MPs
Service Lifecycle Management
-Define service templates to create sets of connected virtual machines, OS images and application packages
-Service Designer and Specialization UI enhancements
-Added ability to use Service Template Patterns
Compose operating system images and applications during service deployment
-New application instance view
Decouple OS image and application updates through image-based servicing
-Streamlined ability to enable OS VHD updates to a Service Template
-Publish updated Service Templates in order to update Service Instances