System Center 2012 products in a nutshell

A simple explanation of the purpose of each System Center 2012 product.

System Center 2012 Products


  • provide self-service access for application administrators,
  • enable them to create and manage virtual machines and services templates,
  • manage private cloud resources and public cloud Windows Azure subscriptions from a single web interface.

[AppController screenshot]

Free e-book: Download the “Cloud Management with App Controller” (PDF)

Configuration Manager: 

  • perform tasks such as deploying operating systems, software applications, and software updates;
  • monitoring and remediating computers for compliance settings;
  • collecting hardware and software inventory;
  • and remote administration.

[Configuration Manager screenshot]

Free e-books:

  • Download the “Configuration Manager Field Experience” (PDF)
  • Download the “Troubleshooting Configuration Manager” (PDF)

Data Protection Manager: 

  • perform disk-based and tape-based continuous data protection and recovery for file servers, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and application servers such as SQL Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint, and Hyper-V based virtualization hosts.
  • protect the data on Windows desktops and laptops.

[Data Protection Manager screenshot]

Endpoint Protection: 

  • provide malware protection for your client systems.

Note: System Center Endpoint Protection is built on Configuration Manager, creating a single infrastructure for deploying and managing endpoint protection. 

[Endpoint Protection screenshot]

Operations Manager: 

  • monitor services, devices, and applications on multiple computers in a single console.
  • view the state of the IT environment and services running across different systems using views that show state, health, and performance information in addition to real-time alerts generated for availability, performance, configuration, and security incidents.


  • orchestrate, integrate and automate the IT processes in an organization.
  • define and automate processes from a central point and integrate with existing management solutions, both from the System Center family and third-party management platforms.

[Orchestrator screenshot]

Free e-book: Download the “Designing Orchestrator Runbooks” (PDF)

Service Manager: 

  • automating and adapting the organization processes to IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and ITIL.
  • provides built-in processes for incident and problem management, change management, release management, and risk and compliance management.

[Service Manager screenshot]

Free e-book: Download the “Optimizing Service Manager” (PDF)

Virtual Machine Manager:  

  • configure and manage virtualization hosts, networking, and storage resources.
  • This management solution for the virtualized datacenter also helps you create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds.

[Virtual Machine Manager screenshot]

Herman Arnedo

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