Introduction to Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
System Center ConsultantsMicrosoft System Center 2012 R2 is a suite of enterprise-class management and reporting tools for streamlining the administration of IT infrastructure ranging from smartphones to virtualized server clusters, application software, and data. Dubbed by Microsoft "the Cloud OS," System Center 2012 R2 is a comprehensive collection of utilities that combine to create a unified, consistent platform for monitoring and controlling IT assets that can span local and remote datacenters, private and public clouds, as well as applications and services hosted on Microsoft Azure. (Learn about Progent's Microsoft Azure planning and cloud integration consulting services.)

Progent can help you manage, tune and troubleshoot your current deployment of System Center 2012 R2 or provide System Center 2016 migration consulting to help you plan and carry out an efficient migration from System Center 2012 R2 2012 to System Center 2016 in order to take advantage of new features that enhance hybrid cloud integration, scale, assurance, disaster recovery, hardware affordability, and management automation.

Components of System Center 2012 R2
System Center is available in a Standard and a Datacenter version. Both versions include all components of System Center, the only functional difference being the amount of virtualization supported.

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The components of System Center 2012 R2 include:

  • Operations Manager (SCOM 2012): An advanced solution for monitoring the health, performance, and availability of computers, devices, applications and services across multiple on premises and remote datacenters, including private and public Clouds
  • Configuration Manager (SCCM 2012): A centralized solution for change and configuration management for Microsoft and other platforms
  • Data Protection Manager (SCDPM 2012): A backup and recovery solution for Microsoft workloads including Files and Folders, Exchange Server, SQL Server, Virtual Machine Manager, SharePoint, Hyper-V, and client computers
  • Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM 2012): A tool for creating and managing virtual machines (VMs) and services to private clouds
  • Endpoint Protection: An antimalware and security solution that works in conjunction with System Center Configuration Manager for protecting client devices
  • Service Manager: An integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization's IT service management best practices as defined in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF)
  • Orchestrator (formerly Opalis): A workflow management solution for automating the creation, monitoring, and deployment of datacenter resources
Smaller businesses typically use only a subset of System Center tools, while larger enterprises and service providers may use all components, but System Center's ability to manage on-premises, Cloud-based and hybrid environments allows organizations of any size to realize immediate business value and to scale seamlessly as their needs evolve. Progent has more than a decade of experience integrating and supporting the core components of System Center and can help you plan, deploy, maintain, and troubleshoot your System Center 2012 R2 ecosystem to optimize your applications and workloads through their lifecycles across Windows Server and Windows Azure environments. Progent can help you migrate to the latest version of System Center from earlier releases or from other IT management solutions to provide the benefits of enterprise-class provisioning, automation, self-service, security and compliance, plus infrastructure and application performance monitoring.

Progent offers additional services to bolster the availability, performance, and security of your network by providing online and onsite access to Cisco-certified CCIE network consultants to assist you to design and build advanced network infrastructure that is economical, expandable, easy to manage, responsive, resilient, and secure. Progent's CISA, CISM, CISSP, and GIAC certified network security consultants can assess and validate your security profile and can help you plan and implement a company-wide security strategy that will protect sensitive data, streamline audits, and simplify compliance with regulatory requirements.

Progent also offers System Center 2016 migration consulting to help you plan and carry out an efficient upgrade from System Center 2012 R2 to a current release of System Center.

Key components within the System Center portfolio for which Progent offers consulting and troubleshooting expertise include:

System Center 2012 Operation Manager Consulting
System Center 2012 Operations Manager (SCOM 2012) provides a centralized console for monitoring the health of the computers, devices, services and applications that comprise your IT network. The Operations console helps you anticipate, isolate and remediate problems by allowing you to import management packs that include expert knowledge bases about the specific features and applications associated with the computers and devices you choose to monitor. Learn more about Progent's SCOM 2012 consulting services.

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Consulting
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM 2012) simplifies change management across on-premises and Cloud-based datacenters by providing a single-console solution for critical management tasks that include OS and application deployment and updates, tracking and enforcing compliance settings, and taking inventory of IT assets. When integrated with Microsoft Intune, SCCM 2012 also enables unified administration of both domain-joined and web-facing mobile devices powered by Windows, Google Android, or Apple iOS. Find out more about Progent's SCCM 2012 planning and support services.

System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager Consulting
System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (SCDPM 2012) is an enterprise-class backup/restore solution that allows you to protect and recover data across geographically separate locations as well as the Cloud. DPM can transparently and efficiently backup application data from Microsoft servers and workloads, such as SharePoint Server and SQL Server, and can backup file data from both physical and virtual servers and client machines. SCDPM 2012 can be used with Windows Hyper-V, VMware and Citrix XenServer environments and supports full, incremental, differential, and bare-metal backups and restores. Find out more about Progent's SCDPM 2012 consulting services.

System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Consulting
System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) works with other components of System Center 2012 R2 to let you configure and manage your virtualized datacenter. SCVMM 2012 centralizes management of virtualization hosts, network infrastructure, and storage associated with your private clouds. SCVMM 2012 features support for mixed-platform virtual machine (VM) hosts, template-based workload deployment, and extensive system monitoring and reporting capabilities. Find out more about Progent's SCVMM 2012 design and consulting support.

To contact Progent about consulting support for any version and any component of Microsoft System Center, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

Progent's Professional Support Services for Microsoft Platforms
For companies of any size throughout the United States, Progent's Microsoft-authorized experts offer affordable remote computer help and IT consulting support for the whole family of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers. Progent offers Windows Server 2019 upgrade consulting, Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions, Windows Server 2012 R2 configuration support, Microsoft Windows 2008 Server expertise, and Microsoft Windows 2003 Server maintenance. Progent's planning, installation, update, and consulting services include system design, configuration, and administration outsourcing for project management and documentation, on-site and remote technical support and network troubleshooting, Help Desk Support, certified security expertise, full-service outsourcing, and ProSight Virtual Hosting.

Progent in addition offers a broad array of remote PC desktop support such as Windows 10 planning and migration support, Microsoft Windows 8.1 integration expertise, Windows 7 maintenance, moving to 64-bit computing, Office desktop and Office 365 collaboration support, and streamlining workstation deployment.

In case your company needs immediate remote support from a Microsoft certified consultant, refer to Progent's Urgent Online Computer Support.



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