Ignite is behind us, and lots of new things are happening in and around Microsoft. Things change, and SCOM also. If you are SCOM user and follow SCOM team blog, you will see that they announced survey regarding changes they implement in System Center products. One of them is new release cadence that will resemble Windows. It means that update for System Center will be aligned with Windows updates. On November 8th Microsoft will release preview version of System Center 1801. If you don’t understand the numbers of version, first two numbers are the year of release, and two last ones are the month. System Center will be released semi-annual with new future addressing issues and new feature. you will be able to update you system if you have eligible Software Assurance for that product.
When we talk about what is coming for SCOM 2016 here it is
- System Center 1801 prieview early November. Release Q1 2018
- Service Map integration is now in public preview but it will relased probably with new version. you can download MP here
- Windows Server 2016 SDDC monitoring
Improved Unix/Linux support
- “setup improvements” hopefully a better way to deploy “manually”
- Kerberos support
- Log file monitoring with FluentD. Essentially this enables us to create monitors etc. based on logfiles as we can with Windows (This is huge)
SCOM 2016 HTML5 console
- Improved diagnostics and drill down – this is huge for those who haven’t invested in third-party software
- Custom widget support. Display other charts on your dashboard.
- MP updates and recommendations (introduced in 2016) now supports 3rd party MPs. 56 partners with certified MPs are available.
- Visual Studio Authoring Extension for VS 2017
If you want to find out more details about all of this please watch Ignite session System Center for the modern datacenter: First look at advancements coming this year