System Center

System Center 2019 UR4 brings new guest OS support and few new features, but System Center 2022 is still needed for managing newer host OS versions from Microsoft and VMware.

This illustration shows support milestones for the System Center suite of software.

System Center 2022, now generally available, brings support for recent Microsoft OSs and promises additional hybrid capabilities in the future.

Microsoft is increasingly emphasizing a hybrid strategy for its data-center management tools, with on-premises tools offering more integration with Azure services, and Azure-hosted services adding capabilities to manage on-premises resources.

System Center 2022, planned for release in early 2022, will bring support for Windows Server 2022 and Azure Stack HCI 21H2 to the suite of on-premises data-center management software.

Microsoft continues to push customers to Azure, and is reducing their investment in on-premises perpetual software; but organizations accustomed to System Center for data center management will have to adopt several services to duplicate functionality in Azure.

The long-term viability of traditional legacy on-premises server software is under threat, bringing security risks, long-term support challenges, and rising costs.

Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2019 adds support for managing Azure Stack HCI clusters in Virtual Machine Manager.

The System Center software suite supports numerous server management and monitoring tasks.

Update Rollout 2 for System Center 2019 was released on Aug. 4, 2020, and includes bug fixes and improvements to most components.