In January 2012, Microsoft announced its shift in focus with System Center—no longer a suite of products, but a single product. System Center 2012 is a collection of components designed to help IT Pros configure and manage applications, services, computers, virtual machines (VMs), and the cloud; with each component designed to let you manage more of these than before. System Center provides a degree of interoperability between components through connectors and System Center Orchestrator; this will increase over time. System Center 2012 also includes a unified installer to install all eight components, although the installer currently is rather limited in scope.

Operations Manager (OpsMgr), one of the more popular System Center components ...

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