Virtualization technologies provide a range of benefits. Yet as an organization’s computing environment
gets more virtualized, it also gets more abstract. Increasing abstraction can increase complexity, making
it harder for IT staff to control their world. The corollary is clear: If a virtualized world isn’t managed
well, its benefits can be elusive.
To a large degree, the specifics of managing a virtualized world are the same as those of managing a
physical world, and so the same tools can be used. To this end, Windows Server virtualization and the
Microsoft System Center family of products includes many management features designed to make
managing virtual machines simple and familiar while enabling easy access to powerful VM-specific
Having multiple management interfaces excludes Virtual machines from network-wide shared
management tools, making problems more difficult to diagnose and address than necessary. System
Center family is designed to provide an integrated management experience for all your virtual and
physical resources in the same industry-standard tools that administrators are already using to manage
large numbers of physical server resources. When an administrator checks the status for a group of
servers, issues on virtual machines are presented along with issues on physical servers.
Using a familiar environment to manage virtual resources reduces the learning curve for system
administrators, enabling administration teams to reuse knowledge they already have to manage a new
virtualization environment. Standardizing on Windows also makes it easy to find support from
Microsoft’s far-reaching partner ecosystem. System Center is designed to help businesses create selfmanaging
dynamic systems, where the management and monitoring tools are able to diagnose and
address problems in an automated fashion with as little human interaction as possible.