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Author: Pete Zerger, Consultant, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP

Efficient management of your VMware environment is critical for Availability and your Always-On Business™. Make it easier with this free Veeam white paper, Automate Management of your VMware Environment, by Microsoft System Center VIP Pete Zerger.

See how monitoring, proactive management and process automation all come together for your service desk. You’ll learn about Veeam Management Pack for System Center and automation scenarios to drive efficient data center operations, including:

  • Scaling out and scaling in
  • Scaling up
  • Controlling VM sprawl

Unleash the power of System Center for VMware

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Author: Pete Zerger, Consultant, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP

Microsoft System Center administrators require real-time data and full visibility to efficiently manage and troubleshoot their IT infrastructures. Veeam® Management Pack™ (MP) v8 enriches System Center’s capabilities to offer IT admins better insights and improved management of both physical and virtual environments. Veeam MP fully integrates with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to provide monitoring, automation, reporting, alert management and capacity planning for mission-critical applications.

Find out how Veeam MP v8 integrates with SCOM 2012 R2 to perform complete monitoring of Hyper-V environments. You’ll also learn about some of the main Veeam MP features such as enhanced dashboards and smart analysis monitors. Read how insights and alerts provided by Veeam MP allow System Center to initiate runbooks in SCO (System Center Orchestrator) and SMA (Microsoft Service Management Automation) to create automated tasks. You’ll also discover several Hyper-V automation scenarios where Veeam MP v8 and Veeam Backup & Replication™ can be used with System Center to deliver more efficient data center operations. Moreover, you can even download the SMA runbooks for each scenario to use in your daily administrative jobs.

See how monitoring, proactive management and automation for Hyper-V all come together to ensure Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™, and how Veeam MP for System Center can be leveraged for Hyper-V automation with:

  • Auto-deleting aging checkpoints
  • Adding new VMs to backup jobs
  • VM sprawl control
  • And more!

Unleash the power of System Center for Hyper-V

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Author: Clint Wyckoff, Senior Global Technical Evangelist, Veeam Software

The Microsoft System Center suite delivers a perfect solution that allows users to maintain, update, manage and monitor an environment. One of the components of System Center is Operations Manager — a management and monitoring framework. Operations Manager is extensible through management packs (MPs), which contain the knowledge, rules, monitors, graphical views and reports to manage and monitor applications and infrastructure components.

Each management pack you load in Operations Manager contains alerts. Knowing the key alerts in these MPs can help you quickly identify situations that require attention, instead of less actionable situations.

This FREE white paper will provide techniques for more actionable alerting in Operations Manager and best practice recommendations from the field for using Operations Manager and Veeam® Management Pack™ for Microsoft System Center.

These techniques include:

  • How to group objects by their Business Service Level Agreement and best practices from the field for more actionable alerting;
  • How dashboards can help to quickly identify relevant conditions in Operations Manager;
  • Which alerts are keys to focus on in Operations Manager;
  • And more!
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Author: Mike Preston, IT Professional and Blogger

Drastic changes in data center technologies and growing business demands dictate the need to transform data protection and disaster recovery. Traditional backup doesn't make sense within modern data centers that leverage virtualization, cloud and software-driven, scale-out storage. To enable Always-On™ operations, you need to make a shift from backup and recovery to Availability.

In this e-book, Mike Preston, IT pro and blogger, gives you a comprehensive guide to disaster recovery and data protection for modern data center environments that run on VMware vSphere and integrate with cloud infrastructures. You'll learn the drawbacks to backing up VMware environments with traditional tools and presents technologies that help companies to address the challenges of data growth and Always-On Availability for services.

Mike Preston proves that Availability software must leverage virtualization, storage and the cloud to their fullest while delivering advanced functionality for business continuity. In his VMware data protection e-book, Mike lists the imperative criteria of a modern Availability solution. He suggests Veeam Backup & Replication as an example of a true Availability solution, and explains how high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified recoverability, leveraged data and complete visibility tied together enable applications and data Availability in VMware environments.

In this e-book, you'll learn about the components of a modern data center, and you will also see use cases for Veeam's value-add capabilities, including combining backup and replication for VMware disaster recovery and using replication for data center migration.

Read this FREE e-book to learn more about:

  • Creating application-consistent backups
  • Using modern snapshot methods
  • Choosing a backup storage
  • And more!
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Author: Cameron Fuller, System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management

Proactive monitoring is one of the primary goals of System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). The ability to detect a possible issue before it has an operational impact helps to increase the Availability of critical applications and servers. From the business perspective, constant access to data and services improves user experience.

Operations Manager identifies potential problems in both physical and virtual infrastructures and notifies administrators about these threats. A common challenge for administrators is reducing the excessive “noise” produced by SCOM – that is to tune its alerts and notifications.

This white paper discusses tuning the alerts and notifications in System Center Operations Manager to match your organization’s specific requirements. You will learn how to tune Operations Manager to provide usable alerts with a minimal amount of noise.

We’ll focus on using groups in SCOM as a key component for efficient tuning. You will learn how to create and use groups in System Center Operations Manager and explore best practices you should consider.

Read this FREE white paper and learn how to:

  • Prioritize your efforts for tuning your environment;
  • Implement best practices for SCOM management groups;
  • Utilize SCOM groups for overrides, reports and targeting in the Operations Manager console;
  • And more!
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Author: Clint Wyckoff, Senior Global Technical Evangelist, Veeam Software

This white paper examines Hyper-V management and monitoring provided by Veeam Management Pack for System Center. Veeam MP extends System Center, providing deep visibility and collecting critical information with more monitors, alerts, rules and performance collection.

Veeam MP also enhances System Center Hyper-V monitoring and reporting with tools such as:

  • Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V
  • Capacity planning Reports
  • Real-time, in-context dashboards with heatmaps and customizable widgets
  • Topology views with drill-down capabilities

Veeam Management Pack for System Center complements System Center’s out-of-the-box capabilities to help you better understand and manage your Hyper-V environment.

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Author: Clint Wyckoff, Senior Global Technical Evangelist, Veeam Software

In this white paper, Veeam Product Strategy Evangelist Clint Wyckoff describes what capacity planning and management means, and System Center best practices for planning and managing your VMware infrastructure. Download this white paper and learn about:

  • Capacity planning;
  • Best Practices;
  • Reporting tips;
  • Dashboards and proactive monitoring.
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Author: Mike Resseler, Director, Product Management, Veeam Software

Installing Veeam® Management Pack™ and delivering full visibility into your customer's Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and Veeam Backup & Replication™ environment is an easy process. But what about taking that extra step?

Customizing Veeam Management Pack to fit the needs of your customer and integrating it into the entire System Center suite for that true infrastructure lifecycle is what brings in that additional value that makes you a trusted partner.

Read this white paper to find out:

  • How you can tweak Veeam Management Pack;
  • How you can use the System Center integration with Veeam Management Pack;
  • How to get your virtualization assets into a CMDB in a matter of minutes.
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Author: Pete Zerger, Consultant, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP

When you are considering VMware as a foundation of your private cloud infrastructure while using SCOM (Microsoft System Center Operations Manager) for enterprise management, Veeam® can help you overcome infrastructure management challenges and increase operational efficiency and capital utilization. SCOM lacks monitoring capabilities for VMware environments and you need a specific management pack to integrate monitoring and management of the VMware private cloud infrastructure and applications with minimal impact. Veeam Management Pack™ (MP) effectively combines the power of Operations Manager and vSphere monitoring to provide physical and virtual system monitoring from the comfort of the Operations Manager interface.

In this white paper, you will learn how to get complete visibility of the VMware infrastructure with the Operations Manager and monitor VMware performance metrics such as memory, CPU, ESXi host health and performance, clusters and vCenter Server.

Download this white paper and discover the six key concepts to get the most out of VMware vSphere monitoring with SCOM, including:

  • An insight on data sources and solution architectures for the highest level of vSphere monitoring;
  • Fine-tuning Operations Manager alerting to sort the actionable alerts from the alert "noise" produced by irrelevant or duplicated notifications;
  • Best practices for tuning Operations Manager using overrides;
  • Reporting for trending, capacity planning and forecasting with SCOM;
  • And much more!
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Author: Orin Thomas, Microsoft Press and Pluralsight Author, Microsoft MVP and Regional Director, Technical Raconteur

This study guide for the Microsoft 74-409 exam on Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center covers each of the exam objectives. Read this study guide to learn how to create and configure virtual machine settings, virtual machine storage and virtual networks. You’ll also learn about
  • Hyper-V failover clustering
  • Virtual machine movement
  • Virtualization monitoring
  • Disaster recovery.
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