Microsoft says it will roll out its latest version of System Center during the first quarter of 2022. The date was given this month during Microsoft’s Windows Server 2022 virtual event. System Center 2022 will be the next big release, according to Prasidh Arora, a program manager for the Windows Service team.

“System Center 2022 is planned for release in quarter one of next calendar year. Key areas of focus for System Center 2022 would be around adding capabilities to support heterogeneous infrastructure. We will be adding support for Windows Server 2022 and Azure Stack HCI 21H2. Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager, you can manage Azure Stack HCI clusters, and the upcoming release will also have Azure registration experience built into VMM to register Azure stack HCI clusters to Azure.”

Among the abilities of System Center 2022 is the Operations Manager directly integrating with Microsoft Teams for alerts. Furthermore, users can also set custom roles within the Operations Manager.

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As for the Data Protection Manager, it will get folder-level restore capabilities for VM backups. Finally, restoring on parallel will be included for multiple virtual machines.

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Users can tap into System Center to handle more detailed Windows Server 2022 tasks. During the talk, Srividya Varanasi, a Microsoft senior program manager on the System Center team, joined in to highlight how the new version allows for more complex management needs:

“At your datacenter scale, you may want to standardize deployment production infrastructure at scale, and be able to monitor and backup multiple workloads and automate all of these processes. System Center suite helps in meeting all at-scale datacenter management requirements.”

Arora discussed System Center 2022 as a potential alternative to Microsoft’s Windows Admin Center, when managing Windows Server 2022. That would free up the Admin Center to focus on “managing servers, clusters, hyperconverged infrastructure, Kubernetes, and Windows 10 PCs”.

“Windows Admin Center is designed to be that lightweight browser-based management tool that is an alternative to RDP MMC tools, or even Remote PowerShell.”

Tip of the day: The Windows default font these days is Segoe UI, a fairly simple and no-nonsense typeface that’s used across many of Microsoft’s products. However, though some like this subdued style, others look to change Windows font to something with a bit more personality.

Thankfully, Microsoft does let you change Windows fonts, but it doesn’t make it particularly easy. I our tutorial we show you how to change system font in Windows 10, or restore it again if you don’t like the changes.

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