Some time has gone by since Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta and the release of System Center 2016.

Building up to the release of System Center 2016 we wrote multiple articles and provided you with a few webcasts (here & here) to help you prepare your transition from System Center 2012 to System Center 2016 and how to design your environment according to best practises. You probably have taken your time to evaluate and plan your next steps for this purpose or maybe you’re not there yet. We at OpsLogix like to provide the System Center community with top shelf Management Packs & OMS solutions (here & here) and additional information in order to help you find your way through the maze.

That’s why we went and found some fascinating keynote speeches you can (re)watch and maybe rethink or better plan your strategy for System Center 2016. So here’s a nice recap!

1. Meet Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016!

In this demo-heavy presentation for the unveiling of the brand new Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft System Center 2016, Mike Neil & Erin Chapple walk you through how the business transformation in the cloud-first world – Windows Server and System Center have evolved. To accelerate value and stay ahead of the competition, you need infrastructure that unleashes application innovation and you need your IT to meet increasingly demanding business requirements. Learn about Windows Servers enhanced security capabilities, software-defined data center technologies and application features to build cloud-native applications, and how System Center 2016 streamlines management across your datacenter.


2. Monitor your changing data center using Microsoft System Center 2016 Operations Manager

Rapid innovation in the data center requires an agile approach to management. With System Center 2016 Operations Manager, you can take advantage of all the rich features coming in Windows Server 2016, including Nano Server, new networking capabilities, Storage Spaces Direct, Windows Server Containers, and much more. Operations Manager also offers an improved monitoring experience, with enhanced lifecycle management for management packs, data-driven alert management, and improvements in fundamentals like scale, performance, UI responsiveness, extensibility, and heterogeneity. Hear about the new features and learn how integration between Operations Manager and Operations Management Suite offers insight and analytics across your hybrid cloud.


3. Monitor and diagnose web apps & services with Application Insights & System Center 2016 Operations Manager

Learn how monitoring solutions from Microsoft come together to helps you manage, identify, understand, and resolve problems in your web apps & services, irrespective of the platform. With Application Insights rich open-source SDKs, machine learning analysis, big-data querying, and topology discovery, you can fix issues in your apps even before they occur. Microsoft System Center 2016 Operations Manager helps you collect, analyze, and search millions of records across all your workloads and servers no matter where they are. You can diagnose problems right from within your development environment and incorporate monitoring in your existing ALM workflows.


4. Take advantage of new capabilities in System Center 2016

Microsoft System Center 2016 keeps you in control of your IT operations, giving you enterprise-grade management across Microsoft Windows Server and Linux. With substantial new capabilities to help you manage and monitor your data center and workloads, System Center 2016 offers you the opportunity to simplify management and increase agility. Learn about the provisioning, configuration, automation, monitoring, protection, self-service and virtualization management capabilities in the latest version of System Center. Find out more about how System Center and Microsoft Operations Management Suite work together to give you the management and security tools for the hybrid cloud.


5. Manage your software-defined data center using System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager

To make your software-defined data center strategy a reality, you need the right management tools. Get hands-on with the latest version of Microsoft System Center, and find out how to increase efficiency and simplify the process in running your software-defined data center. Microsoft System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager was designed to make it easier to provision and manage the fundamental building blocks of your software-defined data center, including compute, storage, networks, and security. Learn about the central new features in this session filled with demos.