Microsoft System Center 2012 Revealed

, January 19, 2012 Microsoft's System Center 2012, which we discussed in Microsoft's System Center 2012: Building A Private Cloud, is the latest attempt by a big vendor to bring private cloud to the masses. While there are many improvements to System Center, building a private cloud using anyone's software is far from easy. At Microsoft's private cloud reviewers' workshop, we got a peek at the sausage factory. There are a lot of components to configure, but Microsoft has done a good job of streamlining many of the processes.
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Must of the output from System Center 2012 is behind-the-scenes, Powershell scripts that that get executed. From what I saw, there is no need to ever look at a script, which is great for those who don't know Powershell. If you do, however, you can customize the scripts to suit your needs. In fact, with Powershell, you can do anything in the GUI in a script, giving IT the potential for deep integration with existing IT systems without relying on third parties. Writing your own Powershell scripts isn't for everyone, however.

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