At this year’s Microsoft Ignite 2018, the System Center product team held a session labeled “What’s New in System Center 2019” which went into detail on major roadmap announcements for System Center as a platform and the individual products that comprise the suite. The ~1-hour long session can be viewed here: What’s New in System Center 2019, however we wanted to surface a few roadmap areas in particular around System Center, Service Manager, and Orchestrator (SCORCH).

System Center 2019 Roadmap Announcements

Microsoft began by showing the overall longevity and maturity of the System Center journey, starting with pre-2007 and highlighting that System Center 2019 will be released in Q1 of 2019:

Microsoft System Center Journey

System Center 2019 will continue to be released on the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) and Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) release, which is broken down by the following definitions:

  • Long-Term Servicing Channel:
    • vNext is released every 2 – 3 years, i.e. System Center 2016 and now System Center 2019
    • Post-release there is 5 years mainstream support + 5 years extended support*
    • System Center 2019 support will be for a minimum of 10 years, through 2029
  • Semi-Annual Channel:
    • New feature releases that allow for Microsoft to receive customer feedback and incorporate them into the product at a fast cadence
    • Releases occur every 6 months, and are supported for 18 months thereafter
  • System Center Update Rollups (UR) for 2016
    • Essentially bug fix releases
    • Will continue for System Center 2016 every 6 months
Microsoft System Center Release Cadence

 

Service Manager 2019 Roadmap Announcements

The following are some highlights from the Service Manager 2019 roadmap announcements:

  • Released with System Center 2019, on LTSC channel
  • Feature Additions:
    • Improved UI responsiveness
    • AD connector improvements
    • SQL 2017 support
    • Support for TLS 1.2
    • Continued investment in Partner eco-system as the go-to space for solutions which further enhance both Service Manager and System Center (see next section)
  • Service Catalog for managing requests for Azure resources

SCSM 2019

At the end of this particular roadmap area, the Microsoft Product team highlighted the Partner community as the go-to space for solutions which further enhance both Service Manager and System Center. As Cireson is one of the leading solution providers in the System Center Partner space, with over 30+ products we bring to SCSM and SCCM, we were pleased to hear the recognition that was given to all System Center Partners who strive to bring above and beyond business valued solutions to the market:

Microsoft System Center Partners | Cireson

 

Orchestrator 2019 Roadmap Announcements

The following are some highlights from the Orchestrator 2019 roadmap announcements:

  • Released with System Center 2019, on LTSC channel
  • Feature additions:
    • 64-bit support
    • PowerShell v4+
    • SQL 2017 support
    • Support for TLS 1.2

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2019

We at Cireson are excited to see Microsoft’s roadmap announcements for System Center 2019, and how these next sets of releases will continue to allow for our customers to manage solutions that align with their business initiatives and solve enterprise challenges along the way.