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At Microsoft, we're committed to providing our customers with the tools they need to succeed wherever they are. By extending Azure services to the customer's preferred environments like System Center, we empower customers with access to Azure’s potential along with a consistent experience across their hybrid estate.
Today we’re excited to deliver on that commitment as we announce that System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) enabled by Azure Arc is now generally available to manage SCVMM resources in Azure.
With SCVMM enabled by Azure Arc, you can:
- Enable Azure services at scale for your entire SCVMM managed on-premises estate
- Enable self-service access and management to SCVMM resources for developers and end users
Enable Azure services at scale
Customers can discover their entire SCVMM managed estate, install Azure Arc agents at scale directly from Azure, and easily leverage Azure management services for their SCVMM machines. Customers can use services like Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Azure Monitor, Azure Update Manager, and more to enhance the security, monitoring, and governance of their SCVMM machines. Customers can also enable Extended Security Updates on all Windows Server 2012/R2 and SQL Server 2012 machines managed by SCVMM, ensuring that end-of-life workloads are protected.
In SCVMM inventory view, select all the VMs and click on enable guest management to install Arc agents at scale.
Create an Extended Security License and apply to eligible machines to get ESUs.
Enable self-service access and management to SCVMM resources for developers and end users
IT administrators can use Azure RBAC to set up self-serve access to SCVMM resources for developers and end users. End users can provision virtual machines with ease on SCVMM using Azure portal, ARM and bicep templates. They can perform virtual hardware operations like start, stop, restart, resize, add and manage disks on SCVMM managed machines from Azure.
Create VMs from Azure on your SCVMM managed estate
There aren’t any additional charges to connect your SCVMM resources in Azure by enabling them with Azure Arc. Azure Arc provides select inventory and VM provisioning capabilities for free. There are charges for additional Azure services like security, management, data services, observability, and more. Learn more on the Azure Arc pricing page.
We look forward to hearing your feedback! Write to us at email@example.com.
Azure Arc: https://aka.ms/arc
YouTube video by John Savill: Azure Arc-Enabled System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Walkthrough