Microsoft has many tools adapted for IT teams and we will explain in a few paragraphs the importance of mastering these tools.
We all know that Microsoft is the biggest software company in the world, developing many tools for us in order to do our daily tasks (or if you’re an IT manager, just to optimize and develop your company). This article shows you 10 of those tools which can help you solve a lot of problems, so you can run your company with the new efficiency and allow it to grow by many new talents.
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
Whether you are a Windows or Linux IT professional, we recommend you try out this important software. CCM and CMDB are especially useful for ensuring maximum security and for management of PCs. There are no many apps created for CCM and CMDB, for example Red Balloon Network Management Software (RHNMS), for example, or we will use the free SCCM viewer for free. What makes it easy to install the software on Mac and PC machines is that all you have to do is download and install the software and then click on the IT Manager app and sign into your Microsoft Account and you are ready to use the CCM tool. For Linux users, use SCCM.
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCCOM) is one of the most important tools when it comes to an IT department. SCCOM is used to provide control over systems and network resources to an IT department. Basically, the tool is a management system that allows IT staff to oversee and operate the IT services. It provides IT professionals with the ability to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot any of the hardware and software of an enterprise. The user-friendly interface makes it easy to troubleshoot, monitor, and provide remote assistance to the users and staff. It also offers the ability to manage many of the tasks that are performed by the infrastructure.
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
This is a tool that runs on a single server to create a virtual machine, manages it and upgrades its resources and images. It’s extremely easy to use and comes with pre-configured templates and predefined VMs. It integrates nicely with Microsoft SQL Server and all related services like domain controllers. What is more, if there is a Microsoft R Server running on the same physical machine it will automatically be added to the virtual machine. Microsoft SQL Server Agent Manager Microsoft SQL Server Agent Manager integrates with the Microsoft R Server to automatically install R Server on the virtual machine when it is created.
Microsoft Intune is a product that allows IT to deploy software programs centrally, creating a secure, integrated network for all its devices. IT can have access to updates that can be installed remotely. Intune is an important tool in the Windows ecosystem because it allows the user to add, update and remove licenses to be installed on their client devices, including IoT devices. Microsoft Planner Microsoft Planner helps the user in managing the work across multiple devices, software and services. It is also helpful for managing the work force within an organization. The staff can view real-time and historical notes, assign tasks, track tasks, view key metrics, and a lot more. It is available for mobile and Web browsers.
Microsoft Identity Manager
Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) is a unified log management system for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Azure that combines both roles and permissions as well as security features. The tool offers centralized management of all systems, applications and services related to identity management. The tool also allows IT pros to secure access to the centralized log management for their entire Microsoft network. You can quickly and easily provide full access to the system for accessing only specific logs. As you might know, one of the most crucial challenges of the modern IT infrastructure is the complexity and the proliferation of different systems across various sectors of the industry.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud based platform and it offers a ton of IT tools to IT departments. From collaboration to virtualization, to advanced apps that run in the cloud. This platform is amazing and when your IT team tries to convince you to switch to the platform you might think “They aren’t crazy, it’s true, Microsoft Azure is great”, but there are a few things to consider before you make this important decision. First of all, if you are working with a small team, don’t go for Microsoft Azure. This is because you are unlikely to get this ready to go at launch time.
These tools can improve work efficiency and increase the time, effort and cost of maintaining your IT team. You should spend some time to become familiar with them. Use case studies for recommendations and the best practices of other organizations to know how to make the most out of the capabilities.