This is a major change from all previous versions of SCOM.
Operations Manager 1801 is the first release of SCOM built on the Semi-Annual Channel release cycle. All new features and updates will now be delivered in this Semi-Annual Channel (SAC), following the same Semi-Annual release cycle that Windows Server is using.
Read about the announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/first-system-center-semi-annual-channel-release-now-available/
Basically – you have two choices for you Operations Manager deployments:
- Semi-Annual Channel (SAC)
- Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC)
- Consistent updates on a semi-annual basis
- All new features will be introduced into this release
- Each build is supported for 18 months after release
- Updates will continue in the form of UR’s, but no features added, primarily fixes.
- Longer term (5 years of mainstream) support lifecycle.
Key feature updates in Operations Manager 1801:
- Improved HTML5 dashboard experience
- Enhanced SDK performance
- Linux Logfile monitoring enhancements
- Linux Kerberos support
- GUI support for entering SCOM License key
- Service Map integration
- Updates and recommendations for third-party Management Packs
- System Center Visual Studio Authoring Extension (VSAE) support for Visual Studio 2017
As always – submit and/or vote for feature requests, fixes, enhancements here: https://systemcenterom.uservoice.com/forums/293064-general-operations-manager-feedback