System Center Advisor is a free online service that you can use to analyze the configuration of Microsoft server software. You can use System Center Advisor to help you assess the server configuration. Additionally, you have access to information and best practices that has been collected from the knowledge of the Microsoft Consulting and Support teams, gained through years of experience. In today’s post, I’ll give you a brief overview of Microsoft System Center Advisor, including how it works and its architecture.
System Center Advisor helps prevent downtime by giving you access to Microsoft’s considerable customer support experience, which is made available through the Windows Azure cloud-based service. This service applies the following common questions from the Microsoft customer support checklist to all servers that Advisor monitors.
Because Advisor is a cloud-based service, Microsoft constantly updates the knowledge that is provided to the service. Microsoft product support teams can identify new recurring issues and immediately update the Advisor knowledge and content data. This is used to assess other business servers and provide them with advance notification of a potential problem in their configuration, thereby giving them time to resolve the issue before it occurs within their infrastructure.
System Center Advisor analyzes the following Microsoft server software:
The System Center Advisor environment consists of the following components.
Although the Advisor Portal provides a comprehensive view of servers being managed in System Center Advisor, if you already have an Operations Manager environment deployed you should consider integrating System Center Advisor with Operations Manager. This not only allows you to view Advisor alerts in the Operations Manager Operations console, but also allows you to view configuration information that the Advisor Agents have collected. When System Center Advisor and Operations Manager are integrated you can use a single console (Operations console) to view and manage alerts from both Advisor and Operations Manager at the same time.
With System Center 2012 R2 System Center Advisor is included in the Operations console and simply needs to be configured. With System Center 2012 SP1 Operations Manager a System Center Advisor Connector must be downloaded and Management Packs need to be imported before integration could be configured.
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