System Center Advisor is now a FREE service!

System Center Advisor is now a FREE service!

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 Hi everyone, 

This month we have some exciting news for our System Center Advisor users: as of January 2013 , Advisor is free to Microsoft customers in supporting countries . Trial periods are a thing of the past and Software Assurance is no longer required for taking advantage of the Advisor service.  

We have several more Advisor news to share with you this month:

  • New workloads were added in January including Lync 2010
  • Later this month we will release Update Rollup 3 for System Center Advisor
  • Last but not least...stay tuned for some exciting Advisor news during this years Microsoft Management Summit ! 

What is Advisor?

System Center Advisor is a cloud service that enables IT Professionals to proactively avoid problems resulting from server configuration issues. It can help you resolve issues faster by providing access  to current and historical configuration data for a deployment. Additionally, System Center Advisor reduces downtime by providing suggestions for improvement and notifying users of key updates specific to their configuration

 How does Advisor work?

The Advisor environment is made up of the Advisor web service, hosted in the cloud, and the on-premise software, installed in your local environment. The on-premise software consists of one gateway and at least one agent. The agent collects data from your server and analyzes it using a set of rules (similar to a management pack in System Center Operations Manager) known collectively as Advisor knowledge. The analyzed data is regularly sent from the agent to the gateway for upload to the Advisor web service. If the data indicates an issue or a deviation from best practices, an alert is generated. By connecting a web browser to the Advisor portal, you can view the alerts and the associated remediation guidance.

System Center Advisor environment

 What workloads does Advisor support?

Advisor supports analysis of the following workloads:

  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2:
    • Active Directory
    • Hyper-V Host
    • General operating system
  • SQL Server 2008 and later
    • SQL Engine
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and later
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and later
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Where can I learn more about Advisor?

You can get started with Advisor at SystemCenterAdvisor.com  and get more detailed information in the System Center Advisor help pages.

 

If your haven't tried Advisor yet, give it a go today!

 

 

-L.C.

 

 

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  • This is great news, can't wait for support for Server 2012!!

  • What if any are the licensing requirements if you are in an enterprise or currently have a volume license agreement with Microsoft? I manage about 700 windows servers and use SCOM and I'm currently looking at SCA for some basic hardware change management.

  • @Jeffrey, there are no requirements for enterprise or customers with a VL agreement. Advisor is free for any user!  : )

  • That's pretty cool, thanks for the article.