Microsoft System Center Advisor
Microsoft System Center Advisor is an online service that analyzes installations of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (and later versions), and Windows Server 2008 (and later versions). It is a cloud service that enables you to assess your server configuration and proactively avoid problems. System Center Advisor collects data from your installations, analyzes it, and generates alerts that identify potential issues such as missing security patches or deviations from identified best practices with regard to configuration and usage. Advisor also provides both current and historical views of the configuration of servers in your environment. All this is done with the provision of the level of security that meets your needs.
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a metered service over a network normally the internet. System center advisor makes use of this and provides services in the datacenter which amongst other things adheres to best practices and awareness of the latest patches and updates. More information on managing your server environment and can help increase uptime by decreasing the time to resolve unplanned downtime.
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. This is how the advisor environment works.
System service advisor can be used to:
• Avoid problems with server deployments through ongoing configuration, monitoring, and assessment.
• Resolve issues faster by providing Microsoft or internal support staff with access to current and historical configuration data.
• Reduce downtime and improve server performance by alerting administrators when servers are unpatched or misconfigured.
As far as the access and the usage are concerned, go to System Center Advisor and use your Windows Live ID to establish your customer account. You may choose to sign up for a free 60-day trial or establish a full service account by accepting the service terms and completing the sign-up process. At any time during the 60-day trial, you may convert from the trial to a full service account. Microsoft System Advisor is here to stay and Microsoft will continue to extend and deepen Advisor’s functionality with new configuration intelligence and product support over time.
Microsoft System Center Advisor14 February 2012 0
Microsoft System Center Advisor