So I just discovered this new service from Microsoft called System Center Advisor. Ok, so it’s actually been around since January 2012 but I only just discovered it.
So what is it you ask? Well it’s a free Web-based (Sorry that should be cloud based) service that helps you monitor your Microsoft Systems. It Supports:
Windows Server 2008 & 2012 (This includes both Hyper-V & Active Directory), Exchange Server, SQL Server, Lync Server & Sharepoint Server. And now support for SCVMM 2012 has been added.
So what does this all mean? Basically System Center Advisor is a Mini version of SCOM. You install agents on your servers and designate one server as a gateway (or if you already have SCOM implemented then you don’t need agents and the SCOM server acts as a gateway) and alerts are transferred to the System Center Advisor cloud service. You can now logon to the service and view alerts regarding your servers configuration, workload etc. Or alternatively have the alerts sent to you by E-mail. You can (and will) receive alerts regarding best practices, backups, unsupported configuration, system crashes and more.
All that’s required is a Microsoft account, you login and download the installation agent. The first server you install the agent on will also act as a gateway (not supported on domain controllers and I wouldn’t recommend putting the gateway on a Hyper-V host either), the rest of the servers require just the agent and pass all alerts to the gateway wich in turn uploads them to the System Center Advisor cloud.
This seems like an awesome tool and the fact that it’s free just makes things better. Just think that you now have a free service helping you to monitor and audit your Microsoft enviroment.