Lync Server 2013! In October we add support for analyzing Lync Server 2013 installations.
We also added new rules for other workloads, so look for new information about your existing deployments.
This month we added support for Windows Azure Active Directory, both users and groups. You can now create an Advisor account by using the administrator account for your Windows Azure Active Directory domain. You can also add an organizational account to
an existing Advisor account.
After you add an organizational account to Advisor, you can add users or groups from Active Directory.
You will see changes throughout the Advisor portal to reflect this new support – in the sign in pages, in the Account information pages, and in user information. For example, you can now see the type of account (Microsoft account or Organizational user or
group) in the Manage Users window.
For more information about Windows Azure Active Directory, see
What is Windows Azure Active Directory?
For information about adding an organizational account to your Advisor account, see
Add a Windows Azure Active Directory Organization to an Existing Advisor Account.
August is a big month for Advisor. We’re pleased to announce the following improvements and additions.
In August we welcome System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager as a monitored workload in Advisor. If you have VMM installed in your environment, look for new alerts about configuration and configuration of your agents
We also recently released Update Rollup 4 for Advisor. This rollup provides the following:
On the Operations Manager side, we released two fixes for the
We are pleased to announce that you can now use Advisor as an attached service in System Center 2012 SP1: Operations Manager. What does this mean? Customers that currently have Operations
Manager can use Advisor through the Operations console to view Advisor alerts and configuration information. To learn more about using Advisor as an attached service, see Viewing
System Center Advisor Alerts in the Operations Manager TechNet library.
Don’t have Operations Manager? Don’t worry – we didn’t change a thing about Advisor itself. You can still use Advisor to view your alerts and configuration information and changes, just
like you did last month. And, while you’re at it – check out System Center 2012 SP1, to see all the management and monitoring capabilities available.
This month we added support for Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012. You can install agents and gateways on these servers, as well as view analytics data for these servers.
Later in March, we will also be releasing an update through Microsoft Update to update your installed Advisor agents.
As of January 2013, Advisor is a free service. You no longer need to have a Software Assurance account to continue to use Advisor beyond the free trial period. In fact, there is no more free trial period!
We also added new rules this month for several of the workloads.
In November, Advisor welcomes Microsoft Lync Server 2010 as a monitored workload. If you have Lync Server in your environment, look for new alerts about its performance and availability.
You might notice that when you log into Advisor, you’re now asked for a “Microsoft account.” Windows Live ID has been renamed “Microsoft account,” so while this may seem like a change, it’s not – just use your existing credentials
to sign in.
April 2012 introduces the following new features as part of the V1.1 release of Advisor.
As of this release, Advisor is a benefit of Microsoft’s Software Assurance program.
Stay tuned to this space – we have more updates coming soon!
More new alerts! We added the following alerts this month:
For SQL Server:
For Windows Server:
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