System Center Advisor ( is an online service that analyzes installations of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (and later versions), Windows Server 2008 (and later versions), Exchange Server, and SharePoint 2010.

One of the advantages of System Center Advisor is that we are constantly improving our features to address customer needs. Be sure to subscribe to this page to be notified about our latest and greatest additions and enhancements.

What’s new in October 2013

Lync Server 2013! In October we add support for analyzing Lync Server 2013 installations.

Just as with Lync Server 2010, you’ll need to create a Run As account before you can use Advisor. See Set the Run As Account for Lync Server for information.

We also added new rules for other workloads, so look for new information about your existing deployments.

What’s new in September 2013

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.

For the best performance results, limit the number of Active Directory groups associated with a single Advisor account to two – one for administrators and one for users. Using more groups might impact Advisor’s performance when you log into the Advisor portal.

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.

What’s new in August 2013

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 and servers.

We also recently released Update Rollup 4 for Advisor. This rollup provides the following:

  • More robust Run As account settings
  • Advisor agent display fixes
  • Stabilization for the Advisor agents and gateways

On the Operations Manager side, we released two fixes for the Advisor Connector:

What’s new in April 2013

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.

What’s new in March 2013

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.

What’s new in January 2013

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.

What’s new in November 2012

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.

What’s new in V1.1

April 2012 introduces the following new features as part of the V1.1 release of Advisor.

  • Support for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager. You can use Advisor on the same computer as the System Center 2012 version of the Operations Manager agent. See Planning Considerations for System Center Advisor for more information.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 analysis.
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and later analysis.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and later analysis.
  • Additional PowerShell cmdlets to support running Advisor in environments that require action accounts (or RunAs accounts). For information, see Set the Run As Account For SharePoint

What’s new in V1?

As of this release, Advisor is a benefit of Microsoft’s Software Assurance program.

If you are new to Advisor, welcome! We’ve been hard at work the past year making this service everything you see today. Part of our success relies on feedback from you, our users and partners. If you think of something that would improve this service, please do not hesitate to tell us. You can click Feedback on any page to send us your thoughts. Make sure to visit this page regularly for information about our latest improvements. If you are an existing Advisor user, check out FAQ: System Center Advisor and Software Assurance for details about how this change affects you.

In addition to the V1 excitement, we’ve also added the following:

  • Server health view. You can now view more detailed information about the status of your agents and gateways.
  • We improved the agent and gateway troubleshooting documentation to use some of those cmdlets to perform diagnostics. You can check it out at System Center Advisor Troubleshooting.

What’s new in November 2011

  • We beefed up our troubleshooting documentation for the agent and gateway, including some information about those connection issues you’ve been seeing. You can check out the updated information in System Center Advisor Troubleshooting.

    As always, watch this space – more exciting features coming soon.

What’s new in October 2011

Stay tuned to this space – we have more updates coming soon!

What’s new in September 2011

More new alerts! We added the following alerts this month:

For SQL Server:

For Windows Server:

What’s new in August 2011

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