Microsoft System Center Advisor Public Preview Available

Just drop you a quick line that Microsoft System Center Advisor Public Preview is available. You can sign up to the public preview by

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Microsoft Management Summit 2013 lift-off! #sysctr #mms2013

This week Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 officially launched and brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through an intensive week of training led by experts in desktop, device management, datacenter, and cloud technologies.

Keynote, Cloud Optimize Your Business with Microsoft Management Solutions

Brad Anderson, corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Windows Server and System Center Group, took the stage this morning to kick-off the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. Anderson’s keynote to more than 5,000 attendees highlighted the company’s Cloud OS strategy and how IT professionals can use Microsoft technologies to transform their datacenters.

The keynote, which included live demos, will be available on Channel 9 for on-demand viewing. Anderson also posted to the Official Microsoft Blog today.


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The eagle has landed….System Center 2012 SP1 available for download on TechNet and MSDN

A colleague of mine (thanks Tom!) notified that System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 is available for download on TechNet and MSDN.


The following links take you to the What’s New topics for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

  • System Center 2012 – App Controller SP1
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1
  • System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager SP1
  • System Center 2012 – Operations Manager SP1
  • System Center 2012 – Orchestrator SP1
  • System Center 2012 – Service Manager SP1
  • System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager SP1


    Overview of System Center Advisor #sysctr

    In this blog I’d like to introduce you to System Center Advisor. What is it, what are the benefits and what’s in for me? In this post I’ll start with some background and go through the installation and configuration of System Center Advisor.

    What is System Center Advisor?

    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). The System Requirements can be reviewed here. 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.

    Advisor is developed by the Microsoft System Center Advisor product group in partnership with Microsoft Support engineers to ensure that the issues customers report to Microsoft are detected before they affect your environment. Advisor is regularly updated to reflect the most recent experiences of these engineers, who support customers around the world.

    What does Advisor analyze?

    With System Center Advisor, the following workloads are analyzed: