Last Thursday (28-11-2013) Dieter Wijckmans, @DieterWijckmans, and I, @wwwally, presented a session at Experts Live 2013 showing the possibilities for OpsMgr 2012 R2 to connect and monitor cloud service. Within our session we spend some time on the power of System Center Advisor which is currently completely integrated into OpsMgr. After e lot of questions on Advisor I thought to give a short in-depth overview on what Adviser can do for you organization.
If you want to know how it works have a look here because its still relevant for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager. http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2013/03/06/system-center-advisor.aspx
Next you have to create an account on https://www.systemcenteradvisor.com/ and in the past it was a trail for 90 day but these days its, Free. Yes completely Free. So when you have your account ready go to the administration pane and select the advisor section to connect your account in the Advisor connection section.
To add your fist systems into Advisor go to the Advisor Managed section and select “add a computer/group..” in the task bar. Just press search in the popup and select the server you want advisor to compare to the Best practice rules and KB article available for the selected system. Just the single server you selected will be compared to the rules so no other OpsMgr information is send over to Microsoft for comparison.
Now if you go into the monitoring pane and look into the advisor health state you will find the Server(s) you just selected there. when you have a SQL server 2012 Sp1 in there you will run into an error “SQL Server security configuration does not allow System Center Advisor to function properly” and will have to run a SQL query to fix it. Sinds SQL 2012 the local account is no longer a SQL sysadmin and Advisor want to read settings that need to look at with these permission.
/****** Add a login in SQL Server for the service SID of System Center Advisor HealthService ******/
CREATE LOGIN [NT SERVICE\HealthService] FROM WINDOWS WITH DEFAULT_DATABASE=[master], DEFAULT_LANGUAGE=[us_english]
/****** Add the HealthService Service SID login to the sysadmin server role ******/
ALTER SERVER ROLE [sysadmin] ADD MEMBER [NT SERVICE\HealthService]
With these permissions in place you will have some errors flowing in advising you on how to optimize your configurations. IF you go to the System Center Advisor alert view in the monitoring pane you will see the incoming alerts there:
When you want to know more on one of them go to the task pane and select “View Solution/KB Article”
When you select manage rules you can have a look on what kind of rules are available and se what is interesting for you environment. When you have an idea on what is available within the rules you can select the other systems you want information on to get into an optimal state! In the screenshot below you can see what kind of information is available. When you select a specific rule you will be redirected to the URL which contains the information behind the specific rule.
Now if you want to ignore a rule just select “Ignore rule” in the task pane and you will be show the following website within you Advisor account to manage the rule for your environment.
Finally you can have an online look at you Advisor managed system too using the https://www.systemcenteradvisor.com/ website. Within the site you can look how many server are connected and what the connection state is to make sure all is up and running.
Get the best out of OpsMgr 2012 R2 and online services, have fun!
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