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Microsoft releases another batch of System Center add-ons

Microsoft is accelerating the delivery of System Center tie-ins after introducing the release candidate of the suite earlier this month.

First up, Microsoft released the System Center Advisor as part of its software support package Software Assurance, the company said in a blog post last week. With it, admins can offload configuration testing to the cloud.

The Advisor checks a server’s configuration and automatically alerts admins when it sees issues. Plus, these alerts can be delivered via email.

While System Center Advisor builds on the architecture of System Center Operations Manager — the tool that alerts admins of problems as they are happening — the manager doesn’t have to be installed.

Because it is part of Software Assurance, when an admin needs to get help from Microsoft, the support staff can access Advisor’s data for configuration history.

System Center outlook gets cloudier
Microsoft also introduced new runbooks for System Center that enable administrators to better maintain private clouds.

The System Center Cloud Services Management Pack Release Candidate extends the System Center Service Manager. It includes the ability to convey cloud-related data in the Service Manager console.

The management pack also adds templates for commonly used service requests like increasing capacity and VM provisioning.

Microsoft detailed other features in a blog post; it’s available for download on Microsoft’s website.

Last week, Microsoft also added to its mobile device management options in the System Center Configuration Manager 2012, which has expanded to support more third-party smartphone operating systems.

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