Introduction to Azure Advisor

Learn about the key capabilities of Azure Advisor and get answers to frequently asked questions.

What is Advisor?

Advisor is a personalized cloud consultant that helps you follow best practices to optimize your Azure deployments. It analyzes your resource configuration and usage telemetry and then recommends solutions that can help you improve the cost effectiveness, performance, high availability, and security of your Azure resources.

With Advisor, you can:

  • Get proactive, actionable, and personalized best practices recommendations.
  • Improve the performance, security, and high availability of your resources, as you identify opportunities to reduce your overall Azure spend.
  • Get recommendations with proposed actions inline.

You can access Advisor through the Azure portal. Sign in to the portal, locate Advisor in the navigation menu, or search for it in the More services menu.

The Advisor dashboard displays personalized recommendations for all your subscriptions. You can apply filters to display recommendations for specific subscriptions and resource types. The recommendations are divided into four categories:

Note

To use Azure Advisor with a subscription, a subscription Owner must launch the Advisor dashboard. This action registers the subscription with Advisor. From that point on, any subscription Owner, Contributor, or Reader can access the Advisor recommendations for the subscription.

You can click a category to display the list of recommendations within that category, and select a recommendation to learn more about it. You can also learn about actions that you can perform to take advantage of an opportunity or resolve an issue.

Advisor recommendation category

Select the recommended action for a recommendation to implement the recommendation. A simple interface will open that enables you to implement the recommendation or refer you to documentation that assists you with implementation. Once you implement a recommendation, it can take up to a day for Advisor to recognize that.

If you do not intend to take immediate action on a recommendation, you can snooze it for a specified time period or dismiss it. If you do not want to receive recommendations for a specific subscription or resource group, you can configure Advisor to only generate recommendations for specified subscriptions and resource groups.

Frequently asked questions

How do I access Advisor?

You can access Advisor through the Azure portal. Sign in to the portal, locate Advisor in the navigation menu, or search for it in the More services menu.

You can also view Advisor recommendations through the virtual machine resource interface. Choose a virtual machine, and then scroll to Advisor recommendations in the menu.

What permissions do I need to access Advisor?

To obtain Advisor recommendations for a subscription, you must first register your subscription with Advisor. A subscription is registered when a subscription Owner launches the Advisor dashboard. This is a one-time operation. After the subscription is registered, you can access Advisor recommendations as Owner, Contributor, or Reader of a subscription.

What resources does Advisor provide recommendations for?

Advisor provides recommendations for virtual machines, availability sets, application gateways, App Services, SQL servers, SQL databases, and Redis Cache.

Can I snooze or dismiss a recommendation?

To snooze or dismiss a recommendation, click the Snooze link. You can specify a snooze time period or select Never to dismiss the recommendation.

Next steps

To learn more about Advisor recommendations, see: