Microsoft has rolled out a new feature to Office 365's admin experience, by adding the ability to receive service communications in Microsoft System Center. For those that did not know, Microsoft System Center is an integrated management platform that helps you manage data center, client devices, and hybrid cloud IT environments.
Office 365 admins, who use System Center, now have the option to import the Office 365 Management Pack, which enables you to view all service communications within Operations Manager in System Center. This tool provides admins with access to the status of subscribed services, as well as active and resolved service incidents. Admins can also view Message Center communications.
"Today, we’re providing Office 365 admins with more ways to stay informed with Office 365 service communications. You can now receive Office 365 service communications in Microsoft System Center by importing the newly available Office 365 Management Pack. And you can integrate Office 365 service communications into your monitoring systems and tools by interfacing with the Office 365 Service Communications API," Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
These System Center alerts can also be sent as email notifications, so admins can stay on top of what's going on.
Microsoft is also rolling out the Office 365 Service Communications API, which lets you create or connect your tools to Office 365 service communications, making it easier to monitor your environment.