December 2017 PUs for SharePoint 2013/2016 have been released today and bring some good changes to the SharePoint Health Analyzer. I've had a lot of discussion with customers about how useful some Health Analyzer rules really are, for that reason these feature fixes are a good decision from the Product Group. SharePoint Administrators often ended up in disabling rules, but this is not how the Health Analyzer was meant to be used.
Good to know: Disabled Health Rules generate findings in Microsoft Premier Risk Assessments.
Some might think: "Why did it take so long to get these particular things improved?". Unfortunately I can't answer this. What I can do is to point to the Uservoice Feedback System for SharePoint, that everybody can use to vote for certain product improvement suggestions.
SharePoint Health Analyzer Changes
The December PU brings about a dozen feature fixes to SharePoint. Let's have a look at the changes related to the Health Analyzer:
Health Analyzer rule improvements:
- Microsoft improved the list of services shown for the health rule report that show services using a built-in service account, so the services are more easily understood. The health rule will now list the service’s display name instead of the shorter service name if a display name is available.
- Microsoft improved the SharePoint Health Analyzer algorithm that checks the free space in drives to better handle large drives. The algorithm will now report a warning if the amount of drive space is less than 10 GB, or report an error if the amount of drive space is less than 4 GB.
- Microsoft improved the Health Analyzer rules to include additional international languages.
Removal of Health Analyzer rules:
Following health rules are removed completely
- Database has large amounts of unused space
- Alternate access URLs have not been configured
- People search relevance is not optimized when the Active Directory has errors in the manage reporting structure
- One or more crawl databases may have fragmented indices
- Validate the My Site Host and individual My Sites are on a dedicated Web application and separate URL Domain
Renamed Health Analyzer rules (SharePoint 2013 only):
- "Health Analyzer: Databases exist on servers running SharePoint Foundation" is renamed to "Health Analyzer: Databases exist on servers running SharePoint"
- "Health Analyzer: Some health analyzer rules do not have associated timer jobs" is renamed to "Health Analyzer: Some Health Analyzer rules are enabled but do not have any associated timer Jobs"
How to get these changes?
Download and apply the December 2017 PU for SharePoint 2013 / SharePoint 2016. Make sure to plan any changes or updates to your farm thoroughly*.
What if I do not plan to install the December PU? Future CUs include these changes as well.
* Expect some great guidance about how to plan and apply Updates to your SharePoint Farm on this blog soon!
December 2017 Public Update: Download and KB links
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