Make Advisor Limited Preview work with MMA agents (direct Windows attach), not requiring SCOM
Right now most of Advisor Limited Preview's new features and Intelligence packs do not work with Advisor gateways. The preview features are only supported when in 'attach' with System Center 2012 SP1 (or R2) - Operations Manager.
At the same time we have heard from many of you that the legacy Advisor gateways were cumbersome to manage and served no real purpose – it was just an extra machine to manage.
We have work going on to provide APPLICATION-SPECIFIC proxy setting (including auth) for standalone MMA Agents, and the next step is to let them connect to Advisor service directly and consume 'Intelligence Packs' without requiring Operations Manager nor Advisor gateways.
We think this would be the best of both worlds: removing the extra gateway machine, while only the Advisor agent is proxy-aware, the rest of the machine doesn’t have to be. If you still want a single place that connects to the internet, and only allows the specific, documented, endpoints for Advisor, proxies let you configure these policies.
Standalone MMA agents can now report to OpInsights directly, as an alternative or complement for the Operations Manager attach mode, and to cover Hybrid topologies.
The Capacity IP has additional pre-requisites in System Center-land (VMM/OM integration) hence still only works with System Center attach.
The ‘legacy’ Configuration Assessment from the old Advisor service is also not provided for Direct Agent.
Good information on the communication channel can be found here https://nocentdocent.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/taking-control-of-your-msoms-data-flow/