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Installing Microsoft System Center Operations Manager “SCOM” 2012. Step by Step guide- Part 1- Introduction

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System Center 2012 – Operations Manager provides infrastructure monitoring that is flexible and cost-effective, helps ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications, and offers comprehensive monitoring for your DataCenter and cloud, both private and public.

Operations Manager enables you to monitor services, devices, and operations for many computers in a single console. Operators can gain rapid insight into the state of the IT environment and the IT services running across different systems and workloads by using numerous views that show state, health, and performance information, as well as alerts generated for availability, performance, configuration and security situations.


What’s New in SCOM 2012 ?

SCOM 2012 has a set of new capabilities and changes, below is a brief on those changes

  • Network Monitoring
    Operations Manager provides the ability to discover and monitor network routers and switches, including the network interfaces and ports on those devices and the virtual LAN (VLAN) that they participate in. You can also delete discovered network devices and prevent the deleted network devices from being rediscovered the next time discovery runs.
  • Application Monitoring
    In Operations Manager, you can monitor Internet Information Services (IIS)-hosted .NET applications from server-side and client-side perspectives to get details about application performance and reliability that can help you pinpoint root causes of incidents.
  • Resource Pools
    A resource pool contains only management servers and provides the ability to distribute workloads across multiple management servers, such as availability, network device monitoring, distributed monitor health rollup, and group calculation.
  • Removal of Root Management Server
    In Operations Manager, all management servers are peers; there is no root management server. The workload is split among all management servers in a management group, which provides high availability without requiring a cluster.
  • Improved Experience
    Including a new web console that is optimized for faster load times and provides you with access to the new IT pro dashboards. As well as new comprehensive dashboard views that combine multiple panels of information into a single view. In Operations Manager, you can add the new dashboard views to My Workspace and the Monitoring workspace. The Operations Manager web part displays specified dashboard views and can be added to Microsoft SharePoint 2010 sites.
  • System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Replaces Microsoft-Developed Connector Functionality
    Connectors developed by Microsoft have been discontinued for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager and their functionality has been replaced by System Center 2012 – Orchestrator.
  • Operations Manager Module for Windows PowerShell
    Operations Manager provides a Windows PowerShell 2.0 module containing a full set of new cmdlets. The cmdlets in this module are only compatible with Operations Manager. You can recognize the Operations Manager cmdlets by the “SC” preceding the noun. 

Virtualization Support

Microsoft supports running all System Center 2012 – Operations Manager server features in any physical or virtual environment that meets the minimum requirements. However, for performance reasons, it is recommend that you store the operational database and data warehouse database on a directly attached physical hard drive, and not on a virtual disk. that’s when you are going to need to use Pass through disks if you are using Hyper-V or RDMs if you are using VMware’s Vsphere.

Hardware Requirements

To calculate the Hardware requirements for your deployment Microsoft provides an Operations Manager Sizing Helper Tool, download this tool and launch the Excel File named System Center 2012 Operations Manager Sizing Helper Tool v1.xls

1Now as you can see above the tool provides a very helpful easy to use interface to estimate requirements for your deployment,the first section has two buttons,  Supported Configuration  button gives you a list of the supported configurations for different SCOM features. You can always use the  Back to Scenario button to return to the original Tab.

2The Second button shows the Best Practices that are recommended to follow in your Deployment, including the Disk configuration, SQL Temp DB sizing and High availability recommendations.

3The second section Standard Deployment walks you through providing the minimum Hardware configuration for your SCOM server according to your environment, fill in the fields with the Number of windows computers in your environment that are going to be monitored, the network devices and wither or not Application performance Monitoring is going to be enabled.

4Once you click the Submit button, you will be presented with the recommended hardware configuration for your deployment.

5If you chose to enable Application Performance Monitoring you will need to enter the number of APM enabled computers  to get the DB and DW size. the tables can be found at the bottom of the same sheet.

6Follow the same procedures to determine the requirements for advanced features installations or Database sizing.

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Software Requirements

There is a whole list that you need to go through for the software requirements for SCOM 2012 RTM, the SP1 version and the R2. and you can view it here  System Requirements for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

In the next article of this series we will start deploying our SCOM Lab. i though about starting with the RTM version and then going through with the upgrade to SP1 and R2, unfortunately the RTM version is only supported on Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1. still am going to go through the same process for people who already deployed the RTM version and wish to update to the latest release.

Well that is all for now as for the introduction part “Mostly Quoted from Microsoft’s Website” , i only organized the key parts in my way to make a good informational intro for this guide. hope this is going to be a helpful series. See You !

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2 thoughts on “Installing Microsoft System Center Operations Manager “SCOM” 2012. Step by Step guide- Part 1- Introduction

  1. HI Mohamed,
    I have been looking for someone doing this, and you have done it perfectly, and In a proper manner, thanks for your efforts

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