In my previous post I covered the steps to install the SCOM 2012 SP1. Once you install operations manager, you must decide what all objects should be monitored. It could be a computer or any other device. And on those devices what else do you like to monitor such as applications, features and services etc. To do so you must install SCOM agent first.
In this post I will cover the steps to install SCOM agent on Windows computers. Before you install the operations manager agent, the computers must be discovered first. Once the computers are discovered, the operations manager can push the agent and start monitoring the computer.
So as a first step, we will discover the windows computers first and then push SCOM agents on to the computers. I will be covering the installation of SCOM agents on Linux machines in a separate post.
Install SCOM Agent On Windows Based Computers
You can push or install SCOM agent using operations manager console. This is probably the easiest and simplest method of installing SCOM agents on windows based computers.
All you need to follow is the discovery wizard and complete the agent installation. Let’s take a look at steps to do this.
- Launch the Operations Manager console
- Click on Administration
- Click Discovery Wizard.
On the Discovery Type page, click on Windows computers, click Next.
Understanding Discovery Types
In this step you have to select Automatic computer discovery or Advanced discovery. Let’s understand the difference between these discovery methods.
- Automatic computer discovery scans for Windows-based computers in the domain. However this option might take long time to discover computers in a big organization.
- Advanced Discovery scans for windows based computers with advanced discovery options. You can select computer and device classes. You also get an option to enable “Verify discovered computers can be contacted“.
Check the box Verify discovered computers can be contacted. Click Next.
Understanding Discovery Methods
On the Discovery Method page, you can locate the computers that you want to manage by either scanning or browsing Active Directory Domain Services or typing the computer names. We have two options here, Scan Active Directory and Browse computer names.
Selecting Scan Active Directory will scan the computer objects based on the query that you provide. The second option Browse for computer names will scan the list of computer names that you provide.
For now I will choose the first option Scan Active Directory. Click Configure and then click Next.
On the Administrator Account page select Other user account, provide the user account and password. Click Discover.
What account should I use here ? – The account that you specify must have administrative privileges on the targeted computers. The user account “scomadmin” is a member of domain admins group and has the administrative privileges on all the domain computers.
There is another option at the bottom “This is a local computer account, not a domain account”. Selecting this option will allow management server action account to perform discovery.
Under Select objects to Manager, we see that there are 2 computers discovered. Most of all these are windows based computers.
To push or install SCOM agents on to computers, we select an account i.e. Agent Action Account. I will be using the same account as i used above. Click Finish.
Monitoring SCOM Agent Installation
We now see Agent Management Task Status window. Here you see computers that got the agent installation in progress. Status indicates the agent installation status.
As we see status as Success, it means the installation is complete. Click Close to close the Task status window.
Let’s login to the client computer and check presence of SCOM agent. Go to control panel and you will see “Operations Management Agent” over there.
Launch Operations Manager console. Under Administration, click Agent Managed. In the right pane you see a list of computers with SCOM agent installed. After installing SCOM agent, its now a managed device.