Step-by-Step SCOM 1801 Install Guide

It’s been a long time since I published a SCOM install guide. This post is a step by step SCOM 1801 install guide. The last operations manager install guide that I covered was installing SCOM 2012 SP1. Since then a lot of improvements are made to Operations Manager with every new release.

Seems like I am little late in publishing this guide because the latest version of operations manager available is version 1807. Maybe I will cover more about SCOM 1807 in my next post.

SCOM version 1801 is a part of System Center version 1801 suite. SCOM 1801 is first semi-annual release by Microsoft. System Center 1801 Semi-Annual Channel releases have an 18-month support policy. Thanks to Microsoft for this change.

SCOM 1801 New Features

By now you would be curious to know what new features does SCOM 1801 include. Here’s the full list of new features in operations manager version 1801.

  • Improved HTML5 dashboard experience
  • Enhanced SDK performance
  • Linux Log file monitoring enhancements & Linux Kerberos support
  • Enter SCOM License key from Console
  • Service Map integration with Operations Manager
  • Updates and Recommendations for third-party vendor Management Packs
  • System Center Visual Studio Authoring Extension (VSAE) support for Visual Studio 2017

SCOM 1801 Lab Setup

In this post I will be covering the SCOM 1801 install procedure which I am installing in my lab setup. I have a server that’s running AD, DNS and DHCP. Other VM’s are running client OS such as Windows 10, Windows 7. I also have a VM running Configuration Manager.

For installing SCOM 1801, I have a VM installed with Windows Server 2012 R2 DataCenter edition OS. The VM is allotted with 8 GB of memory and 120 GB C: drive space.

SCOM Installation Account

When you install Operations Manager, you have the option of specifying either a domain account or using LocalSystem. The more secure approach is to specify a domain account.

Throughout this post, I have used a single account called scomadmin to install SCOM 1801. This account is a member of domain admins group. Since I am installing SCOM in my lab setup, I am keeping it simple. If you are installing SCOM in your organization, it is important that you read this article.

About Operations Manager version 1801

It is very essential to know about the Operations Manager and its functions. Before we begin installing SCOM 1801, let us look at few SCOM terminologies.

1) Management Group – In simple words, a management group consists of :-

  • Management server
  • Operational database
  • Reporting data warehouse database

2) Management Server – The role of the management server is quite important. The Management server administers the management group configuration, communicates with agents, and communicates with the databases in the management group.

3) Operational Database – This a SQL server database that holds all the configuration data for the management group. It stores all monitoring data that is collected and processed for the management group.

4) SCOM Agent – A SCOM agent is a service that is installed on a computer. To monitor a computer, the SCOM agent must be installed. The agent collects data, creates alerts and reports to a management server.

5) Management Packs – Management packs define the information that the agent collects and returns to the management server for a specific application or technology.

Download Operations Manager version 1801

If you want to try SCOM in your lab setup, here is a good news. You can download System Center Operations Manager, version 1801 – Evaluation (VHD). The download consists of files that you extract into a single pre-configured VHD file for this System Center component. The VHD enables you to create a virtual machine to evaluate the different System Center components. Click here to download SCOM version 1801 VHD file.

If you want to test the SCOM 1801 eval version, click here to download.

SCOM 1801 Prerequisites

Before you install SCOM version 1801, you need to ensure your setup supports the installation. The SCOM hardware and software requirements are well documented here. Please read it before you proceed to install SCOM.

1. Install Windows Server OS (2012 R2 / 2016). Join the server to the domain. Ensure it is installed with latest updates. This will be our SCOM Server.

2. In the next step we will install IIS on this server. This server is also a management server that will host a web console. Run the PowerShell as Administrator and run the below command. Just a note here, specify the source path correctly. You could mount a Windows server ISO file and use that as a source. Restart the server once you install the below features.

Add-WindowsFeature NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45,Web-Static-Content,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Dir-Browsing,Web-Http-Errors,Web-Http-Logging,Web-Request-Monitor,Web-Filtering,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Mgmt-Console,Web-Metabase,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Windows-Auth  -Restart -Source D:\Sources\sxs

Install SCOM 1801 IIS Prerequisites
3. We will now install some more prerequisites – Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2014 and Report Viewer controls. The download links for each are below.

Install Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2014

The Microsoft System CLR types for SQL server is a prerequisite for the Report Viewer controls. So we will first install it and then install report viewer controls. Run the installer and click Next.

Install SCOM 1801 Prerequisites

Accept the license terms and hit Next.

Install SCOM 1801 Prerequisites

Click Install.

Install SCOM 1801 Prerequisites

Click Finish.

Microsoft system CLR types

Install Microsoft Report Viewer 2015 Runtime

We will now install Microsoft report viewer 2015 runtime. Run the installer and click Next on welcome screen.

report viewer

Accept the license terms and click Next.

report viewer

Click Install.

report viewer

Setup is complete. Click Finish.

report viewer

Install SQL Server for SCOM 1801

When you plan to install SQL server for SCOM 1801, you should know SQL server requirements for Operations Manager 1801. Here is a link for SQL server requirements for SCOM. My suggestion would be to use SQL server 2016 and above. This will be useful when you plan to upgrade SCOM to next version.

In my lab setup I will be installing SQL Server 2016 with SP1 enterprise edition. The version of SQL is very much compatible with Operations Manager 1801. I am installing the SQL on the same server i.e. our SCOM server.

Mount the SQL iso file and run the setup as administrator. Click Installation on left pane. On the right pane click New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation.

Install SQL Server for SCOM 1801

On the License terms page, accept the license terms and click Next.

Install SQL Server for SCOM 1801

Select the following instance features :-

  • Database Engine Services
  • Full-Text and Semantic Extractions for Search
  • Reporting Services – Native

Click Next.

Install SQL Server for SCOM 1801

As I am installing the SQL server in my lab setup, I will choose Default Instance. Click Next.

Install SQL Server for SCOM 1801

On the Server configuration screen, set SQL Server Agent to Automatic. I recommend using a domain account rather than using defaults for the service accounts. Enter the account and password for agent, database engine, and reporting services. Click Next.

Install SQL Server for SCOM 1801

Most of all ensure the collation is SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS. Click Next.

Install SQL Server for operations manager1801

Under Server Configuration, click Add Current User. Click Next.

Install SQL Server for operations manager1801

Under Reporting Services Native Mode, select Install and configure. Click Next.

Install SQL Server for operations manager1801

Click Install. You may grab a cup of coffee while the installation continues.

Install SQL Server for operations manager1801

So we just installed SQL server for SCOM 1801. Click Close.

Note – I recommend to reboot the server once.
Install SQL Server for operations manager1801

SCOM 1801 Installer

So we have reached a point now where we can install SCOM 1801. We have installed SCOM prerequisites, SQL server. Everything ready to install Operations Manager 1801.

Mount the operations manager .iso file. What you see a single file that contains the setup. But you must first extract all the files to a folder. Right click SCOM_1801 executable and click Run as Administrator.

On the Welcome page, click Next.

SCOM setup wizard

Select a folder where you extract System Center Operations Manager files. Click Next.

SCOM setup wizard

Click Extract.

SCOM setup wizard

We have extracted the files now. So let’s run the setup which brings the SCOM 1801 install screen.

SCOM setup wizard

 

SCOM 1801 Install Guide

We will now install SCOM 1801 on our server. On the Operations Manager 1801 setup screen, click Install. You may choose to check that box which downloads the latest updates to the setup program.

SCOM Install Guide

I am going to install all the features on this server. Select the features and click Next.

  • Management Server
  • Operations console
  • Web console
  • Reporting Server

SCOM Install Guide

I will leave the SCOM install location to default. Click Next.

operations manager install guide

Oops ! Looks like I did not reboot my server post SQL server install. Anyways reboot your server and this shouldn’t show up again.

operations manager install guide

Once I bounced my server, it says all prerequisites have passed. Click Next.

operations manager install guide

You need to specify an installation option. You see two options here out of which we will choose the first option.

  • Create first Management server in a new management group.
  • Add a Management server to an existing management group.

Specify a nice Management group name. Click Next.

operations manager install guide

Accept the license terms and click Next.

Operations Manager 1801 install guide

Configure operational database

  • Specify Server name and instance name
  • SQL server port – 1433
  • Database name – OperationsManager
  • Databasesize – 1000 MB

Click Next.

SCOM 1801 Install Guide

Configure Data Warehouse database

  • Specify Server name and instance name
  • SQL server port – 1433
  • Database name – OperationsManagerDW
  • Databasesize – 1000 MB

Click Next.

SCOM 1801 Install Guide

Choose the SQL server instance for reporting services and click Next.

SCOM 1801 Install Guide

Select Default Web Site and click Next.

SCOM 1801 Install Guide

Select Mixed Authentication and click Next.

SCOM 1801 Install Guide

I will be using a single account “scomadmin” for all services. Hence I will enter the same account in all boxes and click Next.

Operations Manager 1801 install guide

Click Next.

Operations Manager 1801 install guide

Final check before you click Install.

Operations Manager 1801 install guide

The SCOM 1801 setup is complete. You see a warning for Management server. As we have installed evaluation version of operations manager, therefore there is a warning related to it. To activate SCOM you can refer this post. Click Close.

Operations Manager 1801 install guide

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sharmeen

Hey I am trying to install Scom for the frst time but after creating sql instance and per requirement installation still I am no able to install scom its get failed Plz suggest

Tshepiso Botsalano

Good day. Thanks for the steps. Managed to complete an installation by following them. However I get the following error when I try to add Managed Agents (The OpsMgr Connector could not connect to :5723. The error code is 11001L(No such host is known.). Please verify there is network connectivity, the server is running and has registered it’s listening port, and there are no firewalls blocking traffic to the destination.)

There is no firewall and machines are in the same VLAN

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