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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Installing System Center 2012 Operations Manager Part-III

The previous two parts, we installed software prerequisites and SQL server 2008 R2 for SCOM 2012. In this third part of the series, we are installing System Center 2012 Operations Manager. Before reading this article read the previous two parts in the series.

Installing System Center 2012 Operations Manager Part-I
Installing SQL 2008 R2 for Operations Manager Part-11

Click Install from SCOM 2012 setup screen. Also note other option available on the page.

Setup Page

In the next screen, select features to install you have following choices
  1. Management server
  2. Operations console
  3. Web console
  4. Reporting server 
The operational database and other databases get installed automatically. Now if a feature is not supported by the operating system, then you cannot install, so do not select that feature.

Select features to install

Select the installation location if you want to change the location of default installation path to some other directory then click on Browse. Otherwise, click next to continue with the installation.


Installation location

The setup will do hardware and software prerequisite check and then give report. If any issue is found, it will be reported immediately.
In our example, we found few memory issues with the virtual machine.


Setup detected memory issues

After resolving the issue, click Verify Prerequisites Again and make sure that the error or warnings are gone. Click next to continue with the installation.

We have two options, under Specify an installation option.
  • Create the first Management server in a new management group.
  • Add a Management server to an existing management group.
First option is to create a new management group and add a single management server to it. This management server will be the first one in the management group.  Type the name of the management group if this option is selected. The management group name must be unique.

Installation Options


Select an Installation option

If we select the second option then you already have an existing management group and at least one management server in that group. This should be additional management server in the group.


License Agreement

Read and select I have read understood and agree with the license terms and click next to continue with the setup.



Specify database and SQL instance name

To configure the operational database, type the name of the server and instance name. You can see various database information, port and database size and even the path is mentioned. Click next to continue.

Specify data warehouse database settings and click next.

data warehouse database settings

Configure instance name for the SQL reporting services and click next to continue with the setup. You can check the SQL instance name under SQL reporting service configuration page and make sure that the instance is running.

SQL Reporting services instance

It is very important the SQL Agent service is running on the server while you select the instance name. If the Agent service is not running, we get an error as shown in the screenshot below.

SQL agent service not running hence not able to select instance for reporting services.

Open the services console on the SQL server which also the SCOM 2012 server and start the SQL agent service.


Start the sql agent service

Next page, we configure the Web console settings and if you need to secure the access then select Enable SSL option and click Next.


Select Enable SSL to get secure web console access

You may experience problem enabling for SSL because that requires HTTPS bindings under IIS 7.5 on the local server.
Go to IIS 7.5 manager on SCOM 2012 server and select the Default Web Site because that is the website for Web console. If you have selected any other website then go to that site under IIS 7.5 manager.

Select the Default Web Site and click Bindings


Click on Bindings under Action pane. The Site Binding window will open and if you do not see 443 then SSL is not configured on this server. Click on Add on this window.

In Site Binding click Add

Then under Add Site Bindings, click on the drop-down Type and select HTTPS binding. The IP Address must be All Unassigned because it allows multiple IP for the website including loopback IP 127.0.0.1. Simply means the website will run on different IP at different times for same port 443. The HTTPS binding need a certificate, so click on SSL Certificate and select available certificate to select. If  we do not see any certificate then generate a new Certificate Request and then sumbit it to a CA.
The is an option to generate certificate from IIS 7.5 also. Click on the Web server name on right hand side and then click Server Certificate and select create a self-signed certificate option in IIS 7.5. Click on Close and click next under Operations Manager setup.


select Authentication Mode


Select the Use Mixed Authentication and click next.


Specify appropriate service accounts

SCOM 2012 deployment document and SCOM 2012  Operations document have information about service accounts required for SCOM 2012 and rights required to run these services.
The Management server action account and Configuration Service and Data Access Service is always Local system account which has full rights on the local server.
Remember that we created two service accounts in Part-I of the series. Specify the account details under Data Reader account and Data Writer account. These are the accounts required to read and write information to SQL database and click next to continue.

You can skip the Customer Improvement Experience Program (CIEP) by selecting No to all options, unless you really want to take part in the program. Click next to continue the setup.

Similarly, turn off the security updates by selecting Off option under Microsoft Update, if you have other means to update the servers. The Windows Automatic Updates will also update the server. Otherwise, click On and click next to continue the SCOM 2012 setup.

Installation Summary


Take a look at the Installation Summary

We reached the final step of the installation wizard, click Install to start the installation if you are satisfied with the installation summary.


The installation completed successfully

The Operations manager setup will take few minutes to complete and select the option to 'Start the Operations console when the wizard closes'.

Finally you we see the Operations console and different workspaces at the bottom left corner.


Operations console

Summary

 

SCOM 2012 installation is very simple and straight forward. However, there are a few things we need to be careful about. First the prerequisites must be installed correctly including SQL server. Second, we must verify that the SQL server is accessible and the port 1433 is not blocked.
The SQL services should be running and service account must be configured properly for SCOM 2012 installation. You may also install SCOM 2012 on Windows 2012 server, but .Net framework 4.5 or 4.5
sp1 is not supported which is native feature of  Windows 2012 sever.

For more information visit technet.microsof.com.




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