Installing SCOM Agent On Windows Based Computers
In the previous post we saw the step by step method to install the SCOM 2012 SP1. After Operations Manager is installed, you must decide which objects (computers and devices) should be monitored, and which applications, features, and services should be monitored on those objects. To begin the monitoring the computers must be discovered first, the operations manager agent needs to be pushed or installed on the computers and agents needs to be configured. In this post we will see the steps for Installing SCOM Agent on Windows Based Computers, we will discover the windows computers first and then push the SCOM agents on to the computers. We will be covering the installation of SCOM agents on Linux machines in a separate post.
Installing SCOM agent on computer running Windows by using the Discovery Wizard
This is the easiest and simplest method of installing the SCOM agent 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 on Discovery Wizard.
On the Discovery Type page, click on Windows computers, click Next.
Automatic computer discovery scans for Windows-based computers in the domain, this option might take long time to discover computers in a big organization. We will go with Advanced Discovery which will scan for windows based computers with advanced discovery options. Check the box Verify discovered computers can be contacted. Click Next.
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. The first option 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. We will choose the first option, click on Configure and click on OK. Click Next.
On the Administrator Account page select Other user account, provide the user account and password. Click on Discover.[us_message color=”red”] What account should I use here ? – The account 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. If This is a local computer account, not a domain account is selected, the management server action account will be used to perform discovery.[/us_message]
We see that there are 2 computers (un-managed because no SCOM agent is installed on them) discovered and these are windows based computers. We will select the computer CLIENT.PRAJWAL.LOCAL on which the SCOM agent will be pushed. Let the Management Mode be Agent and click on Next.
On the summary page we see the number of Agents that will be installed on to the computers, Agent installation directory, the path where agent gets installed. For Agent Action Account select Other and provide the user name and password. Click on Finish.[us_message color=”red”] What account should I use here ? – The account 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. If This is a local computer account, not a domain account is selected, the management server action account will be used to perform discovery. [/us_message]
In the above step when you click on Finish, a new window opens up which is Agent Management Task Status. This window shows the computer names on to which SCOM agent will be installed and installation status. The Task Output shows the whether the task has been completed successfully or not.
If you see the status as Success and Task Output as The task completed successfully then the installation is completed. Click Close to close the Task status window.
Just to check the Agent installation on client machine, go to the control panel and you will see “Operations Management Agent” which shows the installation of SCOM agent has been successful.
We come back to the Operations Manager console and under Administration, click on Agent Managed and you should see the list of computers on which SCOM agent is installed. Note that earlier the client was unmanaged, after the installation of SCOM agent its now a managed device.