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My Experience Deploying Operations Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 R2 Version 6.1.7599.0

First, I must say that i like this MP very much, the changes that made are very useful for most of my customers. two things i like most: the agents view changes and the new reports. i will discuss about those later in the post.

The first thing is to read the MP guide and follow the instruction documented in it.
If you are keeping the SCOM environment up to date, there is no problem to upgrade to the new MP.

Lets start :

1. Import the new management packs and create a new MP for overrides (if you have one for SCOM overrides, skip this part)

open the monitoring pane and see the new views created:
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2. Create the Necessary Associations in the Automatic Agent Management Account Run As Profile.
Before Operations Manager can automatically recover agents, you must add a Run As account to the Automatic Agent Management Account Run As profile. The Run As account must have administrator access on the target computers.
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NOTE: i have a problem with this section in the guide, i think that the instruction apply to SCOM with servers from one domain only.
if you have agents from different domains or workgroup (different user accounts) you will need to create a group of agents per domain and target a domain user to a specific group. i will post new post about it later.

3. Enable Recovery for the Health Service Heartbeat Failure Monitor.
The Health Service Heartbeat Failure monitor can be configured to automatically enable or start the Health Service on agents where that is not already the case.
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4. Add a Run As Account to the Run As Profile for the Validate Alert Subscription Account.
The Validate Alert Subscription Account Run As profile provides credentials for the rule Validate Alert Subscription. Each account used in this Run As profile must be a member of the Operations Manager Administrators user role and have administrator access to the root management server.
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5. Set the Configuration Service to Restart Automatically.
The override that automatically restarts the configuration service for the Windows service state is disabled by default. To automatically start the configuration service when it stops, you must enable an override.

6. Make Sure That the Action Account on the Root Management Server Is a Member of the Operations Manager Administrators Group.
The Operations Manager Management Pack includes the Check for Updated Management Packs rule, which checks whether an updated version of an installed management pack is available. The rule runs a script, Powershell.exe, which requires the action account on the RMS to be a member of the Operations Manager Administrators Group.
If you configured the action account by using Local System or a user that is not part of the Operations Manager Administrators Group, the script will not work.

New useful things:

Agents by version view – useful for keeping all agents to the latest updates. the one thing that is missing, in my opinion, is the ability to update agents from the action pane.

Agent performance view – if someone start to complain that after deploying SCOM agent to a specific server, the server become slower, this view can help us check if it’s true or not. the dashboard view include a counter for agent CPU usage.
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New Reports:

  • Alerts Per Day Report
  • Data Volume by Management Pack
  • Data Volume by Workflow and Instance

all those reports are useful for the IT managers, they give manages perspective to the environment health.

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