Cookbook on SCOM

What are the SCOM Roles?                 The Management Group                 Operations Manager Database                 Root Management Server                 SCOM Console                 Management Packs What are the Optional Roles?                 These components are installed separately from the required core components, but some can be installed at the same time as the core components. o   Management Server o   Gateway Server o   Web Console Server o   Management Pack Authoring Console o   Reporting Data Warehouse o   Reporting Server o   Audit Collection Services (ACS) o   ACS Forwarder o   ACS Collector Server o   ACS Database o   ACS Reporting o   Proxy Agent o   Operations Manager 2007 Command Shell   Operations Manager 2007 implementations is the Management Group   We need to install the Management Group (It required the DB, and first management server called Root Management server… the management server Will contains the Operations console, and one or more agents that are deployed to monitored computers or devices are the base components). Every Management Group will contain only one DB, for High availability we can go for the OperationsManager database can be placed in a Cluster services (MSCS) failover cluster. In addition, log shipping can be configured so that current operations data and configuration information can be sent to another Microsoft SQL 2005 server that is hosting a duplicate copy of the primary OperationsManager database. Should there be a failure in the primary database, the duplicate one can be updated and switched to.   ·         Can I rename the after the SCOM Roles enabled? Operations Manager 2007 does not support the renaming of servers once any Operations Manager server role has been installed. To rename a server, you must first uninstall any Operations Manager 2007 server roles.   ·         What is the OperationsManager Database? This is the first component to be installed in all management groups, must be atleast SQL Server 2005 SP 1 or SP2. And it contains the all the configuration data for the management group, and it stores all the monitoring data that has been collected and processed by the agents.   ·         What is the Database size tested by MS? Testing has shown that 50 GB is a good size and the Operations Manager 2007 will automatically groom out older, unnecessary data according to parameters that you set.  

What is Root Management Server (RMS)?

  RMS is the first management server installed in a management group. There can be only one RMS that is active per management group. In brief, management servers are the focal point for administering the management group configuration, administering and communicating with agents, and communicating with the OperationsManager database and other databases in the management group. The RMS performs all these functions plus some additional ones. The RMS serves as the target for the Operations console and the preferred target for the Web console.   RMS will have the OpsMgr SDK Service and the OpsMgr Config Service (These services run only on the RMS)           What is OpsMgr SDK Service? o   It is responsible for providing a communication layer between the OperationsManager database and the rest of the Management Group. The Config Service is responsible for calculating the configuration of all agents and which management packs they should receive and the overall configuration of the management group What kind of Security we should use for SCOM Console with RMS? If the Web console is installed on the RMS, integrated Windows security can be used. If it is installed on a management server, Forms Based Security must be used.   What is the SCOM Agent?                 Operations Manager 2007 agent is a service “OpsMgr Health Service” Every Agent will report to a management Server in the Management Group. The SCOM Agents data will monitor devices and collect information according to the configuration that is sent to it from its management server. When the health state of a monitored object changes or other criteria are met, an alert can be generated in the Console. SCOM Agents Can also take an automated action when a service health changes like diagnose issues or correct them.                 Agent can be monitor Agentless (Not installing anything on the system) also.

What is the SCOM Console?

                It is an interface for interacting with Operations Manager 2007. By interacting with OpsMgr we can access to monitoring data, management pack authoring tools, Operations Manager 2007 reports. You can always customizable workspace for specific User. SCOM Console can be access by users Who are part of AD and these users must have a SCOM Roles to be assigned. With SCOM now you have Role-based security (RBAC) Model.   What is Management Packs (MP)? MP’s are available in two types: sealed and unsealed. A sealed management pack (identified by the .MP file extension) is compiled binary code that can’t be altered. To change the default behavior of a sealed MP you must create overrides. The overrides can then be stored in either the Default Management Pack or another MP (new or existing) so long as it’s not sealed. An unsealed MP can be sealed using the tool MPSeal.exe, but requires a client certificate to do so. Beyond the seal and unsealed nature of SCOM ’07 Management Packs, they also typically require multiple management packs that provide different roles in the operations management of the technology covered. Basically, most Management Packs will come with a Library, Discovery and Monitoring management pack. In addition, there may be multiple versions of the Discovery and Monitoring MPs broken down by specific versions (i.e. Windows Server Active Directory 2000 and 2003).                
                While this may sound complicated, it’s really not once you get used to it and if you’ve selected an MP that has dependencies you’ve not selected it will alert you; requiring that you remove                 that MP or add the prerequisite ones to the list to be imported.

Optional Roles:

Management Server:

A management server that is not the RMS / Root Management Server      

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