Deploying System Center 2012 Operations Manager

Single Server Deployment

Microsoft System Center 2012 Operations manager is one of the first next generation monitoring tools. It provides new network capabilities that provide IT pros the ability to monitor and diagnose efficiently and effectively. Operations Manager provides monitoring to most network devices and includes SNMP V3 support.

This post shows you how to deploy Operations Manager on a single server. This is ideal for proof of concepts and training purposes. Point to note: for deployments to production environments, you will require larger server hardware specifications and database sizes. Best practices dictate that databases should be separate from the management server and preferably configured as a cluster.

Demo Server: OM01 Management Server

Server Name Processor Memory Disk Space
OM01 Server 4 Cores 8 GB RAM 120GB
  • Windows Server 2008R2 Data Center SP1
  • MSXML version 6.0
  • Web Server (IIS)
  • Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 SP1
  • .NET Framework 3.5.1 feature installed
  • .NET Framework 4.0
  • Web console Role:
  • Static Content
  • Default Document
  • Directory Browsing
  • HTTP Errors
  • HTTP Logging
  • Request Monitor
  • Request Filtering
  • Static Content Compression
  • ISAPI Extensions
  • ISAPI Filters
  • .NET Extensibility Windows Authentication
  • IIS6 MetaBase Compatibility

Hardware & Database Calculations

I have attached a copy of the Microsoft System Center 2012 Operations Manager Sizing helper tool that states best practice recommendations for the configuration of hardware and Databases:

System Center 2012 Operations Manager Sizing Helper Tool v1

Firewall Requirements





Management Server



Gateway Server


Agent (ACS   Forwarder)

Management Server ACS   Collector


Management Server

Network Device


Gateway Server

Management Server


Gateway Server

Management Server


Management or   Gateway Server

UNIX of Linux Computer


Management or   Gateway Server

UNIX of Linux Computer


Management Server

Operations Manager   Database


Management Server

Management Server


Management Server

Reporting data   warehouse


Management server   ACS Collector

ACS database


Operations Console

Management Server


Operations Console   (Reports)

              SQL Server Reporting Services


Reporting Server

Management Server


Reporting Server

Reporting warehouse


Web Console Browser

Web Console Server


Web Console Server

Management Server


Minimum Required Network Bandwidth

From To Minimum   Bandwidth
Agent Management Server/Gateway 64kbps
Management server Agentless 1024kbps
Management server Operations Manager Database 256 Kbps
Management Server Management Server 64kbps
Gateway Server Management Server 64kbps
Management server Reporting data warehouse 768Kbps
Management Server Reporting Server 256Kbps
Reporting Server Reporting data warehouse 1024kbps
Operations Console Management Server 768kbps
Operations Console Reporting Server 768kbps
Web console Browser Web console Server 128kbps
ACS Collector ACS database 768kbps

Active Directory:

Operations Manager requires the following user accounts to be created in an organisational Unit (System Center).

DomainSCOMAction – OM Action Account

DomainSCOMSDK – OM Config & Data Access Service Account (must be local admin on the server)

DomainSCOMDR – Reporting Read Account

DomainSCOMDW – Reporting Write Account

DomainSQLSVC – SQL 2008 Service Account

You will need to set the account SCOMSDK as a local admin.

Server Roles & Features:

.NET Framework 3.5.1

Ensure that the .NET Framework 3.5.1 feature is installed.

IIS Role Installation

You can install this role using PowerShell.

Open PowerShell (as an administrator) and run the following:

Import-Module ServerManager


Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core,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

Install the .NET Framework 4 – Download

Install Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package

Install Hotfix 976898

Installation of the web console requires that ISAPI and CGI Restrictions in IIS be enabled for ASP.NET 4. To enable this, select the web server in IIS, and then double-click ISAPI and CGI Restrictions. Select ASP.NET v4.0.30319, and then select allow.


If you installed .NET 4.0 as part of your OS build, but then add the IIS role later. You will need to run the following command to resolve  issues with ISAPI/ASP.NET.  C:WindowsMicrosoft.NETFramework64v4.0.30319>aspnet_regiis.exe -i –enable

C:\windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64v4.0.30319>aspnet_regiis.exe -i -enable

SQL 2008 R2:

Install SQL 2008 R2 with: SSRS, Full Text Search and SQL Agent. Ensure you set the SQL Agent to automatic. The SQL Agent is required for Application Advisor reports publishing and the Reporting Server option during setup.

Select New Installation or added features to an existing installation.

Ensure that all startup types are set to automatic and set the use the same account for all SQL Server services to NT AuthoritySYSTEM

 Set the SQL server collation to SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS.

Ensure that Named Pipes is enabled in the SQL Server Configuration Manager.

Operation Manager Installation

Select the Install option to begin with the SCOM installation.

Select all components you would like to install.

Use the default install path.

The Installer will run prerequisites for the hardware and software configuration requirements.

Enter the management group name you would like. You can either add to an existing management group or create a new one.

Agree to the terms and conditions.

Enter the SQL server name.

The SQL databases are the key core components to Operations Manager as they store the data and It is vital the details you enter are correct.

The SCOM installer uses the Database name of OperationsManager. if you have various instances installed on you SQL server , ensure you put the SQL nameInstance

 The database size is set to 1,000 MB and you can change this to suit your environment requirements.

You can also change the Data file folder and the log file folder target address.

Select the SQL instance for reporting.

Choose the website and select the Enable SSL if required.

You should enable this feature in a production environment to protect network traffic.

Select Mixed Authentication.

Mixed Authentication:No requirement to provide a user name and password if  logged on to a domain environment.

Network Authentication: users have to enter network credentials to login.

Enter the Active Directory service account details.

If you do not want to manualy update operations manager it is suggested that you select on.

Check the installation summary.

Adding the AD Management Pack

To create an Active Directory Domain Services container for a management group

Open the command window.

At the prompt,  type the following:

Cd\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations ManagerServer\Momadadmin.exe Messageops System Center\scomaction


“C:Program FilesSystem Center Operations Manager 2012serverMOMADAdmin.exe” “Message Ops” Domain(account) DomainmessageMOMAdmin account(account) Domain

Run the MOMADAdmin.exe utility from the command line.

Create the “Message Ops” Management Group AD DS container in the AD DS schema root of the Domain. To create the same Management Group AD DS container in additional domains, run MOMADAdmin.exe for each domain.

Add the DomainMessageAdAcct domain user account to the DomainMessageMOMAdmin AD DS security group and assign the security AD DS group the rights necessary to manage the AD DS container.

For more information on creating AD DS containers for managerment groups please see the link below:

How to Create an Active Directory Domain Services Container for a Management Group

Once the management group is created you then can import the Active Directory management pack.

You can download management packs from the online catalogue or from the local disks.

Management Pack install completed.

Deploying Agents

You can deploy agents using the deployment wizard located in the Administration menu.

Select the devices you would like to deploy agents to , in this case we will be wanting to deploy a windows agent to the Domain Controller.

Select browse for, or type-in computer names and select the Domain controller.

Use the Default setting and click discover.

Keep the default settings and click next.

Click finish.

As you can see from the screen shot above, SCOM is deploying the agent to DC01.

The screen shot above shows the monitoring agent running on the client.

Once the Active Directory Management Pack is installed and configured, you will be able to monitor the Active Directory environment.


Chris Amaris, Rand Moriomoto, Pete Handley, David E. Ross (2012). Microsoft System Center 2012 Unleashed. USA: SAMS. 664-760.

Microsoft. (2012). Microsoft System Center 2012. Available: Last accessed 24 Jun 2012.

Microsoft. . How to Create an Active Directory Domain Services Container for an Operations Manager 2007 Management Group. Available: Last accessed 15 july 2012.

Microsoft. (April 1, 2012). How to Create an Active Directory Domain Services Container for a Management Group. Available: Last accessed 15 july 2012.

Microsoft. (2012). System Center Technical Documentation Library. Available: Last accessed 15 july 2012.

SatyaVe. (1st April 2012). System Center: Operations Manager Engineering Blog. Available: . Last accessed 15 july 2012.

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  1. Dear Ryan, i have a query can we deploy ACS database, datawarehouse database on a single server functions as a reporting server.

    1. Hi Faisal,

      I would not recommend installing ACS, the reporting services, and the datawarehouse on the same server for a number of reasons one being performance.

      You would be better off creating a SQL failover Active/passive cluster. Unfortunately you cannot cluster reporting services, but you can install the reporting services on one of the SQL Cluster nodes.

      I would avoid trying to cram all SQL instances into a single server.

      The Audit Collection’s Daily Growth 120MB/Day per agent. If you plan to use single servers rather than SQL Clusters, you will need 2 servers for the Audit collection :

      ACS01 Audit collector 1 Processor core 4 GB Ram
      ACS02 Audit Database 4 processor cores 6 GB Ram

      To keep things tidy, save your self licences and time, create a cluster.

      Best Regards,

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