System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta : Installation step by step

As you are already aware, System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta is now available for public download. Smile The download link is available in my previous post : System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta : Available for download

Once the file downloaded, you have to uncompressed it and let takes a look to the SCOM2012 installer.
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Here the first screen of the new System Center Operations Manager 2012 installer.
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So let’s go, click on install and we have now the license agreement.image

In the following screen, you could choose which components you want to install. In my lab, I’m using a separate SQL Server which is also hosting the SQL Reporting service role. So I will uncheck the box for the Reporting Server component for the moment and we will install it later in this post, directly on the SQL server.image

If you keep the box checked without having the Sql Reporting service installed on your current computer, you will be block later in the setup process.image

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So, we continue the setup process without the Reporting Server component. Here we just have to choose the Installation folder.
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The new prerequisites checker is now in progress.
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And the result. In my lab, two blocking prerequisites.
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First one, I have to install the Report Viewer Controls. This is available as free download at the following url : http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=3841
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The second one is the IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility role missing.image

Go the Server Manager, add role and now check the IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility.image

We recheck the prerequisites, and we just still have two warnings. As I’m using Virtual Machines in a lab environment, we could ignore it and continue the setup process.
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Totally new environment, so we create a new management group.image

We are now at the SQL part of the setup, I specified my SQL 2008 R2 server name and the setup directly detects that the SQL Server Full-Text-Search is not installed on it.
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Go to the SQL Server and run the SQL installer.
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In the setup, we just have to add a component to an existing instance and we check the Full-Text-Search component.
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Go back to our SCOM2012 installation, the setup is now ok with the configuration of the Operational database and to let us continue.
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Now, the parameters for the Warehouse database.image

For the web console, we choose the Default Web Site :image

Choose your authentication mode for the web console. As it’s for internal use only, the Mixed Authentication is the one that we have to choose.image

The credentials part is one of the most interesting and important of the setup. I decided to use one dedicated account as Server Action Account. This account will be use for agent deployment, tasks, …. and a second account for reading and writing into the databases.
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We have to create two news users domain.
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Adding them as local admin of our future SCOM2012 management server and also as local Admin of the SQL Server.
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Now, there is a part on which I’m not really sure. For installing the DB, is the setup will use my current credentials ? Or is the setup will use the service account that we provided. (I will update the post when I ‘ll receive the answer Winking smile)

In doubt, we go to the SQL server credentials and we add the SCOM2012_DB account as SysAdmin. Like this, the setup process will be able to create the DBs and assign it the rights.
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Go back to the SCOM Installation, We just have to provide the credentials of the two accounts that we created.
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My lab VMs don’t have internet access, so I’m not able to participate to the Customer Experience Improvement Program, but if you could, please do it.
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SCOM2012 seems to be part now of the Microsoft Update program. Option that I will test when I will have a lab with internet access.
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The installation Summary where we could review all the information we provided.
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Installation in progress……
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Woua, setup completed Smile
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I opened the new SCOM2012 console… and first surprise…. I’ve got already some alerts Confused smile
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So, It’s seems that the Action Account that we provided during needs to have Read/Write to the WareHouse Db ? What for ? As we already provided a separate service account for the DBs access. Personally, I think that this is a little bug of this first beta release, I will retrieve it to the Microsoft Connect Site.

Ok, but how to solve this ? Simply go to the SQL server, in the credentials part. We open the properties of the Action Account (SCOM2012_AA) and in the User Mapping part, we set the same rights than the SCOM2012_DB account has on the OperationsManagerDW database.
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As we already are in the SQL Studio, we could also remove the SysAdmin right that we granted to the SCOM2012_DB account during the setup process. This is not needed anymore.
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Once done, all the alerts disappeared Smile
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Ok, so now, what’s about the reporting ? Go to the SQL server where we have the Sql Reporting Services installed and Run the SCOM2012 Setup, click on Install.
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Select only the Reporting Server component.
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Installation folder location.
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Prerequisites checker.
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We have to specify one management server of our SCOM2012 infrastructure.
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We are now able to select the SQL Server instance for reporting services.
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Red Cross, this is not good Confused smile
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Hopefully, Microsoft did a great work on the SCOM2012 installer, and simply by clicking on the Red Cross, we have the reason of the failure.
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We simply have to start the SQL Server Agent service and to set it to Automatically.
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We specify the DB reader account that we already used before.
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If you server has internet access, please choose Yes.
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As I said before, my lab servers don’t have internet access, so I will handle the updates manually.
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The installation Summary report.
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Go for the installation.
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Once done, we’re now able to generate reports in your all new SCOM 2012 infrastructure.
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Stay tune for next posts about SCOM2012 Smile

Cheers
Christopher KEYAERT
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About Christopher Keyaert

Christopher Keyaert is a Consultant, focused on helping partners to leverage the System Center and Microsoft Azure cloud platform. He is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Cloud and Data Center Management and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).
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4 Responses to System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta : Installation step by step

  1. bj says:

    i am not able to open download like so please tell me other link and also suggest me microsoft link as i am msdn sub

    do i need system center instsallation for the Op man installation 2012 ?
    i am doing for windows Azure ?

  2. Prabhas says:

    Thanks for all your stuff , its always helped me.

    Just want to know can we monitor Internet Server with SCOM 2012, which is installed on another site. they have their own Active Directory and setup.

    I need to monitor only 4 Servers which assigned with Public IP address.

    If any solution with SCOM please let me know.

    please find my mail ID – prabhas.ups@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi,

      Technically, yes you can, you’ll have to use AD Certificate for authentication, and open ports in the firewall.
      BUT This is clearly NOT recommended from a security point of view as you’ll have to open your SCOM infrastructure to internet

      My recommendation is to have a site to site vpn between the both sites and use SCOM gateway servers for authentication.

      Christopher

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