System Center Operations Manager Project

In this guide we will deploy Systems Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1. We will be using the same lab environment created in a previous project.

Hardware Requirements

The hardware requirements for this type of setup are very high. Microsoft’s recommendation on TechNet describes the recommended hardware requirements for the Management Server(s) along with other features. Use this information to help plan for hardware requirements for your Management Server(s).

Main Management Server 

  • Needs to have at least 4 GB of ram to run
  • Needs to have at least 140 GB of Diskspace to run
  • Operating system used will be Server 2012 Standard Edition 64 bit
  • Processor architecture will be 64bit
  • Windows Powershell Version 3.0
  • .NET Framework 4.0 is required



I will be using VMWare ESXi 5.5 in my LAB  to host the virtual machines in the LAB.

The virtual machines will be running Windows Server 2012 Datacenter as well as Windows Server 2012. The client machines will be Windows XP and Windows 7.

My hardware will consist of the following:

Server 1:

  • AMD FX8350
  • BioStar A960D+
  • 16 GB DDR3 ram
  • 1 2TB Hitachi HD
  • 250 GB Samsung SSD 840 Evo for caching)

Server 2:

  • AMD FX8350
  • BioStar A960D+
  • 16 GB DDR3 ram
  • 1 2TB Hitachi HD
  • 250 GB Samsung SSD 840 Evo (for caching)


  • Asus RT-N56U
  • Pfsense 2.1 Firewall

Host PC:

  • Intel Core i5
  • Gigabyte
  • 16 GB DDR3 ram
  • 1 2TB Hitachi HD

High Level Plan

Here is a high level plan of what will be completed in the following posts:

1.       Install SQL Server

2.       Install System Center Operations Manager

3.       Configuration of Systems Center Operations Manager

After the initial creation of the System Center Environment, later posts will detail how to get parts of System Center working correctly and why they are used.


The following servers will be created and assigned the following roles:

DB01 – SQL Database Services, Reporting Services

SCOM01 – Management Server, Web Console Server

SCOM02– Management Server

All Servers will be Server 2012 R2 Standard. SQL 2012 with SP1 will be used on the database server.The latest updates will be applied to the servers before the Operations Manager software is installed.

Servers Must be added to the domain.

Ensure dns entries have been created for the servers on your server running DNS services.


After creating of the Virtual Servers, the Configure Server Essentials wizard will run. Close it. Manually remove ipv6, set the dns settings for each network interface and rename each of your servers. Also I like to remove turn off all firewalls, and set remote desktop options so that I can communicate easier with each of the boxes. If using VMware,  install thte VMware tools.


1. Configuration of the SQL Database Server

2. Installation of the Operations Manager Software

3. Installing Operations Manager reporting and deploying the agents

4. Installation of Management Packs for Operations Manager

5. Creation of a Dashboard view

6. Manually expand the Operations Manager Databases

7. Optional activities to customize Operations Manager

8.  Enable Agent Proxy

9. Configure Notifications

10. Deploy Unix and Linux Agents

11. Configure Network Monitoring

13. Connect with VMM2012

14. Configure Operations Manager en viroment to accept manually installed agents

15. Configure the management group to support APM Monitoring (for IIS)

16. Deploy Audit Collection Services

17. Configure SQL MP RunAs Security



Later posts will include:

Building an exchange environment

Connecting Operations Manager to the exchange environment

Test recieving alerts in exchange


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