Configuring Cross Platform Monitoring Using System Centre Operation Manager 2007 R2

One of the more desirable features introduced in System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is the ability to monitor non-Windows servers. This indeed rose the System Center Operations Manager as one of the strongest monitoring tools for any heterogeneous environment. The total cost of ownership of maintain a centralized enterprise system monitoring solution became very low by the introduction of cross platform monitoring feature. However, we often noticed that many Microsoft solution experts have very little Unix/Linux experience and therefore configuration of the solution in always a nightmare. The objective of this post is to provide a step-by-step guide for configuring cross platform monitoring solution.

Following are the high-level overview of tasks (not in any particular order) involved in configuring agents in cross platform environment.

  • Update SCOM with latest CU and Management pack for cross platform monitoring
  • Check communication port availability
  • DNS name resolution in both directions
  • SSH and sftp  enabled
  • Certificates signature
  • Accounts with access rights on the cross platform system.
  • Define the required Run As Accounts and place them in the proper Run As Profiles
  • Pre-requisite software available cross platform machines, update the OS if any patch are missing.
  • Make sure to use the right installers when manually deploying agents.

The below link provides a detailed step-by-step guide for configuring Cross Platform Servers to be monitored through System Centre Operations Manager 2007 R2

Step-by-step guide for configuring cross platform system monitoring

Hope this post will be helful for someone who wanted to monitor Solaris (or any cross platform) system through System Centre Operations Manager 2007 R2

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About Jayachandran PK
My passion is for Microsoft technologies and how if properly implemented, they can provide actual value for an organization especially in the field of infrastructure, virtualization and system monitoring. I work for the biggest Microsoft partner in Kuwait, specialized in project consultation and implementation services for enterprise clients. When I'm not at work, I try to contribute back through a charitable organization dedicated to prompting cultural values of Kerala. In my free time, I dabble in gardening and am also an avid solar power aficionado.

One Response to Configuring Cross Platform Monitoring Using System Centre Operation Manager 2007 R2

  1. gsnikhilgs says:

    Hi Jayachandran,

    The way you explained scom is very nice,we are expecting more

    Regards,
    Nikhil

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