In this post series I will go through detailed steps related to System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Installation and Configuration that IT Administrator or technical consultant will need to build Operations Manager 2007 R2,

In this part I will start with Pre-Build Steps:

1) Pre-Build

a) The 1st step in Pre-Build is to design System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 based on business, technical and operations requirements, and as a very good guidance for Operations Manager 2007 design you can use Microsoft Infrastructure Planning and Design for System Center Operations Manager 2007 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee354213.aspx , this beside using Microsoft Operations Manager 2007 R2 Design Guide and all other Operations Manager 2007 R2 Documentations http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/om/bb498235 .

The output of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 design should include but not limited to the following:

  • Hardware Requirements:
    • Number of Servers.
    • CPU, Memory.
    • Storage Requirements based on Database Grooming and historical Data Retention Period.
  • Software Requirements:
    • All Required Operating Systems and Software with related required editions, for example Windows 2008 R2 Standard Edition, SQL 2008 SP2 …etc.
  • Environment Requirements:
    • Servers Names.
    • Servers IP Addresses.
    • Servers Locations and Connectivity.
    • Firewall Requirements.

Table below shows Supported Operations Manager 2007 R2 Firewall Scenarios:

Operations Manager 2007 R2 Component A

Port Number and Direction

Operations Manager 2007 R2 Component B

Configurable

Root Management Server

1433 --->

Operations Manager Database

Yes (Setup)

Management Server

1433 --->

Operations Manager Database

Yes (Setup)

Management Server

5723, 5724 --->

Root Management Server

No

The port must be open to install the component.

Port can be closed after install the component.

Gateway Server

5723, 5724 --->

Root Management Server

No

Root Management Server

1433 --->

Reporting Data Warehouse

No

Reporting Server

5723, 5724 --->

Root Management Server

No

The port must be open to install the component. Port can be closed after install the component.

Operations Console

5724 --->

Root Management Server

No

Connector Framework Source

51905 --->

Root Management Server

No

Web Console Server

5724 --->

Root Management Server

No

Connected Root Management Server (Local)

5724 --->

Connected Root Management Server (Connected)

No

Agent

5723 --->

Root Management Server

Yes (Setup)

Agent

5723 --->

Management Server

Yes (Setup)

Agent

5723 --->

Gateway Server

Yes (Setup)

Gateway Server

5723 --->

Management Server

Yes (Setup)

Agent (Audit Collection Services Forwarder)

51909 --->

Management Server Audit Collection Services Collector

Yes (Registry)

Agentless Exception Monitoring data from client

51906 --->

Management Server Agentless Exception Monitoring file share

Yes (Client Monitoring Wizard)

Customer Experience Improvement Program data from client

51907 --->

Management Server (Customer Experience Improvement Program End) Point

Yes (Client Monitoring Wizard)

Operations Console (Reports)

80 --->

SQL Reporting Services

No

The Operations Console uses Port 80 to connect to the SQL Reporting Services Web site.

Reporting Data Warehouse

1433 --->

Reporting Server

Yes

Audit Collection Services Database

1433 --->

Management Server (Audit Collection Services Collector)

Yes

Web Console Browser

51908 --->

Web Console Server

Yes (IIS Admin)

  •  
    • Active Directory Requirements, for example Trust Relationship between AD Forests.
    • Public Key Infrastructure Requirements, for example.
  • Operations Manager Requirements:
    • Required Features.
    • Required Operations Manager Server Roles.
    • Required Management Packs.

b) Follow the below deployment check list to be sure that you are ready for Operations Manager 2007 R2 deployment:

Item

Description

Comments

Base OS

All Management servers for OpsMgr will be Windows 2008 R2 Standard 64-bit; SQL Database servers will be Windows 2008 R2 Standard 64-bit (O.S. to be Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition if Microsoft Cluster used for high availability).

 

Base OS

Enable .Net 3.0 Framework and PowerShell feature components on all Management server roles in Table-1

Enable Web Server role selecting all component on Root Management Server as this server will be hosting Web Console.

Enable Web Server role selecting all component on SQL server role in Table-1 as these server will be hosting SQL reporting Services.

 

AD

AD with domain functional level of Windows 2000 Native and above.

 

AD

OpsMgr OU for Operations Manager Servers created. All Computer accounts for Operations Manager Servers should be moved under OpsMgr OU.

 

AD

Following Domain accounts are created:

* OpsMgrSQLService

* OpsMgrAction

* OpsMgrSDKConfig

* DWHWrite

* DWHRead

Please Note : * are service accounts and these accounts must have:

User cannot change password

Password never expires

 

AD

Following Global Security Groups are created:

OpsMgrAdmins

 

AD

Following Group Policy Objects will be created:

Group Policy at Domain Level to create Restricted Groups to make "OpsMgrAction" account a member of Local Administrators group on all servers to be monitored.

Group Policies for DC’s to make "OpsMgrAction" account a member of Local Administrators group. This group policy can be linked to Domain Controllers OU

Group Policy at OpsMgr OU Level to make following accounts a member of Local Administrators Group:

OpsMgrSQLService

OpsMgrAction

OpsMgrSDKConfig

DWHWrite

DWHRead

OpsMgrAdmins

To push agents.

SQL

A standalone SQL 2008 SP2 64-bit Standard Edition named instance created (Enterprise Edition to be considered in case of using SQL Cluster)

 

SMTP / Exchange

Confirm availability of primary and failover SMTP servers are available.

 

SAN Storage or Local Disks

LUN’s (Or Local Disks) with appropriate sizes are created as given in Design

 

In the coming post I will go through step by step for Operations Manager 2007 R2 installation with screen shots.

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