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SCOM for total newbies

SCOM for total newbies

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I get asked this every year at MMS - “What should I do if I am completely new to SCOM?”

 

I wrote this article up a couple years ago in a forum, I have been meaning to publish it here so I can refer to it.

 

So you are completely new to SCOM eh?  Perhaps a new hire, or want to pick up additional roles in your company?  Perhaps you are evaluating SCOM for the first time and feel lost?  I put this list together to help people get started.  Remember, every long journey begins with a single step.

 

1.  Download and read all the OpsMgr 2007 guides:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/om/bb498235.aspx

2.  To get familiar with deploying, rights, etc... build a VM based POC lab and install the product…. one DC, one “all in one” SCOM server. Install the prereqs, SQL, SQL SRS, RMS, console, Reporting, ACS. Troubleshoot any issues with your small deployment.

 

3.  Review the online overview content/training:

Review on-demand webcasts, videos, and virtual labs for OpsMgr:

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=overview


4.  Familiarize yourself with the OpsMgr tools, and what they are used for:

  • MPviewer
  • Reskit tools
  • Maintenance Mode tools
  • Effective config viewer
  • Override Explorer
  • Override Creator
  • Agent proxy enable tools
  • Database Sizer Tools
  • System Center Capacity Planner
  • http://systemcentercentral.com/tools

5.  Familiarize yourself with external documentation/books:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/104-0049194-5427128?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=scom

I strongly recommend:

System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed by Kerrie Meyler, Cameron Fuller, John Joyner, and Andy Dominey

followed by

System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) 2007 R2 Unleashed: Supplement to System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed by Kerrie Meyler, Cameron Fuller, John Joyner, and Andy Dominey

 

6.  Start playing with the most common MP’s.  Download them and read the guides, cover to cover, TWICE.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd347500.aspx

 

7.  Familiarize yourself with the community:

8.  Ensure you understand the supporting technologies:

9.  Consider taking a Professional course from Microsoft or a partnering consultant firm.

10.  Pass the OpsMgr Certification 70-400 exam http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-400.mspx

 

This will get you a really good head-start.  From here – you will know where you need to go next.  Authoring, connectors, cross-platform, reporting, extensions, etc…

Comments
  • Cool. So I've already covered everything on this list ... now what? SCCM? SCSM? :D Thank's for putting this together Kevin, especially the reference to the Ops Mgr Superflow ... that will come in very handy for operators in our environment!

  • Thanks for taking the time to put this together Kevin!  Would you suggest anything outside of the MP Authoring Guide to learn more about the new SCOM API & propertybags, ect?  

  • Yes - the authormps.com and the SCOM SDK documentation.

    Microsoft is also developing formal courseware on MP authoring which should be available soon.

  • Thanks. Really cool. Got the books already including mastering SCOM.

  • What is the difference between SCOM 2007 SP1 and 2007 R2 ?

  • Idiot. He should have defined SCOM at the top and later refer to links.

  • Hi, Thanks for such a valuable post. Just wanted an update is the software has the capacity to create a scheduling report. As its been watched today there are many other third party tool who has the ability to do this.

    Please update this also and thanks again for such a nice article

    Thanks

    Lindsay.

  • Hi Holman,

    I am following a single server deployment of operations manager,i created separate instance for both operational database and data warehouse(reporting),when i tried to install report server,it shows the  error,the installed version of sql server is not supported, verify that the computer and installed version of sql server meet the minimum requirements for installation.however i am using MSSQL 2012 SP1.

    any help will be thankfull

    Regards,

    Nikhil

  • @Nikhil If you install SQL Server you still can have a couple of errors indicating that you didn't !! or the installed version is not supported .. I think this is because you missed one or more feature packs during the installation .. go back .. insert the media , add features to the existing instance and make sure you installed the required feature packs for SCOM .. Regards, Tarek ..

  • @Nikhil If you install SQL Server you still can have a couple of errors indicating that you didn't !! or the installed version is not supported .. I think this is because you missed one or more feature packs during the installation .. go back .. insert the media , add features to the existing instance and make sure you installed the required feature packs for SCOM .. Regards, Tarek ..

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