SCOM Technical Preview in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install SCOM)

Install System Center Operations Manager Technical Preview

In my Lab example, I am using the following:

  • Windows Server Technical Preview
  • SQL Server 2014
  • Web Server (IIS)

These have been setup as per my previous guides for the OS and SQL setup.

IMPORTANT: In order to evaluate the System Center Technical Preview, you MUST be using the Windows Server Technical Preview, and SQL Server 2014; as per the following TechNet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn806369.aspx.

Install SCOM

Start by copying the EXE file into the SCOM VM. As of this writing, the Technical Preview EXE is labelled as “en_system_center_technical_preview_operations_manager_x86_x64_5650266.exe“.

Start by running the EXE, on the first screen, click Next.

SCOM vNext - 01 - Setup Wizard

On the Location screen, choose the location to extract the installation files, then click Next.

SCOM vNext - 02 - Location

On the Ready to Extract screen, click Extract.

SCOM vNext - 03 - Extract

On the completion screen, click Finish.

SCOM vNext - 04 - Complete

Once the files are extracted, start the installation by running Setup.exe.

On the splash screen click the Install link.

SCOM vNext - 06 - Splash Screen

On the Select Features screen, select the feature you want to install. In our example, we are installing all features on  the same server, so we will select all of them and click Next.

SCOM vNext - 07 - Select Features

Next chose the location that you want to install the software to, and ensure there is enough space. Then click Next.

SCOM vNext - 08 - Install Location

The Setup Wizard will then check the prerequisites that are needed, based on what features you selected to install. If there are any issues you will need to address these before you can continue. Review the information and the resolution(s) provided.

For example, you will need to install the Web Server (IIS) role, including some non-default elements along with the Microsoft Report Viewer 2012 Redistributable Package.

Once you address all prerequisite needs, the setup wizard should appear as follows. Click Next.

SCOM vNext - 09 - Prereqs

On the Installation Option screen, choose the appropriate option. In our example, since this is the first Management Server that we are installing, we will choose the ‘Create the first Management server in a new management group’ option, and also enter a Management Group Name, then click Next.

SCOM vNext - 10 - Management Group

Next read and accept the license terms, and click Next.

SCOM vNext - 11 - License Terms

On the Configure Operational Database screen, fill in the SQL server and instance name. When you do, the data and log folders paths will auto-populate. Now click Next.

SCOM vNext - 12 - Operational Database

On the Configure Data Warehouse screen, fill in the SQL server and instance name. When you do, the data and log folders paths will auto-populate. Now click Next.

SCOM vNext - 13 - Data Warehouse Database

Next select a SQL server instance to use for the Reporting Services, then click Next.

SCOM vNext - 14 - Reporting Services

Next select the IIS website to use for the Web Console, and then click Next. Note: if you chose to use SSL, you will need a certificate already installed/configured in IIS.

SCOM vNext - 15 - Web Console

For the Authentication Mode, chose the applicable option based on how you plan on using the web console. For our example, we will only use it in an Intranet environment, so we will choose ‘Use Mixed Authentication’ and click Next.

SCOM vNext - 16 - Authentication Mode

For the Operations Manager accounts, fill in the appropriate information and click Next. Note: As part of your preparation for installing SCOM, you can follow your provisioning process and have these accounts pre-created. You should also take note of the level of access each account requires.

SCOM vNext - 17 - Accounts

You can choose if you want to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). Make your choices, and then click Next.

SCOM vNext - 18 - Help Improve

For the Microsoft Update screen, choose if you want to automatically apply updates. Note: In a Production environment, you will probably not want to turn this on, because there are applicable change management procedures to follow, and you should test updates in a non-Production environment.

SCOM vNext - 19 - Microsoft Update

On the Installation Summary screen, review the input and selections made, and click Install.

SCOM vNext - 20 - Summary

The installation may take several minutes, but once it has been completed, click Close. Note: If you do not want to launch the SCOM console immediately, then de-select the ‘Start the Operations console when the wizard closes’ checkbox.

SCOM vNext - 21 - Setup Complete

Congratulations, you have now successfully installed SCOM!

As you can see from the About screen, the version of SCOM, even though it shows “System Center 2012 R2”, the version is: 7.2.10015.0 (whereas the actual 2012 R2 product is version 7.1.10226.0).

SCOM vNext - 22 - About

At this point, I haven’t noticed anything new/different with the product. However, as the product is updated, I will keep you informed of any interesting and important changes.

NOTE: The following features have been removed from the System Center Technical Preview, as per the following TechNet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/dn806370.aspx.

  • Visio based Management Pack Authoring for Operations Manager
    • Status in System Center Technical Preview: Removed.
    • Replacement: Use the complimentary version of Silect’s MP Author to design and develop MPs for Operations Manager or customize existing MPs.

Release Note Issues (as per http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn806369.aspx)

See the referenced TechNet article for workarounds.

  • The Management Catalog does not return Management Packs
  • PowerShell Run space failed to start
  • Using sudo elevation with Solaris operating systems requires a configuration change if sudo executable is not in an expected path
  • Namespace value for performance tracking will be ignored
  • Monitor the Windows Server Technical Preview Release
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