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Deploying Agents in Operations Manager 2007

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007 R2, Operations Manager 2007 SP1

To begin monitoring your environment, you need to decide what applications and devices you want to monitor. Then you can identify the computers that support those applications.

Monitoring Windows-Based Systems

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 provides two methods for monitoring Windows-based computers: agent-managed monitoring or agentless-managed monitoring.

  • Agent-Managed Monitoring

    Agent-managed computers have an Operations Manager service installed. This service, which appears as HealthService in the Services list in Computer Management is the Operations Manager agent. Monitoring computers via agents allows access to all Operations Manager options and functionality; therefore, the vast majority of monitoring is performed this way. Agents also play a role in agentless management.

  • Agentless-Managed Monitoring

    Windows-based computers where an agent cannot be installed can be monitored agentlessly. You can manage an agentless-managed computer by setting up communications between a management group, a proxy agent, and the agentless-managed computer. You can also monitor network devices and systems that are not running Windows through the use of agentless monitoring.

For more information about deploying and using Operations Manager agents on Windows-based systems, see Deploying Windows Agents.

Monitoring UNIX-based or Linux-based Systems

System Center Operations Manager 2007 enables IT professionals to monitor system health and events on computers running UNIX and Linux operating systems, including the following:

  • File systems and network interfaces

  • Critical system processes (for example, syslog, cron, and others)

  • Key configurations (for example, resolution of host name, or the correct configuration of Web Services Management components)

  • Core system attributes (for example, the health of system memory and processors)

  • Physical and logical disk space, swap space, and system memory

  • Performance degradation caused by applications or processes

System Center Operations Manager 2007 supports monitoring for the following UNIX and Linux operating systems:

  • AIX 5.3 (Power), 6.1 (Power)

  • HP-UX 11iv2 (PA-RISC & IA64), and 11iv3 (PA-RISC, and IA64)

  • Red Hat Enterprise Server 4 (x86 and x64) and 5 (x86 and x64)

  • Solaris 8 (SPARC), 9 (SPARC), and 10 (SPARC & x86 versions later than 120012-14)

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (x86) and 10 SP1 (x86 and x64)

For more information about deploying and using Operations Manager Agents on UNIX-based or Linux-based systems, see Deploying UNIX or Linux Agents.

Administering Agents

After you have installed and configured agents on computers you want to monitor, Operations Manager 2007 has several tools and procedures available for you to use to administer the agents that you have deployed.

For more information about administering agents, see Working with Agents.