Deploying Windows Agents

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

The first step in monitoring your environment is to deploy agents. Your network architecture will greatly influence which monitoring options you use and how you plan the deployment of your agents. Be aware of whether you are managing systems on the other side of a firewall from your management group, or are managing systems that don’t participate in a Kerberos trust with the management group.


If you add or delete a new virtual server on a cluster after a Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 agent is installed, the agent will not recognize the changes and new virtual servers will not be reported. For the agent to recognize the virtual server, you must restart the System Center Management service on the node where the virtual server is active.

You can use any of the following methods to deploy agents:

  • The Discovery Wizard (through the Operations console)

  • The Agent Setup Wizard

  • The MOMAgent.msi program, from the command line

  • Active Directory, to assign agents to a management group

The following sections provide detailed steps for each of these methods.

The following tasks are described in this topic:

Task Where to find information

Discover systems

Use the Discovery Wizard to Deploy Agents

Deploy agents using the Setup wizard

Use the Agent Setup Wizard

Deploy agents from the command

Use the Command Line to Deploy Agents

Assign agents using Active Directory

Use Active Directory to Assign Computers

Manage newly installed agents

Process Manual Agent Installations in Operations Manager 2007