Deploying UNIX or Linux Agents

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

System Architecture

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform uses Web Services Management (WS-Man) 1.1, a Web services-based protocol that enables remote computer management over HTTP and HTTPS, including hardware management and policy-based event forwarding. WS-Man enables secure and efficient data transfers by requiring authentication and using HTTPS as the transport. It is required for all communication between Operations Manager 2007 and UNIX or Linux systems.


You should install WS-Man prior to installing Operations Manager 2007 R2. You receive a warning from Operations Manager 2007 R2 if WS-Man is not installed, but you can proceed, and install WS-Man later.

Upgrading Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions to Operations Manager 2007 R2 is not supported in this release. You must uninstall previous versions of Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform.

Required package dependencies for each operating system are shown in Appendix A - Cross Platform Operating System Package Dependencies.

Install WS-Management (WS-Man) 1.1, available from the Microsoft Download Center (

Steps for Monitoring Cross-Platform Computers

The following sections describe how to configure a Run As account for monitoring, import management packs, discover non-Windows servers, install the suitable operating system agents on those servers, deploy monitors, generate reports based on the data collected from the cross-platform systems, and uninstall management packs by using the Operations console.

Step Reference

Configuring a Cross Platform Run As Account

Create Run As accounts and profiles to monitor systems.

Importing Cross Platform Management Packs

Import the management packs that are used to install monitoring agents on monitored computers.

Using the Discovery Wizard to Discover Systems and Deploy Cross Platform Agents

Use the Discovery Wizard to enable Operations Manager to detect non-Windows-based computers and to install agents that enable monitoring of these computers.

Manually Installing Cross Platform Agents

Install the agents manually when the computers are not detected by the Discovery Wizard.

Discovering Systems after Manual Deployment

Discover the UNIX- and Linus-based systems by using Operations Manager 2007 R2.

Viewing System Monitors

Create system monitors to view and troubleshoot alerts, state changes, and other significant issues on non-Windows-based computers.

Uninstalling Cross Platform Management Packs and Agents

Uninstall management packs and agents by using the Operations console.

Considerations for Monitoring Solaris Zones

Solaris Zones are supported on Solaris 10 or newer versions. In monitoring a computer with Zones, each Zone is treated like a separate computer. You must install the agent on each computer that you want to monitor. Install the agent on the global zone first, because sparse zones share files with the global zone. If you try to install on a sparse zone first, the installation fails. For more information about troubleshooting, see Operations Manager Incorrectly Reports Shared Resources from a Solaris 1-Based Server in the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 technical library (