Connecting Your Servers and Workstations Directly to Microsoft Operations Management Suite
Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS), announced at Ignite 2015, is a new, Cloud-based command center for managing critical assets, both in the Cloud and on-premises. Read more HERE.
Using OMS, you can connect on-premises systems directly to the Cloud and allow data to be delivered and stored to be viewed in the Azure-hosted dashboard. To connect systems you need to install agent software on each and every device that needs to be managed and monitored.
Here’s how to get the agent:
- Run OMS and navigate to Getting Started and then Connect a data source.
- On the Connect a data source page, click the button to Download Windows Agent. Agents are only available to install on Windows Server 2008 SP1 or above or Windows 7 SP1 or above (both must be x64).
Installation of the agent takes some additional steps, but Microsoft also provides a script to help automate those. The installation steps are:
- Enter your Operational Insights workspace ID and your workspace key. Both can be located on the agent download page, and Microsoft includes a special “copy” button on the page to ensure it’s not mistyped since it’s a long string of numbers and letters.
- Adjust proxy server information (if required) using the Advanced button.
Once the agent is installed and communicating correctly with OMS, data should start to appear in 5-10 minutes.
Additionally, OMS allows you to leverage your existing investment in System Center, giving you the ability to connect your on-premises OpsMgr installation to OMS. Find out how to connect existing OpsMgr systems to OMS: Connecting System Center Operations Manager to Microsoft Operations Management Suite
OMS does not yet support Capacity Management and Configuration Assessment, so you’ll still need to use System Center for those.