Connecting Your Servers and Workstations Directly to Microsoft Operations Management Suite

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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:

  1. Run OMS and navigate to Getting Started and then Connect a data source.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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