Deploying System Center Operations Manager vNext
Recently Microsoft released the preview version of their next release of Windows Server, Hyper-V and System Center as did Savision with Live Maps for System Center.
Note: This blog post was first published here : http://www.savision.com/resources/blog/installing-system-center-opsmgr-vnext-and-savision-live-maps-part-i-mvp-alessandro
To start, make sure of the following:
- You installed the SQL Server 2014 as the database server for the System Center vNext preview edition. To note, I run into SQL connectivity issues when I tried to use an SQL 2012 version, with a message stating that I did not have a compatible version of SQL installed. Whereas the documentation says that SQL 2012 is supported for vNext preview it is not the case.
- If the SQL Server is installed on a dedicated machine (recommended), that the host firewall is configured to allow inbound connections on port 1433 (SQL) , 80(http) and 443 (https)
- You installed Reporting Services (SSRS), Analysis Services and Full Text Search as it is required by Operations Manager.
- You created an account to install System Center and it is member of local administrators. For this post, I created an account named “sc-admin”.
- Logon on the machine you plan to install System Center with the “sc-admin”
The “sc-admin” account has permissions to create a database in the installed SQL server. You can achieve this by either adding the account to the SQL server administrators when install SQL Server, of by adding the account using SQL Server Management Studio, by expanding Security->Logins and then creating a new login, adding the “sc-admin” account and selecting “sysadmin” as permission under Server Roles (preferable). You can also, if security is a concern, create a OperationsManager database and give the account DB Owner (dbo) permission.
If the credentials you are using to install do not have permission to create the database you will receive the following message:
The SQL Server Agent is started and set to automatic:
Or else the following error will appear when the Reporting Services configuration times come in the Operations Manager installation wizard.
Quick Note: You will notice that although you are installing System Center Operations Manager vNext, the initial screen will show 2012R2 🙂
To initiate the installation, click on Install and the Preview logo will appear
I also recommend selecting the Download the latest updates to the setup program checkbox.
Select the System Center features you want to install. For this post, I am selecting: Management Server, Operations Console and Reporting Server. Click Next to continue.
In the Select Installation location, provide the path for Operations Manager installation and click on Next.
Your system will now be checked for hardware and software against System Center requirements. If some requirements are missing it will appear on the screen for your resolution.
The below example, Report Viewer is missing. To fix the issue, click on the to expand
Note that in the above example there are two warnings: the first one about the system not having the recommended 4GB of memory and the second one about a pending restart. As I am installing this for a demo purpose, I can safely ignore the 1st warning, but I will have to click on Cancel and restart the machine in order to proceed the installation.
Click on the link to download and install Report Viewer
- If no error is reported, click on Next to continue.
In the Specify the installation option, select Create the first Management server in a new management group and provide the name. For this post I am using the name “lab” for the management group name.
Click on Next to continue and accept the License terms and click on Next to proceed.
In the configure operational database, type the SQL server name and port (if different for the default 1433)
Click on Next to progress and to the next step where you will need to provide the Data Warehouse database configuration
- Click on Next to continue and in the next step confirm the SQL Server instance that is running the SQL Reporting Services and then click on Next to proceed.
In the Configure Operations Manager accounts, provide the accounts details and click on Next to proceed.
In the Help improve Operations manager, select the desired options and click on Next to proceed.
In the Update screen select the desired option (On is recommended) and click on Next to proceed.
On the Installation Summary, click on Install and wait for the installation to complete.
Now we have System Center Operations Manager successfully installed.