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Managing Web Console Servers in Operations Manager 2007

Updated: May 22, 2009

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

The Web console server provides a browser-based alternative to the Monitoring pane of the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Operations console. The Web console server is commonly used when you want to access Operations Manager 2007 management group monitoring data in the following ways:

  • From the Internet.

  • Without installing the Operations console.

  • From a location with low-bandwidth connectivity.

  • When notifications are configured to contain hyperlinks to the relevant alerts in the Web console.

As your IT environment or monitoring requirements change, you might need to add or remove Web console servers from an Operations Manager 2007 management group or perform tasks on a Web console server. For information about designing your Operations Manager 2007 management group, see the Operations Manager 2007 Deployment Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=91462).

Add a Web Console Server to a Management Group

Add a Web console server to an Operations Manager 2007 management group to provide Web-based access to monitoring data. For information about deploying a Web console server, see the “How to Deploy an Operations Manager 2007 Web Console Server Using the Setup Wizard” topic in the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Help.

Configure Web Console to Fail Over

You can manually configure the Web console to fail over to another root management server (RMS).

To configure the Web console to fail over

  1. Using Notepad, open the file Web.Config. The default location for this file is C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager 2007\Web Console.

    noteNote
    You can use any editor that saves in plain text.

  2. Change the following line to include the new remote management server:

    <add key="MOMServer" value="<provide new RMS server name>" />

  3. Save your changes.

Change the Authentication Used by a Web Console Server

A Web console server is configured at installation to use either Windows or forms-based authentication. To change the authentication used by a Web console server, you must uninstall the Web console server and reinstall it. Use Add or Remove to modify the installation of System Center Operations Manager 2007 and remove the Web console feature. For information about designing your Operations Manager 2007 management group, see the Operations Manager 2007 Deployment Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=91462).

Enable Secure Sockets Layer on a Web Console Server

Configure a Web console server that uses forms-based authentication to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for a more secure Web console experience. For information about configuring the Web console server to use SSL, see the “How to Deploy an Operations Manager 2007 Web Console Server Using the Setup Wizard: topic in the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Help.

Update the Certificate on Web Console Servers

Certificates expire, or there can be a security breach involving the certificate used for SSL connections to the Web console server. In both of these cases, you need to apply a new certificate to help maintain uninterrupted secure availability of the Web console server. For information about applying certificates to the Web console server, see the “How to Deploy an Operations Manager 2007 Web Console Server Using the Setup Wizard: topic in the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Help.

Remove a Web Console Server from a Management Group

You might want to remove a Web console server from an Operations Manager 2007 management group for reasons such as hardware consolidation. Use Add or Remove to modify the installation of System Center Operations Manager 2007 and remove the Web console feature.

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