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Configuring a Cross Platform Run As Account

Updated: May 22, 2009

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

In Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, Run As profiles and Run As accounts are used to provide credentials that have the necessary privileges that the default Action account might not have for running rules, tasks, and monitors. To monitor UNIX and Linux computers, you must configure both the UNIX Action account profile and the UNIX Privileged account profile. You must go through the “To configure run as for cross platform” procedure below once for each profile.

To configure Run As for cross platform

  1. Open the Operations console with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Administrators profile.

  2. Select the Administration view.

  3. In the navigation pane under Run As Configuration, select Profiles.

  4. In the results pane, double-click the UNIX Action Account, or UNIX Privileged Account profile to open the Run As Profile Properties – UNIX Action Account or Run As Profile Properties – UNIX Privileged Account dialog box.

  5. Select the Associations tab. Notice that the Selected Targets box is empty. Click Cancel to close the window.

  6. In the navigation pane under Run As Configuration, select Accounts.

  7. Right-click in the results pane, and then select Create Run As Account from the context menu to start the Create Run As Account wizard.

  8. If the Introduction page appears, click Next.

  9. On the General page, select Basic Authentication from the Run As Account Type list. Notice that there are other options to choose from. The option you select depends on the type of account and authentication that you need. For information on which account type to select, refer to the management pack guide for the management pack that contains the profile that you are configuring.

  10. In the Display Name box, enter a name to identify the UNIX Action Account or UNIX Privileged Account credentials. For this exercise, enter Step by Step Run As UNIX Action Account or Step by Step Run As UNIX Privileged Account, and then click Next.

  11. On the Basic Run As Account page, enter appropriate values in the Account Name, Password, and Confirm Password boxes, and then click Create. This creates the Step by Step Run As UNIX Action Account or Step by Step Run As UNIX Privileged Account object and maps it to the actual UNIX account credentials that will be used for non-privileged or privileged interaction with the UNIX-based computers that you will be monitoring. Click Close to close the Create Run As Account wizard.

  12. In the Accounts pane, double-click the account you just created.

  13. In the Run As Account Properties dialog box, select the Distribution tab and choose the Distribute credentials to selected computers option.

  14. Click Add to open the Computer Search dialog box.

  15. From the Option list, choose Show management servers, and then click Search.

  16. In the Available items text box, choose the management server that these credentials will be distributed to, and then click Add.

  17. Click OK to close the Computer Search dialog box.

  18. Click OK to close the Run As Account Properties dialog box.

  19. In the navigation pane under Run As Configuration, select Profiles.

  20. In the results pane, right-click the UNIX Action Account or UNIX Privileged Account profile, and select properties from the context menu to open the Run As Profile Properties – UNIX Action Account or Run As Profile Properties – UNIX Privileged Account dialog box. Select the Associations tab.

  21. Click Add, and then select Class from the list to open the Class Search dialog box.

  22. In the Filter by: box, enter UNIX, and then click Search. The UNIX Computer Group appears in the Available items box.

  23. Select UNIX Computer, and then click Add. The Unix Computer will appear in the Selected objects box. Click OK to close the Class Search dialog box.

  24. In the Run As Profile Properties – UNIX Action Account dialog box, select Step by Step Run As UNIX Action Account or Step by Step Run As UNIX Privileged Account from the drop-down list in the Account column of the Selected Targets text box. Click OK to complete the creation of the association.

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