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Installing Microsoft Monitoring Agent

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

You can obtain and install Microsoft Monitoring Agent in several ways. You can manually install it from the System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager media or the Microsoft Download Center, or you can deploy it automatically by using the Administration pane of the Operations Manager console. Additionally, you can opt in to automatically get the latest updates of the agent from Microsoft Update. Local collection is a lightweight monitoring solution that does not require any special configuration. You do not need databases or special accounts.

ImportantImportant
Microsoft Update will not upgrade the Operations Manager agent from System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) – Operations Manager to Microsoft Monitoring Agent. For more information, see Microsoft Monitoring Agent Requirements and Compatibility to make sure that a compatible version of the agent is running in your environment.

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System Center versions before System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager delivered the agent as the MOMAgent.msi file. You can still find the file that has the same name on the System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager installation media. However, the file now installs Microsoft Monitoring Agent. If you get Microsoft Monitoring Agent from the Download Center, you can download either the 32-bit (MMASetup-i386.exe) version or the 64-bit (MMASetup-AMD64.exe) version of the agent.

To install Microsoft Monitoring Agent from the Operations Manager installation media, see Install Agent Using the MOMAgent.msi Setup Wizard.

To install Microsoft Monitoring Agent from the Administration pane in Operations Manager, see Install Agent on Windows Using the Discovery Wizard.

To install Microsoft Monitoring Agent from the Download Center for stand-alone monitoring

  1. Open the Microsoft Monitoring Agent download page in the Microsoft Download Center.

    ImportantImportant
    Local collection requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and the Windows PowerShell 2.0 command-line interface. Some features, such as downloadable Help and pre-imported monitoring Windows PowerShell modules, are not available unless you have Windows PowerShell 3.0.

  2. Choose whether to install the 32-bit (MMASetup-i386.exe) or 64-bit (MMASetup-AMD64.exe) version of Microsoft Monitoring Agent, and follow the instructions to download the file.

  3. When the download is complete, run the file and follow the instructions.

  4. On the Agent Setup Options page, you can choose whether you want to connect the agent to Operations Manager. When you connect the agent with Operations Manager, you can manually choose the management group that this agent will participate with in monitoring. If you do not select this option, the agent can still collect Application Performance Monitoring data locally. You can change your selection in the Monitoring Agent item in Control Panel.

    ImportantImportant
    If you connected this installation of the agent to Operations Manager, your System Center administrator must allow manual agent installations on the management server. This setting is controlled in the Operations Manager console. Additionally, before System Center begins to accept monitoring traffic from your agent, the System Center administrator must approve the agent in the Pending Management view in the Administration pane of the Operations Manager console.

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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