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Install Agent and Certificate on UNIX and Linux Computers Using the Command Line

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Operations Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager

Your environment may require that you manually install the agent. Use the following procedures to manually install agents to UNIX and Linux computers for monitoring in System Center 2012 – Operations Manager and System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Operations Manager.

To install the agent on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

  1. Transfer the agent (scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.rpm) to the Linux server, type:

    scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.rpm

  2. To install the package, type:

    rpm -i scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.rpm

  3. To verify that the package is installed, type:

    rpm -q scx

  4. To verify that the Microsoft SCX CIM Server is running, type:

    service scx-cmid status

To install the agent on RPM based Universal Linux Servers (Oracle and Centos)

  1. Transfer the agent (scx-<version>-universalr-<arch>.rpm) to the Linux server. This should be done via SCP or FTP in binary mode.

  2. To install the package, type:

    rpm -i scx-<version>-universalr-<arch>.rpm

  3. To verify that the package is installed, type:

    rpm -q scx

  4. To verify that the Microsoft SCX CIM Server is running, type:

    scxadmin -status

To install the agent on DPKG-based Universal Linux Servers (Debian and Utuntu)

  1. Transfer the agent (scx-<version>-universald-<arch>.rpm) to the Linux server. This should be done via SCP or FTP in binary mode.

  2. To install the package, type:

    dpkg -i scx-<version>-universald-<arch>.deb

  3. To verify that the package is installed, type:

    dpkg -l scx

  4. To verify that the Microsoft SCX CIM Server is running, type:

    scxadmin -status

To install the agent on Solaris

  1. Transfer the agent (scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.pkg.Z) to the Solaris server, type:

    scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.pkg.Z

  2. Run the following command:

    uncompress scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.pkg.Z

  3. To install the package, type:

    pkgadd -d scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.pkg MSFTscx

  4. To verify that the package is installed, type:

    pkginfo –l MSFTscx

  5. To verify that the Microsoft SCX CIM Server is running, type:

    svcs scx-cimd

To install the agent on HP-UX

  1. Transfer the agent (scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.gz) to the HP server:

    cp scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.gz

  2. To unzip the package, type:

    gzip –d scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.gz

  3. To install the package, type:

    swinstall –s /path/scx-<version>-<os>-<arch> scx

  4. To verify that the package is installed, type:

    swlist scx

  5. To verify that the Microsoft SCX CIM Server is running, type:

    ps –ef|grep scx

    Look for the following process in the list:

    scxcimserver

To install the agent on AIX

  1. Transfer the agent (scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.gz) to the AIX server, type:

    cp scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.gz

  2. To unzip the package, type:

    gzip –d scx-<version>-<os>-<arch>.gz

  3. To install the package, type:

    /usr/sbin/installp -a -d scx-<version>-<os>-<arch> scx

  4. To verify that the package is installed, type:

    swlist scx

  5. To verify that the Microsoft SCX CIM Server is running, type:

    ps –ef|grep scx

    Look for the following process in the list:

    scxcimserver

Signing Agent Certificates

When you manually deploy an agent, you perform the first two steps that are typically handled by the Discovery Wizard, deployment and certificate signing. Then, you use the Discovery Wizard to add the computer to the Operations Manager database.

If there are existing certificates on the system, they are reused during agent installation. New certificates are not created. Certificates are not automatically deleted when you uninstall an agent. You must manually delete the certificates that are listed in the /etc/opt/microsoft/scx/ssl folder. To regenerate the certificates at install, you must remove this folder before agent installation.

You must have already manually installed an agent before you start this procedure. You will need a root or elevated account to perform the procedure.

To install certificates for UNIX and Linux support

  1. On the computer that is running the UNIX or Linux operating system, locate the file /etc/opt/microsoft/scx/ssl/scx-host-<hostname>.pem and securely copy or transfer it to any location on the computer that is hosting Operations Manager.

  2. On the computer that is hosting Operations Manager, on the Windows desktop, click Start, and then click Run.

  3. In the Run dialog box, type cmd, and then press Enter.

  4. Change directories to the location where you copied the pem file.

  5. Type the command scxcertconfig -sign scx-host-<hostname>.pem scx_new.pem, and then press Enter. This command will self-sign your certificate (scx-host-<hostname>.pem) and then save the new certificate (scx-host-<hostname>_new.pem).

    noteNote
    Ensure that the location where Operations Manager is installed is in your path statement, or use the fully qualified path of the scxcertconfig.exe file.

  6. Securely copy or transfer the scx_new.pem file into the /etc/opt/microsoft/scx/ssl folder on the computer that is hosting the UNIX or Linux operating system. This replaces the original scx-host-<hostname>.pem file.

  7. Restart the agent by typing scxadmin –restart.

Discovering Computers after Manual Deployment

After you have manually deployed agents to UNIX and Linux computers, they still need to be discovered by Operations Manager by using the Discovery Wizard. For the Discovery type, select Discover only computers with the UNIX/Linux agent installed. For more information see Install Agent on UNIX and Linux Using the Discovery Wizard.

See Also

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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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