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Process Manual Agent Installations

Updated: November 1, 2013

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

Manual installation of an agent refers to the process of running MOMAgent.msi locally on a computer that is to host a System Center 2012 – Operations Manager agent. When it is installed, the agent attempts to join the specified management group by contacting a specified management server. You can use security settings at both the management group and the management server level to configure how requests from manually installed agents are processed.

The following three options are available to process manually installed agents.

 

Option Action

Reject new manual agent installations

Designates that all requests from a manually installed agent will be denied by Operations Manager. This is the most secure setting and is selected by default.

Review new manual agent installations in pending management view

Designates that all requests from a manually installed agent will be directed to Pending Management before being allowed to join the management group. An administrator must review the request and manually approve the agents' request.

Auto-approve new manually installed agents

This option is available only if Review new manual agent installations in pending management view has been selected. This setting causes Operations Manager to automatically allow any manually installed agent to join the management group. This is the least secure option.

ImportantImportant
A management group or management server must be configured to accept agents that are installed with MOMAgent.msi or they will be automatically rejected and therefore not displayed in the Operations console. If a management group is configured to accept manually installed agents, the agents will display in the console approximately one hour after they are installed.

The following procedures show you how to configure settings for manual agent installations.

To configure manual agent installation settings for a management group

  1. Log on to the Operations console with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role.

  2. Click Administration.

  3. In the Administration workspace, expand Administration, and then click Settings.

  4. In the Settings pane, expand Type: Server, right-click Security, and then click Properties.

  5. In the Global Management Server Settings - Security dialog box, on the General tab, do one of the following:

    • To maintain a higher level of security, click Reject new manual agent installations, and then click OK.

    • To configure for manual agent installation, click Review new manual agent installations in pending management view, and then click OK.

    • Optionally, select Auto-approve new manually installed agents.

To override the manual agent installation setting for a single management server

  1. Log on to the Operations console with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role.

  2. Click Administration.

  3. In the Administration workspace, expand Administration, expand Device Management, and then click Management Servers.

  4. In the results pane, right-click the management server that you want to view the properties of, and then click Properties.

  5. In the Management Server Properties dialog box, click the Security tab.

  6. On the Security tab, do the following:

    • To maintain a higher level of security, select Reject new manual agent installations, and then click OK.

    • To configure for manual agent installation, click Review new manual agent installations in pending management view, and then click OK.

    • Optionally, select Auto-approve new manually installed agents.

  7. Click OK.

To approve a pending agent installation when automatic approval is not configured

  1. In the Operations console, click Administration.

  2. Click Pending Management.

  3. In the Pending Management pane, select computers in Type: Manual Agent Install.

  4. Right-click the computers, and then click Approve.

  5. In the Manual Agent Install dialog box, click Approve. The computers now appear in the Agent Managed node and are ready to be managed.

    noteNote
    Rejected agents remain in Pending Management until the agent is uninstalled for the management group.

See Also

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

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