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Operations Guide for System Center 2012 - Operations Manager

Updated: November 1, 2013

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

Operations Manager, a component of System Center 2012, enables you to monitor services, devices, and operations for many computers in a single console. Operators can gain rapid insight into the state of the IT environment and the IT services running across different systems and workloads by using numerous views that show state, health, and performance information, as well as alerts generated for availability, performance, configuration and security situations.

The Operations Guide is a comprehensive resource that can be used to understand and use Operations Manager. The Operations Guide covers administrative, monitoring, reporting, and operating tasks typically performed by an administrator or operator. It follows the Operations Manager Deployment Guide in order of use during an Operations Manager implementation project, but does not assume that the administrator or operator participated in the installation of the Operations Manager infrastructure.

Before you read the Operations Guide:

If you are new to Operations Manager, you should read Key Concepts to understand what a management group is and how Operations Manager works.

If you are familiar with Operations Manager 2007, you should read What’s New in System Center 2012 - Operations Manager to review the differences between Operations Manager 2007 and Operations Manager for System Center 2012.

In the Operations Guide

  • Quick Reference to Operations Manager Tasks

    This topic lists common tasks, tells you where to start each task, and includes links to relevant information.

  • Initial Monitoring After Operations Manager Is Installed

    This section explains the management packs and monitoring that are in place when a management group is first created, and how to extend monitoring with agents and management packs. This section also provides guidance for managing discovery and agents, and explains how to use targeting and overrides to tune monitoring.

  • Managing Access in Operations Manager

    This section explains the accounts that Operations Manager uses for various actions, the user roles that are available for scoping the views and tasks available in the Operations console, and the Run As accounts and profiles that are used by management packs to run workflows.

  • Operations Manager Monitoring Scenarios

    This section presents common monitoring scenarios, such as monitoring clustered servers, monitoring networks, and monitoring across untrusted boundaries, and provides instructions for discovery, monitoring, views, and reports specific to each scenario.

  • Getting Information from Operations Manager

    This section explains how to use the consoles, publish data to SharePoint sites, set up and manage alert notifications, and use the reports provided in Operations Manager.

  • General Tasks in Operations Manager

    This section contains procedures for tasks that are common to many monitoring scenarios, such as how to deal with alerts, how to create and manage groups, how to create a resource pool, and how to connect management groups.

  • Maintenance of Operations Manager

    This section explains how to monitor the health of the management group, configure and schedule grooming settings for the Operations Manager databases, and restart a management server. It also includes recommendations for creating an inventory of your Operations Manager infrastructure and for daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.

Related Resources

Downloadable Documentation

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