Run As Accounts for Network Monitoring in 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
System Center 2012 – Operations Manager uses Run As accounts to discover and monitor network devices. The credentials in the Run As account enable management servers to communicate with the network devices. You can monitor devices that use SNMP v1, v2, and v3.
Network devices that use SNMP v1 or v2 require a Run As account that specifies a community string, which acts like a password to provide read-only access to the device.
Each network device that uses SNMP v3 requires a unique Run As account that provides the following credentials:
User name: Obtained from device configuration.
Context: Name that together with the user name determines the access permissions of a request sent to the SNMPv3 agent.
Authentication protocol: MD5 for Message Digest 5, SHA for Secure Hash Algorithm, or NONE
Authentication key: String consisting of 1 to 64 characters; required if the authentication protocol is MD5 or SHA
Privacy protocol: DES for Data Encryption Standard, AES for Advanced Encryption Standard, or NONE
Privacy key: String consisting of 1 to 64 characters; required if the privacy protocol is DES or AES
Note The authentication key and privacy key are masked as you enter them.
You can create the required Run As accounts when you create a network devices discovery rule, or you can create the Run As accounts beforehand and then select the appropriate account when you create the discovery rule.
Two Run As profiles are created when you install Operations Manager: SNMP Monitoring Account and SNMPv3 Monitoring Account. When you create a discovery rule, the Run As accounts you create for network device discovery are automatically associated with the appropriate Run As profile.
TasksHow to Discover Network Devices in Operations Manager
How to Delete or Restore a Network Device in Operations Manager
ConceptsMonitoring Networks by Using Operations Manager
Network Device Discovery Settings
Tuning Network Monitoring
Viewing Network Devices and Data in Operations Manager
Security for Servers Performing Network Discovery
Network Devices Supported for Discovery by Operations Manager
Reports for Network Monitoring in Operations Manager
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