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How to Create a Resource Pool

Updated: November 1, 2013

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

A new feature in System Center 2012 – Operations Manager is the resource pool. A resource pool is a collection of management servers used to distribute work amongst themselves and take over work from a failed member.

You can use resource pools for:

  • Monitoring network devices.

  • Monitoring UNIX and Linux computers.

Resource pools ensure the continuity of monitoring by providing multiple management servers that can take on monitoring workflows if one of the management servers becomes unavailable. You can create resource pools for specific purposes. For example, you might create a resource pool of management servers that are located in the same geographic area to provide network device monitoring.

When Operations Manager is installed, three resource pools are created: All Management Servers Resource Pool, Notifications Resource Pool, and AD Assignment Resource Pool. All management servers are automatically members of these resource pools. For information about removing a management server from the Notifications Resource Pool and AD Assignment Resource Pool, see Modifying Resource Pool Membership.

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The membership of the All Management Servers Resource Pool is read-only.

For information about configuring resource pools with managed UNIX and Linux computers and for configuring certificates, see Managing Resource Pools for UNIX and Linux Computers.

To create a resource pool

  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 navigation pane, click Resource Pools.

  4. In the Tasks pane, click Create Resource Pool.

  5. In the Create Resource Pool wizard, on the General Properties page, enter a name and, optionally, a description for the resource pool, and then click Next.

  6. On the Pool Membership page, click Add.

  7. In the Member Selection window, enter text to filter the search results if desired, and then click Search. If you click Search without entering anything in the filter field, all available management servers will be displayed.

  8. In Available items, select the servers that you want in the resource pool, click Add, and then click OK.

  9. Click Next.

  10. On the Summary page, review the settings and then click Create.

  11. When the wizard completes, click Close.

Modifying Resource Pool Membership

When you view the resource pools in the Administration workspace, you will see that resource pools that you create have a manual membership type and resource pools created when Operations Manager was installed have an automatic membership type, as shown in the following image.

Resource pool membership type

By default, all management servers are members of the resource pools created when Operations Manager is installed, and any management servers added to the management group are automatically added to the resource pools that have an automatic membership type. You can remove individual management servers from those resource pools, however that will change the membership type to manual. If you add a management server to a management group after the membership type of the resource pools created when Operations Manager was installed is changed to manual, you must add the management server to the resource pool manually.

To remove a member from an automatic resource pool

  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 navigation pane, click Resource Pools.

  4. In the results pane, click the resource pool that you want to modify.

  5. In the Tasks pane, click Manual Membership, and then click Yes in the Manual Membership message.

    ImportantImportant
    When you click Yes, the membership type of the selected resource pool changes to manual. Even if you make no changes to the resource pool membership and cancel the properties dialog box, the membership type will remain manual after this step.

  6. On the General Properties page for the resource pool, click Next.

  7. On the Pool Membership page, click the management servers that you want to remove from the resource pool, click Remove, and then click Next.

  8. On the Summary page, click Save.

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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