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Environmental Prerequisites for 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

This section covers the infrastructure that you need to have in place and other factors to consider before you run the Setup for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager or System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Operations Manager.

There are two sets of prerequisites that must be satisfied prior to installing any of the Operations Manager features. One set consists of those items that the Prerequisite checker identifies during Setup. The Prerequisite checker is targeted at the server that Setup is running on and determines if the server has the necessary configuration to host whatever role you have chosen.

The other set consists of those items that are outside the scope of the Prerequisite checker, such as the Active Directory domain or forest functional level, or the availability of a certification authority (CA) to issue the certificates that are necessary for deploying agents and gateway servers across trust boundaries. This section addresses this second set of prerequisites, which are much broader in scope, because they apply to the whole environment that Operations Manager will be functioning in, rather than those that are verified by the Prerequisite checker during Setup. To ensure that Operations Manager deploys smoothly and functions as expected, the environment that it will run in must be properly prepared. Because environmental changes affect more than Operations Manager, ensure that you exercise due caution before making sweeping changes. The prerequisites are presented in a unified format with scenario-specific items called out.

For more information about design and environmental decisions, see Planning the System Center 2012 - Operations Manager Deployment. For more information about supported configurations for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager, see System Requirements for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager.

In This Section

Supporting Infrastructure
Describes prerequisites and issues that you need to be aware of before you install System Center 2012 – Operations Manager.

Security Considerations
Describes high-level security factors that need to be addressed.

Agent and Agentless Monitoring
Describes the environmental prerequisites for deploying agents to monitor devices and for deploying agentless monitoring.

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