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How to Stop Managing a Computer in Essentials

Updated: April 14, 2010

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

If you have reached the limit of devices that System Center Essentials 2010 can manage, or if you want to take computers and devices out of management so that you can rebuild, upgrade, or repurpose them, you can stop managing one or more computers at any time in Essentials 2010.

When you configure Essentials 2010 to stop managing a computer, the agent is uninstalled from that computer, the computer is removed from all the computer groups to which it belonged, and it is no longer displayed in the Essentials console.

When you stop managing a computer, the count of computers managed by Essentials 2010 is decreased by one.

To stop managing a computer

  1. In the Essentials console, click the Administration button.

  2. In the Administration pane, expand Administration and then expand Device Management.

  3. Select Agent Managed.

  4. In the Views pane, select the computers that you want to stop managing.

  5. Right-click one of the selected computers, and click Uninstall.

  6. Confirm your action.

    Use this procedure when you are rebuilding or repurposing machines that will no longer be seen on the network. Use the following procedure when you want to stop managing a machine that will remain on the network.

To manually uninstall the agent directly on the managed computer

  1. On the managed computer, open the Control Panel and select Add or Remove Programs.

  2. In the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, select Microsoft Operations Manager R2 Agent.

  3. Open the Essentials console.

  4. In the navigation pane, select Administration.

  5. In the Administration pane, expand Administration and then expand Device Management.

  6. Select Agent Managed.

  7. In the Views pane, highlight the computers from which you have manually removed the agent.

  8. Click Delete.

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