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Single-Server Deployment of Operations Manager


The single-server management group scenario combines all the management group roles that can coexist onto a single instance of the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, or Windows Server 2012 operating system running as a member server in an Active Directory domain. This instance can be on dedicated hardware or on a virtual computer. The Operations console can be deployed to computers other than the single server, and the web console is accessed via a browser. Agents are then typically deployed to a limited number of devices depending on the capacity of the server that System Center 2012 – Operations Manager is deployed on.

You deploy Operations Manager in a single-server management group when you want to use it for evaluation, testing, and management pack development, usually in nonproduction or preproduction environments.

Single Server

The single-server management group configuration supports the following services:

  1. Monitoring and alerting

  2. Reporting (available in the Operations console but not in the web console)

  3. Audit collection

  4. Agentless exception management

  5. Data (accessed by using the web console and the Operations console)

The single-server management group configuration combines these features:

  • Audit Collection Services (ACS) collector

  • ACS database

  • ACS forwarder

  • Operational database

  • Operations console

  • Reporting data warehouse database

  • Reporting database

  • Reporting server

  • Web console server

  • Command Shell

The single-server management group configuration is the easiest to deploy, but there are limitations to its capabilities and therefore limitations to what it is commonly used for.

This configuration does not include the gateway server role. Because of this, all monitored devices must be in the same Active Directory forest as the management server or you must use certificates on both the managed computer and the management server to provide for mutual authentication.

The single server, single management group resides on a single set of hardware. This configuration supports only one instance of each server role and therefore cannot support agent failover between management servers.

This configuration is most commonly used for evaluation, testing, and management pack development purposes, usually in nonproduction or preproduction environments. Single-server management group configurations generally lack the robustness and performance to support anything but the smallest production loads.

In this configuration, you need to make sure that network ports are opened for communication between the agents and the management server, between the Operations console and the management server, and between the web console and the management server. All other inter-service communication occurs on the management server itself. The ports are as follows:

  • Operations console to management server: TCP 5724

  • Operations console to Reporting server: TCP 80

  • Web console to web console server: selected web site port

  • Agent to management server: TCP 5723

  • ACS forwarder to ACS collector: TCP 51909

  • Agentless management: occurs over remote procedure call

  • Management server to UNIX\Linux computer: TCP 1270

  • Management server to UNIX\Linux computer for special discovery and troubleshooting: TCP 22

For a complete listing of ports used, the direction of the communication, and if the ports can be configured, see Supported Configurations for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager.

To deploy Operations Manager in a single-server management group, see Walkthrough: Installing Operations Manager on a Single Server.

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