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Installing System Center 2016 Operations Manager Step by Step – Part 7

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Installing System Center 2016 Operations Manager Step by Step – Part 7

Part 7 – Installing Agents

An Operations Manager agent is a service that is installed on a computer. The agent collects data, compares sampled data to predefined values, creates alerts, and runs responses. A management server receives and distributes configurations to agents on monitored computers. There are several methods you can use to install an Operations Manager agent on a computer.

  • You can use the Discovery Wizard in the Operations console, sometimes called a push installation. (All other methods are considered manual installations.) This method works for computers running Windows, UNIX, and Linux operating systems.
  • You can run the Setup Wizard from the Operations Manager installation media and install the agent directly on a computer running Windows.
  • You can install an agent directly on a computer running Windows, UNIX, and Linux operating systems by using a command line.

To install the agent by using the Discovery Wizard, firewall ports must be open on the agent-managed computers. Also, you must have an account that is a local administrator on the computer on which you want to install the agent.

Agents that are installed by using the Discovery Wizard can be managed from the Operations console, such as updating agent versions, applying patches, and configuring the management server that the agent reports to.

When you install the agent using a manual method, updates to the agent must also be performed manually. You will be able to use Active Directory integration to assign agents to management groups

For the purpose of this post, I will be touching on installing agent on Windows computer using the Discovery wizard. If you are looking to install agents to Unix or Linux, or Networking devices, please visit –

Installing agent on Windows computer using the Discovery wizard

Log on to the Operations console with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role

Click Administration

At the bottom of the navigation pane, click Discovery Wizard.agent_1

On the Discovery Type page, click Windows computers.

On the Auto or Advanced? page, Select Advanced discovery

In the Computer and Device Classes list, select Servers and ClientsServers Only, or Clients Only

In the Management Server list, click the management server or gateway server to discover the computers. In this it will be two Management Server, select any.

Click Next


On the Discovery Method page, you can locate the computers that you want to manage by either scanning or browsing Active Directory Domain Services or typing the computer names.

Select Browse for, or type-in computer names, click Browse, specify the names of the computers that you want to manage, and then click OK.

In the Browse for, or type-in computer names box, type the computer names, separated by a semi-colon, comma, or a new line. You can use NetBIOS computer names or fully qualified domain names (FQDN).

Click Next.


On the Administrator Account page, Select Other user account, type the User name and Password, and then select the Domain from the list.

The account must have administrative privileges on the targeted computers. I am using the Domain admin account for the purpose of this excerise.

Click Next


On the Select Objects to Manage page, Select the computers that you want to be agent-managed computers.

In the Management Mode list, click Agent and then click Next.


On the Summary page, Leave the Agent installation directory set to the default of %ProgramFiles%\System Center Operations Manager or type an installation path.

Leave Agent Action Account set to the default, Local System. The Agent Action Account is the default account that the agent will use to perform actions.

Click Finish


In the Agent Management Task Status dialog box, the Status for each selected computer changes from Queued to Success; the computers are ready to be managed.



  1. Part 1
    1. Operations Manager Overview
    2. System Center Requirements
  2. Part 2
    1. SQL 2016 Installation
  3. Part 3
    1. First Management Server Installation
  4. Part 4
    1. Second M Management Server Installation
  5. Part 5
    1. Gateway Installation
  6. Part 6
    1. Reporting Services Installation
  7. Part 7
    1. Installing Agents
  8. Part 8
    1. Conclusion


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