Learning Path: Managing Infrastructures with Microsoft SCOM
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Learning Path: Managing Infrastructures with Microsoft SCOM

Get well-versed with infrastructure monitoring and advanced SCOM functionalities, and implement it for your organization
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Last updated 5/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Plan for the deployment of System Center 2016 Operations Manager
  • Understand hardware and software requirements and security considerations
  • Perform different methods of Agent deployment with System Center 2016 Operations Manager
  • Deploy Management Packs and configure Management Packs Templates
  • Deploy applications and settings for your device using various third-party options
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  • No prior knowledge of SCCM 2016 is required
  • You need to have prior knowledge of system administration

If you’re a systems administrator or an IT operations professional who wants to monitor your infrastructure and applications using SCOM 2016, or if you are just someone who is looking to gain expertise at System Center Operation Manager, this Learning Path is for you.

As organizations become more and more dependent upon a powerful IT infrastructure, there is increased pressure on administrators to be able to monitor and troubleshoot quickly and effectively. Systems Center Operations Manager (SCOM) makes this possible by giving administrators a simple way to manage the performance of their infrastructure and allowing them to focus on the steps to optimize and improve it.

SCOM: Manage Infrastructures with Systems Center 2016 Operations Manager is Packt’s Video Learning Path that is a series of individual video products put together in a logical and stepwise manner such that each video builds on the skills learned in the video before it.

This Learning Path will start by enlightening you on the core fundamentals that will help you leverage your IT assets in order to derive high benefits. We will demonstrate the configuration and deployment aspect of SCOM and its various services based on your business requirements. We then focus on explaining the core concepts of SCOM such as Management Servers and Packs, Services, and Agents along with teaching you the latest features of SCOM 2016.

This Learning Path then covers advanced monitors and data collection,where you’ll learn to gather data and put it on dashboards. You’ll then learn to integrate the Operational Management Suite to delegate access to websites. You’ll finish by learning how to Integrate PowerShell with SCOM.

The goal of this Learning Path is to make a master out of you in SCOM 2016.

This Learning Path is authored by some of the best in the field.

About the Author

Jerome Jones is a technical instructor and consultant with over 20 years of IT and instructional experience specializing in System Center (Configuration Manager, Operations Manager, Service Manager, and Orchestrator), Windows Server, Windows Client, and Microsoft Exchange. He has been an instructor and consultant since 2005 earning his MCT, MCSE-Messaging, MCSA-Messaging, MCITP, and MCTS. Stephen Hohman has 24 years of experience with Microsoft products. He is a Senior-level Microsoft Solutions Consultant with over 24 years of experience working with clients on technology requirements. His primary areas of knowledge include a large suite of Microsoft technologies deployed in every Active Directory based environment, in addition to Exchange server and System Center 2012 R2 (Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Service Manager, AppController, App-v, Orchestrator, and Configuration Manager).

Stephen Hohman has 24 years of experience with Microsoft products. He is a Senior-level Microsoft Solutions Consultant with over 24 years of experience working with clients on technology requirements. His primary areas of knowledge include a large suite of Microsoft technologies deployed in every Active Directory based environment, in addition to Exchange server and System Center 2012 R2 (Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Service Manager, AppController, App-v, Orchestrator, and Configuration Manager).

Who is the target audience?
  • This Learning Path is for system administrators and IT Operations professionals who want to monitor their infrastructure and applications using SCOM 2016.
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Curriculum For This Course
64 Lectures
Getting Started with System Center 2016 Operations Manager
32 Lectures 06:28:37

The first task for any deployment is defining your project and planning it properly. A properly planned and designed infrastructure will provide the foundation for a successful and optimally performing monitoring solution.

Preview 08:05

Operations Manager 2016 consists of several different roles and components that will form the foundation of your deployment. This section will discuss each of these roles and components to ensure that you have a thorough knowledge of Operations Manager before beginning your installation.
Operations Manager Components

Now that you have a better understanding of the different roles and components required for deploying Operations Manager 2016, this video will cover the prerequisites that must be in place to support your infrastructure and design.

System Center Operations Manager 2016 Hardware and Software Prerequisites

The Management Group is a logical administrative unit that is created during the installation of the first management server. At a minimum, it consists of a management server, the operational database, and the operational DW database. In this video, you will learn how to deploy a management server and set up a basic deployment of a management group.
Installing the Management Group

In a single-server deployment of Operations Manager, you are designing a single point of failure. A single server design is typically used for testing purposes. To address scalability and redundancy concerns in a production environment, you should deploy Operations Manager using a distributed server design. In this video, you will learn how to deploy additional management servers to address fault tolerance issues
Additional Management Server Installation

Running reports allows you to visualize your collected data. The Operations Manager Reporting Server role uses SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to render and schedule reports. This video covers the Reporting Server role and the SQL database instance that will host the Operations Manager operational and DW databases

When you configure the management group setting, the default options apply to all the management servers within that group. We will see how to use the Administration Pane to configure global settings
Preview 28:28

Individual server options define settings on a per server basis. Let's see how to override global settings
Individual Server Options

There are pros and cons when deciding on which method to use when installing the agent. This video focuses on the different ways to install the agent on managed computers
Preview 15:35

There are multiple ways to configure the Agent's property settings. Let's see how to use the Control Panel and the Operations Console to configure Agent settings.
Configuring Individual Settings

The ability to monitor non-Windows servers is critical. Let's see how to discover and deploy agents to Unix/Linux computers
Deploying Agents to Other Clients

The network monitoring feature of Operations Manager allows you to identify issues at the network layer. Let's look at how to use the Operations Manager console to discover network devices.
Discovering Network Devices

In the past, monitoring meant checking event logs or checking a service to see if it's running or not. That type of monitoring is reactive monitoring. Management Packs let you do more granular proactive monitoring
Preview 11:14

Management Packs include a number of elements such as discoveries, tasks, rules, and monitors. You need to understand how Management Packs work in Operations Manager to customize your monitoring environment.
Exploring Management Packs Components

To use Management Packs, you must import them into Operations Manager. This video will cover how to download and import Management Packs from the catalog website and other sources
Preview 17:02

Sealed Management Packs cannot be directly altered. This video will cover how to use Groups and Overrides to change settings in sealed Management Packs and store those settings in unsealed Management Packs.

Tuning Management Packs

With .NET Application Performance Monitoring, you can monitor IIS 7, 8, and 10 hosted applications from both the server and client perspective. This video covers an overview of APM and how to use the .NET Performance Monitoring Template
Preview 08:48

Operations Manager has the ability to show the health state of your business-critical applications graphically by using a Distributed Application Diagram. This video covers the components of the distributed application and how they can be added to the Distributed Application Designer.
End-to-End Service Monitoring

The Distributed Application Diagram in Operations Manager is a key feature that you can use to view the health and availability of an application or service including their relationship with other components in the application or service. This video covers how to create a Distributed Application
Creating a Distributed Application

Management Pack Templates provide a quick and simple method of creating customized monitoring. This video covers what Management Pack Templates are available in the Authoring Workspace

Management Pack Templates

System Center 2016 Operations Manager comes with several consoles designed to provide access to monitoring. This video looks at the different console available in Operations Manager 2016
Preview 08:33

Most monitoring and administration can be done from the Operations Console. This video takes a closer look at the Operations Manager Console.
Operations Manager Console Overview

You will not always be looking at the Operation Console when alerts occur. Notifications are used to send alerts to specific users via specific channels such as email or text. In this video, you will learn how to configure notification in Operations Manager
Creating Notification Subscriptions

Optimizing your environment is key to collecting usable performance data. Prepackaged management packs collect more data than most organizations need in their monitoring environment. There are several tools and settings that can be adjusted to optimize performance collection data
Preview 11:04

Monitors are used to determine the health of the objects being monitored. Operations Manager allows you to create three different types of monitors. In this video, we are going to take a look at how to create custom monitors and modify settings in existing monitors by using overrides.
Working with Monitors

Rules define the events and performance data to collect from monitored systems and what to do with that information after it is collected. In this video, we will take a closer look at how to create new Rules and how to modify existing Rules.
Optimizing Rules

To have successful backup and restore strategy, you must first be familiar with the different components that make up your Operations Manager environment. This video reintroduces you to the common Operations Manager component and their role in mitigating a potential disaster or failure.
Preview 09:02

It's a popular saying, "if you don't plan for a disaster, then you are planning a disaster". That saying holds true for Operations Manager 2016. In this video, we will focus on the impact of losing any of the common Management Group components to failure.

Common Backup and Restore Scenarios

This video focuses on how to prepare for a disaster by creating a backup of your Operations Manager Databases and restoring Operations Manager from the backup when needed.
Backup and Restore Basics

To understand the benefits of Service Manager integration, you should first understand its key features and capabilities. You should also understand how Service Manager connectors are configured and how Operations Manager can monitor Service Manager with the appropriate Management Packs imported
Preview 08:08

Data Protection Manager provides backup and restore functions for server and client operating systems. This video covers how DPM integrates with Operations Manager, including how integration is configured and tasks that can be performed from within the Operations Console
Data Protection Manager Integration

Orchestrator is a datacenter process automation solution. This video covers an overview of Orchestrator, including the integration of Orchestrator with Operations Manager and using Operations Manager to monitor Orchestrator.
Orchestrator Integration
Advanced System Center 2016 Operations Manager
32 Lectures 03:40:31
To give you a feel of the course, we'll do an end-to-end overview in this video of what will be covered in this course
Preview 08:11

It is important to understand what management packs are, but more importantly, what they contain.

Understanding What Management Packs Control

Starting with a good naming convention for Management Packs and understanding how Management Packs appear, control views, and allow the targeting of specific audiences, will allow the administrator to create proper management packs the first time.

Management Pack Role in Customizing Notifications and Views

There will be times where the administrator will need to recall the contents of a Management Pack, or author an advanced Management Pack – this section showcases a few tools to accomplish this.
Management Pack Tools and Maintenance

Operations Manager 2016 introduces a new tool for viewing alerts generated over time. We will use this new tool to target our loudest Management Packs.

Preview 06:20

Groups in Operations Manager are the basis by which you can control discovery and alerting on monitored targets. This section discusses some grouping best-practices and then shows how to control discovery and alerting with the groups created.
Groups and Alerts in Operations Manager

The console is one way to be notified of what is happening in Operations Manager, but there are a few other ways as well including e-mail and web-calls to third-party notification tools.
Other Alerting Methods

This section sets the foundation for understanding how run-as accounts are used in Operations Manager and how to distribute customer credentials to monitoring targets.
Preview 06:17

Monitoring Active Directory is critical in most enterprises and understanding the different ways to allow your run-as account to perform that function is crucial
Run-As Account Distribution for Active Directory

Thanks to the work of two awesome people in the technical community, we can now monitor SQL more effectively, without the manual steps involved in previous days.
SQL Configuration for Monitoring in Operations Manager

Gathering information from application and systems stakeholders can be challenging. This section describes methods for gathering that information.
Preview 11:42

Application Performance Monitoring (APM) allows the Operations Manager admin to see into the IIS-based .Net code and look for issues in code as well as performance.
Application Performance Monitoring

Monitoring a Windows-based service is one thing, but acting upon a state requires additional configurations. In this video, we'll discuss the differences between the Management Pack template and custom rules.
Windows Services

Maintenance windows allow the administrator to suppress and reset monitoring during periods of known downtime and maintenance in systems. Prior to Operations Manager 2016, maintenance windows were a manual process involving scripts and task scheduler. Now they are applied right in Operations Manager.

Maintenance Windows

Understanding what distributed applications are and why we would use them will you a clearer picture of these very valuable Operations Manager features.
Preview 06:09

Knowing how to gather monitoring targets into a distributed application can be challenging for the first time. This video demonstrates ways to target and gather information into your new distributed application
Gathering Objects into a Distributed Application

Distributed applications can be exported to Visio where new icons and layouts can be applied, making the information easier to understand for your target audience
Exporting and Modifying a Distributed Application in Vision

Once you have brought your distributed application to Visio it is time to customize your drawing and link each new object to the monitored object in Operations Manager. Finally, configure the refresh rate for updates to the data and save the diagram as a web part for SharePoint.
Saving Visio-based Distributed Applications as Web Parts

Most imported Management Packs come with great dashboards for presenting information about the monitoring they perform. There are three ways to gain access to these dashboards, with each better suited for a specific target audience.
Preview 04:48

With custom monitoring, we discussed in Sections 4 and 5, come custom dashboards to present your information. This video looks at the various ways to present information in Operations Manager.

Custom Dashboards

By ensuring services will be available to your stakeholders, you can measure the effectiveness of your monitoring and proactive approach to issue resolution. SLAs allow you to visually represent uptime versus overall time and display the results to key users.
Service Level Agreement Dashboards

We start with a foundation of what Operations Management Suite (OMS) is, where it came from, and what the future holds for the platform and System Center.
Preview 05:13

The first step in using OMS is creating an OMS workspace, then send data to OMS. In this video, we discuss creating a workspace and the two methods for sending information to OMS for analysis
Sending Data to OMS

OMS analyzes data sent to it, by way of OMS Solutions. In this video, we'll discuss a few of the current solutions, and show how to add them to the OMS workspace.
Adding OMS Solutions

With OMS installed, configured, and receiving data, it is time to analyze the results and act upon recommendations.
Taking Action against OMS Results

Before granting access to the Operations Manager console, one should understand why they need to delegate this access. This video discusses reasons why we would or would not grant access to the console and sets the stage for the subsequent videos.
Preview 04:16

If you need a user to have view-only access to the console, that is possible, but SharePoint may be a better way to share this information.
Granting View-Only Access

One of the more powerful features of Operations Manager is the ability to take actions against a monitoring target when alerts are generated. In this video, we discuss how to grant that ability to end users who need it.
Granting the Ability to Take Actions against Alerts

Granting access to APM information allows the Operations Manager administrator to let developers and application support personnel see what is going on inside their application. In this video, we grant APM data access to select groups and users
Grant Access to APM Information and Details

Before using PowerShell with Operations Manager, it is important to understand what the Operations Manager Command Shell is and when you would use it
Preview 06:36

Automating scripts in Operations Manager can be done in a variety of ways. In this video, we will explore the task scheduler and Operations Manager rules.
Automating Common Administrative Tasks

In this video, we will use scripts developed by one of the members of the System Center technical community to discover Active Directory servers not monitored by Operations Manager, review the results, and use the resulting list to deploy agents to Operations Manager.
Real-World PowerShell Examples
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