Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

Operations Manager is a component of Microsoft System Center 2012 that helps the organization monitor services, devices, and operations for multiple computers from a single console. This guide leads the reader through the process of planning the Operations Manager infrastructure by addressing the following fundamental decisions and tasks:

· Identifying which services, applications, and infrastructure need to be monitored.

· Determining the resources needed to employ Operations Manager to monitor the selected resources.

· Designing the components, layout, security, and connectivity of the Operations Manager infrastructure.


Figure 1. System Center 2012 capabilities and components

What’s New in System Center 2012 -Operations Manager

The most relevant infrastructure changes include:

· RMS removal and the new RMS emulator. The single largest change impacting design and planning is the removal of the root management server (RMS). All management servers are peers now that there is no RMS. Therefore, the RMS is no longer a single point of failure because all management servers host the services previously hosted only by the RMS. Roles are distributed to all the management servers. If one management server becomes unavailable, its responsibilities are automatically redistributed. An RMS emulator role provides for backward compatibility for management packs targeting the RMS. If the organization does not have any management packs that previously targeted the RMS, the RMS emulator will not be required.

· Data warehouse. The data warehouse is now required.

· Resource pools. A resource pool is a collection of management servers, or gateway servers, used to distribute work among themselves and take over work from a failed member. All management servers are members of the All Management Servers resource pool, which balances the monitoring load of the management group as new management servers are added, and provides automatic failover for monitoring.


Applicable Scenarios

This guide addresses the planning and design decisions involved in creating a successful Operations Manager infrastructure. It has been written to address the needs of the following groups:

· Organizations with no monitoring solution that are planning to monitor services, applications, and infrastructure with Operations Manager.

· Organizations now using another monitoring solution that are planning to move to Operations Manager.

· Organizations consolidating multiple monitoring solutions to Operations Manager.

· Organizations with multiforest environments where Operations Manager will be used to monitor and manage resources that span Active Directory Domain Services forest boundaries.

· Organizations that have distributed environments with systems separated by wide area network (WAN) links.

· Organizations with services in perimeter networks separated by firewalls.

· Organizations interested in implementing centralized security event log collection and reporting to meet internal audit or regulatory compliance requirements.

· Organizations upgrading from Microsoft Operations Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 – Operations Manager.

· Organizations requiring coexistence with existing management systems.

Customers with complex scenarios should consider having their architecture reviewed by Microsoft Consulting Service prior to implementation because that organization is best able to comment on the supportability of a particular design.

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Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides—Release Announcement


Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides—Release Announcement

Windows Server Virtualization

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated virtualization guides: Windows Server Virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
These guides, updated to reflect the features and functionalities of Windows Server® 2008 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, outline the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of these virtualization products.

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server Virtualization takes the reader through the process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the Hyper-V™ server hosts required is presented in easy-to-follow steps, helping the reader to design and plan virtual server datacenters.

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager assists readers in the design and implementation of SCVMM architecture, thus enabling centralized administration of physical and virtual machines. Identification of the VMM server instances required is one of the simple, seven-step design processes presented in this guide.

Download the IPD Guides for Virtualization at
Infrastructure Planning and Design streamlines the planning process by:

  • Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.
  • Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.
  • Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.
  • Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.

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