SCOM Assessment through Operations Management Suite (OMS)
If we talk about one of the key concerns of a SCOM Administrator, it’s the health of Operations Manager environment. The SCOM environment should be up to date, healthy and super green.
Microsoft has released the System Center Operations Manager Assessment solution that assesses the risk and health of your System Center Operations Manager Server environments. This solution is Free and available to all 2012 SP1 and 2012 R2 Operations Manager users on Operations Management Suite (OMS).
System Center Operations Manager Assessment solution on OMS assesses your Operations Manager environment against best practices that were collected over the years from Microsoft Knowledge Base articles and field engineers across multiple environments, industries and scenarios. This solution provides a health check and risk assessment of the Operations Manager environment and recommendations to fix the issues identified.
So, let’s configure this in our test environment.
Before you start, make sure you have configured below:
1: Add System Center Operations Manager Assessment (Preview) solution under Azure portal.
Refer below link to install the solution:
2: Configure Operations Management Suite Connection through Operations Manager console.
Here you just need to provide your Microsoft account you used to login on to Azure Portal and provide the Workspace created under Azure Portal.
Since we have already completed both the steps, will jump to the OMS portal.
1: Login on to OMS portal https://www.mms.microsoft.com/
2: Click on Solutions Gallery icon and click on System Center Operations Manager Assessment (Preview).
3: Click on Add button.
We need to configure the System Center Operations Manager Assessment (Preview) solution.
4: Click on Solution requires additional configuration option.
5: Click on Download SCOMAssessmentConfigure.ps1 button to download the powershell script.
The powershell script will do the magic and configure the assessment.
6: Once download completes, move the SCOMAssessmentConfigure.ps1 file on SCOM Management Server on C: drive and open Operations Manager Shell.
7: Run below cmdlet:
.\SCOMAssessmentConfigure.ps1 -ManagementServer “Management Server Name“
Management Server Name will be your SCOM Management Server FQDN.
8: Press 1 and hit ENTER.
Now here you need to provide the display name of the Run As account which is present in your Operations Manager environment.
You can select the Run As account under Accounts tab and copy the display name of Run As account.
9: Enter the RunAs account name and hit Enter.
Our Case RunAs account name is: ALERT NOTIFICATION ACTION ACCOUNT
10: Press Q to quit.
We will configure below options manually through SCOM Console:
- Enable the System Center Operations Management Assessment to run
- configure the run frequency of the System Center Operations Management Assessment
Enable the System Center Operations Management Assessment to run
1: Open Operations Manager Console and click on Authoring tab.
2: Click on Rules under Management Pack Objects option.
3: Look for Microsoft System Center Advisor SCOM Assessment Run Assessment Rule and click Find Now option.
4: Right click the rule with Type: Management Server and click Overrides.
5: Select Override the Rule and click on For all objects of class: Management Server.
Note: Since, I have only one Management Server, I have selected For all objects of class: Management Server option. If you have more than one Management Server, you can select For a specific object of class: Management Server and select the Management Server for which the rule needs to be enabled.
7: Change the Override Value of Enabled parameter to True.
Configure the run frequency of the System Center Operations Management Assessment
8: Change the Override Value of IntervalMinutes parameter to 1440.
9: Select the destination management pack and click OK button.
Note: By default, the assessment is configured to run at 7 Days interval (10080 minutes). We have changed the interval to 1 Day (1440 minutes). The value signifies the minimum time gap required between successive assessment runs.
We are done with the required configurations.
Restart Health Service on the Management Server.
Assessment may take around an hour, after a successful assessment of the Operations Manager environment, recommendations are generated.
Users can view these recommendations in their OMS Workspace by clicking the System Center Operations Manager Assessment tile.
Each recommendation has a weightage assigned based on probability of occurrence, impact if occurred and effort required to fix. This will guide the user to prioritize the recommendations to act on.
Clicking on any of the recommendations, will open a new screen with details such as description of the issue, suggested actions, affected objects etc.
Hope this wonderful solution provided by Microsoft will help you maintaining your SCOM environment efficient and healthy.