Ten days have passed since the public beta for OpsMgr has been released, the most common questions I had are “tell me what’s new” and “what can I do to prepare for the upgrade?”
The first question has been egregiously answered by my fellow MVP Graham: What’s new in SCOM 2012-
Even if it’s a little early to have definitive answers for the upgrade dependencies, we should wait until Release Candidate stage to have more accurate information, there are a few steps you can plan :
- be sure all you management servers, gateways and SQL Server hosting Operations Manager database are at Windows 2008 R2 (I would add SP1) level
- Be sure to have .net framework 4 installed on all your MSs and gateways
- if you’re using Avicode today you’ll probably end with a side by side architecture (sub optimal I know) since not all functionality will be brought inside OpsMgr. You’ll probably end with new asp.net and web services monitored by the new infrastructure and “legacy” ones monitored by your current architecture
- Try to keep your OpsMgr infrastructure updated with the last Cumulative Update, if you’re not current I would suggest to wait for Cumulative Update 5 (due in the next few weeks)
- Start talking with your networking people if you want to bring in network monitoring (I suspect you want). Remember you still need a management product to deliver firmware upgrades and new configurations and in the first release the network monitoring could be not as deep as more mature products are, but the advantage to have all the alerts in a single console is worth a try.
- Plan to remove any dependency to standard snmp trap service and the snmp wmi provider (if used with events i.e. traps) for your gateways/MSs if you want to use them to leverage the snmp monitoring of OpsMgr 2012. In beta they’re using a different stack and I suspect this will be the final design as well.
Finally, if you want to evaluate the beta just download it from the Microsoft web site: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=26804
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