Quick Start Guide for Operations Manager 2012 Beta

Applies To: Operations Manager 2012

System Center 2012 – Operations Manager enables you to monitor services, devices, and operations for many computers in a single console. Operators can gain rapid insight into the state of the IT environment and the IT services running across different systems and workloads by using numerous views that show state, health, and performance information, as well as alerts generated for availability, performance, configuration and security situations.

Operations Manager can monitor thousands of servers, applications, and clients and provides comprehensive views of their health states. These views are key to a rapid and agile response to events that can impact the availability of services the IT department provides its customers.

What's New in Operations Manager 2012 Beta summarizes some of the new or changed functionality in Operations Manager. This information is particularly useful for those who are familiar with Operations Manager 2007.

The purpose of this Quick Start Guide is to provide a set of procedures to help you try out and evaluate new features in Operations Manager. More detailed information on these features can be found in the Operations Manager 2012 Deployment Guide and the Operations Manager 2012 Operations Guide. You can also join the Customer Experience Program to participate in a structured approach to evaluating the beta release of Operations Manager.


Operations Manager is in development. Be sure to review the Operations Manager 2012 Beta Release Notes before using this product.

The procedures in the Quick Start Guide:

Procedure Description

Install Operations Manager 2012 Beta

This procedure tells you how to perform a new installation of Operations Manager with all features installed on a single computer. If you are interested in upgrading Operations Manager 2007 R2 to Operations Manager, see the Operations Manager 2012 Deployment Guide.

Install Operations Manager 2012 Beta Agent

This procedure tells you how to install an agent on a Windows-based computer from the Operations console. If you are interested in installing agents on UNIX-based or Linux-based computers, upgrading Operations Manager 2007 R2 agents, multi-homing agents, or using the command line to install agents, see Managing Agents and Discovery in the Operations Manager 2012 Operations Guide.

Import a Management Pack

This procedure tells you how to import a management pack by using the online catalog and the Operations console. For more information on using management packs, see Using Operations Manager Management Packs in the Operations Manager 2012 Operations Guide.

Create a Dashboard View

This procedure tells you how to create a dashboard view that contains performance, alert, and state information.

Add a Dashboard View to a SharePoint Site

This procedure tells you how to make dashboard views available on a SharePoint site.

Monitor an ASP.NET Application

This procedure tells you how to configure monitoring for server-side and client-side ASP.NET applications.

Monitor Network Devices

This procedure tells you how to discover and monitor network devices, such as routers, switches, ports, and more. Next, it describes the network monitoring views that you use after discovery is configured. For more information on monitoring networks, see Monitoring Networks by Using Operations Manager in the Operations Manager 2012 Operations Guide.

Explore Management Group Health Dashboard View

Operations Manager contains a new dashboard view that provides a one-stop overview of important information about your management group. This topic explains the data you see in the Management Group Health view.


Documentation for the beta release of Operations Manager is in development. Some topics may be incomplete at this time. Follow @opsmandoc on Twitter or check the announcements on the Connect site for Operations Manager 2012 Beta to be notified when the documentation is updated.

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