Using the Discovery Wizard to Discover Systems and Deploy Cross Platform Agents

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007 R2, Operations Manager 2007 SP1

After the management packs have been imported, follow the steps in this section to launch the Discovery Wizard to discover available UNIX and Linux-based computers and deploy the agents.

To discover and deploy agents

  1. Open the Operations console with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Administrator profile.

  2. Select the Administration view.

  3. At the bottom of the navigation pane, select the Discovery Wizard link.

  4. In the Computer and Device Management Wizard, select Discovery Type, choose Unix/Linux Discovery Wizard, and then click Next.

  5. On the Discovery Method page, click Add to specify criteria for discovering UNIX-based systems and Linux-based systems on your network.

  6. On the Define discovery criteria page, type the credentials and necessary information to locate the computer you want to discover, and then click OK.

  7. On the Discovery Method page, click Add to add more computers to the Discovery Scope list. You can also click Edit or Remove to modify or delete computers from the Discovery Scope list.

  8. In the Discovery Scope column, select the computer that you want to find.

  9. In the Management Server list, select the management server that will monitor the agents.

  10. Select Enable SSH based discovery if you want to push the agent installation instead of having the discovered system pull the agent from the management server.


    Using SSH-based discovery is potentially dangerous because there is no way to check the SSH-key of the remote host. The discovery process sends the user name and password to the remote system. Only use SSH based discovery with systems that you know are running and trusted.

  11. Click Discover to initiate system discovery.

  12. If there is an invalid certificate on the discovered system or systems, the Certificate status page appears. Select the systems that you want new certificates issued to, and then click Sign.


    Issuing a certificate for an unknown system can be potentially dangerous. Issue certificates only for systems that you know and trust. For more information about certificates and security, see the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Security Guide (

  13. On the Discovery results page, in the Select the systems you want to manage: list, select the check box for the system or systems that you want to manage, or click Select All to include all discovered systems.

  14. If there are systems listed in the Select the systems you want to manage list on the Discovery results page that the wizard was unable to discover, you can click Details to get information about why the discovery failed. Correct the problem and repeat the discovery step.

  15. After you have selected the systems you want to manage, click Next to start the deployment, and to close the Discovery results page.

  16. On the Deployment complete page, the Computer and Device Management Wizard displays the agent deployment status in the Status menu.

  17. Click Done to close the wizard.