Install Agent on UNIX and Linux Using the Discovery Wizard


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, System Center 2012 - Operations Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager

Use the Computer and Device Management Wizard to discover and install agents on UNIX and Linux computers. For a list of the supported operating system versions, see Supported Configurations.

Before you run the wizard, gather the following information:

  • The host name, IP address, or range of IP addresses of the UNIX or Linux computers that you want to discover.

  • At a minimum, you will need a low-privileged account established on the UNIX or Linux computer to discover it. To install an agent, you will need privileged access. For more information, see Accessing UNIX and Linux Computers in Operations Manager.

  • If defined, the name of the resource pool created to monitor UNIX or Linux computers. Resource pools can contain management servers or gateways for monitoring UNIX or Linux computers. For more information, see Managing Resource Pools for UNIX and Linux Computers.

To discover and install an agent on a UNIX or Linux Computer

  1. Log on to the Operations console with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role.

  2. Click Administration.

  3. At the bottom of the navigation pane, click Discovery Wizard.

  4. On the Discovery Type page, click Unix/Linux computers.

  5. On the Discovery Criteria page, do the following:

    1. Click Add to define a discovery scope. In the Discovery Criteria dialog box, do the following:

      1. For the Discovery scope, click the ellipsis button to specify the host name, IP address, or range of IP addresses of the UNIX- or Linux-based computers to be discovered.

      2. For the Discovery type select Discover all computers or Discover only computers with the UNIX/Linux agent installed.

        If you choose to discover only computers with the agent installed, the only credential that you will need to provide is for the agent verification. This can be a low-privileged account on the UNIX or Linux computer.

        System_CAPS_security Security Note

        Discovering only computers with the agent installed requires that the agent is currently installed and configured with a signed certificate.

      3. To specify the credentials for installing an agent, click Set credentials. For detailed instructions, see “Credentials for Installing Agents” in Credentials for Installing Agents or Signing Certificates of Installed Agents.

      4. Click Save.

    2. Select a management pool to monitor the UNIX or Linux computer.


      The option will be changed from management pool to resource pool in the final release of Operations Manager.

  6. Click Discover to display the Discovery Progress page. The time it takes to finish discovery depends on many factors, such as the criteria specified and the configuration of the environment. If a large number (100 or more) of computers are being discovered or agents are being installed, the Operations console will not be usable during discovery and agent installation.

  7. On the Computer Selection page, on the Manageable computers tab, select the computers that you want to be managed. The Additional results tab lists any errors and computers that are already being managed.

  8. Click Manage.

  9. On the Computer Management page, after the deployment process is completed, click Done.

You must have, at a minimum, a UNIX/Linux Action Account profile configured with a Monitoring Run As Account to monitor the UNIX or Linux computer. For more information, see How to Configure Run As Accounts and Profiles for UNIX and Linux Access.


Solaris Zones are supported on Solaris 10 or newer versions. In monitoring a computer with Zones, each Zone is treated like a separate computer. You must install the agent on each computer that you want to monitor. Install the agent on the global zone first, because sparse zones share files with the global zone. If you try to install on a sparse zone first, the installation fails. For more information about troubleshooting, see Operating System Issues.