Deploying System Center Operations Manager


This version of Operations Manager has reached the end of support, we recommend you to upgrade to Operations Manager 2019.

All System Center Operations Manager individual management group deployments will either be an "all-in-one" installation, where all features are loaded on a single server, or a distributed installation. Installations can then be combined together to form an overall Operations Manager infrastructure that consists of multiple management groups. These management groups can then relate to each other as your business needs require.

This section describes an individual management group deployment, where you have one management group, but the features of Operations Manager are either installed on a single server or distributed over several servers.

For information about connecting management groups, see Connecting Management Groups in Operations Manager.

Before you begin

Before you begin your deployment, you should read the release notes, and ensure that your server meets the minimum system requirements for Operations Manager. For more information, see:

Operations Manager Administrators role assignment

The System Center Operations Manager setup procedure automatically assigns the Administrators group on the local computer to the Operations Manager Administrators role. You must be logged on with an account that has local Administrator rights to run Setup on the first management server that you install; this ensures that you can open the Operations console after Setup is completed. When you install additional management servers, you must use a Domain account of which you are a member.

Required accounts

During setup, you are prompted for three accounts, the management server action account, the System Center Configuration service and System Center Data Access service account, and the Data Warehouse Write account. In Operations Manager, you can use the same account for the System Center Configuration and System Center Data Access service services.

If you install Reporting, you are prompted for one additional account, the Data Reader account. For further information regarding the specific privileges to be granted before running setup and what rights are assigned to the accounts during setup, please review the Service, User, and Security accounts guidance.


If you create a specific account for installation, this account must be a member of the sysadmin server role for Microsoft SQL Server, but also have access to the master database.


If you install multiple management servers, you are prompted for a management server action account and a System Center Configuration service and System Center Data Access service account each time you add a management server. You must provide the same accounts for each installation.

SQL Server requirements

System Center Operations Manager requires access to an instance of a server running Microsoft SQL Server. This instance can be located on a separate computer from the management servers in a distributed installation or on the first management server in the management group. In either case, the instance of Microsoft SQL Server must already exist and be accessible before you start your first management server installation. The SQL Server Collation setting must be a supported value, and SQL Full Text Search must be enabled. To review which versions of SQL Server are supported for Operations Manager, see SQL Server requirements in the SQL Server Design Considerations planning article.

During setup, you are prompted for the following:

  • The SQL Server database server name, Always On availability group name, or primary cluster name and instance name. If you have installed SQL Server by using the default instance, you only have to specify the SQL Server name.

You can accept the default values for or set:

  • SQL Server Port number. By default, 1433.

  • A new operational database (for first management server installation in the management group) or an existing operational database (when installing additional management servers in an existing management group).

  • The database name. By default, OperationsManager.

  • The starting database size. By default, 1000 MB.

  • The Data file and Log folder locations. By default, these are C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\Data or C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\Log as appropriate to the SQL Server defaults.


If TCP/IP is disabled on a remote server that is hosting the SQL Server database, Setup will not be able to connect to the SQL Server database. To resolve this issue, enable TCP/IP on the remote server.

Ensure that SQL Server Reporting Services has been correctly installed and configured. For more information about how to install and configure SQL Server Reporting Services, see SQL Server Installation (SQL Server 2014). For more information about how to install and configure SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services, see SQL Server Installation (SQL Server 2016).

For additional information to help you properly plan your SQL Server configuration in support of Operations Manager, see SQL Server Design Considerations.

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