What's New in Operations Manager

This article details the new features supported in System Center 2019 - Operations Manager. Also includes the new features in Operations Manager 2019 UR1 and 2019 UR2.

New features in Operations Manager 2019

The following sections introduce new and updated features in System Center Operations Manager 2019 - Operations Manager.

Service logon is enabled by default in Operations Manager 2019

Operations Manager 2019 supports hardening of service accounts and doesn't require interactive and remote interactive logon rights for service accounts.

Operations Manager 2019 uses Service Log on as the logon type, by default. For more information, see Enable service logon.

Improved experience for HTML5 dashboard

The redesigned web console is now a fully functional HTML-based console. It no longer has a dependency on Silverlight. The new dashboards were redesigned with:

  • A modern user interface.
  • Simplified widget and dashboard authoring.
  • Accessibility from multiple browsers.
  • Enhanced troubleshooting experience with drill-down pages.
  • Extensibility with a custom widget by using a new REST API.
  • Capability to export and share dashboards.
  • A new All option to select all objects while creating or editing an alerts widget.

Network authentication is enabled with the enhanced web console. For more information, see Overview of HTML5 web console and dashboards.

Enhanced experience for alerts raised by monitors

The alert closure experience for the alerts generated by a monitor is more meaningful and impactful to your service availability goals.

When you view an alert's detail in the alerts view, you can see whether the alert was generated by a rule or a monitor. If the alert was generated by a monitor, allow the monitor to auto-resolve the alert when the health state returns to healthy.

In earlier versions of Operations Manager, if you close the alert while the object is in a warning, critical, or unhealthy state, the problem remains unresolved. No further alerts are generated unless the health state for the monitor is also reset, which again is a manual task.

This behavior often led to closure of critical alerts without resolving the underlying problem. It's now fixed with Operations Manager 2019. An alert generated by a monitor can't be closed unless the health state of the corresponding monitor is healthy.

Notifications and subscriptions enhancement

The existing alert notifications and subscription experience in Operations Manager now deliver more value to users. The enhancements can be broadly categorized into two areas:

Management server failover support for Linux and UNIX monitoring

Failover of the management server in a resource pool that supports monitoring of a workload ensures high availability and fault tolerance. In earlier versions of Operations Manager, when a primary management server fails and another management server takes over the role of the primary management server in the pool, the existing monitor-based alerts in Operations Manager are closed. New alerts are created for the same condition. In deployments where Operations Manager is integrated with an incident management system, these new alerts lead to the creation of new tickets or incidents.

The problem of alerts and tickets that are created during failover or load balancing of management servers is addressed in Operations Manager 2019. Now, when the primary management server fails over, the alerts don't get re-created. Only the repeat count of the existing alerts is incremented.

Linux agent installation changes

With Operations Manager 2019, there are changes in the Linux agent package bundling. This bundle now consists of scx and omi shell bundles only. Post agent installation, a new user called omi is created on the agent computer. However, you can choose to create user omi in advance, according to the specifics of your user policies.

We recommend that user omi be a system user with no login shell, password and home directory.

To use the log file monitoring feature, you must install the Linux log file monitoring management pack that's provided with Operations Manager 2019. This change ensures that the omsagent user is created only when you use the log file monitoring feature. For more information, see Install agent on UNIX and Linux computers and Linux log file monitoring.

Improvement in agent-initiated maintenance mode

Agent-initiated maintenance mode is a crucial feature to suspend monitoring when the monitored object is taken offline for maintenance. With Operations Manager 2019, maintenance mode is triggered based on an event. In earlier releases, maintenance mode was triggered based on the registry. With the registry-based approach, there was a probability that a management server couldn't read the agent's registry before the agent computer was shut down. In such cases, false alerts were generated.

With an agent-initiated maintenance mode based on an event, a management server immediately reads the maintenance mode event from the agent computer. This quick response can occur because events are almost real time. As a result, the server never misses processing the maintenance request.

Note

You can turn off your computer right after you run this command. An event notifies the management server to suspend monitoring on this computer.

Ability to enable scheduled maintenance mode with SQL Server Always On

Scheduled maintenance mode has been a feature of Operations Manager since the 2016 release. In earlier releases, if Operations Manager deployments had SQL Server Always On enabled for high availability, the schedules were inaccessible when the SQL Server failover occurred in the availability group.

Operations Manager 2019 introduces a solution for this problem to ensure the scheduled maintenance mode capability works as expected. This is the case even when a SQL Server failover occurs.

Microsoft Monitoring Agent operating system

The following versions of the Windows operating system are supported for the Microsoft Monitoring Agent connecting to Operations Manager:

  • Windows Server 2019: Standard, Standard (Desktop Experience), Datacenter, Datacenter (Desktop Experience), Server Core.

  • Windows Server 2016: Standard, Standard (Desktop Experience), Datacenter, Datacenter (Desktop Experience), Server Core.

  • Windows Server 2012 R2: Standard, Standard (Desktop Experience), Datacenter, Datacenter (Desktop Experience), Server Core.

  • Windows Server 2012: Standard, Datacenter, Server Core

  • Windows 10: Enterprise, Pro.

    Note

    Operations Manager 2019 supports only the x64 agent.

  • File system: %SYSTEMDRIVE% must be formatted with the NTFS file system.

  • Windows PowerShell version: Windows PowerShell version 2.0 or Windows PowerShell version 3.0.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework: Version 3.5 or later.

New Linux operating systems support

The following new platforms are supported for monitoring in Operations Manager 2019. For more information, see Supported UNIX and Linux operating system versions.

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 15
  • openSUSE Leap 15
  • Ubuntu 18
  • Debian 9
  • SUSE 12 PPC

HTML 5 web console client browsers

For the HTML 5 web console, the following client web browsers are supported:

  • Internet Explorer version 11
  • Microsoft Edge version 40 and later
  • Google Chrome version 67 and later

For additional requirements, see Operations Manager 2019 system requirements.

SQL Server 2017 support

Operations Manager 2019 supports a new installation of SQL Server 2017.

The following versions of SQL Server Enterprise & Standard Edition are supported for a new or upgraded installation of System Center 2019 Operations Manager to host Reporting Server, Operational, Data Warehouse, and ACS databases:

  • SQL Server 2017 and service packs as detailed on this website
  • SQL Server 2016 and service packs as detailed on this website

For information about SQL Server design considerations, see related documentation.

In-place upgrade

Operations Manager 2019 supports an in-place upgrade from the following versions:

  • System Center 2016 Operations Manager
  • System Center 1801 Operations Manager
  • System Center 1807 Operations Manager

URL monitoring enhancements for server certificate errors

The existing URL monitoring capability is enhanced. With this improvement, Operations Manager won't ignore server certificate errors by default. Examples of certificate errors include server certificate CN, expiry date, untrusted CA, and wrong usage. If you want to monitor websites that don't have a valid SSL certificate, select the Ignore Server Certificate Errors check box in your web application properties. For more information, see Web application properties.

Updates and Recommendations feature for Linux

The Updates and Recommendations feature is now extended for Linux workloads. Previously, it was available only for Windows workloads. This feature helps you to proactively identify workloads deployed on your Linux computers that weren't monitored by Operations Manager. You can also identify workloads that aren't monitored by using the latest version of a management pack. For more information, see Management pack assessment.

If there are management packs in the catalog that are designed to monitor those workloads, they appear on the Updates and Recommendations page. You'll also find updates that are available for the management packs installed in your management group.

A new capability, Machine Details, allows administrators to view the agent computer's name and the operating system installed on it.

Support for the latest application servers

Operations Manager 2019 supports the latest application servers. For more information, see Supported application servers.

Support for client-side monitoring on multiple browsers

With Operations Manager 2019, client-side monitoring supports Internet Explorer and the following web browsers:

  • Microsoft Edge (version 42 or higher)
  • Google Chrome (version 68 or higher)

Enhanced support for application performance monitoring

Application performance monitoring (APM) can now monitor websites that are created with SharePoint 2016.

Note

The following features or feature updates were introduced in Operations Manager 1807 and are included in Operations Manager 2019.

Configure the APM component during agent installation or repair

You can now disable the APM component when you:

  • Deploy the Operations Manager agent from the Discovery wizard in the console.
  • Perform a repair of the agent from the Operations console.
  • Use the PowerShell cmdlets Install-SCOMAgent and Repair-SCOMAgent.

For more information, see Install Windows Agent manually using MOMAgent.msi.

Linux log rotation

To prevent the SCX logs from growing and consuming all available free space on the system disk, a log rotation feature is now available for the SCX agent. For more information, see Troubleshooting monitoring of UNIX and Linux computers.

Operations Manager and Service Manager console coexistence

The Operations and Service Manager consoles and PowerShell modules can be installed on the same system.

OpenSSL 1.1.0 version support

On Linux platforms, OpenSSL 0.9.8 support is dropped. Support is added for OpenSSL 1.1.0 to support TLS 1.2.

Autodetection of a pseudo file system and drop enumeration

The UNIX and Linux agents were enhanced to detect a pseudo file system dynamically and ignore enumeration.

Note

The following features or feature updates were introduced in Operations Manager 1801 and are included in Operations Manager 2019.

Linux monitoring

You can now use a Linux agent with Fluentd support for log file monitoring on par with Windows Server. This update provides improvements over previous log file monitoring with support for:

  • Wildcard characters in log file names and paths.
  • New match patterns for customizable log search like simple match, exclusive match, correlated match, repeated correlation, and exclusive correlation.
  • Generic Fluentd plug-ins published by the Fluentd community. For more information, see Linux log file monitoring.

System Center Visual Studio Authoring Extension support for Visual Studio 2017

The Visual Studio Authoring Extension add-in is now compatible with Visual Studio 2017. Management pack developers can continue using it with the latest version of Visual Studio to create custom management packs. They can use one of the management pack templates provided or edit an existing management pack.

Enhanced SDK client performance

Performance improvements in the Operations console typically prevent the console from responding while a new management pack is being imported or deleted or a configuration change to a management pack is saved.

Linux Kerberos support

Operations Manager can now support Kerberos authentication wherever the WS-Management Protocol is used by the management server to communicate with UNIX and Linux computers. This capability provides greater security by no longer needing to enable basic authentication for Windows Remote Management (WinRM).

Service Map integration

Service Map automatically discovers application components on Windows and Linux systems and maps the communication between services. It automatically builds a common reference map of dependencies across your servers, processes, and third-party services.

Service Map and System Center Operations Manager are now more closely integrated. You can automatically create distributed application diagrams in Operations Manager based on the dynamic dependency maps in Service Map. For more information on how to plan and configure integration, see Service Map integration with System Center Operations Manager.

Support for product key registration from the Operations console

In previous versions of Operations Manager, you had to upgrade from the evaluation version to a licensed version by using the PowerShell cmdlet Set-SCOMLicense after initial deployment of a new management group. Registration of the product key now can be done during or after setup in the Operations console. The PowerShell cmdlet Set-SCOMLicense now supports registering the license key remotely from a management server.

New features in Operations Manager 2019 UR1

The following sections introduce the new features or feature updates supported in Operations Manager 2019 Update Rollup 1 (UR1).

For problems fixed in UR1 and the installation instructions for UR1, see the KB article.

Multi-language installer for Operation Manager components

The following components now have a single installer each for all supported languages, instead of language-specific installers. The installer automatically selects the language based on the computer's language settings where you're installing.

  • Console
  • ACS
  • Web console
  • Reporting

Simplified management server patching

Operations Manager 2019 UR1 introduces a frictionless way of patching the Operations Manager server.

The improvised user interface guides you through the installation steps, which patch the management server, update the databases, and update the management packs. For more information on how integrated patching is done, see Simplified SCOM 2019 management server patching.

Distro-agnostic management pack for Linux

The existing universal management packs are enhanced in Operations Manager 2019 UR1. Any new Linux platform support is made available via these management packs based on the kind of distribution, either RPM or DEB. These management packs are also version and distribution agnostic. For all future Linux platform support, the same management pack is updated instead of releasing a new management pack per Linux distribution.

The existing management packs for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 and SLES 12 continue to work. The universal management packs support discovering and monitoring RHEL 8, SLES 15, and any new platforms that we intend to support in the future.

The existing SLES 15 management pack is no longer on the download center. Use the new universal management pack for discovery and monitoring. Download the updated management packs from this website.

Follow these steps to discover and monitor RHEL 8 and SLES 15.

  1. Install the Operations Manager 2019 UR1 Server and Console patch.

  2. Import the following management packs from the Microsoft System Center 2019 management pack for UNIX and Linux Preview.msi:

    • Microsoft.Unix.Library.mp
    • Microsoft.Linux.Library.mp
    • Microsoft.Linux.Universal.Library.mp
    • Microsoft.Linux.Universal.Monitoring.mp
    • Microsoft.Linux.UniversalR.1.mpb (Discover/Monitor RPM distros)
    • Microsoft.Linux.UniversalD.1.mpb (Discover/Monitor Debian distros)
  3. Run the Discovery wizard in the console.

Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

Operations Manager 2019 UR1 supports RHEL 8. Use the universal management pack previously mentioned to discover and monitor RHEL 8.

Performance and reliability improvement in Linux

With Operations Manager 2019 UR1, to improve reliability, a separate process is introduced to send the heartbeat. Earlier, the performance and heartbeat collection threads used to run under the same process context. Because of this arrangement, any delay in performance data collection affected the system availability.

With this change in Operations Manager 2019 UR1, during heartbeat collection, you can now see an additional omiagent process that runs under omi user. For more information, see Performance and reliability improvements in the Linux agent.

Updates to management packs

Operations Manager 2019 UR1 includes updates to the following management packs:

Support for group Managed Service Accounts

Operations Manager 2019 UR1 supports group Managed Service Accounts. For more information, see Support for group Managed Service Accounts.UR

Scalability improvement with UNIX or Linux agent monitoring

Operations Manager 2019 UR1 includes improved scalability in UNIX or Linux agents that can be monitored per management server. The following changes will take effect to take advantage of this improvement:

  • Use of Async Windows Management Infrastructure APIs is a default functionality from Operations Manager 2019 UR1. The registry key UseMIAPI is created if it doesn't exist. The new registry value Disable is added to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager\3.0\Setup\UseMIAPI.
  • As part of Operations Manager 2019 UR1 installation, the value of the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager\3.0\Setup\UseMIAPI\Disable is set as 0.
  • To use Sync Windows Management APIs, set the value of the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager\3.0\Setup\UseMIAPI\Disable as 1. For any other scenario, the Async Windows Management Infrastructure API is used.

New features in Operations Manager 2019 UR2

The following sections introduce the new features or feature updates supported in Operations Manager 2019 Update Rollup 2 (UR2).

For the problems fixed in UR2, and the installation instructions for UR2, see the KB article.

Change tracking for management packs

Change tracking is enabled by default in 2019 UR2 to track and report the changes on the management packs and management pack objects.

Three new reports Management Pack History, Management Pack Objects and Overrides tracking are now available to display the changes. These reports are available under Reporting > Microsoft Generic Report library.

You can use the filters available in the reports to set the criteria and get the reports per your requirement. Learn more.

Improvements in scheduled maintenance mode

In earlier releases, if there is a conflict in maintenance mode window for object(s), the newly updated end time overwrites the existing scheduled time. If this latest defined time is longer than previous value, then computer stays in maintenance mode for extended period. However, when the latest defined time is shorter, then the computer comes out of maintenance mode, earlier than expected, generating false alerts.

With 2019 UR2, if there is a conflict in maintenance mode end time, then the object will exit maintenance mode at the furthest end time defined for the object. Learn more.

Favorite reports in web console

With Operations Manager 2019 UR2, you can run and view favorite reports under Web Console > My Workspace. This feature is available in Operations Manager 2012 web console, which is now supported in 2019 UR2. Learn more.

Support for folders in monitoring view of web console

In Operations Manager 2016 and later, you can create a folder and place dashboards/views inside them using operations console. However, this feature is not available from Web console. With 2019 UR2, using web console, you can create folders and place dashboards inside them. These folders can be saved in unsealed management packs. Learn more.

Support for CentOS 8

Operations Manager 2019 UR2 supports CentOS 8 under Universal Linux (RPM package). To install the agent on servers, see this procedure.

This article details the new features supported in System Center 1807 - Operations Manager.

New features in Operations Manager 1807

The content in the following sections describe new features in System Center 1807 - Operations Manager.

Note

To view the bugs fixed and the installation instructions for Operations Manager 1807, see KB article 4133779.

Configure APM component during agent install or repair

In System Center Operations Manager version 1801 agent, the Application Performance Monitoring (APM) feature could cause a crash with IIS Application pools and could crash the SharePoint Central Administration v4 application pool running .NET Framework 2.0, preventing it from starting. You can now disable the APM component when you deploy the Operations Manager agent from Discovery Wizard in the console, when performing a repair of the agent from the Operations console, and similarly controlling behavior when using the PowerShell cmdlets Install-SCOMAgent and Repair-SCOMAgent.

Linux log rotation

To prevent the SCX logs from growing and consuming all available free space on the system disk, a log rotation feature is now available for the SCX agent.

HTML5 Web console enhancements

The following improvements are provided in the Web console for version 1807:

  • Added the PowerShell widget
  • Includes an effective configuration widget in the Monitoring objects detail page showing the running rules and monitors and override settings applied
  • Network node/network interface drill-down is now available as a tab when you select a network device and drill-down to the Monitoring objects detailed page. It delivers the same experience as what is available in the Operations console.
  • Alert widget enhancement includes an improved layout and presentation of alert details. You can modify the resolution state and drill down to the Monitoring object details page for the alert source.
  • The monitoring tree can be hidden when a dashboard is integrated with SharePoint.
  • The size of the health icon can be changed in the Topology widget.
  • Managing maintenance schedules can be accomplished in the Web console matching the experience in the Operations console.
  • User and operators can create dashboards in My Workspace.

Support for SQL Server 2017

With version 1807, upgrading from SQL Server 2016 to SQL Server 2017 is supported. To understand the requirements and steps to successfully upgrade your Operations Manager version 1801 management group to version 1807, review How to upgrade to Operations Manager version 1807.

Operations Manager and Service Manager console coexistence

The Operations and Service Manager version 1807 consoles, as well as PowerShell modules can be installed on the same system.

OpenSSL 1.1.0 version support

On Linux platforms, OpenSSL 0.9.8 support is dropped and we have added support for OpenSSL 1.1.0.

Ubuntu 18 and Debian 9 support

These Linux platforms are added to our support matrix for monitoring UNIX and Linux computers.

Auto detection of Pseudo FS and drop Enumeration.

The UNIX and Linux agent has been enhanced to detect pseudo file system dynamically and ignore enumeration.

This article details the new features supported in System Center 1801 - Operations Manager.

This article details the new features supported in System Center 2016 - Operations Manager.

New features in Operations Manager 1801

The contents in the following sections describe new features in System Center 1801 - Operations Manager.

Enter product key from the Operations console

In previous versions of Operations Manager, you had to upgrade from the evaluation version to a licensed version using the PowerShell cmdlet Set-SCOMLicense after initial deployment of a new management group. Registering the product key can now be performed during or after setup in the Operations console. The PowerShell cmdlet Set-SCOMLicense has been updated to support registering the license key remotely from a management server.

Linux monitoring

You can now use a Linux agent with FluentD support for log file monitoring at par with Windows Server. This update provides the following improvements over previous log file monitoring:

  • Wild-card characters in log file name and path.
  • New match patterns for customizable log search like simple match, exclusive match, correlated match, repeated correlation, and exclusive correlation.
  • Support for generic Fluentd plugins published by the fluentd community.

Improved HTML5 dashboarding experience

The Web console has been redesigned and is now a fully HTML-based console and no longer has a dependency on Silverlight. The new dashboards have been redesigned with:

  • Modern user interface
  • Simplified widget and dashboard authoring
  • Accessible from multiple browsers
  • Enhanced troubleshooting experience with drill-down pages
  • Extensibility with a custom widget using a new REST API
  • Export and share dashboards

Network authentication is enabled with the new web console.

System Center Visual Studio Authoring Extension (VSAE) support for Visual Studio 2017

Visual Studio Authoring Extension (VSAE) is now updated to be compatible with Visual Studio(VS) 2017. Management Pack (MP) developers can continue using it with the latest version of Visual Studio to create custom management packs and use one of the MP templates provided, or edit an existing MP.

Enhanced SDK Client performance

We have introduced performance improvements in the Operations console that typically prevent the console from responding while a new management pack is being imported or deleted, or a configuration change to an MP is saved.

Updates and recommendations for third-party Management Packs

In System Center 2016, we released the MP Updates and Recommendations feature, which has been extended to include discovery and downloads of third-party management pack updates, based on feedback from customers.

Linux Kerberos support

Operations Manager can now support Kerberos authentication wherever the WS-Management protocol is used by the management server to communicate with UNIX and Linux computers, providing greater security by no longer needing to enable basic authentication for Windows Remote Management (WinRM).

Service Map integration

Service Map automatically discovers application components on Windows and Linux systems and maps the communication between services. It automatically builds a common reference map of dependencies across your servers, processes, and third-party services. Integration between Service Map and System Center Operations Manager allows you to automatically create distributed application diagrams in Operations Manager that are based on the dynamic dependency maps in Service Map. For more information on planning and configuring integration, see Service Map integration with System Center Operations Manager.

New features in Operations Manager 2016

The content in the following sections describe the new features in System Center 2016 - Operations Manager.

Improve desktop console performance

With the release of System Center 2016 - Operations Manager, performance improvements have been implemented with state and diagram views in the Operations console to improve load performance (these improvements are in addition to the alert view optimizations).

Send E-mail notifications with external authentication

Operations Manager now supports sending notifications from an e-mail server, either within the organization or external and configuring a Run As account to authenticate with that external messaging system.

Non Silverlight Web console (except Dashboard views)

With the release of System Center 2016 - Operations Manager, the Silverlight dependency is removed from all the Web console views except Dashboard views. This feature provides the following value:

  • No more Silverlight prerequisite to access Operations Manager Web console
  • Operations Manager Web console can be accessed from multiple web browsers like Edge, Chrome, and Firefox
  • Performant experience

Note

Dashboard views are still dependent on Silverlight, which can be accessed through Internet Explorer with Silverlight plug in.

Access Schedule Maintenance Mode from Monitoring pane and maintenance mode from client side

Schedule Maintenance mode is a feature released in System Center 2016 - Operations Manager to suspend monitoring of an object during regular software or hardware maintenance activities, such as software updates or hardware replacements. Entities can be put to maintenance in older versions of Operations Manager, but they cannot be put into maintenance mode at a future time. The newly created Maintenance Mode Scheduling wizard gives the ability to choose different types of entities to put into maintenance and to schedule maintenance at a future time.

With the release of System Center 2016 - Operations Manager, Operators can access the “Maintenance Schedules” feature from the monitoring pane without the dependency on administrators to schedule maintenance at a future time. Server administrators can set the agent-managed computer in maintenance mode directly from the computer itself, without needing to perform this from the Operations console. This can be performed with the new PowerShell cmdlet Start-SCOMAgentMainteannceMode.

Management Pack Updates and Recommendations

Operations Manager can assess Microsoft and partner management packs. Operations Manager includes a new feature called Updates and Recommendations, to help you proactively identify new technologies or components (that is, workloads) deployed in your IT infrastructure that were not monitored by Operations Manager or are not monitored using the latest version of a management pack. For more information about Updates and Recommendations, see Management Pack Assessment.

Alert data management

With the release of System Center 2016 – Operations Manager, you get better visibility of the alerts being generated in your management group, which helps you reduce alerts that you don't consider actionable or relevant.

This feature provides the following benefits:

  • Identify the number of alerts each management pack has generated.

  • Identify the number of alerts generated by a monitor/rule with in each management pack.

  • Identify different source/s (along with alert count) which have generated an alert for a particular type of alert.

  • Filter the data for the desired duration so that you can understand what was happening during a particular period of time.

  • This information enables you to make informed decisions on tuning the thresholds or disabling the alerts, which you consider noisy.

This feature is available for members of the Operations Manager Administrators role from the Tune Management Packs screen in the Operations console.

Extensible network monitoring

In System Center 2016 - Operations Manager, included is a new tool that allows you to create a custom management pack to monitor generic network devices (non-certified as of Operations Manager 2012 R2) and include resource utilization metrics, such as processor and memory. Or you can create extended monitoring workflows for an existing network device already monitored by your management group. This tool enables customers to generate a management pack for their network devices to get extended network monitoring. Additionally, this tool enables customers to add monitoring of additional device components such as fan, temperature sensor, voltage sensor, and power supply.

Monitoring Nano Server and workloads

System Center 2016 – Operations Manager includes support to monitor Nano Server.

  • Discover a Nano Server and push Nano-compatible agent to the server from the console

  • Monitor Internet Information Services (IIS) and Domain Name System (DNS) roles

  • Supports ACS security audit event collection

  • Support Active Directory Integration for managing agent assignment

  • Deploy the Nano-compatible agent manually using a PowerShell script included in this release

  • Manage updating the Nano-compatible agent directly from the console as you do today with the Windows agent, or manually on Nano Server using a PowerShell script included in this release

For specific instructions on how to configure System Center 2016 - Operations Manager to monitor Nano Server, see Monitoring Nano Server.

Scalability improvement with Unix/Linux agent monitoring

Operations Manager includes improved scalability in how many Unix/Linux agents that can be monitored per Management server. You can now monitor up to 2X the number of Unix/Linux servers per management server, against the previously supported scale.

Operations Manager now uses the new Async Windows Management Infrastructure (MI) APIs instead of WSMAN Sync APIs, which Operations Manager uses by default. To leverage this improvement, you need to create the new Registry key “UseMIAPI” to enable Operations Manager to use the new Async MI APIs on management servers monitoring Linux/Unix systems. Perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor from an elevated Command Prompt.

  2. Create registry key UseMIAPI under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager\3.0\Setup.

If you need to restore the original configuration using the WSMAN Sync APIs, you can delete the UseMIAPI registry key.

Extend Operations Manager with Operations Management Suite

With Microsoft Operations Management Suite you can extend your management capabilities by connecting your Operations Management infrastructure to management and analysis services provided through your Azure account. The main scenarios for connecting System Center 2016 - Operations Manager to Microsoft Operations Management Suite include:

  • Configuration Assessment

  • Alert Management

  • Capacity Planning

For more information, review the Microsoft Operations Management Suite documentation.

Partner Program in Administration pane

Customers can view certified System Center Operations Manager partner solutions directly from the console. Customers can obtain a view of the partner solutions and visit the partner websites to download and install the solutions.

What’s new in System Center 2016 Operations Manager UNIX/Linux monitoring

  • New Management Packs and providers for Apache HTTP Server and MySQL/MariaDB database server monitoring.

  • The Operations Manager agents for UNIX and Linux include Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) version 1.1.0. OMI is now packaged separately (in a package named omi) from the Operations Manager agent providers (in a package named scx).

  • Shell command and script rules and monitors are multi-threaded in the agent and will run in parallel.

  • New UNIX/Linux Script templates have been added for:

    • Two-state monitors
    • Three-state monitors
    • Agent tasks
    • Performance-collecting rules
    • Alert-generating rules

These templates allow you to copy and paste a monitoring script into a template for simple integration with Operations Manager monitoring. The script can be shell, perl, Python, Ruby, or any other script language with a corresponding interpreter specified by the script’s shebang.

  • Recovery and diagnostic task templates are now available to create recovery and diagnostic tasks with shell commands and scripts

  • Default credentials can now be used when discovery UNIX and Linux computers with the Discovery Wizard or PowerShell

  • Discovery of logical disks (file systems) for UNIX and Linux agents can be filtered by file system name or type. Discovery rule overrides can be used to exclude file systems that you do not wish to monitor.

Next steps

Know the system requirements for Operations Manager