What's New in Operations Manager

This article details the new features supported in System Center 2019 - Operations Manager.

New features in Operations Manager 2019

See the following sections for detailed information about the new and updated features in System Center 2019 - Operations Manager. Features and updates introduced in Operations Manager version 1801 and 1807 are included in version 2019.

Service log on is enabled by default in Operations Manager 2019

Operations Manager 2019 supports hardening of service accounts and does not require Interactive and Remote Interactive Log On rights for service accounts.

Operations Manager 2019 uses Service Log on as the logon type, by default. Learn more.

Improved experience for HTML5 dashboard

The Web console has been redesigned and is now a fully functional 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
  • Capability to export and share dashboards
  • New All option to select all objects while creating/editing Alerts widget.

Network authentication is enabled with the enhanced web console. Learn more.

Enhanced experience for alerts raised by monitors

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

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

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

This behavior, which often led to closure of critical alerts without resolving the underlying problem, is fixed with Operations Manager 2019. An alert generated by a monitor cannot 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 has been enhanced to deliver more value to the end user. These enhancements can be broadly categorized into the following two areas:

  • Intuitive Email notifications - Operations Manager 2019 supports email notifications in HTML format. Learn more.

  • Enhanced Criteria Builder - You may now use the regular expressions to build a complex yet useful subscription criteria. Learn more.

Management server failover support for Linux and UNIX monitoring

Failover of the management server in a resource pool supporting 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 and new alerts are created for the same condition. In deployments where the Operations Manager is integrated with an incident management system, these new alerts lead to new tickets or incidents being created.

This issue of alerts/tickets being created during failover or load balancing of management server has been addressed in Operations Manager 2019. With this fix, when the primary management server fails over, the alerts do not get recreated. 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 will be created on the agent computer. If you want to use the Log Monitoring feature, you must install Linux Log Monitoring management pack, provided in Operations Manager 2019.

This change is introduced to ensure omsagent user is created only when you use the Log File Monitoring feature. Learn more.

To use the Log Monitoring feature, you must install the Linux Log Monitoring management pack, included in Operations Manager 2019. Learn More.

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, as opposed to being registry-based as used in earlier releases. With the registry-based approach, there was a probability that a management server might not be able to read the agents registry before the agent computer is shutdown. In such cases, false alerts are generated.

With event-based agent-initiated maintenance mode, as events are almost real time, a management server immediately reads the maintenance mode event from the agent computer and would never miss processing the maintenance request.

Note

You can turn off your computer right after running this command. An event will notify the management server to suspend monitoring on this computer.

Ability to enable scheduled maintenance mode with SQL 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 Always on enabled for high-availability, the schedules were inaccessible when the SQL Server failover occurs in the availability group.

Operations Manager 2019 introduces a fix for this issue to ensure scheduled maintenance mode capability works as expected, even when SQL Server failover occurs.

Microsoft Monitoring Agent operating system

The following versions of 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 10 - Enterprise, Pro

Note

Operations Manager 2019 supports only 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: V3.5 or later.

New Linux operating systems support

The following new platforms are supported for monitoring in Operations Manager 2019. Learn more

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

HTML 5 Web Console - client browsers

For HTLM5 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 database:

  • SQL Server 2017 and Service Packs as detailed here
  • SQL Server 2016 and Service Packs as detailed here

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 has been enhanced. With this improvement, Operations Manager will not ignore the server certificate errors (like server certificate CN, expiry date, untrusted CA, and wrong usage) by default. If you wish to monitor websites that do not have a valid SSL certificate, select Ignore Server Certificate Errors checkbox in your Web application Properties. Learn more.

Updates and Recommendation feature for Linux

Updates and Recommendations feature, which was available for Windows workloads, is now extended for Linux workloads. This feature helps you to proactively identify workloads, deployed on your Linux computers that were not monitored by Operations Manager or are not monitored using the latest version of Management Pack (MP). Learn more.

If there are MPs in the catalog that are designed to monitor those workloads, they will be displayed on the Updates and Recommendations page. You will also find a list of any updates that are available for the management packs that are installed in your management group.

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

Support for latest Application Servers

Operations Manager 2019 supports latest Application Servers. Learn more.

Support for client-side monitoring on multiple browsers

With Operations Manager 2019, client-sider-monitoring supports the following web browsers in addition to Internet Explorer:

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

Enhanced support for Application Performance Monitoring

Application Performance Monitoring can now monitor websites that are created with SharePoint 2016.

Note

The following features/feature updates were introduced in Operations Manager 1807, included in 2019.

Configure APM component during agent install or repair

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

Operations Manager and Service Manager console coexistence

The Operations and Service Manager 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 added support for OpenSSL 1.1.0 to support TLS 1.2.

Auto detection of Pseudo FS and drop Enumeration

The UNIX and Linux agents have been enhanced to detect pseudo file system dynamically and ignore enumeration.

Note

The following features/feature updates were introduced in Operations Manager 1801, included in 2019..

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. Learn more.

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.

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.

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.

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