Installing System Center 2016 Operations Manager – Part 1

A week ago Microsoft announced System Center 2016 products. Microsoft adds most of features of this systems. We will analyze the new features on another article. In this document I Show you how can install System Center 2016 Operations Manager on a Windows Server 2016. Also you can read Single-Server Deployment of Operations Manager 2016 on TechNet. This article has 2 parts.

  1. Part 1 - Preparing environment
  2. Part 2 - Installing Operations Manager

Part 1 - Preparing Environment

  1. Environment
  2. Requirements and Prerequisites
  3. Scenarios
  4. Install prerequisites


SCOM16 Windows Server 2016 System Center 2016 SQL Server 2016

Requirements and Prerequisites

Before install Operations Manager you should check the Firewall Exceptions for Operations Manager article on TechNet. You should also check the prerequisites and system requirements to install operations manager from here. But in summary, you can check the table below


Role CPU (x64) Memory Disk space
Management Server 4-Core 2,66 GHz CPU 8 GB 10 GB
Gateway Server 4-Core 2.66 GHz CPU 8 GB 10 GB
Web Console server 4-Core 2.66 GHz CPU 8 GB 10 GB
SQL Server Reporting Services server 4-Core 2.66 GHz CPU 8 GB 10 GB

This table is about minimum requirements. You should use "Operations Manager 2012 Sizing helper" tool to determine system requirements for your environment. This tool has not been updated while I wrote this article. But you can use 2012 tool for determine hardware requirements.

Server Operating System


Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, Datacenter

Windows Server 2016 Standard, Datacenter

Windows Server Core 2016

Management Server




Gateway Server



Web Console



ACS Collector



Operations console



Microsoft Monitoring Agent for Windows Platforms

Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 Nano Server
Windows 10
Windows 8 Enterprise
Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8.1
Windows 7
Windows Vista SP2
Windows Embedded POS Ready 2009
Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows XP Professional 64-Bit Edition (Itanium)
Windows XP Service Pack 2
Windows XP Service Pack 3

When you want to install agent on a windows system, this computer has to have

PowerShell 2.0 or PowerShell 3.0 and Net Framework 3.5 or later.

Web Console requirements

Web console can be installed on IIS 7.5 or newer version. You should install IIS Console with the following components. I use PowerShell script to install all windows server features that required for Operations Manager.

Static Content
Default Document
Directory Browsing
HTTP Errors
HTTP Logging
Request Monitor
Request Filtering
Static Content Compression
Web Server (IIS) Support
IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
ASP.NET (both the 2.0 and 4.0 versions of ASP.NET are required.)
Windows Authentication
NET Framework 4.0
NET Framework 4.5

Management Server

PowerShell 2.0 or PowerShell 3.0
NET Framework 4.0 or NET Framework 4.5


Reporting Server

Remote registry service must be enabled
Same as SQL Server requirements

SQL Requirements

Component SQL Server 2012 SP2 Enterprise, Standard (x64) SQL Server 2014, SP2 Enterprise/Standard (x64) SQL Server 2016 Enterprise/Standard (x64)
Operational Database




Data Warehouse Database




ACS Database




Reporting Server





Account Description Special Rights
Management Server Action Account All systems that monitored with operations manager execute a process called MonitoringHost.exe. this process used for getting information about servers. This process collects event log, performance, WMI data and executes scripts and batches. Should be either Domain User or Local System Member of the local Users group Member of the local Performance Monitor Users group "Allow log on locally" permission (SetInteractiveLogonRight)
System Center Configuration Service and System Center Data Access Service account In setup screen we enter an account information and Operations Manager uses same account for these services. This account used to update information in the OperationsManager database. Should be either Domain User or Local System, Must have local administrative rights on the root management server, Local user account is not supported,
Data warehouse write account The Data Warehouse Write account is the account used to write data from the management server to the OperationsManagerDW database, and it reads data from the OperationsManager database. Should be Domain User, Local System account is not supported, Local user account is not supported,
Data Reader account Data reader account is used to deploy reports. Should be Domain User, Local System account is not supported, Local user account is not supported,

In-Place Upgrade

Operations Manager 2016 supports in-place upgrade from previous versions;

Version Update Rollup (Min)
System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5
System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 9


Single-server deployment

Single server deployment scenario used when you want to test, management pack development or have a small environment. You can install all roles except Gateway server on a single server. All Windows, Unix/Linux agents and network devices report to the management server. All of audit collection forwarder agents send audit data to this management server. Management server also has database role with SQL Server. When you deploy single-server scenario you can monitor limited agent.

Distributed Deployment

Distributed deployment allows for distribution of features across multiple servers. Distributed deployment provides load sharing and fault tolerance options. You can install all roles separate servers. Also you have database high availability options with SQL Always-ON and Cluster.


High Steps

  1. Windows Server Feature and Role installation
  2. SQL Server installation options
  3. Change SQL Agent service startup state
  4. Installing Report Viewer Controls
  5. Installing Operations Manager 2016

Detailed Steps

Windows Server Feature and Role installation

You can install feature and role prerequisites either via Server manager or via PowerShell. My choice generally using PowerShell. I use PowerShell script to install all prerequisites quickly and correctly.

  1. Open a PowerShell screen with administrative privilege

  2. Replace "sources\sxs" folder address for your computer and copy/paste to PowerShell screen.

    Import-Module ServerManager Install-WindowsFeature -Name NET-Framework-Core -Source C:\sources\sxs -Restart:$false Add-WindowsFeature Web-Server, NET-HTTP-Activation, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Net-Ext, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Metabase, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Windows-Auth, Windows-Identity-Foundation

SQL Server installation options

We need SQL Server with the following options;

  1. Database Engine Services with Full-Text Search option and Reporting Service with Native Option.

  2. SQL Collation must be SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS.

  3. Authentication mode is Windows. You have to add an account at least. I added my domain administrator account. You can create a special group, for example SCOMAdministrators named and add this group as a SQL Server Administrators.

  4. You can install management tools from Microsoft Download Center. Setup file is about 900MB. (SSMS-Setup-Enu.exe)
Change SQL Agent service startup state
  1. On the SQL Server open services.msc mmc console and find "SQL Server Agent (MSSQLSERVER)"

  2. Open properties with Double click.

  3. Change startup type from manual to automatic then click start to start service. Then click OK to close properties screen.

  4. You can close services.msc screen.
Installing Report Viewer Controls

Before starting to install Operations Manager, you must install report viewer controls. You should install this controls if you want to install Operations Manager Console. You can download setup file from Microsoft Download Center (

  1. Double click to setup file,
  2. Click next,
  3. Accept eula and click next,

  4. Click Install button to install,

  5. Click finish button to close setup.

Part 2 - Installing Operations Manager

Comments (2)

  1. Ed says:

    Unless I missed something, in Microsoft Monitoring Agent for Windows Platforms, no Win Vista,Win 7 agents, or Windows Server 2012 R2? Windows 8.1?

    1. Direnc Onen says:

      there is a confusion of supported configuration list of Operations Manager. I think lists will be updated soon. I updated supported agent list. thanks.

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