I get asked this every year at MMS – “What should I do if I am completely new to SCOM?”
I wrote this article up a couple years ago in a forum, I have been meaning to publish it here so I can refer to it.
So you are completely new to SCOM eh? Perhaps a new hire, or want to pick up additional roles in your company? Perhaps you are evaluating SCOM for the first time and feel lost? I put this list together to help people get started. Remember, every long journey begins with a single step.
1. Download and read all the OpsMgr 2007 guides:
2. To get familiar with deploying, rights, etc… build a VM based POC lab and install the product…. one DC, one “all in one” SCOM server. Install the prereqs, SQL, SQL SRS, RMS, console, Reporting, ACS. Troubleshoot any issues with your small deployment.
3. Review the online overview content/training:
Review on-demand webcasts, videos, and virtual labs for OpsMgr:
4. Familiarize yourself with the OpsMgr tools, and what they are used for:
- Reskit tools
- Maintenance Mode tools
- Effective config viewer
- Override Explorer
- Override Creator
- Agent proxy enable tools
- Database Sizer Tools
- System Center Capacity Planner
5. Familiarize yourself with external documentation/books:
I strongly recommend:
System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed by Kerrie Meyler, Cameron Fuller, John Joyner, and Andy Dominey
System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) 2007 R2 Unleashed: Supplement to System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed by Kerrie Meyler, Cameron Fuller, John Joyner, and Andy Dominey
6. Start playing with the most common MP’s. Download them and read the guides, cover to cover, TWICE.
7. Familiarize yourself with the community:
- Community Blogs
8. Ensure you understand the supporting technologies:
- SQL queries – TSQL query in general, and most common:
- Microsoft Clustering (RMS and SQL)
- Vbscript/new SCOM API/propertybags, etc
9. Consider taking a Professional course from Microsoft or a partnering consultant firm.
10. Pass the OpsMgr Certification 70-400 exam http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-400.mspx
This will get you a really good head-start. From here – you will know where you need to go next. Authoring, connectors, cross-platform, reporting, extensions, etc…