Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SCOM R2 & Windows Server 2012 Support Statement

Even though Microsoft posted an article about how SCOM R2 supports Windows Server 2012, many people still contacted me with questions about how SCOM R2 relates exactly to Windows Server 2012.

Since I wanted to be sure that I got it right I contacted Microsoft HQ directly with this question. This is one of the huge benefits being a MVP Smile. Soon I got my much needed answers which I couldn’t post earlier since I was a ‘bit’ busy.

But here it is with a big thanks to Daniel Savage and Travis Wright from Microsoft.

Management Group Version Management Server or Gateway Version OpsMgr Agent Version Agent OS Version Supported Configuration?
2007 R2 2007 R2 2007 R2 Windows Server 2012 No
2007 R2 2007 R2 2012 RTM Windows Server 2012 Yes
2007 R2 2007 R2 2012 SP1 Windows Server 2012 Yes
2012 RTM 2012 RTM 2012 RTM Windows Server 2012 Yes
2012 SP1 2012 SP1 2012 SP1 Windows Server 2012 Yes

As you can see SCOM R2 does NOT support the monitoring of Windows Server 2012 when a SCOM R2 Agent is being used.

However, when you’re properly licensed for running System Center 2012 but haven’t upgraded to OpsMgr 2012 yet, you can install OpsMgr 2012 Agents on those Windows 2012 Server systems and let them report to your SCOM R2 environment.

This is a valid scenario since an OpsMgr 2012 Agent is backwards compatible, thus capable communicating with a SCOM R2 Management Group.

I know, the support statement for SCOM R2 tells us main stream support ends on July the 8th 2014. However, it doesn’t mean all new products which come out before that date are supported by SCOM R2 as well.


Sven Aelterman said...

Would this work for System Center Essentials 2010 also (assuming you have some way of properly licensing the 2012 agent)?

Marnix Wolf said...

Hi Hubby.

I am not sure. SCE2010 uses the full blown SCOM engine so it should work. But like I said, I am not 100% sure here. Better contact Microsoft for an official statement.


Unknown said...

It will work definitely, I completely agree with you.

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