Installing and Configuring the Netcool Omnibus SCOM 2007 Probe

In this article we will install and configure the Netcool Omnibus SCOM 2007 Probe. The probe will be installed on a separate machine and will contact the SCOM server across the network.

The following steps will be performed to achieve the integration:

  • Install probe support
  • Install the SCOM probe
  • Configure the SCOM probe to communicate with the probe server and connect to the Omnibus server
  • Configure SCOM to work with the probe

We used Netcool Omnibus version 7.4 and Windows 2008 R2 for the operating systems.

Install probe support

Start the installation by executing the install.exe coming with the Netcool Ombibus Server installation image.

netcool-install-splashClick OK to continue the installation.

pre-installAccept the license agreement then click Next to start the configuration of the Autonomic Deployment Engine.

autonomicnextSelect Do not change at the Deployment Engine Access Permission windows and click Next to continue the installation.

select-destination-folderSelect the Destination Folder and click Next to continue. We used the default folder offered.

choose-install-setSelect Custom at the Install Set selection and click Next.

select-probe-support-onlySelect Probe Support only and continue the installation by clicking the Next button.

click-install-probe-supportClick Install to kick off the installation procedure.

restart-windows-probe-supportReboot your windows system to finalize the installation.

Install the SCOM probe

Unpack the probe zip file into a directory of your choice.

start-installation-probeStart the nco_install_integration.vbs located in C:\IBM\Tivoli\Netcool\omnibus\install if you used the default omnibus installation folder.

netcool-install-splashClick OK to continue the installation.

select-probe-to-installLocate the directory where you unpacked the probe file. You need to specify the directory that contains the COI directory then click Next.

install-probeAccept the License Agreement at the next screen then click Install to start the installation of the SCOM probe.

install-complete-probeThe installation of the SCOM probe is now complete.

Configure the SCOM probe to communicate with the probe server and connect to the Omnibus server

As a first step you need to specify your omnibus servers in the server editor.

start-server-editor-omnibus

You can start the server editor by going to the Start Menu -> Netcool Suite -> System Utilities -> Servers Editor

netcool-configure-objectservers

Add your object servers on the list in the server editor, you can delete whatever you find there by default as it is irrelevant for the current setup.

SDK-locationThe next step is to move the SCOM SDK files from the SCOM Server to the probe machine. You will need to have the copy the following files in the following directories:

  • C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager 2007\SDK Binaries\BinariesMicrosoft.EnterpriseManagement.OperationsManager.dll
  • C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager 2007\SDK Binaries\Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.OperationsManager.Common.dll

The following task is to modify the probe’s configuration file.The probe files are located in C:\IBM\Tivoli\Netcool\omnibus\probes\win32 directory if you used the default installation folder. Modify the scom2007r2.props file by adding the following:

Server                        :       “AGG_P”
ServerBackup                  :       “AGG_B”
ConnectorName                    :       “Netcool probe”
ConnectorUser                    :       “youruser”
ConnectorPassword                :       “yourpassword”
ConnectorDomain                :       “yourdomain”
ScomHost                        :       “your_scom_hostname_or_ip”

probe-startedNow you should start the probe with the following command: C:\IBM\Tivoli\Netcool\omnibus\probes\win32\nco_p_scom2007_r2.exe If the probe stays running that means it has successfully connected to both the Object server and the SCOM 2007 Server.

Configure SCOM to work with the probe

netcool-connectorOnce the probe connects to the SCOM server successfully it will create the Netcool Probe product connector.

scom-groupsWe set up a group called netcool and assigned 2 Windows 2008 servers to it.

subsriptionsIf you need to filter on what nodes or events should hit the Probe, you can do so by setting up a groups and assigning them to the Netcool probe connector. Click on the Add button.

add-netcool-test-groupAssign a name to the Subscription then click Next.

approve-groups-scomSelect “netcool” from the groups list then click Next.

approve-targetsLeave the default option at the approve targets screen and click Next.

select-criteria-scomSelect the desired items you would like to have alerts raised for and click Create.

netcool-connectedThe subscription is now created and the events should start flowing across to Omnibus.

SCOM-events

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