Operations Manager 2016 TP 3–What is new

Recently Microsoft made System Center 2016 TP3 available along with Windows Server 2016 preview as well. This post will evaluate the experience and what changed in TP3.

Let’s start by installing it. In order to do that I have conveniently deployed a VM with SQL in Azure (Windows Server 2012 R2 in this case, just so SQL pre-deployed). Ideally, Windows Server 2016 should be the OS, but then I would need to install SQL server to,so, decided to focus my demo.

After downloading, you get the usual:

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After extracting the files, setup looks like this:

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I think I’ve seen this before…but the splash has something new:

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Let’s install all the roles:

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I have purposely not installed any pre-reqs, so, it complains about hat seem to be the same things as before:

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SQL 2012 components still seem to be required:

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Let’s add the required web roles:

Web-Server,Web-WebServer,Web-Common-Http,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Dir-Browsing,Web-Http-Errors,Web-Static-Content,Web-Health,Web-Http-Logging,Web-Custom-Logging,Web-Request-Monitor,Web-Performance,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Security,Web-Filtering,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-App-Dev,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Net-Ext45,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Asp-Net45,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Mgmt-Tools,Web-Mgmt-Console,Web-Mgmt-Compat,Web-Metabase,Web-Scripting-Tools,Web-Mgmt-Service,NET-Framework-Features,NET-Framework-Core,NET-HTTP-Activation,NET-Framework-45-Features,NET-Framework-45-Core,NET-Framework-45-ASPNET,NET-WCF-Services45,NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45,NET-WCF-TCP-PortSharing45

You can use this list with get-windowsfeature and pipe it into install-windowsfeature

After installing the pre-requisites:

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Let’s create a new MG:

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Standard SQL:

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A note on Azure pre-deployed SQL imagines: SSRS is not configured by default, so you will need to go over that. Use standard configuration. Also, SQL Server agent is Manual and stopped, so, make sure you start it and set it to automatic.

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Accounts screen is the same. Some disclaimer:

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And there we go!

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Well, I have to say it is more or less the same. Even compared to TP2, nothing really new there. The list is short in fact: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn997273.aspx

But here is my due diligence.

Hope this helps!