Preparing Windows Server 2012 managed systems

You might need to configure certain Windows Server 2012 systems before you can discover them with IBM® Systems Director Server. Ensure that each Windows Server 2012 system that you want to manage has been appropriately configured.

Typically, managed systems are first discovered using the discovery task in IBM Systems Director Web interface. Then, Platform Agent or Common Agent is installed on the managed systems directly from IBM Systems Director Web interface. The configuration of some Windows Server 2012 managed systems, however, can prevent discovery by IBM Systems Director Server.

Complete the following steps on each Windows Server 2012 system to enable discovery by IBM Systems Director Server:

  1. Verify that remote registry administration is enabled. Remote registry administration must be enabled in order for Agentless managed system discovery to run commands and run scripts on the managed system. The default setting for remote registry administration on Windows systems is enabled. Complete the following steps to verify or change the remote registry administration setting:
    1. Click Server Manager > Tools > Services.
    2. In the list of services in the Services window, right-click the Remote Registry service and select Properties from the menu.
    3. On the General page, set the Startup type to Automatic.
    4. If the Service status is not Started, click Start to start the service.
    5. Click OK to apply the new settings and close the window.
  2. To ensure that Windows Server 2012 can be discovered as a Windows Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) protocol access end point in IBM Systems Director, you must complete the following step:
    1. Click Server Manager > Tools > Local Security Policy > Local Policies > Security options > Network access: Shares that can be accessed anonymously.
    2. Right-click Network access: Shares that can be accessed anonymously and select Properties.
    3. In the Network access: Shares that can be accessed anonymously properties window, specify Enabled in the properties field. To enable this policy, write the word Enabled in the Properties text box and click Apply, and then click OK.
  3. To ensure that IBM Systems Director can correctly install Windows Server 2012 with agents, make these changes to User Account Control:
    Note: You can install the agents manually in Windows Server 2012 without following these steps. However, when IBM Systems Director discovers the managed system, it is listed under Groups > Group by Agent > Systems with no Agent.
    1. Click Server Manager > Tools > Local Security Policy.
    2. In the left pane, expand Security Settings > Local Policies and click Security Options.
    3. Double click User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode.
    4. Select Disable and click OK.
    5. Restart the system.
    Discovered systems are listed under Groups > Group by Agent.

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