The most notable change will be that operational and data warehouse databases are created during installation.

In earlier versions, you had to spin these up beforehand.

All SCOM 2007 R2 management servers you want to upgrade must be 64-bit on x64 hardware and be running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

The cost of such solution may also become an issue even for bigger companies and add yet another burden to the administrators' shoulders. Linchpin is a most unusual, well-organized, concise book about what it takes to become indispensable in the workplace, whether you work for someone else or are self-employed.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) has always provided comprehensive insight into the state of your Microsoft network.

The prerequisite checker is also built into the installation wizard, which simplifies the installation process.

This will highlight any errors and automatically copy the error messages.

The Windows agent comes in a 32- and a 64-bit version, as well as a 64-bit Itanium version.

You can only upgrade directly to SCOM 2012 from SCOM 2007 R2.

The SCOM 2007 R2 edition added Unix and Linux monitoring for keeping an eye on mixed environments. This new version will add interesting features for High Availability (HA), application performance monitoring, dashboards, network device monitoring and Java Application server monitoring.

The new version of SCOM will also have a greatly improved installation wizard.

Various monitoring solutions are available on the market, some quite complex, but many are trying to do too much or are reporting the wrong things.

A PDF file with pie charts showing the distribution of events per server is pretty much useless.

As with many other workloads, VM snapshots are not supported for use in conjunction with SCOM 2012.