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SCOM 2012–Create Linux Privileged User Account.

So I guess one of my last posts for 2012, I am working on setting up monitoring of some Linux servers using SCOM 2012 SP1. One of the requirements is to setup a account monitoring that will be allowed to elevate it’s permissions. I am going to explain how I setup the Ubuntu server for this monitoring account

Operations Manager contains three predefined profiles to use in monitoring UNIX and Linux computers and performing agent maintenance:


The Linux Action Account is used for basic health and performance monitoring, the Linux Privileged account is used for monitoring protected resources and actions that require higher privileges and the Linux agent account is used for agent maintenance operations.


I am using Ubuntu version 12.04.1 LTS, I have deployed a standard server that is ready for me to logon with my default account I created on install.

Logon to the Server using your favourite method, I am using Virtual Machine manager 2012 console.


Create a user:

sudo adduser <username">

Follow the instructions to create a standard user account.



Next we need to configure sudo elevation for the user account we just created.

Use the vusudo program to edit the sudo configuration.

sudo visudo

Find the section root ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL

Insert under it the same but replace root with the username you just created and add “NO PASSWRD: ALL





This is allow the user account to sudo without supplying a password which is a requirement of SCOM monitoring.


Once that is complete, pop back into the SCOM Console, create a Run As account for this monitoring account as per the previous article, and update the profile, ensure on the Run As wizard you select “Elevate this account using sudo for privileged access” and you correctly set the distribution.






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In the next article, I will be creating an account to be used for agent maintenance and enabling public, private key logon.

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