Of course, with every update the SCOM Agent got better and better. Creating a smaller footprint and becoming more intelligent as well. For me the SCOM Agent is a sophisticated piece of software.
Without a SCOM Management Group this SCOM Agent serves no purpose. This however has changed significantly with SCOM 2012 R2 which will be released on the same date as Windows Server 2012 R2, which is scheduled for the 18th of October.
For SCOM 2012 R2 the SCOM Agent is rebranded to MMA, which stands for Microsoft Monitoring Agent and is capable to operate STANDALONE!
When it operates stand alone it publishes the captured data as a Visual Studio IntelliTrace file which can be opened by Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Release Candidate. So MMA can be downloaded as a separate tool and enabled with PowerShell.
In order to highlight all the differences the MMA has compared to the SCOM 2012 SP1 Agent (and previous versions for that matter), I have made this table. All items which are different for MMA are in red so with a single glance you can see a lot has changed:
(Click on the picture to enlarge).
For readers of this blog who want to get more information about MMA and it’s new functionalities here are some useful links: