A. MOM 2005 allows the monitoring and management of numerous types of systems and services. MOM 2005 has a Check Prerequisites component that you access via the Setup Tasks tab of the main installation setup screen, as the figure shows. The utility scans the server on which you're attempting to install MOM to ensure that the server is ready. Here are the primary requirements that the tool searches for:

  • Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 4 (SP4)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework v1.1
  • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC)
  • SQL Server 2000 SP3 or later with the MSSQLServer and SQLServeragent services set to "Automatic start." (Open the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Computer Management snap-in--Compmgmt.msc. Select Services and Applications, then select Services. Right-click the service, select Properties, and set "Startup type" to Automatic.)
  • World Wide Web (WWW) Services (Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs)
  • Add/Remove Windows Components (Select Application Server and click Details. Select "Internet Information Service" and click Details. Select the "World Wide Web Service" check box. Click OK to all open dialog boxes, as the figure shows.)
  • ASP.NET (Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, Add/Remove Windows Components. Select Application Server and click Details. Select the ASP.NET option). Make sure "Enable network COM+ access" is selected.)
  • Two domain accounts: the Management Server Action Account (MOMAction) and Data Access Server Account (MOMDas). These accounts don't need to be Domain Admin accounts. During the installation of MOM 2005, the accounts will be given the required privileges. The MOMAction account, however, needs local administrative privileges on all servers that it will monitor, so making it a Domain Admin account is often the easiest solution. However, you can use an alternative approach (such as using Group Policy to make the account a local administrator of specific machines).