I'm planning to migrate from System Center Essentials 2010 to Configuration Manager and Operations Manager. I know a lot about the first, little about the latter two, so before I start digging into it, I'd like to clear up a few things.
First of all, I believe SCE is about 90% monitoring, very much like SCOM, and the remaining 10% is the configuration management, but not like SCCM, it can install custom packages via WSUS and that's all, it's a very basic thing. This is why on the clients, I can see an SCOM agent, but no SCCM agent. Am I correct?
I don't have to keep any data from SCE, so I guess I'm lucky. So I'll just uninstall SCE, then install SCOM and SCCM on the server. I know I should put them on different servers, but I can't, the one server has plenty of resources, and noone goes as far as saying that it won't work.
Migrating the SCOM agents is the interesting part. They have been deployed manually from the SCE console, no AD integration. If I install SCOM and enable AD integration, will the SCOM agents find the new server, or do I have to reconfigure each of them manually? I know that SCE installs SCOM 2007 R2 agents, and I do hope that AD integration is the exact thing to solve this problem otherwise I'll really hate it.
So I have experience with SCE, based on my understanding it means I won't have much to learn about SCOM, but SCCM will be totally new. So the last question is if it's similar to SCOM: I enable AD integration, the agents will install automatically, they'll be ready to follow my orders, but otherwise they won't affect the systems in any way? I mean, generally I don't install software I don't understand, but if I don't have much time to learn every aspect of SCCM but still decide to install the agents, they won't do any harm, right?