When going to client environments I often face this issue: internet access is only possible when authenticating against a proxy. Now, this is especially a problem when you want to be able to download management packs using the SCOM console, or at least check whether you are up-to-date.
Following a hint of my collegue Thomas Vuylsteke (see his excellent blog at http://setspn.blogspot.com/), I quickly found the “proxy configuration” page on MSDN, stating that it is possible to configure proxy utilization in the .exe.config file: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dkwyc043.aspx
This is actually a quick fix:
On SCOM 2012, open C:\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\Console\Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Monitoring.Console.exe.config
Add the following code:
<defaultProxy enabled="true" useDefaultCredentials="true">
<proxy usesystemdefault="True" />
The bottom of your config-file should look like this:
En now it is possible to use the online catalog!
A quick fix for a nasty issue! I didn’t test it yet for the SCOM 2007 R2 console, but I’m pretty sure it will also work for that version.
UPDATE: apparently, the quotes didn’t pass very well in this blog post. I updated it so now you should be able to copy-paste the code.
UPDATE2: I confirmed that this works with non-MS proxy servers.