Linux agent not running scripts in SCOM

I recently encountered a situation where an otherwise functioning SCOM agent on a Linux server would not execute shell scripts to run discoveries or monitors. The problem turned out to be an incorrect configuration in /etc/opt/microsoft/scx/conf/scxrunas.conf, which controls the execution of the following extrinsic methods:

  1. SCX_OperatingSystem.ExecuteCommand()
  2. SCX_OperatingSystem.ExecuteShellCommand()
  3. SCX_OperatingSystem.ExecuteScript()

In my situation, the configuration file contained the following, which was preventing the above methods from running with elevated privileges:

AllowRoot=false

Clearing this file and restarting the agent resolved the problem.

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