I didn’t come up with this idea…. I got it from Cameron Fuller who got it from Rory McCaw’s session at MMS last year. So credit goes to both of them for the idea and initially spreading it. As I was talking to many of my colleagues, I found out this is not a commonly known practice. So, maybe this is a good topic to write about to spread the information.
The default management pack is the first MP that shows up in the list when creating an override. However, it is a best practice to NEVER save anything to this. Admins will often forget this best practice, and accidentally save items here. Then – a cleanup of this MP is often required, as documented here: Clean up the Default MP This problem has even prompted some customers to monitor when changes are made to their default MP.
There is no supportable way to make this MP “read only” or sealed. However – we CAN rename this MP to provide a visual warning that might help you or your customer remember not to save things here. While we cannot rename the ID of an MP, we can rename the Display Name of any unsealed MP.
In the console, Administration pane, Management Packs, find you default MP. Bring up the properties – and you can rename this:
To something like this:
This will hopefully remind you or your customer not to save overrides to this MP. Below is what you will see when creating an override: