I am very pleased to announce that the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Authoring Resource Kit has RTW’d.

 

It can be downloaded from : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9104af8b-ff87-45a1-81cd-b73e6f6b51f0&displaylang=en

 

 

·         The resource kit ships the following features:

o   Authoring Console

o   Management Pack Best Practices Analyzer

o   Management Pack Spell Checker

o   Management Pack Visio Generator

o   Management Pack Diff

o   Management Pack Cookdown Analyzer

o   All References Addin

o   Workflow Analyzer

o   Workflow Simulator

o   System Management Packs

 

Below is a quick summary of these features.

 

Authoring Console

 

o   Develop Management Packs within a GUI environment.

 

Management Pack Best Practice Analyzer (MPBPA)

 

o   MPBPA scans management packs for best practice compliance and provides automated resolution for numerous issues. This tool integrates with the Authoring Console.

 

Management Pack Spell Checker (MP Spell Checker)

 

o   MP Spell Checker checks spelling in management packs to eliminate errors in display strings.

 

Management Pack Visio Generator (MP Visio Generator)

 

o   MP Visio Generator allows you to generate a class inheritance and class relationship diagram using Microsoft Office Visio.

 

Management Pack Diff (MP Diff)

 

o   MP Diff shows the differences between two management packs.

 

Management Pack Cookdown Analyzer (MP Cookdown Analyzer)

 

o   MP Cookdown Analyzer identifies workflows which may break cookdown. Suggestions are provided for how to fix the performance problems.

 

All References Add-in

 

o   All References Add-in helps find all management pack elements that reference the specific element chosen. For example, the ability to right click a class and find all rules, monitors, overrides, as well as anything else that targets that class is provided. This tool works on most management pack elements.

 

Workflow Analyzer

 

o   The Workflow Analyzer provides the ability to statically analyze all types of workflows. It also allows users to trace workflows running on any Health Service.

 

Workflow Simulator

 

o   The Workflow Simulator provides the ability to test certain types of workflows such as discoveries, rules, and monitors without a Management Server and Management Group. Key functionality includes the ability to test workflows as well as view and validate output prior to signing and importing the MP into a Management Group for additional testing.

 

Management Packs

 

o   Three management packs which are frequently used as dependencies are provided as part of the tools installation. These MPs are necessary to allow the Authoring Console to open most MPs available online in the System Center Operations Manager MP Catalog. The provided MPs are:

Microsoft.SystemCenter.DataWarehouse.Report.Library

Microsoft.SystemCenter.InstanceGroup.Library

Microsoft.SystemCenter.ServiceDesigner.Library

 

 

Screenshots and more information on how to use the tools effectively to make authoring simple for Operations Manager would be coming out soon.

 

Happy MP Authoring!