MPAuthor

Operations Manager Management Pack design and authoring from the Microsoft IX Team

MPAuthor

  • MP Authoring Guide available for download

    Our original plan for the MP Authoring Guide was to publish sections on TechNet as they were completed but not make the entire guide available for download until all sections were complete. We had quite a few requests to make the download available immediately...
  • The new authoring tools are here!

    We announced our new tools for building management packs in Operations Manager back at MMS but ran into some delays in making them publically available.  The wait is now over.  The Visio Management Pack Designer and Visual Studio Authoring Extensions...
  • How Do I? Videos

    The first management pack authoring video is now available in the System Center How Do I? Videos collection.  This walks through each step in the process to create a rule and monitor from a PowerShell script.  Detailed topics included in the...
  • Sealing a Management Pack

    We have a had a variety of comments about our lack of guidance on using MPSeal to seal a management pack.  I admit that we had pretty sparse information out there so the negative comments were well justified.  I just put up a new topic that...
  • Undiscovering with Multiple Discoveries

    I am going to include this issue in a video in the Discovery series I’ve been putting out (Script Discoveries is in the works right now), and we’ll probably get some more detail on this in the Authoring Guide.  I wanted to write up a quick blog entry...
  • Sample Management Pack Specification Available

    Sample management pack specification now available in the OpsManJam Management Pack Library .  To everyone who attended my session at MMS 2011 last week, sorry for the delay on this one.  This is the document that I showed during that session...
  • Management Pack Basics

    Okay, so the name probably doesn’t invoke a lot of excitement for the more advanced crowd, but it was a significant missing piece in our documentation. The new Management Pack Basics section of the Authoring Guide is now available. This covers various...
  • Management Pack Authoring Guide Complete!

    The final section of the Management Pack Authoring Guide just went live!  New Sections This last section is called Presentation and covers Views and Linked Reports.  Views were something that most people had under control since the Operations...
  • Target Video Now Available

    We have new video available on the System Center Tech Center .  This one covers the basic concept of how to select a target for a monitor or rule and provides a couple of strategies for creating a new target if you don’t already have a suitable one...
  • New management pack samples – kind of

    I just posted a variety of management pack samples into the TechNet Gallery .  These are actually samples that have been on OpsManJam for some time.  We are planning on retiring that site in the near future though since we have more effective...
  • Retiring OpsManJam

    Many of you may be familiar with OpsManJam which we have used for the last few years to deliver Operations Manager content such as sample management packs and whitepapers. It has served us well for that time, and I’ve used it as my primary delivery...
  • MMS 2013

    It’s that time of year again!  I know it’s April when my days start getting filled up with slides and demos.  Yet another Microsoft Management Summit is upon us, and I’ll be flying off to Vegas this weekend. A little bit different for me personally...
  • Custom Shape for Visio Management Designer

    We put out an article in the TechNet Wiki and the code for a sample shape in the TechNet Gallery for creating a custom shape for the Visio Management Pack Designer.  My apologies for the delay on this since I showed a preview of this way back at...
  • Complete MP Authoring Guide Available for Download

    The complete version of the Management Pack Authoring Guide is now available for download in Word as part of the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Documentation .  This one is an update from the pervious version that was missing a couple of...
  • Linked Reports

    Linked reports allow you to create a customized report in a management pack with minimal effort.  We now have two new resources available describing linked reports.  First a new video describing the basics of how linked reports work and walkthroughs...
  • Taking the mystery out of SCOM 2007 Discoveries

    Some of the most common questions we get in the Operations Manager 2007 authoring world are about discovery. Given the different kinds of discoveries available, the specific requirements you need to adhere to in configuring the discovery data, and the...
  • Where is VSAE and VMPD?

    At MMS 2012, Baelson Duque and I presented our new management pack authoring tools.  Visio Management Pack Designer allows you to create a complete management pack using nothing more than Visio.  Visual Studio Authoring Extensions provides a...
  • Authoring in System Center 2012 Operations Manager

    I’ve been pretty silent here on the blog in the last few weeks as I was heads down in getting through various milestones.  As we are starting to get some interesting things out there into the public though, I wanted to give everyone some updates...
  • MMS Samples Available….Finally!

    Took me a bit longer than expected, but I finally got the samples out that I showed at my session at MMS 2012.  There are two sample management packs here.  First is the MPAuthor Stores Sample Management Pack .  That is an update of my...
  • Custom Monitoring for Windows Azure Management Pack

    The Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack allows you to specify an application running in Windows Azure and have it automatically discovered and monitored. Creating custom monitoring for particular events or performance monitors beyond...
  • New Module Documentation

    In our documentation for authoring Operations Manager management packs, we regularly reference the Management Pack Development Kit , mainly the Module Type Reference that includes reference documentation for the modules that are included in the standard...
  • New Blog Launch

    For those who didn’t follow my old blog at BWren’s Management Space my name is Brian Wren, and I’m a Technical Writer in the UA team at Microsoft focused on management pack authoring in Operations Manager 2007. In my previous role as a consultant I was...
  • New Authoring Guide Section Published

    A couple of weeks ago, we published the new version of the Management Pack Authoring Guide which included just the Service Model section. Yesterday we published the Composition section which has a detailed discussion of how to create custom modules and...
  • NetApp Management Pack

    I was just reading through a great series of blog posts by Oskar Landman on System Center Central on writing a management pack for a NetApp environment. This is an example of a custom management pack using SNMP. Even if you don’t need to monitor NetApp...
  • Cloud Search for Management Pack Authoring

    One of the real challenges that we have had in the world of MP Authoring is people locating technical information that they’re looking for.  I’ve run into several situations where people have asked me a question that is answered in some article that...