MPAuthor

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

MPAuthor

  • 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...
  • Management Pack Development Training

    This is kind of old news since I’ve had the first lessons out there for a few weeks, but I wanted to wait until we had a substantial number posted before announcing it.  We are working on a complete management pack development training that is being...
  • 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...
  • System Center Authoring Hub

    I wanted to call everyone’s attention to the new System Center Authoring Hub on the TechNet Wiki. This is intended to provide a single location for all content related to authoring custom scenarios in System Center. We even have a vanity URL for...
  • Some Love for Visual Studio Authoring Extensions

    We announced Visual Studio Authoring Extensions back at MMS last April, and it’s now become our standard tool for building complex management packs.  While we provided some basic documentation for VSAE , we’ve been lacking in a collection of exercises...
  • 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...
  • Discovering Multiple Services of an Application

    I got the question below related to my MP development training .  It seems like a common scenario that many people would be facing, so I thought I would answer it here. My goal is to create an mp for a LOB application to monitor services running...
  • OM12 Dashboards

    Brad Anderson put out a blog post a few weeks ago talking about dashboards in System Center 2012 Operations Manager.  Of course, the obvious question is how you can create dashboards in your own management packs.  We did some post some walkthroughs...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • VSAE Video

    David Allen who is an MVP from Infront Consulting Group in the UK just completed a great video going through use of Visual Studio Authoring Extensions.  David does extensive work in management pack authoring so I’m always anxious to share out any...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • Azure Management Pack

    We have a new version of the Azure Management Pack guide available with the MP .  I typically don’t post about management pack guides here because they focus on how you use an existing MP, while we focus here on building new ones.  The Azure...
  • 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 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...
  • Discovery Series Part 4 – Discovery Scripts

    The next video in the Operations Manager R2 Discovery Series is now available.  This one is on Script Discoveries and is one of the primary ones that I wanted to get to.  We have several script examples in the OpsManJam MP Library , and we scripts...
  • 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...