Management Pack Authoring Guide v2

After 13 years of consulting, I joined the UA team in Redmond last August as a technical writer focusing on management pack authoring.  My initial focus is a new version of the Management Pack Authoring Guide which will provide background concepts, processes, and specific walkthrough examples on creating management packs for Operations Manager 2007.

The first section of the new Authoring Guide went live last Friday.  This is the section on Service Model which describes classes, relationships, and discoveries.  We have already made significant progress on the Composition section which will be the next to be published.  This will give details on custom modules and workflows and hopefully make everyone confident to select menu items with the word Custom in the Authoring Console.  This will be followed by sections on Health Model and Presentation (which will primarily talk about Views).  We are also going to get some good reference information in there to help with forming variables and dealing with different data types.

It’s not common to publish section by section like this.  We would typically complete the entire guide before going live.  It didn’t seem to make any sense to hold back content that people could use immediately though while other sections were being written.  That might have been our only solution back in the days of bound paper manuals, but it certainly doesn’t make any sense in today’s world.

We’re trying to select the order of publication in terms of demand.  The most common questions that I get are related to the Service Model – what classes to create for an application, what base classes to use, the difference between a base class and a hosting relationship, when to use a containment relationship, etc, etc.  That in addition to the fact that building a model is the first step in building a management pack made it pretty obvious that we needed to get that section published first.

Please share any feedback you have on the guide – whether it be positive, negative, corrections, suggestions, etc.  If any of the existing content isn’t clear I want to make sure that we make appropriate modifications.  You provide comments on TechNet, on this blog, or by mailing MOM Documentation Feedback.

Comments (7)

  1. Brian Wren says:

    We are looking at making the entire guide available for download once all the sections have completed.

  2. RobertG says:

    Any time lines for the completion yet

  3. IcI says:

    As the previous request is behind closed doors, it is a request for an easy way to export the classes and their hierachy

  4. IcI says:


    If it’s possible to complete my request on Connect (,
    please would you document it.


  5. Brian Wren says:

    We don’t have an exact timeline that we can communicate yet.  The Composition section will be up within the next couple of weeks.  I would expect the other main sections within the quarter.  

  6. RobertG says:


    Is it possible to download the Authoring guide R2



  7. Brian Wren says:

    You want the MP Visio Generator in the Authoring Resource Kit.  That will export the classes and relationships into a graphical format in Visio.  Sounds like exactly what you’re looking for.

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