Sealing SCOM MP’s


Sealing MP's

This is an updated version of Kevin Holman's blog, and Jonathan Almquist's blog for SCOM2012R2 and 2016


First why seal?

If you seal the MP – we will be able to use the classes/groups created for overrides in any other override MP.

Unsealed MP - any overrides you use for classes/groups will be forced into this same MP.



If you don't have Visual Studio 2013 and above with VSAE, or have other requirements, you will need to download the SDK to get the SN.exe utility


Download SDK

Win2008 & R2 SDK Download

Win2012 & R2 SDK Download

Win10 SDK Download

Release blog

NOTE Install path to go grab the sn.exe file



Install SDK

Copy file to the local machine

Open PowerShell window as administrator

cd $HOME/desktop

.\sdksetup.exe          # .\winsdksetup.exe for Server 2016/win10



Verify SN.exe is found after SDK install completes

Server 2008 - sn.exe located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\Bin\x64

Server 2012 - sn.exe located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v8.1A\bin\NETFX 4.5.1 Tools

Server 2016 and Win 10 - sn.exe located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v8.0A\bin\NETFX 4.0 Tools




Create the MPSeal folders

Repository where you want to keep the MPSeal.exe, SNK files, and related sealed packs for any MP sealed
C:\monadmin\MPSeal\sealed # Reference sealed MP's

PowerShell as Admin commands to create repository

new-item -itemtype directory -path c:\monadmin\
new-item -itemtype directory -path c:\monadmin\MPSeal
new-item -itemtype directory -path c:\monadmin\MPSeal\unsealed
new-item -itemtype directory -path c:\monadmin\MPSeal\sealed
new-item -itemtype directory -path c:\monadmin\MPSeal\key
new-item -itemtype directory -path c:\monadmin\MPSeal\output



Copy MPSeal utility from Support directory on SCOM ISO

On ISO, copy mpseal* from ISO SupportTools\AMD64 directory to c:\monadmin\MPSeal




Let's get the Key file generated and start sealing MP's!


Create SNK files
Note SN.exe only needs to be run once to create the SNK file
***Critical note – you need to keep a backup of this key… because it will be required for making updates to this MP in the future, re-sealing, and keeping the ability to upgrade the existing MP in production.


sn -k <yourDomainNameHere>.snk

Sample syntax from win2k8 server

Copy this SNK file to c:\monadmin\MPSeal\key



Copy Referenced MP's
This is a good opportunity to add the MP's referenced in the ISO, UR updates, and/or RTM folder when installing SCOM, Unix MP's, etc.

Copy sealed MP's to c:\monadmin\MPSeal\sealed



Seal MP

MPSeal.exe c:\monadmin\mpseal\unsealed\<mpNameHere>.xml /I "c:\monadmin\mpseal\sealed" /Keyfile "c:\monadmin\mpseal\key\PairKey.snk" /Company "CompanyName" /Outdir "c:\monadmin\mpseal\output"



How to Seal MP



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