Visual Studio Authoring Extensions for Visual Studio 2012/2013 available now!


For those following our Blog and working with System Center Operations Manager 2012 Operations Manager:

Visual Studio Authoring Extensions supporting latest versions of Visual Studio are now finally available!


You can get them here:


The System Center 2012 Visual Studio Authoring Extensions—VSAE—is an add-in for Visual Studio which provides Lifecycle Management Tools to support Management Pack Authoring.

More details can be found at



Feature Summary

  • VS Projects for Monitoring MPs, System Center 2012 and later MPs including Operations Manager and Service Manager.


  • MP Item Templates for quick creation of MP Items.
    • XML MP Item Templates (generates MP XML for editing).
    • Template Group Item Templates (Abstract your intent from MP XML).
    • Snippet Templates (generates MP XML from CSV)


  • IntelliSense for MP XML for the following versions:
    • System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
    • System Center Operations Manager 2012 and later
    • System Center Service Manager 2012 and later


  • Integrates into Visual Studio Project System with *.mpproj.
    • Enables building within VS & MSBuild.
    • Supports custom build tasks (simply edit *.mpproj or *.sln)
    • Build multiple MPs (multiple *.mpproj) in a solution.
    • Integrates into any VS supported Source Control systems.


  • MP Navigation Features
    • Management Pack Browser for browsing MP Items.
    • Go to Definition
    • Find All References


  • ResKit Tools integrated
    • Workflow Simulator
    • Generate Visio Diagram
    • MP Best Practice Analyzer
    • MP Spell Checker
    • MP Cookdown Analyzer


Supported Operating Systems
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8.1


Other Software: Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft Visual Studio 2013



Comments (2)

  1. Helio says:


    I can't install these extension in Visual Studio 2010. The prerequisite check fails saying I don't have VS2012 neither 2013. Do you know where can I download the old version of this extension to be installed with VS2010?


  2. S.Carrilho says:

    Hi Helio,

    many thanks for reaching out with your question!

    Actually compatibility with VS2010 has been apparently dropped therefore would recommend you to update at least to VS2012.

    That way you able to use the best Authoring Extensions version available when Authoring MPs mitigating issues further down the line.

    I also updated this post to reflect the latest information made available on the download web link.

    Thanks again.


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