Visual Studio Management Pack Authoring Series – Part 5 – Create a Computer Group (class and discovery)

Lets create our computer group - this will be a group of computer objects that are running our application. I have built in a dependency roll up monitor so that the health of the group will be calculated based on the worst state of any member of the group.

Right Click GroupClassAndDiscovery and choose Add, New Item

Add Empty Management Pack Fragment and choose a name of GDMyAppComputerGroup

Copy and Paste this code between the <ManagementPackFragment></ManagementPackFragment> tags

You'll need to do a find \ replace for 2 items. The first changes the class namespace for the application class and discovery. The second changes the Display Name. 

1. Class Namespace and Discovery

Find What: GD.Application

Replace With: GD.MyApp

2. Display Name

Find What: GD Application Server

Replace With: GD My App Server

We should now be able to test this:

1. Build the Project and make sure it builds successfully.

2. Click Start to export the Management Pack to the default Management Group

3. Go to Authoring, Groups and check out the Group Members

4. Go to Monitoring, Discovered Inventory and scope for the computer group

Notice that the health roll up (dependency roll up monitor) means that the Computer Group does have a health state (worst state of member).

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Comments (3)
  1. anonymouscommenter says:

    As promised, here is a run through of authoring Management Packs using Visual Studio and the Operations

  2. anonymouscommenter says:

    The Computer Group that I created as part of the initial authoring series grouped together computer objects

  3. G Davies says:

    Part 3 created an instance group rather than a computer group.

    Let me know if I have misunderstood the question.



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