Groups based upon OU Membership

The Computer Group that I created as part of the initial authoring series grouped together computer objects that were running a specific application. If you haven't read that yet and are new to MP Authoring then I suggest you check out the original article as it runs through the basics of creating a key for sealing…

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Visual Studio Management Pack Authoring Series – Part 8 – Create a Distributed Application (class, relationship, discovery and diagram view)

We can also build a Distributed Application for our Application. This fragment will: Create the Distributed Application Class Create and discover the relationship between our Application Server class and the Distributed Application Create a Diagram View. This requires that you have created the State Views in Part 7 as we created the top level folder…

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Visual Studio Management Pack Authoring Series – Part 7 – Create State Views

Right Click Dashboards and choose Add, New Item Add Empty Management Pack Fragment and choose a name of GDMyAppStateViews 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…

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Visual Studio Management Pack Authoring Series – Part 6 – Create a Health Service Watcher Group (class and discovery)

Lets create our Health Service Watcher group – this will be a group of Health Service Watcher 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,…

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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,…

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Visual Studio Management Pack Authoring Series – Part 4 – Create an Instance Group (class and discovery)

Three key groups I will create are: Group of “instances” of the Application. This is a group of the application server class. Computer Objects for the Application. This is a group of computer objects of computers hosting the application server class. Health Service Watcher Objects for the Application (this is also an instance group). The Health Service…

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Visual Studio Management Pack Authoring Series – Part 3 – Create a class based on Windows Local Application along with a registry discovery

For detailed training, please see the Brian Wren MVA series. There are a number of relevant chapters for this including: Creating a Management Pack solution An introduction to classes Building Classes and Relationships Registry Discoveries So first, lets create our Management Pack Solution 1. Fire up Visual Studio and Choose File, New, Project  For the example…

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Visual Studio Management Pack Authoring Series – Part 2 – Create Key to seal Management Packs

There is a great article on sealed and unsealed management packs here so I'm not going to repeat the same information. Although the article was written for Operations Manager 2007, it is relevant to Operations Manager 2012. Indeed, even the process at the end works fine. If you have Visual Studio 2013 installed though you can also…

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Visual Studio Management Pack Authoring Series – Part 1 – Download pre-requisites

Lets start off by making sure we have Visual Studio and the Visual Studio Authoring extensions installed. Note Visual Studio 2015 is NOT supported (as of August 2015) but Microsoft have released a Community Edition of Visual Studio 2013 which works with the Authoring extensions. Make sure you read and abide by the licensing but the community…

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Visual Studio Management Pack Authoring Series – Overview

As promised, here is a run through of authoring Management Packs using Visual Studio and the Operations Manager Visual Studio Authoring Extensions. There are some great resources available and I'm not looking to replicate these but instead will refer to them where appropriate. 1. The definitive guide to Management Pack Authoring – MVA Series by…

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