Discovering Multiple Services of an Application

I got the question below related to my MP development training.  It seems like a common scenario that many people would be facing, so I thought I would answer it here. My goal is to create an mp for a LOB application to monitor services running. The LOB app has 3 different components running on…


Management Pack Development Training

This is kind of old news since I’ve had the first lessons out there for a few weeks, but I wanted to wait until we had a substantial number posted before announcing it.  We are working on a complete management pack development training that is being published on Microsoft Virtual Academy.  This is based on…


OM12 Dashboards

Brad Anderson put out a blog post a few weeks ago talking about dashboards in System Center 2012 Operations Manager.  Of course, the obvious question is how you can create dashboards in your own management packs.  We did some post some walkthroughs in the Presentation section of the MP Authoring Guide, but we didn’t have…


VSAE Video

David Allen who is an MVP from Infront Consulting Group in the UK just completed a great video going through use of Visual Studio Authoring Extensions.  David does extensive work in management pack authoring so I’m always anxious to share out any content from him!


MMS 2013

It’s that time of year again!  I know it’s April when my days start getting filled up with slides and demos.  Yet another Microsoft Management Summit is upon us, and I’ll be flying off to Vegas this weekend. A little bit different for me personally this year as I’m not doing a breakout session for…


Some Love for Visual Studio Authoring Extensions

We announced Visual Studio Authoring Extensions back at MMS last April, and it’s now become our standard tool for building complex management packs.  While we provided some basic documentation for VSAE, we’ve been lacking in a collection of exercises for building a variety of monitoring scenarios.  In an effort to rectify that, we have posted…


Custom Shape for Visio Management Designer

We put out an article in the TechNet Wiki and the code for a sample shape in the TechNet Gallery for creating a custom shape for the Visio Management Pack Designer.  My apologies for the delay on this since I showed a preview of this way back at MMS in April.  Since the VMPD has…


System Center Authoring Hub

I wanted to call everyone’s attention to the new System Center Authoring Hub on the TechNet Wiki.  This is intended to provide a single location for all content related to authoring custom scenarios in System Center.  We even have a vanity URL for it at This is meant to address two issues related to…


Retiring OpsManJam

Many of you may be familiar with OpsManJam which we have used for the last few years to deliver Operations Manager content such as sample management packs and whitepapers.  It has served us well for that time, and I’ve used it as my primary delivery vehicle for samples that I wanted to put out into…


New management pack samples – kind of

I just posted a variety of management pack samples into the TechNet Gallery.  These are actually samples that have been on OpsManJam for some time.  We are planning on retiring that site in the near future though since we have more effective repositories for samples and content including the TechNet Wiki and TechNet Gallery.  So,…