How Do I? Videos

The first management pack authoring video is now available in the System Center How Do I? Videos collection.  This walks through each step in the process to create a rule and monitor from a PowerShell script.  Detailed topics included in the video include the following: How to change a PowerShell script to be included in…

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Management Pack Basics

Okay, so the name probably doesn’t invoke a lot of excitement for the more advanced crowd, but it was a significant missing piece in our documentation.  The new Management Pack Basics section of the Authoring Guide is now available.  This covers various topics such as the difference between editing tools, effects of sealing a management…

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MP Samples

I put the management packs that I showed in the Advanced Monitoring Scenarios session at MMS last week in the OpsManJam management pack library.  I’m labeling these with MPAuthor as the contributor and created a view to filter just the MPAuthor contributions. This in no way implies that our contributions are somehow better than the…


New Mail Account

We have a new mail account to solicit feedback on our documentation and all things related to management pack authoring.  Please send us mail at mpauthor@microsoft.com if you have any of the following related to management pack authoring: Comments both good and bad about any of our existing content. Suggestions for new topics and new…


Follow us on Twitter

MPAuthor now has a Twitter account.  We’ll be using this for various announcements such as new content being available, old content being updated, etc. 


Reflections on MMS 2010

After a very busy few weeks  I’m having finally a bit of time to relax and reflect on experiences and feedback from MMS 2010.  Thanks to everyone who attended and who provided us feedback.  I got some great comments both validating work that we’re doing and some giving ideas on where we need some improvement. …


Authoring Guide Health Model Section Live

The Health Model section of the Management Pack Authoring Guide is now available.  This section provides concepts and details for monitors, rules, tasks, diagnostics, and recoveries.  All examples in this section rely on wizards in the Authoring Console as opposed to the Composition section which focuses in custom workflows using individual modules. There are still…


Bug Fix

Thanks to kboomsliter for pointing out on a previous post that the procedure for creating a monitor and rule that share a script supporting cookdown in the Authoring Guide had a couple of problems.  If you followed the steps of the process, the monitor type, monitor, and rule should save, but they won’t work as…


Management Summit 2010

Almost that time of year again – MMS in Las Vegas!  I’m starting to plan out my sessions, and I could use a little input. I will be doing three sessions on the first day providing an overview of management pack design.  This will be similar to the four part series I did last year…


MP Authoring Guide available for download

Our original plan for the MP Authoring Guide was to publish sections on TechNet as they were completed but not make the entire guide available for download until all sections were complete.  We had quite a few requests to make the download available immediately though.  Apparently, there are quite a few of you out there…

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