A few people now have mentioned that this has been released. It is RC and needs SCOM SP1 I believe. It can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6c8911c3-c495-4a03-96df-9731c37aa6d7&DisplayLang=en and there is a 32 bit and 64 bit version.
Documentation to help with creating MPs :
Authoring Guide (now a whopping 238 pages long compared to 118 for the earlier edition).
Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Authoring Guide: This document provides detailed information about how to create a Management Pack for a product. The product can be an application, a service, or a device.
February 22, 2008
Download the Guide
Report Authoring Guide
Provides scenarios for custom report creation and reference information on report parameters.
February 26, 2008
Download the Guide
Best Practices for Targeting Rules and Monitors in Operations Manager 2007
The poster illustrates some of the most common scenarios and provides best practices on how to properly target rules and monitors in System Center Operations Manager 2007.
November 19, 2007
Download the poster
System Center Operations Manager 2007 SDK
This software development kit (SDK) documentation includes descriptions and examples that show how to automate and extend Operations Manager features.
Read this online
Also remember http://www.authormps.com/dnn/ as a great resource on learning how to create MPs from scratch with a simple editor. (You need to create a login to access the tutorials.)
I installed the 32 bit version on my demo system and it was a simple install. The program unzipped 3 files and then ran the setup. One tick to confirm the EULA and I was done.
The console itself looks like OpsMgr.
I remember seeing a demo of an earlier version at last years MMS and the guy I was chatting to afterwards summed it up when he said that he thought he was getting on top of OpsMgr until he went to that session!
I have no idea how to create an MP yet – 238 pages is a lot to read and the console is full of jargon about classes, relationships and service models and I am still playing with it. It comes with one template when you create a new MP. I presume that more will be released? I need to rewatch that MMS session! But just trying to create one and play with the options it looks like it will need a whole lot of training to get good with it.
But at first looks it is a great tool to investigate an MP (either MP or XML format) and see what rules, monitors, classes, discoveries, views etc are in it and the properties of these elements. Although you can search for a lot of this stuff in the OpsMgr console this allows you to load an MP at a time and investigate it. You can not save or save as if it is sealed but you can with unsealed MPs. Worth a look just to investigate MPs before you import them even if you don’t create any.