Creating Management Packs for SCOM 2007

For a while now I have been toying with the idea of doing a series of posts on creating MOM 2005 management packs. There is a lot of documentation on how to create them for MOM 2005. For SCOM 2007 there is now the documentation on the new style XML MP which at first is quite daunting but perhaps subsequent readings will help. It is worth reading to get an understanding of how the new MPs work even if you do not intend to create one. At 126 pages it is not a light read but it is helping me in my understanding of SCOM and how it works. (Update May 2008 – the MP Authoring Guide was released on 22 Feb 2008 and is now 238 pages long).  I find the classes and inheritance concepts too much like programming. My mind starts to shut off. A similar experience to when I tried to learn SQL Reporting Services for MOM 2005.

This I found useful as I was wondering why there were so many “bits” to importing a 2007 MP.

“The term library is given to a Management Pack that is used purely to define reusable Management Pack objects and defines no actual discovery or monitoring. There is no implementation difference between a Management Pack and a library, but this term is used to help the Operations Manager user understand why a number of default libraries are installed during Operations Manager setup and why multiple Management Packs may be required to monitor a single application.”

There is a useful section on models which are at the core of the new product and also on sealed and unsealed MPs. Worth a read if you have the time.



  1. Greg

    Hi !

    Where can i found documentation about MP development ?


  2. Idetrorce

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

  3. Michael

    What do you read to get an understanding of how the new MPs work ? I intend to create them and I need a full understandig. Can you give some refernces about that document of 126 pages?


  4. Gustavo

    Where I can download the 126 pages document on creating management packs for Scom 2007?

    Thank you

  5. The Authouring Guide was released on 22 Feb 2008 and is now 238 pages long. It can be found at


  6. Curious if you’ve had a chance to check out PowerWF for SCOM?

    It provides a drag&drop authoring experience to quickly create a SCOM management pack.

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