Error on Starting SMA Runbook from Third Party System

We’ve trying to use the SMA Web Service to start SMA runbooks from another system. There is good sample of code for this and we’ve managed to get it working. Unfortunately when we’ve started to start more runbooks some of them were failing with the following error: Continue reading “Error on Starting SMA Runbook from Third Party System”

Visual Studio 2012 Team Foundation Server Monitoring Management Pack

Last week Microsoft released new version of the MP for Visual Studio 2010 TFS and now we have brand new MP for TFS 2012. This new MP is supported for SCOM 2007 SP1 or later. The MP has the same features as for TFS 2010:

  • Auto discovery of TFS components
  • Implements containment hierarchy, reflecting logical architecture of the Product
  • Implements a proper health model using Monitors
  • Contains tasks, diagnostic and recovery for certain failures
  • Provides events that indicate service outages
  • Provides alerts that show configuration issues and connected data source changes
  • Verification that all dependent services are running


Remember to read the manual first before implementing it in your environment. I am noticing that the guides that come for these new management packs are a lot more detailed than the old ones. The new ones even include screenshots from the SCOM console when the MP is imported.

Visual Studio 2012 Team Foundation Server MP and guide can be found here.

Authoring Tools for SCOM 2012 are available for download

The RTM versions of the two authoring tools for SCOM 2012 are finally here:

  • System Center 2012 Visio MP Designer—VMPD—is an add-in for Visio 2010 Premium that allows you to visually design a System Center Operations Manager Core Monitoring Management Pack. VMPD generates a Management Pack that is compliant to the MP Authoring Best Practices by simply dragging and dropping Visio shapes to describe your application architecture and configuring them through the Shape Properties. Download it here.
  • System Center 2012 Visual Studio Authoring Extensions—VSAE—is an add-in for Visual Studio 2010 Professional provides Lifecycle Management Tools to support Management Pack Authoring. Download it here.