One of the benefits of being a consultant is the ability to work with a large number of different client sites and with a variety of Operations Manager administrators. I have used Operations Manager heavily for years but often I find a trick that another OM admin uses that I hadn’t seen before. Last week was a great example of one of these. In Operations Manager authoring there are management pack templates which are wizard driven ways to create functionality in Operations Manager. These templates include are:

  • .Net Application Performance Monitoring
  • OLE DB Data Source
  • Power Consumption
  • Process Monitoring
  • SQL Azure
  • TCP Port
  • TFS Work Item Synchronization
  • UNIX/Linux Log File Monitoring
  • UNIX/Linux Process Monitoring
  • Visual Studio Web Test Monitoring
  • Web Application Availability Monitoring
  • Web Application Transaction Monitoring
  • Windows Azure Application
  • Windows Service

(For a more complete list, see the recently released System Center 2012 Operations Manager Unleashed book in Chapter 17).

These templates create different rules and monitors which can then be altered to customize beyond what was included within the template. I discussed this as an example in this article: Changing priority and severity of service and process monitors in OpsMgr  

Recently an OpsMgr administrator showed me that you can easily find the rules and monitors for items created by a management pack template by right-clicking on them and using the View Management Pack Objects option as shown below.


As an example, right-clicking and viewing the management pack objects for my VMM Agent Service (Windows Service template) and showing the rules brings us directly to the rules specific to this template as shown below.


Or the same service when right-clicking and displaying monitors shows the information below:

Summary: Want to quickly find the rules and monitors associated with something you created with a template? Right-click on it and choose the view management pack objects option! This is a lot easier and quicker than trying to search through the rules and monitors in the authoring pane even with scoping.