System Center operations Manager logo http://www.Oostdam.infoSystem Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is a great product. It has some difficulties, but doesn't have all products have a problem somewhere? We all know the standard resource kits for Windows with all it's tools and handy little programs.
There is also a resource kit available for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 now. The package is not so big either, a little bit more than 21 MB, available in 32 and 64 bits, and thats all good news!!


You can download the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
Resource Kit from this link at the Microsoft site.

Most handy is the Authoring console. With that program you are able to create your own management packs, in a more sofisticated en advanced way. Besides that, the download contains several other programs, which I shortly will comment on.

  • Authoring Console - Develop your own MP's, connecting tables, create everything from settings to reports from a single GUI environment.

  • Management Pack Best Practice Analyzer (MPBPA) - With this tool you can scan, unsealed, MP's for best practice compliance and it can solve issue's for you as well. As this tool is completly integrated into the Authoring Console, you will almost never notice it.
  • Management Pack Spell Checker - This tool helps you to complete serious long strings and displays, as part of the Authoring Console the "best guessed error" on your screen.
  • Management Pack Visio Generator - This tool helps you with all the class inheritances and relationship diagrams difficulties and works with Microsoft Office Visio. (Tested with 2007, not supported with Office 2010 yet)
  • Management Pack Diff(erences) - This tools will provide to you the differences between two unsealed MP's. Not to usefull most of the time, as you are able to use the version check box under tools/options from the Authoring Console which increases the MP version automaticlly.
  • Management Pack Cookdown Analyzer - This tool can identify workflows which may, or can, break cookdown. This tool also provides you with some very good suggestions on how to fix possible performance problems.
  • All References Add-in - This tool can help you find all the related management pack elements that can be used as a reference to the element, and that all in the right mouse button as in a context menu. For example, all rules, monitors, overrides, and custom things created to a class are provided. There are still some bugs in this tool, but most of the times it is certainly a good Add-in for most professionals.
  • Workflow Analyzer - This tool can help you analyze workflows in a relativly static way. I personally did not work with this yet, so I can not comment on how this tool works. If you have any additional information for me on this item, please inform me on Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. ( and leave the Q's ). I will update this article with the information provided.
  • Workflow Simulator - This tool can analyze some kind of workflows, and do this without using a Management Group. It seems handy but again, I must say that I do not use this tool to much until now. If you have any additional information for me on this item, please inform me on Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. ( and leave the Q's ). I will update this article with the information provided. If you are able to make a large description on this tool, please mail it to me, and the credits will be for you!
  • Management Packs - Their are 3 MP's in this resource kit which contains dependencies of all kind. They are part of the installation of the Authoring console and contain default layouts and templates. These MP's are necessary to open unsealed MP's from the System Center Operations Manager MP Catalog. The MP's provided are: DataWarehouse.Report.Library, InstanceGroup.Library and ServiceDesigner.Library.


I can recomment any professional user of SCOM 2007 R2, to download, and use this resource kit!



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Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Support Engineer for a large company in the Netherlands, specialized in System Center Solutions.

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