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How to Seal a Management Pack

Updated: May 22, 2009

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007 R2, Operations Manager 2007 SP1

Use the Operations Manager 2007 support tool, MPSeal.exe, to change the format of an Operations Manager 2007 management pack from an XML file to a binary file. You can run MPSeal.exe on a client computer as long as that computer has Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 installed. Also, you must have a client certificate to seal a management pack.

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If you plan to distribute a management pack that you have created, you should seal that management pack.

MPSeal.exe can be found on the distribution media in the SupportTools folder.

MPSeal.exe is a command-line tool that uses the following syntax:

MPseal.exe Management Pack Filename [/ISource Directory] /KeyfileKeyfile Path/CompanyCompany Name[/OutdirOutput Directory] [/DelaySign]

As an example, if you are sealing a management pack file named Microsoft.SQLServer.xml, you could use the following syntax:

MPSeal.exe Microsoft.SQLServer.xml /I c:\mps /Keyfile Microsoft.snk /Company "Microsoft Corporation"

A Microsoft.SQLServer.mp file is created and saved to the current directory.

To seal a Management Pack

  1. On a computer that has.NET Framework 2.0 installed, copy a client certificate and the MPSeal tool to a directory, and then copy a valid Operations Manager 2007 management pack to the same directory.

  2. Open a command prompt, change to the directory that contains the copied files.

  3. Run the MPSeal tool to change the XML-formatted management pack to a binary file. The sealed management pack should now have an .MP extension.

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