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How to create a management pack reference

Updated: May 24, 2010

When using the Operations console, references are automatically created and added to the management pack as required. There is no way to remove these references other than exporting the management pack from the management group and removing the reference in the Authoring console or an XML editor. Any management pack elements that use the reference must first be removed.

Only elements in management packs that the current management pack references are available in the Authoring console. If other elements in other management packs are required, the reference must first be added. Certain wizards in the Authoring console also automatically add references, although whenever custom elements are created, you must create any references manually.

For example, a common scenario is to create a rule that collects a performance counter to the Operations Manager database and the data warehouse. The module for collecting performance data to the data warehouse is in the System.Performance.Library management pack, and this is not one of the standard references created when the management pack is created. If this rule is created by using the wizard for creating a Windows Performance Collection rule, a reference to this management pack is automatically created. If the rule is created manually by using the Custom Rule wizard, the reference must first be created manually. Without the reference, the required Microsoft.SystemCenter.DataWarehouse.PublishPerformanceData module is not available to the custom rule.

To create a management pack reference in the Authoring console

  1. In the Authoring console, click File, and then click Management Pack Properties.

  2. Click the References tab, and then click Add Reference.

  3. Locate the sealed management pack file to reference, and then click Open.

  4. If you want to change the alias, select the new reference, and then click the alias in the Alias column.

  5. Type a new alias.

  6. Click OK.