Guidelines and Best Practices for Authoring Forms in the Authoring Tool


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Service Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager, System Center 2012 - Service Manager

Use the following guidelines when you are authoring forms in the System Center 2012 – Service Manager Authoring Tool. For more information about how Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) forms work and WPF customization guidelines, see Windows Presentation Foundation on MSDN.

  • When you are customizing existing default forms by adding new controls, first create a new Tab control, and then add the new controls to the new Tab control.

  • Store all customizations of a particular form in a single management pack.

  • Group related controls in a Panel control so that you can better handle them as a group.

  • You can drop controls only in containers, such as the Panel container control.

  • Set one or more of the following control properties to Auto to allow for dynamic adjustment of placement: Height, Width, Minimum Height, Minimum Width, Left, Top, Right, and Bottom. Depending on the resulting behavior, adjust these settings.

Forms: Customizing and Authoring