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How to import, export, and remove an Operations Manager management pack

Matt Goedtel|Last Updated: 11/16/2016
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Applies To: System Center 2016 - Operations Manager

There are numerous management packs available for System Center 2016 - Operations Manager. A management pack must be installed for use by Operations Manager in order to discover and monitor one or more components depending on its complexity, and the overall health of the IT service delivered by the organization. Over time, the knowledge of what to discover and monitor, and how to monitor and report on the operational data is updated in newer releases of a management pack. These management packs must be reimported into the management group when updated by the vendor or internally if developed by the team responsible for it. When the management pack is no longer required to monitor , you can remove it from the management group.

Importing a management pack

You have several options for importing management packs:

  • Import a management pack from the Microsoft Catalog by using the Operations console.

  • Import a management pack from disk (local storage or a network file share) by using the Operations console.

  • Download a management pack by using the Operations console to import at a later time.

  • Download a management pack by using an Internet browser to import at a later time.

Note

Using the management pack catalog service requires an Internet connection. If the computer running Operations Manager cannot be connected to the Internet, use another computer to download the management pack, and then copy the files to a shared folder that is accessible to the Operations Manager management server.

The Operations Manager community maintains a list of management packs developed by Microsoft on the following web site Microsoft Management Pack List. You can obtain third-party management packs directly from those companies and import them by following the procedure Import a management pack from disk.

Note

Microsoft neither endorses nor provides support for third-party products. Please contact the specific provider for support issues.

You should always review the management pack guide before you import a management pack.

Import a management pack from the catalog

  1. Log on to the computer with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role.

  2. In the Operations console, click Administration.

  3. Right-click Management Packs, and then click Import Management Packs.

  4. The Import Management Packs wizard opens. Click Add, and then click Add from catalog.

    The Select Management Packs from Catalog dialog box opens. The default view lists all management packs in the catalog. You can change the view to show the following management packs:

    • Updates available for management packs that are already imported on this computer

    • All management packs that have been released within the last three months

    • All management packs that have been released within the last six months

    You can also use the Find field to search for a specific management pack in the catalog.

  5. In the list of management packs, select the management pack that you want to import, click Select, and then click Add.

    In the list of management packs, you can select a product, or expand the product name to select a specific version, or expand the product version to select a specific management pack file. For example, you can select SQL Server for all SQL Server management packs, or you can expand SQL Server and select SQL Server 2014 for all SQL Server 2014 management packs, or you can expand SQL Server 2014 and select SQL Server Core Library Management Pack.

    Note

    When a management pack is labeled “(Online Catalog Only)”, you cannot import the management pack directly from the catalog. You must download the .msi and import from disk.

  6. On the Select Management Packs page, the management packs that you selected for import are listed. An icon next to each management pack in the list indicates the status of the selection, as follows:

    • A green check mark indicates that the management pack can be imported. When all management packs in the list display this icon, click Import.

    • A yellow information icon indicates that the management pack is dependent on one or more management packs that are not in the Import list but are available in the catalog. To add the management pack dependencies to the Import list, click Resolve in the Status column. In the Dependency Warning dialog box that appears, click Resolve.

    • A red error icon indicates that the management pack is dependent on one or more management packs that are not in the Import list and are not available in the catalog. To view the missing management packs, click Error in the Status column. To remove the management pack with the error from the Import list, right-click the management pack, and then click Remove.

    Note

    When you click Import, any management packs in the Import list that display the Information or Error icon are not imported.

  7. The Import Management Packs page appears and shows the progress for each management pack. Each management pack is downloaded to a temporary directory, imported to Operations Manager, and then deleted from the temporary directory. If there is a problem at any stage of the import process, select the management pack in the list to view the status details. Click Close.

Import a management pack from disk

  1. Log on to the computer with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role.

  2. In the Operations console, click Administration.

  3. Right-click Management Packs, and then click Import Management Packs.

  4. The Import Management Packs wizard opens. Click Add, and then click Add from disk.

  5. The Select Management Packs to import dialog box appears. If necessary, change to the directory that holds your management pack file. Click one or more management packs to import from that directory, and then click Open.

  6. On the Select Management Packs page, the management packs that you selected for import are listed. An icon next to each management pack in the list indicates the status of the selection, as follows:

    • A green check mark indicates that the management pack can be imported. When all management packs in the list display this icon, click Import.

    • A red error icon indicates that the management pack is dependent on one or more management packs that are not in the Import list and are not available in the catalog. To view the missing management packs, click Error in the Status column. To remove the management pack with the error from the Import list, right-click the management pack, and then click Remove.

    Note

    When you click Import, any management packs in the Import list that display the Error icon are not imported.

  7. The Import Management Packs page appears and shows the progress for each management pack. Each management pack is downloaded to a temporary directory, imported to Operations Manager, and then deleted from the temporary directory. If there is a problem at any stage of the import process, select the management pack in the list to view the status details. Click Close.

Download a management pack by using the Operations console

  1. Log on to the computer with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role.

  2. In the Operations console, click Administration.

  3. Right-click Management Packs, and then click Download Management Packs.

  4. The Download Management Packs wizard opens. Click Add.

    The Select Management Packs from Catalog dialog box opens. The default view lists all management packs in the catalog. You can change the view to show the following management packs:

    • Updates available for management packs that are already imported on this computer

    • All management packs that have been released within the last three months

    • All management packs that have been released within the last six months

    You can also use the Find field to search for a specific management pack in the catalog.

  5. In the list of management packs, select the management pack that you want to import, click Select, and then click Add.

    In the list of management packs, you can select a product, or expand the product name to select a specific version, or expand the product version to select a specific management pack file. For example, you can select SQL Server for all SQL Server management packs, or you can expand SQL Server and select SQL Server 2005 for all SQL Server 2005 management packs, or you can expand SQL Server 2005 and select SQL Server Core Library Management Pack.

  6. The selected management packs are displayed in the Download list. In the Download management packs to this folder field, enter the path where the management packs should be saved, and then click Download.

  7. The Download Management Packs page appears and shows the progress for each management pack. If there is a problem with a download, select the management pack in the list to view the status details. Click Close.

Download a management pack by using an Internet browser

  1. Open a browser and go to the Microsoft Management Pack List.

  2. Browse the list of management packs to locate the management pack that you want to download.

  3. Click the name of the management pack that you want to download.

  4. On the Microsoft Download Center page for the management pack, click Download.

  5. In the File Download dialog box, click Run to download and extract the management pack files. Or, click Save to download the .msi file without extracting the files.

    Note

    Some management pack download pages contain a download link for the management pack .msi file and a download link for the management pack guide. Download both the .msi and the guide.

    Before you can import the management pack in Operations Manager, you must run the .msi file to extract the files.

How to export an Operations Manager management pack

Exporting a management pack allows customizations to a sealed management pack to be saved to a writeable management pack. Because sealed management packs cannot be changed, the modifications made to a management pack are saved to a separate, unsealed management pack file. The unsealed management pack can then be imported into a different management group or the same management group depending on the situation. This unsealed management pack is dependent on the original sealed management pack and can be imported only to management groups that have the original sealed management pack.

Note

Using the Operations Console, you can only export unsealed management packs. To export a sealed management pack, you must use the Export-SCOMManagementPack cmdlet. See Operations Manager Cmdlet Reference for more information.

To export an unsealed management pack

  1. Log on to the computer with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role.

  2. In the Operations console, click Administration.

  3. In Administration, click Management Packs to display the list of imported management packs.

  4. In the Management Packs pane, right-click the management pack you want to export, and then click Export Management Pack.

  5. In the Browse For Folder dialog box, expand the path for the location to save the file, and then click OK.

    The management pack is saved as an Operations Manager XML management pack file and is ready for importing into another management group.

How to Remove an Operations Manager Management Pack

When you no longer need a management pack, you can delete it using the Operations console. When you delete a management pack, all the settings and thresholds associated with it are removed from the management group. Also, the .mp or .xml file for that management pack is deleted from the hard disk of the management server. You can delete a management pack only if you have first deleted dependent management packs.

To remove a management pack

  1. Log on to the computer with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role.

  2. In the Operations console, click Administration.

  3. In Administration, click Management Packs.

  4. In the Management Packs pane, right-click the management pack you would like to remove and then click Delete.

  5. On the message stating that deleting the management pack might affect the scoping of some user roles, click Yes.

Note

If any other imported management packs depend on the management pack you are trying to remove, the Dependent Management Packs error message is displayed. You must remove the dependent management packs before you can continue.

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