How to Report User-Defined Status Messages

In Configuration Manager, you can report user-defined informational, warning, and error status messages, on the site server, by using the following methods that are defined in the SMS_StatusMessage class:

Method Description
RaiseErrorStatusMsg Raises an error status message.
RaiseWarningStatusMsg Raises a warning status message.
RaiseInformationalStatusMsg Raises an informational status message.

To report a user defined status message by using WMI

  1. Set up a connection to the SMS Provider. For more information, see SMS Provider fundamentals.

  2. Call the SMS_StatusMessage class method that is appropriate for the type of status message you want to raise.


The following example raises an error message. It also defines an attribute identifier and attribute values for a package. For more information about attributes, see SMS_StatMsgAttributes Server WMI Class.

In the example, the LocaleID property is hard-coded to English (U.S.). If you need the locale for non-U.S. installations, you can get it from the SMS_Identification Server WMI ClassLocaleID property.

For information about calling the sample code, see Calling Configuration Manager Code Snippets.

Sub RaiseErrorStatusMessage(connection)  

    Dim smsContext  
    Dim statusMessageParameters  
    Dim inParams  
    Dim statusMessageClass  

    Set smsContext = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemNamedValueSet")  

    ' Add the context qualifiers to the set.  
    smsContext.Add "LocaleID", "MS\1033"  
    smsContext.Add "MachineName", "MyComputerName"  
    smsContext.Add "ApplicationName", "MyApplication"  

   ' Obtain the class definition object of a SMS_Status Message object.  
    Set statusMessageClass = connection.Get("SMS_StatusMessage")  

    ' Set up the in parameter.  
    Set inParams = statusMessageClass.Methods_("RaiseErrorStatusMsg").InParameters.SpawnInstance_  
    inParams.MessageText = "This is an error message"  
    inParams.MessageType = 768  
    inParams.AttrIDs = Array(400)  
    inParams.AttrValues = Array("MyPackageID")  

    Call connection.ExecMethod( "SMS_StatusMessage", "RaiseErrorStatusMsg", inParams,,smsContext)  
    If Err.Number<>0 Then  
        Wscript.Echo "Couldn't run method"  
        Exit Sub  
    End If  

 End Sub  
public void RaiseErrorStatusMessage(WqlConnectionManager connection)  
        Dictionary<string, object> StatusMessageParameters = new Dictionary<string, object>();  

        connection.Context.Add("ApplicationName", "MyApplication");  
        connection.Context.Add("MachineName", "MyComputerName");  
        connection.Context.Add("LocaleID", @"MS\1033");  

        // Add the parameters.  
        StatusMessageParameters.Add("MessageText", "This is an error message");  
        StatusMessageParameters.Add("MessageType", 768);  
        StatusMessageParameters.Add("AttrIDs", new int[] { 400 });  
        StatusMessageParameters.Add("AttrValues", new string[] { "MyPackageID" });  

        // Call the method.  
        connection.ExecuteMethod("SMS_StatusMessage", "RaiseErrorStatusMsg", StatusMessageParameters);  

    catch (SmsException ex)  
        Console.WriteLine("Failed to raise error status message: ", ex.Message);  

The example method has the following parameters:

Parameter Type Description
connection - Managed: WqlConnectionManager
- VBScript: SWbemServices
A valid connection to the SMS Provider. For more information, see SMS Provider fundamentals.

Compiling the Code

This C# example requires:










Robust Programming

For more information about error handling, see About Configuration Manager Errors.

.NET Framework Security

For more information about securing Configuration Manager applications, see Configuration Manager role-based administration.

See Also

About status messages SMS_StatusMessage Server WMI Class
How To Delete Status Messages