Management Pack Elements

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007 R2

The following topic describes the structure of a management pack and each of the major sections within it.

Structure of a Management Pack

The Operations Manager schema is divided into eight major sections. In XML, the basic structure of a management pack looks like the following code example:



The <Manifest> contains the basic identity of the management pack. Each management pack must begin with a section called the Manifest, which has three parts: the Identity, the Name, and the References.

For more information about the <Manifest>, see Manifest Detail (

Type Definitions

The <TypeDefinitions> of the management pack file describe the base monitor classes. For UNIX and Linux unit monitors, there is no default hosting relationship; the hosting relationship must be explicitly defined.

For more information about type definitions, see Type Definitions Detail (


The <Monitoring> section of the management pack contains:

  • Rules

  • Monitors

  • Overrides

For more information about monitoring, see Monitoring Detail (


<Templates> are not covered in this guide. For more information about templates, see Template Detail (

Presentation Types

<PresentationTypes> are not covered in this document. For more information about presentation types, see Presentation Type Detail (


<Presentation> contains:

  • Views

  • Folders

  • Folder Items

The presentation section contains text formatting, folder relationships, and identifiers for strings. These items define the views that you see in the Operations Manager console at the top of the monitoring pane folder list. These views disappear if the management pack is deleted.

Presentation is not covered in depth in this document. For more information about presentation, see Presentation Detail (

Language Packs

The <LanguagePacks> section contains the friendly names for the management pack name and the folders displayed in the Operations Manager console. Language Packs contain:

  • Display Strings

  • Knowledge Articles

Display Strings contain the names for objects and references in the management pack. This section often contains human-readable information in which the actual rules, monitors, and overrides contain GUIDs. Knowledge Articles contain the description and troubleshooting information for the management pack.

Language Packs are not covered in depth in this guide. For more information about Language Packs, see Language Packs Detail (