Guide for System Center Monitoring Pack for System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

This guide was written based on version 3.0.6019.0 of the System Center Monitoring Pack for System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager.

Guide History

Release Date Changes

April 1, 2012

Original release of this guide

April 30, 2012

Update version number to 3.0.6019.0 and add information about updating to that version.

Add notes about internal base classes.

May 7, 2012

Remove reference to System Center Operations Manager 2007.

Update links section.

Add note about updated management pack files, including wording in update procedure.

Supported Configurations

The VMM monitoring pack monitors System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and all hosts and virtual machines that VMM manages, including hosts supported versions of Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESX, and Citrix XenServer. If you are using VMM to manage a VMware vSphere 4 or VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) environment, the monitoring pack monitors virtual machines deployed on the VMware ESX hosts from an in-guest perspective.

The Operations Manager configuration must meet the following requirements:

  • The VMM monitoring pack requires System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 or System Center 2012 - Operations Manager.

  • The virtual environment managed by a management server must be monitored by a single management group in Operations Manager. However, an Operations Manager management group can monitor multiple VMM instances.

  • The VMM monitoring pack does not support agentless management of hosts and virtual machines in Operations Manager.

The following table details the supported configurations for the Monitoring Pack for VMM:



Clustered VMM management servers


Clustered hosts


Agentless monitoring


Virtual environment


Monitoring Pack Scope

This monitoring pack supports up to 400 hosts, with up to 8000 virtual machines.


The following requirements must be met to run this monitoring pack:

  • PowerShell 2.0 must be installed on all Operations Manager management servers.

  • Operations console must be installed on the VMM management server. The version must match the version of Operations Manager.

  • The management server must have the following management packs installed:

    • Windows Server Internet Information Services 2003

    • Windows Server 2008 Internet Information Services 7

    • Windows Server Internet Information Services Library

    • SQL Server Core Library

Mandatory Configuration

In order to use the VMM monitoring pack, you need to integrate Operations Manager with VMM as described in Configuring Operations Manager Integration with VMM. Unlike other monitoring packs, you do not need to import the .mp files in Operations console.


After you integrate VMM with Operations Manager, if there are updates to the VMM monitoring pack files, you need to update the registry on your VMM management server. For more information, see How to Connect VMM with Operations Manager.

Updates to this Monitoring Pack

When an updated version of the management pack files become available, you can either remove and re-create the connection between VMM and Operations Manager as described in How to Connect VMM with Operations Manager or you can import the new management pack version as described in the following procedure.

  1. On the VMM management server, update the registry to reflect the version number of the new management pack files, and then restart the System Center Virtual Machine Manager service. For more information, see How to Connect VMM with Operations Manager.


    To obtain the version number of the monitoring pack, check the most recent version of this guide. The version number is also available in the Import Management Packs dialog box, described later in this procedure.

  2. On the VMM management server, open the management packs directory. By default the location is C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\Virtual Machine Manager\ManagementPacks.

  3. Back up the existing .mp files.

  4. Extract the new .mp files to the management pack directory, overwriting the existing .mp files.

  5. In the Operations console, in the Administration workspace, under Actions, select Import Management Packs.

  6. In the Import Management Packs dialog box, click Add and then select Add from disk.

  7. In the Select Management Packs to import dialog box, navigate to the management packs directory on the VMM management server, select all the updated management pack files, and then click Open.


    Verify the management packs show the appropriate version number.

  8. Click Install.

After installation is complete, verify the update in the VMM console. To do this, open the Settings workspace. In the Settings pane, click System Center Settings. In the results pane, right-click Operations Manager Server, and then click Properties. On the Management Pack page, verify the installed version of the management packs.

Files in this Monitoring Pack

The integration between VMM and Operations Manager installs the following files:





  • Microsoft.SystemCenter.VirtualMachineManager.Override.xml







Updates to this monitoring pack might include only some of these files. If a management pack file is not updated, it retains its original version number.

The following management packs can extend and enhance the capabilities of the VMM monitoring pack:

  • PRO-enabled management packs

    You can take maximum advantage of Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) in your virtualized environment using PRO-enabled management packs. VMM partners create PRO-enabled management packs to extend PRO capabilities to their system, application, and hardware products by defining performance and health criteria that are implemented through PRO tips. The Virtual Machine Manager product team will announce new PRO-enabled management packs as they become available.

To download a management pack, go to the System Center Marketplace. The catalog includes management packs developed by PRO partners.


The following management packs should not be installed on the Operations Manager management group.

  • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2

  • Microsoft Virtualization Core Library