How to Back Up Custom Management Packs


Updated: May 13, 2016

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

Management packs contain monitoring rules for applications and services. Both sealed and unsealed management packs can be customized by superseding their default values using overrides, or by defining custom rules or monitors. Custom management packs are unsealed and are saved to a separate .xml management pack file. Only custom management packs can be exported. By default, the file is saved to the My Default management pack folder.

You should back up custom management packs regularly even though backing up the operational database captures management pack information. When you run management pack backups as an independent operation from database backups, you can re-import them separately from the database, which can be useful in cases when you must roll back the customized changes in one or more custom management packs.

Use the Export feature from the Operations console to back up management packs.

To export a custom management pack

  1. Log on to a management server with an account that is a member of the System Center 2012 – Operations Manager Administrators role for the Operations Manager management group.

  2. In the Operations console, click Administration.

  3. In the Administration pane, click Management Packs.

  4. Right-click the custom management pack that you want to export, and then click Export Management Pack.

  5. In the Save As dialog box, type the path and file name for the management pack file, or click Browse to save the file to a different directory, and then click Save.