How to Import a Management Pack


Updated: May 13, 2016

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

Before you can use a management pack in System Center 2012 – Service Manager, you must import the management pack by using one of the following methods:

  • Use the Service Manager console, as described in this topic.

  • Use the Import-SCSMManagementPack cmdlet from the Service Manager module for Windows PowerShell. For more information about this cmdlet, see Import-SCSMManagementPack.

When you reimport a sealed management pack, the version of the new management pack must be greater than the version of the initial management pack. The imported, sealed management pack must pass backward-compatibility verification, and then the objects of the new management pack and the objects of the initial management pack are merged. When you reimport an unsealed management pack, the objects from the new management pack overwrite the objects from the initial management pack.

If the management pack that you want to import depends on other management packs, multi-select the dependent management packs and import them in a single operation. Service Manager will import the management packs in the correct dependency order.

Use the following procedure to import a single management pack, or a management pack bundle (.mpb file name extension), by using the Service Manager console. For more information about working with custom management packs, sealed and unsealed management packs, and bundling management packs, see the Authoring Guide for System Center 2012 – Service Manager.

To import a management pack by using the Service Manager console

  1. In the Service Manager console, click Administration.

  2. In the Administration pane, expand Administration, and then click Management Packs.

  3. In the Tasks pane, under Management Packs, click Import.

  4. In the Select Management Packs to Import dialog box, select the management pack file, and then click Open.

  5. In the Import Management Packs dialog box, click Add.

  6. After you have added all the management packs that you want to import, click Import, and then click OK.

To validate the import of a management pack

  • In the Service Manager console, select the Management Packs view, and ensure that the intended management packs appear in the Management Packs list.

Windows PowerShellYou can use Windows PowerShell commands to complete these and other related tasks, as follows:

  • For information about how to use Windows PowerShell to import a management pack, see Import-SCSMManagementPack.

  • For information about how to use Windows PowerShell to test the validity of a management pack, see Test-SCSMManagementPack.

  • For information about how to use Windows PowerShell to retrieve objects that represent management packs that have been imported, see Get-SCSMManagementPack.