SCOM authoring: the aftermath

October 7, 2014 at 6:52 am in #scom, #sysctr by Jan Van Meirvenne


For the people who attended my SCOM authoring session, thanks once again for your attention. While it was quite an advanced topic I hope it shed some light on how SCOM functions and how it can be optimized regarding creating and maintaining monitoring definitions.

My slide deck can be found here:

My demo project can be found here:

Please note that Microsoft announced the retirement of the Visio authoring method for SCOM. Although it is a useful tool especially with designing management packs alongside with customers, I guess it was a bit too much of an odd bird with many limitations. The recommendation is to use MPAuthor or the Visual Studio addin (links included in the wiki link below).

If you want to learn more on this topic and maybe try some things out for yourself, there are some excellent resources available:

– Microsoft Virtual Academy:

– Authoring section of the SCOM wiki:

– MSDN Library (contains technical documentation of the modules used while authoring):

If you have questions regarding these topics, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment, tweet @JanVanMeirvenne or mail to

See you in another blogpost!