SCOM: Visual Studio Authoring Extensions for System Center 2012

This past friday saw the release of the Visual Studio Authoring Extensions for System Center 2012.

The Visual Studio Authoring Extensions allow you to create management packs for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager using Visual Studio.

  • Work directly with the XML of the management pack allowing you to create any management pack element and monitoring scenario.
  • Provides XML templates and IntelliSense for different management pack elements so that you don’t have to have detailed knowledge of the schema.
  • Allows you to create XML fragments containing different management pack elements. The fragments can be copied within the management pack, to another management pack, and combined to build the final management pack.
  • Allows multiple authors to work on a single management pack project at the same time.

Download here
Documentation and requirements can be found here

Note: To use the Visual Studio Authoring Extensions, you must have a copy of Visual Studio installed. Download the VSAE from 


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