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Dev'ing for Ops - How to Create System Center Extensions with Visual Studio

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Dev'ing for Ops - How to Create System Center Extensions with Visual Studio

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TECHNET ARTICLES - SYSTEM CENTER - VISUAL STUDIO AUTHORING EXTENSIONS

The Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE) are an add-on for Visual Studio that provide additional functionality to aid with management pack development for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, System Center 2012 - Operations Manager, and System Center 2012 - Service Manager.

The latest version of VSAE is available for download here, http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=30169.

This article is for sharing useful information on how to use VSAE, how to get the most out of VSAE, and anything else VSAE related.

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4. 14 Templates Available

There are 14 templates available which will cover the majority of your authoring needs! They are:

  • Agent Task (Custom)
  • Agent Task (PowerShell Script)
  • Agent Task (Windows Script)
  • Assembly Resource
  • Discovery
  • Monitor (Aggregate)
  • Monitor (Dependency)
  • Monitor (Unit)
  • Rule (Alert)
  • Rule (Custom)
  • Rule (Event Collection)
  • Rule (Performance Collection)
  • Snippet
  • View (Custom)

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MICROSOFT DOWNLOADS - SYSTEM CENTER 2012 VISUAL STUDIO AUTHORING EXTENSIONS

The System Center 2012 Visual Studio Authoring Extensions—VSAE—is an add-in for Visual Studio 2010 Professional provides Lifecycle Management Tools to support Management Pack Authoring.

Feature Summary

  • VS Projects for Monitoring MPs, System Center 2012 MPs including Operations Manager and Service Manager.
  • MP Item Templates for quick creation of MP Items.
    • XML MP Item Templates (generates MP XML for editing).
    • Template Group Item Templates (Abstract your intent from MP XML).
    • Snippet Templates (generates MP XML from CSV)
  • IntelliSense for MP XML for the following versions:
    • System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
    • System Center 2012 Operations Manager
    • System Center 2012 Service Manager
  • Integrates into Visual Studio Project System with *.mpproj.
    • Enables building within VS & MSBuild.
    • Supports custom build tasks (simply edit *.mpproj or *.sln)
    • Build multiple MPs (multiple *.mpproj) in a solution.
    • Integrates into any VS supported Source Control systems.
  • MP Navigation Features
    • Management Pack Browser for browsing MP Items.
    • Go to Definition
    • Find All References
  • ResKit Tools integrated
    • Workflow Simulator
    • Generate Visio Diagram
    • MP Best Practice Analyzer
    • MP Spell Checker
  • MP Cookdown Analyzer

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