How to Edit a Distributed Application in Operations Manager 2007

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007 R2, Operations Manager 2007 SP1

Use the following procedure to change the settings of a distributed application monitoring object in Operations ManagerĀ 2007. For information about creating a distributed application monitoring object and descriptions of the settings that are contained in the Distributed Application Designer, see How to Create a Distributed Application in Operations Manager 2007.

To edit an existing distributed application monitoring object

  1. Log on to the computer with a user account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrator role for the Operations ManagerĀ 2007 management group.

  2. In the Operations console, click Authoring and then click Distributed Applications. In the results pane, right-click the distributed application that you want to change, and then click Edit. The Distributed Application Designer starts, displaying your distributed application.

  3. After you edit the distributed application, click File, and then click Save to save your changes to the original distributed application. You can also click Save Distributed Application Definition to create a new distributed application to which the original settings and the changes are saved or you can click Save as Template to create a template that you can use to create new distributed applications.


    If you have saved a Distributed Application Definition file, a message displays stating that Distributed application exported successfully. This file needs a valid management pack ID and matching file name before it can be imported. You can then continue the process by using the following procedure "To prepare a Distributed Application Definition file for import."

To prepare a Distributed Application Definition file for import

  1. Using an XML editor (or Microsoft Notepad), open the Distributed Application Definition file that you saved in step 3 in the previous procedure. The default file name is DistributedApplicationDefinition_ExportedMP.xml.

  2. Near the beginning of the file, locate the <ID> tag that contains the file name and guid. The default would appear as follows:

  3. Change the ID to something that is unique to the management group. For example:

  4. Locate the DisplayStrings section of the file as shown in the following example:

    <LanguagePack ID="ENU" IsDefault="false">
  5. Add a new DisplayString tag below the <DisplayStrings> tag as shown in the following example:

    <DisplayString ElementID="My.Distributed.Application">
    <Name>My Distributed Application</Name>
    <Description>This is a sample distributed application</Description>
  6. Save and rename this file to match the new ID name you created. For this example, save the file as My.Distributed.Application.xml.