Using the Power Consumption Template

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007

When the Power Management Pack is imported, the Power Consumption monitoring template is added to the templates in the Authoring pane in the Operations console. Use the Power Consumption template to define the power set, which is a collection of a power distribution unit (PDU) and all computers running Windows Server 2008 R2 that receive power from the PDU.


Before you can define the power set, you must create a group that contains the devices connected to a power distribution unit (PDU).

Use the following procedure to define a power set.

To define a power set

  1. Click the Authoring button in the Operations console, and then click Add Monitoring Wizard.

  2. On the Select Monitoring Type page, select Power Consumption, and click Next.

  3. On the General Properties page, perform the following steps:

    1. Type the Name for the object.

    2. Optionally, type the Description for the object.

    3. Select a management pack from the list or click New to create a management pack with the Create a Management Pack Wizard.


      The object type will be added to the specified management pack, therefore only unsealed management packs are listed. By default, when you create a management pack object, disable a rule or monitor, or create an override, Operations Manager saves the setting to the Default Management Pack. As a best practice, you should create a separate management pack for each sealed management pack you want to customize, rather than saving your customized settings to the Default Management Pack. For more information, see Customizing Management Packs (

    4. Click Next.

  4. On the Settings page, perform the following steps:

    1. In the Total power capacity section, enter the maximum power capacity (in kilowatts) for the PDU that will belong to this power set. The maximum limit for this setting is 2147483.647 kilowatts and the minimum limit is .001 kilowatts.

    2. In the Power budget section, specify the threshold that you want to use. The power budget is a threshold which indicates that at any given time only the specified percent of the available capacity should be used in order to have a safety margin. You can specify the power budget as a percentage of the total power capacity or as an absolute number of kilowatts.

    3. Click Next.

  5. On the Devices page, perform the following steps:

    1. In the Devices in the power set section, select the group that contains devices connected to the PDU that you want to monitor.

    2. In the Additional power consumption section, specify the power consumption in kilowatts for devices that are connected to the PDU in the power set but are not monitored for power consumption, such as servers that are not running Windows Server 2008 R2 on hardware that qualifies for the “Enhanced Power Management” Additional Qualification logo.

    3. Click Create.