How to Bundle Management Packs and Resource Files


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Service Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager, System Center 2012 - Service Manager

A custom management pack might include references to resources, such as an image or a form assembly. To import such a management pack into System Center 2012 – Service Manager, you must first bundle the management pack file and its associated resources into a single .mpb management pack file.

In Service Manager, to bundle a management pack file with its resources, use the Windows PowerShell cmdlet New-SCSMManagementPackBundle. For more information about this cmdlet, see New-SCSMManagementPackBundle.

When you bundle a management pack, any form .dll in the bundle is stored in the Service Manager database, along with any other resources, such as images. The form is then automatically deployed to any Service Manager console computer that needs to render that form. When the form is loaded for the first time in the Service Manager console, it is retrieved from the Service Manager database and cached on the local computer. In subsequent uses, the form is retrieved from the local cache.

To customize management packs that are bundled in an .mpb file, you must first unbundle the .mpb file and then individually customize each management pack and resource file. For more information about how to unbundle an .mpb management pack file, see How to Unbundle a Bundled Management Pack.

See Also

Management Packs: Working with Management Packs