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How to Create a Knowledge Article

System Center

Updated: May 22, 2009

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

A knowledge article contains custom information aimed at helping a user of the Operations Manager Operations Console or the Web Console. Knowledge articles are added to a Management Pack, or an element of a Management pack such as a monitor, a discovery object, or a rule, by using the ManagementPackKnowledgeArticle class. The knowledge article is written in HTML, and it can contain specific information about the element or Management Pack that it is associated with.

The following code example creates a knowledge article for a rule.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement;
using Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Configuration;
using System.Collections.ObjectModel;

namespace SDKSamples
{
    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            ManagementGroup mg = new ManagementGroup("localhost");
            ManagementPack defaultMP = mg.GetManagementPacks(
                "Microsoft.SystemCenter.OperationsManager.DefaultUser")[0];

            MonitoringRuleCriteria ruleCriteria = 
                new MonitoringRuleCriteria("DisplayName = 'SQL User Connections'");

            MonitoringRule rule = null;
            try
            {
                rule = mg.GetMonitoringRules(ruleCriteria)[0];
            }
            catch (ArgumentOutOfRangeException)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Error: Could not retrieve the specified rule.");
                return;
            }
            
            ManagementPackKnowledgeArticle article = 
                new ManagementPackKnowledgeArticle(rule, "ENU", defaultMP);
            article.HtmlContent = 
                "<html><body>This is a placeholder for a knowledge article</body></html>";

            defaultMP.AcceptChanges();
        }
    }
}      

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