System Center 2012 Configuration Manager uses XML to define the nodes and their content, that you see in the Configuration Manager console. New nodes can be added anywhere in the existing node hierarchy.

The XML for a node describes the navigation pane, results pane, and action pane, and the resources that are needed by each pane to display the node.

When writing a new node, consider the following:

The Configuration Manager SDK includes a sample XML file and GUID folder for a node that displays the available collections. The GUID folder is the namespace identifier for the tools node

For information about node XML, see Configuration Manager Console Node XML.

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