How to Query for Monitors

Updated: January 31, 2012

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Operations Manager

In Operations Manager, monitors can be used to assess various conditions that can occur in monitored objects. For example, you can use a monitor to assess the values of a performance counter, the existence of an event, the occurrence of data in a log file, or the status of a Windows service. The result of this assessment determines the health state of a target and the alerts that are generated.

You can query for monitors by defining criteria in the class constructor. The criteria syntax is defined in Criteria Expression Syntax. The following property names are valid names that can be used in the criteria expression:

  • Id

  • Name

  • ManagementPackId

  • Accessibility

  • DisplayName

  • Description

  • Target

  • Algorithm

  • AlgorithmParameter

  • RelationshipType

  • CategoryOld

  • MemberMonitor

  • ParentMonitorId

  • IsUnitMonitor

  • IsInternalRollupMonitor

  • IsExternalRollupMonitor

  • AlertOnState

  • AlertAutoResolve

  • AlertPriority

  • AlertMessage

  • HasNonCategoryOverride

  • TimeAdded

  • LastModified

  • Category

The following code queries for all state collection monitors that have an alert priority equal to one:

/// <summary> 
/// Query for monitors.
/// </summary>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement;
using Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Configuration;
using Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Monitoring;

namespace SDKSamples
	class Program
		static void Main(string[] args)
			ManagementGroup mg = new ManagementGroup("localhost");

			// The criteria specifies the monitors you want to collect.
			ManagementPackMonitorCriteria monitorCriteria =
				new ManagementPackMonitorCriteria(
				"Category = 'StateCollection' AND AlertPriority = 1");

			Console.WriteLine("Querying for data...");
			IList<ManagementPackMonitor> monitors =

			// Display information about each monitor.
			foreach (ManagementPackMonitor monitor in monitors)
				Console.WriteLine("Monitor name: " + monitor.Name);
				Console.WriteLine("Status: " + monitor.Status.ToString());
				Console.WriteLine("Description: " + monitor.Description +


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