What if my discovery script fails?

Discovery is a very core feature of a management pack. Bugs in discovery can literally screw up the whole management pack. I saw an example of this today when I was debugging a problem where if the user disabled a network card, the WMI calls that I was making were returning no data and also […]

Discovery is a very core feature of a management pack. Bugs in discovery can literally screw up the whole management pack. I saw an example of this today when I was debugging a problem where if the user disabled a network card, the WMI calls that I was making were returning no data and also a pretty generic error code. In my case, I wasn’t properly handling the condition and the result was that my discovery returned an empty list of discovered objects. This was interpretted by OpsMgr runtime as if the application was no longer installed and therefore, the objects representing the application were deleted. From the runtime perspective, this is completely the right behavior.

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