SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler

I believe that core to any monitoring system is the ability to send out accurate alerts. SCOM sends out many valuable alerts but will flood e-mail boxes and paging systems during maintenance windows.  I set out to build a maintenance mode scheduler that anyone can quickly and easily use to prevent these floods of useless information.

Features:

  • Easily access the new web based maintenance mode scheduler from any browser.
  • End users will thank you at how easy it is to pick a computer, group, object, and even a subscription with a start time and end time. The app calculates the minutes for them and schedules a future maintenance window.
  • The manage tab will make it easy to see and manage any upcoming maintenance windows and identify any gaps.
  • The new integrated dashboards make it feel like the scheduling maintenance mode was always there.
Download Free Trial

screenshot1

Subscriptions

Most organizations only use the alerts from SCOM.  Now you can schedule your complex subscriptions into maintenance mode.  You can choose to send the alerts that where queued up or discard them.

clip_image016_thumb.jpg

One Click Maintenance Mode

Another great feature is the ability to do one click maintenance mode from any server.  This means is you can place the same shortcut on the desktop of your all your servers.  With one click, the IT administrator can put the server into maintenance mode.

image32

After the shortcut is clicked, the web page automatically detects what server you are on and puts the server into Maintenance Mode with no interaction.

screenshot2

Dashboards Integrated Into The SCOM Console

screenshot4

 

Manage any upcoming maintenance windows and identify any gaps

image12

 

Windows 8 App

The Windows 8 app can be download from the Windows App Store.  It uses the existing the same infrastructure and web service as the Web based version.

Download Now from the App Store

image

image

image

 

Click Here to Purchase

Any problems, bugs, or issues please e-mail:  timothymcfadden@scom2k7.com

 

Related Posts

SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler Installation Guidehttp://www.scom2k7.com/scom-2012-maintenance-mode-scheduler-installation-guide/

SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler User Guidehttp://www.scom2k7.com/scom-2012-maintenance-mode-scheduler-user-guide/

Securing SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler - http://www.scom2k7.com/securing-scom-2012-maintenance-mode-scheduler/

 

Continue Reading

Manual Configuration of SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler

 

In some environments it’s difficult to predict the state of the Default Website and IIS where SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler gets installed.  There might be a group policy or a standard process that your IIS team uses to configure IIS.  In these environments the Maintenance Mode 2012 Config tool might throw an error.  We will need to do a Manual Install in these environments.

 

 

Manual Install Process

 

Run the SCOM 2012 MSI and do a standard install.

 

Instead of using the  image Maintenance Mode 2012 Config tool.

 

Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.  This tool is located under Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools

 

 

image

 

 

Expand your servers name and click Application Pools

 

image

 

Right click on Application Pools and click Add Application Pool

 

image

 

 

Name the Application Pool MMWebAPPPool

 

image

 

 

After the App Pool is created right click on it and pick Advanced Settings

 

image

 

In Advanced Setting, scroll down and select Identity.  Click the next to ApplicationPoolIdentity

image

 

Select the Custom account: radio button.  Then click Set..

image

 

 

Type in the domain\username of your SDK account and type the password twice.

image

 

Click OK, OK, OK

 

 

In IIS Manager Expand Sites, Default Web Site and click on MMWeb

 

image

 

Right click on MMWeb and click Convert to Application

 

image

 

Click Select.  Under Application pool select MMWebAPPPool

 

image

 

Click OK and OK

 

 

Open up Internet Explorer and type in the address to the Admin page.  (Replace yourserver with the hostname of your server)

 

http://yourserver/MMWeb/Admin.aspx

 

On the Admin page type in your SDK account, Password, MS Server, and OperationsManager DB Server

 

image

 

Click Save

 

Now in Internet browse out to the Maintenance Mode Scheduler Web Page

 

 

http://yourserver/MMWeb

 

image

I

f you get a Trial has Expired.  E-mail me at timothymcfadden@scom2k7.com for a new 30 day key. 

 

image

Continue Reading

SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler User Guide

Computer Maintenance Mode

In this scenario a SQL Admin will be performing maintenance on a SQL server at 2:00am on Sunday. During maintenance, services might be stopped or the server might be rebooted. The admin opens Maintenance Mode Scheduler and schedules a maintenance window for this time frame so that alerts for the SQL server don’t get sent to himself or other IT support staff.

1.) Open the Maintenance Mode Scheduler Website in Internet Explorer. http://yourMSserver/MMWeb

2.) Pick the Computer to Schedule for Maintenance Mode.

3.) Under Start Time; Pick the time and date for Maintenance Mode on the computer to Start.

4.) Under End Time; Pick the time and date for Maintenance Mode on the computer to finish.

5.) Under Frequency choose how often Maintenance Mode should run.

a. Once – Run just once.

b. Daily – Run every day at the Start Time selected.

c. Weekly – Run every week on the day/time selected for Start Time.

6.) Under Category choose the category (Planned or Unplanned) to specify the maintenance mode.

7.) Under Comment: Type in an Optional Comment.

clip_image002

8.) Verify the job has been created on the SCOM server by going to Task Scheduler clip_image003

9.) Test by right clicking on the job and selecting Run.

clip_image005

10.) Look in the console and verify that the server has went into maintenance mode

clip_image007

11.) Right click on the server click Maintenance Mode and Select Stop Maintenance mode.

12.) Scheduled Maintenance Mode will now run at the specified time on the correct server.

 

Group Maintenance Mode

In this example, a Network Admin needs to perform maintenance on a network segment of Exchange Servers. The Maintenance will be performed on Sunday at 2:00am and the network will be down. To do this, open the Maintenance Mode Scheduler and schedule a maintenance window for the Exchange Servers Group. With the maintenance window scheduled, alerts won’t be sent to the Exchange Admin or other IT support staff.

1.) Open the Maintenance Mode Scheduler Website in Internet Explorer. http://yourMSserver/MMWeb/Group.aspx

2.) Pick the Group to Schedule for Maintenance Mode.

3.) Under Start Time; Pick the time and date for Maintenance Mode on the group to Start.

4.) Under End Time; Pick the time and date for Maintenance Mode on the group to finish.

5.) Under Frequency choose how often Maintenance Mode should run.

a. Once – Run just once.

b. Daily – Run every day at the Start Time selected.

c. Weekly – Run every week on the day/time selected for Start Time.

6.) Under Category choose the category (Planned or Unplanned) to specify the maintenance mode.

7.) Under Comment: Type in an Optional Comment.

clip_image009

One Click Maintenance Mode

This situation makes it easy for IT staff to put a server into maintenance mode without having to go to the SCOM console. On any server the server administrator can visit the SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler One Click website at http://yourMSserver/MMWeb/OneClick.aspx

Creating a shortcut on the desktop of the servers to make it even easier.

Options for this are:

  • Manually create the shortcut.

 

  • Use System Center Configuration Manager, AD Group Policy or some other software deployment tool to deploy the shortcut out to all servers.

 

1.) Open the One Click Maintenance Mode Scheduler Website from the server to put into maintenance mode in Internet Explorer. http://yourserver/MMWeb/OneClick.aspx

2.) The server is automatically put into maintenance mode for 60 minutes.

clip_image010

clip_image012

Class Maintenance Mode

In this setting a Unix/Linux Admin is performing maintenance on a Linux server on Saturday at 4:00AM. During the outage the server will be rebooted and the admin does not want to alert the NOC or the on-call engineer.

1.) Open the Maintenance Mode Scheduler Website in Internet Explorer. http://yourMSserver/MMWeb/Class.aspx

2.) Pick the Class for the type of object. Pick Microsoft.Linux.Computer

3.) Under Object: Pick the Linux Computer to Schedule for Maintenance Mode.

4.) Under Start Time; Pick the time and date for Maintenance Mode on the Linux computer to Start.

5.) Under End Time; Pick the time and date for Maintenance Mode on the Linux computer to finish.

6.) Under Frequency choose how often Maintenance Mode should run.

a. Once – Run just once.

b. Daily – Run every day at the Start Time selected.

c. Weekly – Run every week on the day/time selected for Start Time.

7.) Under Category choose the category (Planned or Unplanned) to specify the maintenance mode.

8.) Under Comment: Type in an Optional Comment.

clip_image014

Subscription Maintenance Mode

In this scenario full backups are performed every night that create a flood of alerts for the Windows Team Pager. The team would like to not get alerted during this time. They have a complex subscription with individual monitors and rules for their alerts. Creating and maintaining individual groups for maintenance mode is too complex. They would like to just put the subscription into Maintenance Mode so they don’t get alerted in the middle of the night.

**Note: The individual objects will still change state and create alerts that will not be sent to the subscription during the maintenance window. You can choose to send the alerts after the maintenance window or to discard the alerts using the Queue Alerts option.

1.) Open the Maintenance Mode Scheduler Website in Internet Explorer. http://xom01/MMweb/Subscription.aspx

2.) Pick the Subscription to Schedule for Maintenance Mode.

3.) Under Start Time; Pick the time and date for Maintenance Mode on the subscription to Start.

4.) Under End Time; Pick the time and date for Maintenance Mode on the subscription to finish.

5.) Under Frequency choose how often Maintenance Mode should run.

a. Once – Run just once.

b. Daily – Run every day at the Start Time selected.

c. Weekly – Run every week on the day/time selected for Start Time.

6.) Under Queue Alerts choose whether or not to send the alerts queued up during the maintenance window

a. No – Do not send alerts that happened during the maintenance window

b. Yes – Save alerts that happened during the maintenance window and send them when the window is over with

7.) Under Comment: Type in an Optional Comment.

8.) You may notice that when creating a subscription maintenance window it creates two jobs. This is normal as it creates a job to start the subscription maintenance windowsand one to stop the subscription maintenance window.

clip_image016

 

Manage Maintenance Mode Jobs

In this example an Admin has created a maintenance mode job that they no longer want to run. The job they want to delete is a re-occurring Sunday 3AM Maintenance Mode on all of their servers.

1.) Open the Maintenance Mode Scheduler Website in Internet Explorer.

http://yourMSserver/ MMWeb/Manage.aspx

2.) Pick the Manage to Manage Maintenance Mode Jobs

3.) Under Jobs; Pick the job “All Windows Computers – 60 minutes Maintenance Mode – Sunday 3AM Updates”

4.) Click the Delete Button

5.) For Subscriptions delete both the Begin and End jobs.

clip_image018

Continue Reading

SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler Installation Guide

Requirements:
The Maintenance Mode Scheduler must be installed on a SCOM 2012 RTM, SP1, or R2, Management Server that has the Operations Console and Web Console installed.

1.) Copy the SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler.msi file over to the Management Server.

2.) Right click and choose Run as Administrator

Note: In some environments Run as Administrator may not show up. In this case just click Install

3.) Click Next

4.) Read and Accept the License Agreement, then click Next

5.) On the Ready to Install screen click Install

6.) Click Finish

7.) On the Desktop you will see a wrench Icon clip_image002 called Maintenance Mode 2012 Config.

8.) Right click on the icon and choose Run as Administrator.

9.) The configuration screen will automatically populate the Management Server, Operations Manager DB Server, Database Name, and Domain.

image

10.) Type in the username and password of the System Center Data Access Account (SDK)

  Note: You can also create a new AD user that is a member of the local administrators, SCOM Admins, and have read access to the Operations Manager Database.

11.) Click OK

12.) On the complete screen click Start to Launch the Maintenance Mode App

image

 

Import the SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler Management Packs (Optional)

 

These Management pack were created with the help of SCOM Expert Tao Yang. http://blog.tyang.org/

More info on the Monitoring MP can be found here. http://bit.ly/1m9bE6m

1.) Make sure you are running SCOM 2012 R2 UR2. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2929891

2.) Open the SCOM Console and Select the Administration Pane.

3.) Under Management Packs. Right click and select Import Management Packs

image

4.) Select Add From disk

image

5.) Select No on the Online Catalog Connection dialog

6.) Browse out the MM Scheduler install directory. C:\Program Files\SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler\Management Packs

7.) Select both the Dashboard and Monitoring Management Packs.

image

8.) Click the install button.

Continue Reading

SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler V3

I believe that core to any monitoring system is the ability to send out accurate alerts.  SCOM sends out many valuable alerts but will flood e-mail boxes and paging systems during maintenance windows.

Here are the new features in V3 that will help address this problem:

  • Schedule Subscriptions for maintenance mode.  Most organizations only use the alerts from SCOM.  Now you can schedule your complex subscriptions into maintenance mode.  You can choose to send the alerts that were queued up or discard them.
  • International Date format of DD/MM/YYYY now supported
  • New Integrated Dashboard with the help of Tao Yang
  • Removed resource pools from the list of groups
  • Changed default start time to only 2 minutes ahead instead of 5
  • Check to verify start time hasn’t already passed
  • Minor bug fixes

Read about all the features of the SCOM 2012 Maintenance mode scheduler here: Link

Download Free Trial

Schedule Subscriptions for Maintenance Mode

image

 

International Date Format

mmformat

 

New Integrated Dashboard

image

Continue Reading