SCOM 2016 Maintenance Mode Scheduler

The SCOM 2016 Maintenance Mode Scheduler application makes enabling and scheduling maintenance mode simple for all users. Your IT staff will no longer have a reason why a server wasn’t put into maintenance mode.

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The application is an intuitive HTML5 interface written specifically for SCOM 2016 and SCOM 1801 from the ground up. It deeply integrates into SCOM 2016 using all the new native maintenance mode scheduling capabilities. All your IT staff can quickly schedule maintenance mode without having to install and use the slow console.

Features:

  • Easily access the new web based maintenance mode scheduler from any browser (Chrome, FireFox, Safari and IE)
  • Schedule Windows/Unix Computers, Groups, and Objects like SQL Databases for maintenance in a few seconds.
  • Import a CSV containing a list of computers or groups for scheduled maintenance.
  • Instant MM: Server and application admins can instantly place servers into maintenance during reboots and maintenance windows directly from the server without requiring admin privileges to the server.
  • Instant MM can be called by a VB, PowerShell, or code from anywhere. This can be used to start and stop maintenance on any server for a specified amount of time. This makes it easy to integrate into your current change or software management process.

Additional Features:

  • Integrated Dashboard works in the SCOM Console.
  • Instant Maintenance Mode with URL Parameters.  Specify URL parameters ComputerName, ID, Min, Action to control maintenance mode.
  • Manage page will make it easy to see and manage any upcoming maintenance windows and identify any gaps
  • Uses the same role based permissions that SCOM 2016 uses. Users will only be able to schedule maintenance mode for servers, groups, or objects they already have access to in SCOM.

Schedule Windows Computers

Instant MM

This solution 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 administrator can visit the SCOM 2016 Maintenance Mode Scheduler Instant MM website at http://yourMSserver/MMWeb/InstantMM.aspx

Create a shortcut on the desktop of the servers to make it even easier. This can be accomplished manually or by use SCCM, AD Group Policy or some other software deployment software

Integrated Dashboard

Instant Maintenance Mode with URL Parameters

New in SCOM Maintenance Mode Scheduler 2016 is the ability to add parameters to the URL.

  • ComputerName – Specify the Computer Name
    http://yourMMServer/MMweb/Instant.aspx?ComputerName=yourComputer.yourdomain.com
  • ID: – Specify the ID of any object in SCOM
    http://om01/MMweb/InstantMM.aspx?ID=f4ea533c-16e4-76fa-8f5a-98fc4b1cb492
  • Min – Number of Minutes for Maintenance Mode
    http://om01/MMweb/InstantMM.aspx?Min=120
  • Action – Start or Stop Maintenance Mode
    http://om01/MMweb/InstantMM.aspx?Action=Start
    http://om01/MMweb/InstantMM.aspx?Action=Stop
  • Combine multiple URL Parameters
    http://om01/MMweb/InstantMM.aspx?ComputerName=DB02.scom2k16.com&Min=120&Action=Start

Instant Maintenance Mode using PowerShell, VBScript or Code.

Using the new URL Parameters, you can now put servers into Maintenance Mode from any computer using a script or code.  Typical use case would be using SCCM when updates or software is installed.  SCCM would execute the VB or PowerShell script before the install process to start maintenance mode.  After the updates or software is installed SCCM would call the script to stop maintenance mode.

VB Script Example    Download: https://www.scom2k7.com/downloads/computerMM.renameTOvbs

 

PowerShell Example     Download: https://www.scom2k7.com/downloads/computerMM.renameTOps1

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

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Quickly fix SCOM scripts from Exported Management Packs with Transform Tool

Quick Download: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Fix-SCOM-from-Exported-e011ab52

Have you ever exported a MP with a script and tried to run it on the command prompt and it fails yet seems to work fine when SCOM runs it.

If I export the MP from SCOM using PowerShell.

Then open it up in NotePad++ and search for the script name. In my case it is DiscoverSQL2014FileGroups.js

Now I copy the script to a file of its own and try to run it on my SQL 2014 server. I use the command line from above

But I get a script error.

The issue is the exported mp changes some of the characters in the script. So we need to change the characters back so we can run it manually.

With the Transform Tool I copy and paste the script. Then I hit Unescape.

I copy the updated code and take a look at it. I can see that it changed the characters back to what they should be.

I run the script on the SQL server and it now works.

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Are you annoyed when working in the SCOM console and the console window disappears to the background?

Working in the SCOM console, when closing a window the console will occasionally disappear.  You have to go to the task bar to find it and re-select the window.

To reproduce this;  First make sure the SCOM Console is full screen.  Then click on an alert created by a rule.  In the alert details, open up the rule by clicking on it.

Then click Configuration, and View.

Then close both windows.

The SCOM Console will disappear.

According to Kevin Holman there is a workaround that “everybody knows” except for me 🙂

The Workaround

Don’t have any windows in the background full screened when SCOM is full screen.  What happens is the SCOM console is moved behind any windows you have full screen.

The Long term fix.

Go to the SCOM User Voice and Up-Vote this;

https://systemcenterom.uservoice.com/forums/293064-general-operations-manager-feedback/suggestions/34145605-make-the-scom-console-windows-stop-disappearing

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Windows Server Driver Updates in the New Windows Admin Center are Awesome

Have you ever setup a lab machine running Windows Server and realized you are missing a bunch of drivers?  This can greatly affect disk I/O and overall performance of the server.  If you setup that same server running Windows 10 all the drivers and driver updates come down automatically (If Group Policy Allows it).

With the new Windows Admin Center you can now see and install driver updates in Windows Server 2016!

If I look at Windows Update on my Hyper-V Server.  I can see that there are no updates available.

But if I pull this same server up in Windows Admin Center.  I can see all the driver updates as well.

This makes using Windows Core or Server 1709 for my Hyper-V Host server a real possibility.  I no longer have to hunt down and create a custom ISO to install 1709 with the correct drivers.  All I need is the NIC drivers and I am golden.

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SCOM Self Service Portal

Imagine a world where server and application admins can install and maintain their SCOM agents themselves.  Imagine if they could quickly and easily create their own groups and then create new monitors and rules against them.  Imagine if they could create their own maintenance schedules and instantly put servers into maintenance mode with a click of a button.

This is all possible with the new SCOM Self Service Portal.

The new portal is built with HTML 5 and the latest web technologies and works with SCOM 2012 R2, SCOM 2016, and SCOM 1801.
Features:

  • Users can install, repair, uninstall, delete and reset agents. No longer do you have to be a SCOM admin to do this basic functionality.  Users are empowered to maintain their agents; the SCOM admin will no longer have to perform these tedious and time-consuming activities.
  • Users can create and maintain their own groups. With these groups they can then build their own event, service, and performance monitors.  They can also build their own performance collection rules.  All the difficult concepts to teach a user how to author their own monitors and rules is removed.
  • Users can create and maintain their own maintenance schedules from a website. Users can instantly put servers into maintenance mode without using or installing the console.  They can easily call the website from a script to use with their maintenance process.
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Install Agents

A user with local admin privileges to a server, types in their username, password and the server they want to push to.  The agent and the latest installed update roll-up are pushed from SCOM to their server.

Delete Agents

An application or server admin can now delete their servers out of SCOM after they have decommissioned their server.  No longer having to get the SCOM admin involved.

Create Groups

Users can now create their own groups of servers.  They can use these groups for targeting monitors and rules.

When a group is created.  A new management pack, class, and basic views for Alerts, Performance and State are created automatically following management pack best practices.

Create Event Monitors

A user can create an event monitor by selecting the group of servers they want the event monitor to run on.  Then they type in the information from the event they want alerted on.

Create Service Monitors

A user can create a service monitor by simply picking the group and typing in the name of the service.

Schedule Computers for Maintenance Mode

A user can schedule future maintenance on their servers.

 

Instant Maintenance Mode

This solution 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 administrator can visit the Instant MM website.

Creating a shortcut on the desktop of the servers can make it even easier.  With one click a server will be put instantly into maintenance mode.

Help Screens on every page

Anytime a user is confused or needs help.  They can click the help button on any screen to get detailed help.

 

Any ideas, problems, bugs, or issues please e-mail: support@scom2k7.com  or visit the user voice site https://scom2k7.uservoice.com

 

 

 

 

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SCOM Core – Removing all the add-on management packs that make SCOM 2016 Bloated and Slow

Wouldn’t it be cool if SCOM 2016 was super fast and required less resources?

SCOM 2016 is full of legacy solutions that make it bloated and slow.  You can remove “most” of these solutions if your not going to use them anyway?

SCOM was created in a very modular fashion using management packs to add features over the years.

After careful analysis I created the following PowerShell script to remove many of the management packs that slow down SCOM.

I have broken the script into pieces so you can remove any parts that you want to keep.  The script was created using a clean SCOM 2016 install.  If you have been using SCOM 2016 for a long time or have an upgraded SCOM environment you may have some additional dependencies in unsealed MPs you created.

If you find you need a solution in the future.  Simply add the MPs back from the installation media.

Download: https://www.scom2k7.com/downloads/SCOMCoreMPRemoval.zip

The script:

For APM:  You will need to manually remove the Secure Reference Override before you can delete “Microsoft.SystemCenter.Apm.Infrastructure” mp.  Notes in are in the script as to what needs to be deleted.

My Core Environment:

Console

Authoring Wizard – Much cleaner

Discovery Wizard – Notice Unix is gone

Event Logs – No errors

One of the most valuable management packs to remove would be the “System.NetworkManagement.Library” MP.  But removing this MP breaks the Windows Computer discovery wizard.

Any issues, comments or ideas for removing additional management packs please leave them in the comments.

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