SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler

We 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.  We 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.
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Groups

Schedule a group of Computers, Databases, or any objects in the group into maintenance Mode.
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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.

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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.

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Dashboards Integrated Into The SCOM Console

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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.

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Manage any upcoming maintenance windows and identify any gaps

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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.

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

 

Related Posts

SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler Installation Guide – http://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/

 

58 Responses to SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler

  1. Walter Chomak February 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Great work!

  2. Bongani February 12, 2014 at 3:55 am #

    Good day
    Thanks for the tool but I see that its indicated on the site as 30 day free trial.
    Is this a free tool like the old one?
    Do I then have to pay after the 30 days have elapsed.

  3. Bongani March 12, 2014 at 5:29 am #

    Thanks for your clear response.

  4. Tracy March 14, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    This is something that SCOM has been sorely missing – thanks for addressing it. I know this is the first version of the tool – has there been any thought put towards some extra security around it, right now, any user that knows the link could create a MM task for a server. It’s a fine line between ease of use and (I really like the link to schedule an immediate MM for a server via the shortcut link on a desktop) and some extra security to make sure not just anyone could launch it? Does the application in the IIS website need to run as anonymous? Thanks again for creating the tool!

  5. Mads March 26, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    Hello Tim

    I’m currently running the Trial of this tool, and are very pleased by it so far.
    I’m now trying to set maintenance mode for a web-site in the predefined Microsoft management templates “Web Application Availability Monitoring” , my problem is I have no clue how to do this. I believe I need to use a class, can you clarify what class I need to use.

    Best Regards
    Mads

  6. Steve Hohman April 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    I cannot get the configuration to load on Server 2012 R2 – it keeps saying to run as Administrator even though I have tried it with a variety of administrator accounts with the option to ‘Run as Administrator’.

    Any thoughts?

  7. Turi April 2, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Hi, we installed the Maintenance Mode Scheduler Tool and after the Configuration we tried to start it, but on the Webpage we received following error : “***Error**** Cannot open database “operationsmanager” requested by the Login The login failed. Login failed for user Domain\Username” it’s possible that the DB Name is hardcoded in the Code?
    Our DB Name is OperationsManagerDB

  8. ERROR April 8, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Hi!

    Please fix so this can be running on server 2012 R2.
    The MMWebSvcSetup.exe says:
    Cannot access registery. Please run-as administrator
    Error Code : Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

  9. Ryan Martin April 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I noticed the comment above about security around the tool. What we did to overcome this was disable Anonymous Authentication for the MMWeb app in IIS and enable Windows authentication. I also changed the default authorization rule to only allow Administrators, which in turn should only be domain admins or scom admins on our management serve.r

  10. Chris April 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    When running the config as Admin and typing all the required info it fails on me with error; “Object reference not set to an instance of an object”
    Server is 2008 R2 SP1
    with Operations Manager 7.1.10226.0

  11. Scott Harkless May 1, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    We just installed the scheduler and when we click manage we get Server Error in ‘/MMWeb’ Application. Can you please help with this. We are testing and if this works for us we plan on buying it.

  12. Tim McFadden May 1, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Yes this is a bug. Just create one job and it will work. I will have it fixed next week in Ver 2.0 due out next week.

  13. Ambers May 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    Any chance of integrating functionality from the Subscriptions tool into this product? It would be nice to use this tool to enable maintenance mode, turn off subscriptions to the computer, groups, classes and prevent the alert storms.

  14. Ryan Boender May 21, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Looks like a great tool. When i try and configure the application im getting “The server cannot handle directory requests”. Any idea what would cause that?

    Thanks

  15. Bob Muetzenberg May 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    The configuration tool gives me an error when I click OK.
    “The server cannot handle directory requests.”

    Any idea how to get past this?

  16. Tim McFadden May 22, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    Are you running Secure LDAP?

    Can you download http://www.scom2k7.com/downloads/MMWebSvcSetupNoAdCheck.zip

    Copy the file in the zip MMWebSvcSetup.exe to C:\Program Files\SCOM 2012 Maintenance Mode Scheduler\ and overwrite the existing file.

    Then try to run Maintenance Mode 2012 Config again. Make sure you type in the correct username and password as it won’t check it against AD.

    Let me know if this works.

  17. Ryan Boender May 22, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    The new MMWebSvcSetupNoAdCheck.zip worked great. Thanks for the help

  18. Rajeev May 26, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    When I run the “Maintenance Mode 2012 Config” I get the error :
    “Value cannot be null. Parameter name : element”. I am unable to complete the config. Please help.

  19. Avery May 27, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    I just tested this out in a two server SCOM 2012 environment and set a daily one hour maintenance mode for a group with all my servers. After the maintenance window, all my servers are still in maintenance mode. Is there a command to run to try and force the app to end the maintenance mode?

  20. Brian working from home June 18, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Is there a way to schedule all the objects for a class in a single step? I’m trying to silence the alerts for disk latency that occur on all our SQL servers at night. Backups run and kill the SAN performance resulting in alerts.

  21. Tim McFadden June 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Yes create a group with the following dynamic inclusion rule. Then schedule that group

    ( ( Object is Windows Server 2008 Logical Disk OR False ) ( Object is Windows Server 2012 Logical Disk OR False ) OR False )

    E-Mail if you need additional help creating the group.

    -Tim

  22. Ambers June 30, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

    Love the tool so far. It would be nice if:

    Computers contained Unix/Linux computers as well as Windows computers
    Network devices were included by device instead of having to create groups
    The available lists could be restricted by Role Based security
    The Windows 8 tool from the store has the search, but would work more efficiently as a filter in my opinion

    Thanks again for putting out this much needed tool.

  23. Rogelio July 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    I am also looking for update to include Unix/Linux computers that are being monitored by SCOM.

    Is there something in the works for that feature?

  24. Ivo Naiman August 12, 2014 at 5:16 am #

    Hi Tim,
    can I have two question about MM Scheduler?
    It is a very interesting tool that it might be worth buying, unfortunately I miss two things:
    1. Monthly scheduling (Frequency: Monthly) for patching
    2. For us the most important thing: Insert servers into maintenance mode based on a text list, because we often received request with list of servers to be inserted into a maintenance mode.

    thank you for answer,
    Ivo Naiman

  25. Chris August 12, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Hello Tim,
    It would be nice if we could be more precise when defining the schedule.
    We have groups of servers which are rebooted at specific hours last saturday or sunday of every month (SCCM updates…)

    If we could schedule that a group will go in maintenance mode last sunday of every month at 3am, it would be very appreciated.

    Is it something that you could integrate for your next version ?

  26. NM August 28, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Hi

    Very nice tool, unfortunately I can’t install it, I allways get an errror when running the configuration:

    “Object reference not set to an instance of an object”

    Any ideas how to fix that? We would purchase the license if the tool is working.

    Regards

  27. Scott September 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Version 3.0 … how are you populating the “Manage” page? We have several servers that have been put into Maintenance mode via your Scheduler but do not appear in the “Jobs” list. The length of time for the maintenance is like 4 weeks. I can see they are in maintenance in the Console. Any ideas?

  28. Tim McFadden September 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    Do you have the MP installed? The automated job might be cleaning the job up. If the job has already ran and it set to only run once then it will be cleaned up.

  29. Tim McFadden September 2, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Try a manual install of the product. http://www.scom2k7.com/manual-configuration-of-scom-2012-maintenance-mode-scheduler/

  30. Maximo Vizcaino September 4, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    Tim,
    Very nice tool.
    How can I put network devices in maintenance mode?

    Thanks

  31. Jeff H. November 26, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Hi,

    I am trying to use the tool, but I am getting the error message ” ***Error**** Object reference not set to an instance of an object.” When I navigate to the “Groups” or “Computer” tabs.

    The Subscription tab does show all of our SCOM Subscriptions, so I think that means I am talking to the database correctly.

    Also – Our SDK account is set to the be “LocalSystem” – something we changed per this article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936220

    I created another account in the database that has the same roles: sdk_users, configsvc_users, dbmodule_users — I am using this new account for the “SCOM SDK Account” since I cannot find a way to specify “LocalSystem”

    Thoughts??

  32. Tom Phillips January 30, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Downloaded the trial and went thru the install. When trying to schedule via the website, I receive the following error:

    ***Error**** A specified logon session does not exist. It may already have been terminated. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070520)

    Ideas?

  33. Tim McFadden January 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

    Task scheduler is not allowing you to save the username and password for a task. Please see the following post.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2012/04/18/task-scheduler-error-a-specified-logon-session-does-not-exist.aspx

  34. Scott February 12, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    Hi Tim,

    Great tool – and we’re looking to purchase the site license. However, we’re not able to individually schedule Linux servers. Is that an issue with the install? Or is that not available?

    Thanks

  35. Tim McFadden February 12, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    Linux computers can be scheduled from the class tab. You just pick Microsoft.Linux.Computer as the class. Then you should see all your linux computers available to schedule.

    We are considering adding a linux tab or adding linux computers under the computers tab in a future version.

  36. Mikael Sellgren February 18, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    We would like to change the default time when you click the “One Click MM” button. Is it possible and if so, how do I doit?

  37. steven December 4, 2015 at 3:19 am #

    does this tool able to set instance or object for third party management pack like DB2 or Oracle where set schedule maintenance mode for DB2 database?

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