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  • Blog Post: Place a Group in Maintenance Mode with Powershell

    Steve? Why are you writing a post on how to place a group in maintenance mode using powershell?  There are already LOTS of solutions out there to put a group in maintenance mode – why spend time on another?  Good question.  The reason?  Efficiency. I recently was working on a project...
  • Blog Post: SCCM Patching and OpsMgr Maintenance Mode

    Customers using OpsMgr for monitoring and SCCM for patching commonly select the option in SCCM to put MOM/OpsMgr agents in maintenance mode during patching – or even with standard software distribution. This option works great if running MOM 2005 but does not operate as you might think with OpsMgr 2007...
  • Blog Post: Maintenance Mode by Config File

    Derek Harkin did some good work with his management pack that allows agents to be placed in maintenance mode from the agent itself simply by executing a script - no requirement for powershell, .net, etc and the user who executes the script does not need any rights to OpsMgr! The script would generate...
  • Blog Post: Maintenance Mode in the Console

    I recently posted a web based utility that I created to allow administrators and even non-OpsMgr users to be able to trigger/schedule maintenance mode.  Another really cool use for such a web based tool is that it can be configured for use through the OpsMgr console.  No longer do you need...
  • Blog Post: Enough with the Maintenance Mode tools!!!

    OK, I've got one more! :) I put together a web application to help with maintenance mode. This was my first attempt at building a web application so I'm sure there are inefficiencies and better ways to do it - so be kind with the comments! I wrote this tool because I haven't seen anything that...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr and OpsMgr Maintenance Mode

    I've seen the question several times now about whether ConfigMgr supports setting OpsMgr agents into maintenance mode during software deployment. The answer is mixed. If we take a look at the MOM Maintenance Mode tab for a program we see the options available. Notice that the text says that setting...
  • Blog Post: A few opsmgr questions of interest - Question 2

    1. How can an agent be placed in maintenance mode from the command line? What are the other options for placing an agent or group of agents in maintenance mode? Agents can be placed in maintenance mode from the command line in one of two ways – using command shell or using a script written by Clive...
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