Category Archives: PowerShell

Start Maintenance Mode directly from the server

Are you a SCOM admin? Have you ever received a call or an e-mail from a user or technician asking you to put a server in maintenance mode in SCOM? You have? Then I think you have something in common with most SCOM admins out there. Today, I will share a solution letting you put a server into maintenance mode directly from the server itself.

This will help your technicians by letting them put the server into maintenance mode themselves, and it will save you from some phone calls.

The solution consists of a PowerShell script that will be placed on each server, and a shared folder containing some DLL files and the Operations Manager PowerShell module.

To get it running, you need to perform the following tasks;

  • Create a share on one of the management servers
  • Download the script to a server and edit the script
  • Copy the DLL and PowerShell files needed to run the script

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Installing OMS and Service Map Agents with PowerShell

Back in January this year I wrote a post about how you can install the OMS agent using PowerShell. Now the time has come to include the Service Map agent in the equation as well since this is a feature that recently got Generally Available. You can find the original post about installing the OMS agent here. What´s new in this script is that I have added a section for downloading and installing the Service Map agent as well. Enough talking, let´s get to it!

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Update your alert custom fields with SCOM notification channels

A while back I got a question from a customer who wanted to update some of their alerts with the name of the server generating the alert. This can somewhat be found already by looking at the Path of the alert but this wasn´t good enough and they wanted to see just the server name, not the FQDN. My idea was to solve this using a PowerShell script which updated the alert with the server name and injecting it into Custom Field 1 of the alert.

To do this I am using the mentioned script along with the notification functions in SCOM. It´s really easy and fast to set up, see how it´s done below.

Preparations

The first thing you need to do is to download the script from my TechNet Gallery here and place it in the same folder on all your servers that are part of the Notifications Resource Pool. To find out which servers are members of this resource pool, navigate to Administration and then Resource Pools.
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