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How to Suspend Monitoring Temporarily by Using Maintenance Mode

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Operations Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager

Maintenance mode, available from the Monitoring workspace of the Operations console in Operations Manager, enables you to avoid any alerts or errors that might occur when a monitored object, such as a computer or distributed application, is taken offline for maintenance. Maintenance mode suspends the following features:

  • Rules and monitors

  • Notifications

  • Automatic responses

  • State changes

  • New alerts

Use the following procedure to place one or more monitored objects into maintenance mode.

To put a monitored object into maintenance mode

  1. Log on to the computer with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role.

  2. In the Operations console, click Monitoring.

  3. In the Monitoring workspace, expand Monitoring, and then click Windows Computers.

  4. In the Windows Computers pane, right-click the computer that you want to place into maintenance mode, click Maintenance Mode, and then click Start Maintenance Mode. You can use ctrl+click or shift+click to select multiple computers to place into maintenance mode.

  5. In the Maintenance Mode Settings dialog box, under Apply to, click Selected objects only if only the computer is to be placed into maintenance mode; otherwise, click Selected objects and all their contained objects.

  6. Select Planned if this is a planned event; otherwise, leave it cleared.

  7. In the Category list, click the appropriate maintenance category.

  8. Under Duration, select and enter the Number of minutes or select and enter the Specific end time, and then click OK. A maintenance mode icon appears in the Computers pane, in the Maintenance Mode column for the computer you selected.

    noteNote
    The minimum value for Numberofminutes is 5. The maximum value is 1,051,200 (2 years).

To edit maintenance mode settings for a monitored object

  1. Log on to the computer with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role.

  2. In the Operations console, click Monitoring.

  3. In the Monitoring workspace, expand Monitoring, and then click Windows Computers.

  4. Right-click the computer in the Windows Computers pane whose settings you want to edit, click Maintenance Mode, and then click Edit Maintenance Mode settings.

  5. In the Maintenance Mode Settings dialog box, edit the settings you want to change, and then click OK.

To stop maintenance mode on a monitored object

  1. Log on to the computer with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role.

  2. In the Operations console, click Monitoring.

  3. In the Monitoring workspace, expand Monitoring, and then click Windows Computers.

  4. In the Windows Computers pane, right-click the computer that you want to take out of maintenance mode, click Maintenance Mode, and then click Stop Maintenance Mode.

  5. In the Maintenance Mode dialog box, do the following:

    • If you selected Selected objects and all their contained objects when you placed the computer into maintenance mode, select Remove contained objects and then click Yes.

    • If you selected Selected objects only, clear Remove contained objects and then click Yes.

  6. In the Windows Computers pane, the maintenance mode icon disappears from the Maintenance Mode column for the computer you selected.

    noteNote
    Because Operations Manager polls maintenance mode settings only once every 5 minutes, there can be a delay in an object's scheduled removal from maintenance mode.

See Also

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

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