Over the last couple of companies I've worked in, I have used a variety of different monitoring and management solutions. One of the top features that I look for in my system is the ability to effectively manage nodes during planned outages.

 

I'm dabbling with the SolarWinds Orion SDK for updating nodes to unmanage them during planned maintenance windows and I'm slowly making ground with it. Ultimately I'd like to have my whole system manageable by using RESTful URLs, or SMTP, so that I can use my patch management tool to actively disable monitoring before affecting systems.

 

What tools have you been able to use for this? I'd love to hear how anyone has used tools like Microsoft SCCM, LANDesk, or other patch deployment solutions to interact with their monitoring solution like SolarWinds Orion?

 

  • Do you actively disable monitoring during patch cycles?
  • Do you have a simple method to unmanage monitored devices such as email or a RESTful API?
  • What are the top features that you would add to your application/node monitoring tools?

Today I'm using SCOM 2007 R2 and migrating to SCOM 2012, with SolarWinds Orion, plus SCCM 2007 R2 for patch management. Has anyone gotten similar infrastructure to be more self-aware through better processes?

 

Hope to hear your solutions as there are a lot of folks looking for good alternatives to this