Today, I will present a little case that I need to deal with at one of my customer. My case Study is quite simple, I’ve got a Monitor Policy which creates an Incident/Ticket each time that a critical alert is raised in Operations Manager.
I will simplify this policy to the one below :
The scenario, a maintenance is planned on my Incident management platform, so at the convenience time I need to stop my Monitor Policy, wait the end of the maintenance window and after start my Monitor Policy again. As Opalis allows us to orchestrate our activities, I want to automate that task.
No object presents in the default integration packs allow us to do these actions easily.
· How could I stop an Opalis policy through another policy ?
· How could I schedule the start of an Opalis policy ?
· How could I pause my policy for some minutes ?
So we just have to create it with the Opalis Quick Integration Kit (QIK). J
Basically, I need to schedule an action, stop a policy, wait the end of the maintenance window and start my policy.
I invite you to read carefully the post of Adam Hall, Snr. Technical Product Manager for System Center Opalis/Orchestrator : Migrating a PowerShell script to an Opalis Activity
Thanks to this article and some PowerShell command I’ve been able to create three 3 new Opalis objects :
1. Sleep object: As input it simply takes a number of seconds and your policy will pause for the define time.
2. Start At: Specify a date and time for starting/continuing your policy.
3. Stop Policy: This object allows you to stop an Opalis policy from another one. It uses the sp_StopAllRequestsForPolicy SQL store procedure. As input it needs the Opalis Sql server name, database name, and the name of the policy that you want to stop.
Be carefull, the policy name that you specified must be unique, because this object will stop all the policies that are using the specified policy name. For example, if you’ve go more than one policy that is named “1.Monitor”, this object will stop all of them, and that certainly not what you want because that impact directly the others running policies. So be careful with it and always use an unique name for the policy that you want to top.
Now, we will use these news objects for stopping the Monitor Policy below during a maintenance window and restart it after, for that we created a Maintenance Window Policy.
Let’s configuring it
Maintenance window policy
Let’s testing it
You can directly download the integration pack which is containing these news objects and the source code: Download.
Remember, this is provided “As is” without any support and/or guarantee.
Feel free to contact me through the blog comments for any questions and/or remarks.