Orchestrator 2012 SP1: SCOM 2012 SP1 Integration Pack – Start Maintenance Mode Activity changed

After upgrading System Center Orchestrator from 2012 RTM to 2012 SP1 and also the System Center integration packs including System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1 Integration Pack I realized that the monitor setting entry has changed.

I have a small runbook that shows this. The first activity only translates a netbios servername to a FQDN and the second activity sets the maintenance in SCOM.


The Start Maintenance Mode activity looked like this before the upgrade to SP1:


The Monitor entry had a format like this: Microsoft.Windows.Computer:ServernameFQDN to set the whole server into maintenance.

After upgrade to SP1 you get the following error.


So it does not find the monitor anymore.

Change the activity to this:


The monitor entry needs to have this format now:
ServernameFQDN : Microsoft.Windows.Computer:ServernameFQDN

Now it should run successful.

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8 thoughts on “Orchestrator 2012 SP1: SCOM 2012 SP1 Integration Pack – Start Maintenance Mode Activity changed”

  1. Good find. We will have to update our runbooks after we upgrade the IP to sp1.

    Could you post the logic behind your Get FQDN activity?

  2. Hi there,
    I too recently experienced this issue, so tried your fix, however still get the issue. I have SCOM 2012 SP1, SCORCH 2012 SP1 and have only recently installed and configured it.
    In an attempt to resolve, I have since removed any reference to ServernameFQDN and hard coded in the monitor field an actual computer Health Monitor, as selected by the interface into SCOM, ie “servername.domain.com : Micorosoft.Windows.Computer:servername.domain.com” which returns “Failed to convert property value to required type”
    Any ideas, I can confirm that SCORCH is initiating connections with SCOM as I can see within the event logs an entry for the specific user account.

    PS I really like your idea of the SCCM Maintenance Window tied in with the SCOM Maintenance Mode, which I will explore for our next patch cycle.

    1. Hi Andrew, I can only assume that the path is not correct. So have you tried to set the windows computer into maintenance mode or your special health monitor? If you have only tried the health monitor, then please try the windows computer class. Otherwise, can you send me the name (not the display name) of the monitor you want to set into maintenance?


      1. Hi Natasha,
        Thanks for your reply, I was on leave for about ten days and when I returned with a fresh set of eyes, I realised that I hadn’t used the published values but had manually entered them in. After amending to published values it worked. Apologies for not removing the post, however the comment was still in “to be reviewed”
        Thanks again, and I will be looking to try your SCCM Maint Window later this week.

  3. Hi,
    I don’t understand why MS does not include a field for entering the ID of an object to start/stop the Maintenance mode. However, I just required the “Start Maintenance Mode” Activity to set a distributed app and a websphere application server instance (which is not linked with the server itself). And I did not find any documentation how to fill the field – only this one with Windows Computer.

    So I’ll post my result on how to get the value which needs to be entered within the “Monitor” field:
    (PowerShell – Use “Activities > System > Run .Net Script > Type: Powershell)
    import-module operationsmanager
    $object= Get-SCOMMonitoringObject -displayname “<desired object displayname";
    # or use the ID instead:
    # $object = Get-SCOMMonitoringObject -ID "”;
    $name = $object.displayname;
    $fullname = $object.fullname;
    $monitor = $name + ” : ” + $fullname

    Then put $monitor within “published data” and you can use it directly in the “Start Maintenance Mode” Activity.

    Best Regards
    Klaus S

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