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Offline Servers Monitor (Azure VMs turned on-demand or on a specific schedule)


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We have a number of clients who boot up Azure VMs either on-demand or on a specific schedule for specific reasons (cost, security, dr, etc). Anyone has similar scenarios and found a solution on how to monitor these to make sure they are online/offline when they should be. The built-in default offline servers monitor does not cut it (as well as does not work properly to close tickets when server is back online).

Any thoughts or solutions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Kevin

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Not sure if theres an easier way, but what i'd do is:

Exclude it from the existing monitor, then take a copy of that monitor and add on the config tab as part of the check, make it include the time-range during which it should be actively alerting.

Now it will close tickets if the server is online again or if the end of the timewindow has been reached.

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Your other option here is to create a maintenance window (standing maintenance mode applied on a schedule) and then define it on a group/location level. This tends to be a unique requirement for clients, but in theory you could make it an auto-join group with a search and EDF if you anticipated other clients would have similar needs in the future.

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