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We have the ability to create blackouts within UCD as part of the API offering. When setting a blackout period maintenance mode is automatically enabled, however when the blackout ends the maintenance mode is left on. I agree with this approach in case there are events in the schedule that causes a delay to the closure of the planned change.
To best execute automation functionality we are creating it would be good if we could have an ad hoc way of managing the maintenance mode via an API call for both enabling and disabling.
This will allow us to apply maintenance mode at short notice for unplanned outages where for example we need to stop a single node or take corrective action in the DB, it will also allow our comms to be automated at the end of planned and unplanned outages.
Although this is a nice to have we do not have a dedicated timeline for implementation.
We are looking at increasing automation of our comms, upgrade, patching and break fix processes, we are trying to reduce the number of manual hand offs/actions as part of our application management.
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