SCU 2014 Europe: Registration Opens February 12th, 12:12PM (GMT+1) #SCU_Europe #SysCtr

We still have 7 months to go, but we are already opening the registration for System Center Universe 2014 Europe (SCU) soon! You don’t know what SCU is? Then its about time. Check out the web site to get more details –> In short: Use this unique chance and enjoy 3 conference days fully stuffed with topics around Cloud & Datacenter Management, Windows OS, Microsoft System Center, Windows Azure, Microsoft Hyper-V and much more packed in 60 breakout sessions presented by the best speakers and community leaders from around the world.

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SCU 2014 Europe: Save the date and book your trip now! #SCU_Europe #SysCtr

You don’t’ know what System Center Universe is? Then it’s about time! System Center Universe is an community conference that is focused on systems management and virtualization topics such as Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Windows Server and Client Operating Systems and Windows Azure. The credo “top quality from the community to the community” is very important to us. That said it’s obvious that we have some of the best speakers and community leaders from around the world that will present high quality sessions at the conference.

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FREE Advanced Send Mail for #SCSM – from itnetx & Cireson

It’s finally here – the long awaited FREE “Advanced Send Mail” MP for SCSM 2012+! What it is? It is a Management Pack that adds a new task to your Service Manager console. With this task you are able to send out mails from an incident view or form, e.g. to request more information from the incident affected user but if needed also from someone else. The cool thing is that all the sent mails are documented in the incident action log to guarantee maximal transparency. To make sure you don’t have to write the same questions over and over again, we allow you to use notification templates. Together with the Exchange Connector you now have the complete mail conversion loop closed which gives you a real value add!

Advanced Send Email Settings

Advanced Send Email Task

Advanced Send Email Form

You can download your free version from our web site ( or from the Cireson app store (

Want more apps? Watch this blog!

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One year goes, a new one comes – welcome 2014!

Another year is over and when looking back I can say it was a very successful year. Why? Check out my highlights (only MVP and business specific topics):

  • Planned and executed System Center Universe DACH (SCU) in September 2013 – awesome event with tons of excellent feedback from attendees and speakers from all over the world –> Stay tuned for September 2014 … news to come soon!
  • Rebranded my blog and twitter accounts from “scsmfaq” to “marcelzehner”
  • Attended the MVP Global Summit in Q1 2013
  • Attended the MVP Cloud & Datacenter Management Mini Summit in Q2 2013
  • My Cloud & Datacenter MVP award was renewed – very honored to belong to this circle of 80 of the most talented people in Microsoft Cloud & Datacenter Management from all over the world
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 were released
  • My company itnetx won the Microsoft Switzerland Partner of the Year award for the “Datacenter” area for the third(!) time in a row – WOW!
  • Attended the MVP Global Summit in Q4 2013 – the best Summit I ever attended in my MVP career
  • Spoke about System Center, Azure and Cloud at several events in Switzerland
  • Worked in the Service Manager Technet Forums
  • Released 2 articles on
  • Wrote approx. 40 blog posts and had approx. 300 tweets/re-tweets
  • Had a total of 170’000 views on my blog – almost 20% more views than last year
  • Grown to a total number of 540+ twitter followers
  • The company size of itnetx doubled this year
  • itnetx made a lot of new customers where we assisted in planning and implementing Microsoft-based solutions

I hope I mentioned all the important things. And of course I’d like to thank all my fellow blog and twitter followers and readers, re-tweeters, MVP colleagues, company partners, employees and friends for supporting me and having lots of interesting discussions and exchange throughout the year! And last but not least to my family – my wife and my 2 kids! THANK YOU ALL!

As every year, here’s the annual report from WordPress to get more details –>

Best wishes to all of you. Have a successful 2014!


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SCOM 2012: Put Cluster Node and Cluster Object in Maintenance Mode

Maintenance Mode is an important concept to suppress alerts for planned maintenance windows. SCOM allows you to put all discovered in maintenance mode. This could be a Windows Computer, a SQL database or a distributed application. Depending on the activation of the maintenance mode, for a specific object, child objects are also put into maintenance mode automatically. For instance if a distributed application is put into maintenance mode, all components that belong to that DA are also put into maintenance mode. One of my customers had the requirement that when a computer is put into maintenance mode and this computer belongs to a cluster, the cluster object and therefore all the child objects (e.g. all cluster nodes) should be places into maintenance mode as well. I solved this with a PowerShell script.

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