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 cloud-finder.ch
- 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 –> http://marcelzehner.ch/2013/annual-report/
Best wishes to all of you. Have a successful 2014!
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.
When dealing with CIs in Service Manager, you often cannot see if this specific CI belongs to a business service. I created a very first version of a custom task (PowerShell Script) to quickly get that information from any CI you want. I did not use this solution in a production environment as it is brand new and also in the very first steps. So it will need some more development optimizing and testing. Also I’d like to get your feedback what you think or if you have some additional input. Here we go.
At SCU 2013 DACH in Bern/Switzerland I had a session together with Kurt van Hoecke (inovativ) and Stefan Johner (itnetx) about how to extend Service Manager for your very own needs. We talked about adding properties to existing classes, add new classes, bring in objects to the CMDB, create custom forms and custom tasks. To demonstrate that we built a simple solution to manage physical computer objects in the CMDB with the following functionality:
- Add new class with properties using VSAE
- Import objects from another management systems by using SCORCH
- Create custom forms in VS to manage the objects and add relationships to logical computer objects)
- Create custom tasks to print labels for the physical computers holding information about the physical computer asset (text as well as QR code)
- Prepare a MP to make sure you have the needed information in the DWH for reporting
So a pretty straightforward example that might help you to understand what’s possible in SCSM.
Download the session here!
Feedback is much appreciated!
Wow! itnetx wins the third “Microsoft Switzerland Partner Of The Year – Datacenter” award in a row – absolutely unique! Thanks to all itnetx team members for the entire heart and passion they put into delivering first class solutions with Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center. You are awesome!
And now we start preparing for the party
SCU 2013 DACH is history – 280 people from 17 different countries made it to the conference. These are incredible numbers for a first time event. We had 2 awesome days in Bern-Switzerland with great sessions, lots of interesting discussions and learnings, an exhibition zone with motivated sponsors and the networking party for all the people that were part of the conference. From the feedback we got so far I can definitely say that the conference was a success for everybody, for speakers, sponsors, the staff and of course for the attendees.