SCU_Europe: The conference you should attend, if you work with System Center

System Center Universe Europe (#SCU_Europe) was between September 17th and 19th in Basel, Switzerland, this year. I attended the first time and was really impressed.
My last conference visit was at the MMS 2012 in Las Vegas. Ok, that had a different size, but the same approach – to bring System Center experts together, let them learn from each other and do networking.
And that was really well done in Basel.

The conference was planned from Itnetx, who did a great job, and sponsored from some other companies. There were 370 attendies – perhaps 10 of it were women – from 20 countries. One was from Australia!
The 35 speakers (plus vendor sessions) – Heike Ritter (Hallo Heike!) was the only woman – covered a lot different topics.
One of my main take aways is that the future automation engine will be SMA and that all Orchestrator designers/admins should focus on using the Run .Net Script activity instead of activities from integration packs.

There were 4 parallel tracks over 3 days, so a lot of information. Vendors presented at their booths and there was always an option to ask questions at the “Ask the Experts” area or schedule a side session about additional topics. But the best is always the networking part. You can meet the bloggers, MVPs and experts personally. That sometimes lets me feel like being a groupie. So use the time to get in contact with them and other users, that can be a very valuable knowledge source for you.
It was of a special value for me this year, because one of them passed his won price to me – an attendy pass for SCU Europe 2015 – so thanks again, Stefan!

But last but not least I want to mention the parties around that conferences. There were three this year (Speakers & Sponsors Party – where I had the luck to be able to attend, Networking Party and Closing Party).
They were all very well organized and we had a lot of fun – I only want to mention the White Russian – and it was surely hard for some of the speakers on the next day ;-).

We all injoyed the whole conference and I hope that I see a lot next year again.

You can see the pictures of the conference here:

The session videos and presentations will be available soon on Channel 9.

SCOM 2012: Daily Alert Owner Email Report

System Center Operations Manager has a nice way of handling alerts. You can assign an owner for an alert, who should be responsible to resolve it.
But how does the owner get notified, that he/she is assigned to this alert now? Ok, you can setup a subscription, but this would send out for example an email for each alert.
I would like to have one email by owner with all alerts listed, which are assigned to him/her on a daily basis.
I have created a PowerShell script for that, which can be scheduled through a task on a management server.


If you want to set the owner, then you can click on the change button.

SCOM connects to AD and adds the UPN (UserPrincipalName) of the given account to this field, i.e.

The script reads all open alerts with a critical or warning severity and an owner which contains “@” – some management packs already fill the owner field with additional information. So the “@” indicates that the owner field is set manually.

To be able to send out a report through email to the assigned owner, there must be an email address entered in the Mail field of the Active Directory user ID.

I use the get-qaduser cmdlet from the Quest ActiveRoles ADManagement Module to read the AD User object.

The email to the owner looks like this:


You can download the script here.

Thanks to Jason Rydstrand, I took parts of his SCOM2012Health-Check script to build my report email with a HTML table.