Came across a blogpost from Kevin Holman today about the behavior of SCOM in combination with the Cluster service when the Clustering Management pack is installed. When the cluster service goes down on a cluster node there is an automatic recovery that immediately starts the cluster service again. Very good so far of course, but what if you want to cluster service to go down because you are doing some kind of maintenance on that node? Well very simple… when maintenance then maintenance! In SCOM put it into maintenance mode! The auto-recovery will not run in that case.