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About: Sander Berkouwer

Sander Berkouwer is CTO at SCCT, a Dutch Microsoft Partner. He is the author of the Active Directory Administration Cookbook, speaker and blogger at and He is awarded Microsoft MVP, Veeam Vanguard and VMware vExpert. Since 2009, Microsoft has awarded Sander with the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. Since 2016, Veeam has awarded Sander with the Veeam Vanguard award.

Recent Posts by Sander Berkouwer:

Pictures of the 2019 KNVI IT Infra Day of the Year

Written on October 14, 2019 at 12:44 PM, by

After many months of preparations, we ran the KNVI IT Infra Day of the Year last Thursday. Raymond, Erwin, Tom and I organized a day filled with a total of eleven sessions with topics for today’s IT Pros that want more out of life and their careers. Tom kicked off the day with a warm […]

I’m speaking at VMware VMworld Europe 2019

Written on October 9, 2019 at 2:52 PM, by

I’m pleased to announce that I will be delivering a 4-hour workshop with Deji Akomolafe, Staff Solutions Architect at VMware, at VMware VMworld Europe 2019 in Barcelona on October 7th, 2019. About VMware VMworld VMworld is a global conference for virtualization and cloud computing, hosted by VMware. It is the largest virtualization-specific event. Each year, […]

HOWTO: Change the AD FS token-signing hash algorithm for AD FS relying party trusts to SHA256

Written on October 8, 2019 at 3:15 PM, by

Most Microsoft-based Hybrid Identity implementations use Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Servers, Web Application Proxies and Azure AD Connect installations. In this series, labeled Hardening Hybrid Identity, we’re looking at hardening these implementations, using recommended practices. In this part of the series, we’ll look at properly securing relying party trusts on AD FS servers […]

Pictures of 60

Written on October 7, 2019 at 11:17 PM, by

Last Thursday, Raymond and I presented on password-less authentication for the Dutch Microsoft Azure User Group ( at Ordina’s Headquartes in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. After the splendid dinner, when the entire group gathered for the elevators to get to the 11th floor, we were already there, enjoying the views over Utrecht, set up and even […]

What’s New in Azure Active Directory for September 2019

Written on October 4, 2019 at 12:31 PM, by

Azure Active Directory is Microsoft’s Identity Management-as-a-Service solution, offering seamless access, easy collaboration, efficiency in IT processes and improved security and compliance. In its Release Notes for Azure Active Directory, Microsoft communicated the following planned, new and changed functionality for Azure Active Directory for September 2019:                            What’s Planned My Profile is re-naming and integrating […]