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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:

HOWTO: Properly delegate Directory permissions to Azure AD Connect service accounts

Written on November 12, 2019 at 12:19 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 delegating directory access to Azure AD Connect service […]

Pictures of VMworld Europe 2019

Written on November 11, 2019 at 11:20 AM, by

Deji Akomolafe invited me over to Barcelona last week, to present two sessions with him at VMware’s VMworld Europe 2019 event. After I had spend Tuesday November 5th at one of my favorite customers, I drove to the airport to take my first flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. I had a short layover, […]

What’s new in Azure Active Directory at Microsoft Ignite 2019

Written on November 9, 2019 at 4:31 PM, by

Microsoft’s Identity Division made announcements and released functionality for Azure Active Directory during Microsoft Ignite 2019 (November 4th – November 8th, 2019) in Orlando, Florida:   Security Azure AD Security Defaults Public Preview Security Defaults is a set of basic identity security mechanisms, recommended by Microsoft. When enabled, these recommendation will be automatically enforced. Admins […]

On-premises Identity updates & fixes for October 2019

Written on November 8, 2019 at 3:21 PM, by

Even though Microsoft’s Identity focus moves towards the cloud, they are not forgetting their on-premises roots. Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 still receive updates. These are the updates and fixes we saw for October 2019:   Windows Server 2016 We observed the following updates for Windows Server 2016: KB4524152 October 3, 2019 The […]

What’s New in Azure Active Directory for October 2019

Written on November 7, 2019 at 2:06 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 October 2019:   What’s Planned Deprecation of the identityRiskEvent API for […]