Skip to Content

About: Sander Berkouwer

Sander Berkouwer is a Dutch IT Professional with over fifteen years of experience with projects in large IT environments. He is a contributing blogger at the / Weblogs ( and the founder and owner of ServerCore.Net. 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:

I’m a 2019 VMware vExpert

Written on March 7, 2019 at 9:07 PM, by

I’m proud to announce I am a 2019 VMware vExpert. Deji Akomolafe’s invitation to join the stage with him for VMworld early last year sparked my interest in VMware’s product. After presenting several sessions at both 2018 VMworld events with Matt Liebowitz and Deji, I walked away with much more knowledge of how Active Directory […]

The / Weblogs feature on Feedspot’s Top 50 Azure Blogs

Written on March 5, 2019 at 9:20 AM, by

Last week, we received a message from Anuj Agarwal congratulating us being selected by Feedspot’s panelists as one of the Top 50 Microsoft Azure Blogs and Websites To Follow in 2019. We feel honored.              About Feedspot Feedspot is an internet-based service for content reading. Feedspot lets you read all your favorite blogs and websites […]

What’s New in Azure Active Directory for February 2019

Written on March 4, 2019 at 9:06 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 new and changed functionality for Azure Active Directory for February 2019:   What’s New Configurable Azure AD SAML token encryption Public […]

Ten things you need to know about Pass-through Authentication

Written on February 28, 2019 at 4:27 PM, by

For Azure AD, Microsoft offers and recommends to use Pass-through Authentication (PTA) as the authentication method. This method is then used to authenticate to applications, services and systems connected to Azure AD, like Office 365, Intune and Power BI. However, there are a couple of things you should know:   Only outbound connections When using […]

Security Thoughts: Veeam Backup & Replication leaks Azure Password in log

Written on February 26, 2019 at 8:03 AM, by

In Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 versions prior to Update 4, the password for the Microsoft Azure account used by the Direct Restore to Azure functionality can be found in the log in plain text. Veeam Backup and Replication is used by a lot of organizations worldwide to create and restore backups of systems, applications […]