The DirTeam Policy

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Regularly, new bloggers join our team. In this blogpost I explain what we expect from them and what they might expect from us.

  • At we strive as a team to provide accurate and actionable information to our readers.
  • Membership will remain free.
  • Active team members can at all times request the assistance of the active administrators of through
  • The active administrators of will announce significant downtime and maintenance plans in advance to active team members when these affect the experience of these persons and our readers. These announcements will be placed on at least one week in advance or mailed to the active bloggers at least one week in advance. If a change does not affect the experience, these changes will be posted on in a reasonable timeframe.
  • If an active team member decides to stop participating:
    • blog ownership is automatically revoked after a period of six months after the last contribution. The active administrators of will become responsible for keeping the blog up and running. When, after this period, the member wants to actively contribute to the blog again, this access can be restored.
    • contributions from the past to the website remain intact and actively published to avoid links between team members getting broken and readers being served error pages. Unless the blogger has a valid and urgent reason to unpublish conttributions, these will remain active. The team member will contact the active administrators of in advance in this case.
    • team members can post one blogpost announcing the relocation of their blogging efforts. The member can also change the News section of their blog to reflect this change to their readers.
  • Accounts for members without contributions will be deleted from the database after twelve months of the last logged on visit, to protect members against account password leaks. Accounts for members with contributions will remain active without changes for a period of five years. After this period, the password for the member will be changed into a random password. At any time, members with contributions can regain access to their accounts by using the procedure to reset forgotten passwords. In this case a link will be sent to the email address associated with the account that enables the user to reset their password.
  • Ownership to all contributions to belongs to at all times. Before duplicating content that first appeared on, please contact the active administrators of 
  • The team makes no warranties, either express or implied. Information in these documents, including URL and other Internet Web site references, is subject to change without notice. The entire risk of the use or the results from the use of this document remains with the reader.


Author: Sander Berkouwer

Sander Berkouwer 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.

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