The Weblogs in 2017

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DirTeam 2017

Goodbye 2017!

As we say goodbye to yet another calendar year, we’re sharing our achievements for the past year. Although we missed the beat last year, this year we’re stronger than ever with our analysis.

Pageviews and visits

Throughout 2017, the / Weblogs served four and a half million pages. To be exact: we saw 4,500,039 pageviews.

As you might recall, we transitioned from colocation to Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) in December 2015. We didn’t have the analytics solution migrated in time, but, more importantly, a typo in the IIS redirection rules resulted in traffic being dropped when it was directed to our old url ( We were notified of the issue by a book author in February, and fixed the issue immediately.

From a visitor point of view, this results in the following diagram:

Pageviews for in 2017

Top blogs

When we round up all the pageviews, the following pie chart emerges: Blogs in 2017

The above pie chart doesn’t include roughly 1M pageviews, that served the index page and the main feed for the Weblogs. These, of course, all pointed to the content in the blogs themselves, so they are irrelevant to the pie chart.

Top blogposts

The top 10 blogposts for 2017 paint an interesting picture:

  1. Using your browser to check Exchange 2013 protocol health (81330)
  2. Fixing Office 365 DirSync account matching issues (37199)
  3. Exchange Server 2007 (almost) EOL! (14340)
  4. Azure Active Directory Synchronization: Filtering, Part 1 (11609)
  5. Ten things you should know about Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Sync (11384)
  6. Optimizing the Outlook AutoDiscover process by skipping the root … (11291)
  7. Security Thoughts: Microsoft Local Administrator Password Solution … (11147)
  8. AD Clients Not Authenticating to its Local Site (10236)
  9. Checking security protocols and ciphers on your Exchange servers (9451)
  10. Critical RCE Flaw in SMB1 on Active Directory Domain Controllers … (8145)



As Microsoft transitions its identity platform from Active Directory Domain Services on-premises to Azure Active Directory and Exchange Server to Office 365, your preferences and searches change, too.

We seem to be catering to your changing needs quite effectively.

Thank you,

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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