Practical PowerShell Exchange Server 2016 aka Writing a book

Some of you may have wondered why I was somewhat quiet. The reason was that during the last year (and a half?) I was writing a book with MVP Damian Scoles. That book is now available as an PDF and Apple iBook! The physical paperback is now also available in our shop and includes a PDF and ePub version. Other eBook formats (Amazon, Kobo, Nook etc.) will follow soon as well. Damian and I decided to keep the whole process

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Yay! Renewed as an Exchange MVP

Today was a nerve racking day (a lot of F5/F9 to refresh my MVP profile page and to see if I got that one mail in Outlook), but eventually I received some good news: Dear Dave Stork, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Exchange Server technical communities

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A new blog backend

The past few months Sander Berkouwer (MVP and admin for dirteam.com) worked hard to get our new blogsite up and running. We had an ancient Telligent (now Zimbra) Community Server, which was limited and didn’t provide new and interesting features. So, we decided to move towards WordPress 4. Luckily we could migrate most of our blog posts and comments from Community Server to WordPress. Also, the main link to get to this blog has changed from http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/davestork to https://dirteam.com/dave, which

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I am now an Exchange MVP!

For those who weren’t following me on Twitter (or Facebook or whatever), today I received an important mail: Dear Dave Stork, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Exchange Server technical communities during the past year. After checking headers for spoofing etc. (hey! It’s my expertise after all

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Behind the presentation: Office 365 apps

Last Monday evening I presented “Office 365 apps” for the Dutch NGN-NGI interest group. And obviously the presentation was interesting, I think a little behind the scenes look for this particular presentation is worth a blog post. Actually, they might complement each other! So, I was asked to present something about apps on an Office 365 themed event. That was basically the assignment and please notice the very broad scope it could have. That was the first challenge. The first

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Quickly exchange contact info via Windows Phone Vision Search

In case people didn’t know it yet: I’m a Windows Phone fan. I wasn’t a pioneer and owner from the very start, but I did get the Lumia 800 a few weeks after it was released. And although it didn’t have all my crucial apps from the start, I was amazed by it’s built-in functionality. And for most important apps that quickly improved (for me at least).

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My contributions to future and past events

Sometimes people ask me whether I’m busy and with what. Well, next to my “normal” job consulting, designing, implementing and troubleshooting Exchange, Office 365 and some other stuff. Next to attending events and such, I also contribute to them. The 31st of October there will be an Exchange day in the Netherlands, organized by the Dutch IT Pro group NGN. Together with Jaap Wesselius, Kay Sellenrode, Johan Veldhuis, Jetze Mellema,  Michel de Rooij and Ashley Flentge we will have full

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Exchange Server 2013 certification path visualized

A few days back my pal Cor Reinhard (like me a MEC 2012 veteran ) posted information on how to achieve the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Master: Messaging certification and the issues that currently surround it. As I was planning my own certification path, I decided to visualize this as it can be confusing and not always very clear which requirements are needed for a certain certification title. I’ve decided to make this available for everyone interested in it. At

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TechEd Europe 2012: Thursday’s (day 3) quick thoughts

Same quick summary as previous days, I was dead beat so wrote it this morning enroute to day 4. SWAG: Did a bit better with USB hub, 2 USB 4GB Sticks, and some other stuff. Oh yeah; I won a Nokia Lumia 900!!! At the Nokia booth after handing over the tile from the conference bag and clicking randomly on a screen. You can’t beat that! Well, a Win8 tablet could have 😉 Weather: very nice and I had no

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