Author Archives: Sander Berkouwer

Sander Berkouwer is a Dutch IT Professional with over ten years of experience with projects in large IT environments. He is a contributing blogger at the DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs (blogs.dirteam.com) and the founder and owner of ServerCore.Net. Since 2009, Microsoft has awarded Sander with the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and since 2011 he works part-time as an IT Professionals Evangelist for Microsoft Netherlands.

Azure AD Connect v1.1.647.0 fixes Common Issues with Sign-In Methods

Last Thursday, Microsoft released version 1.1.647.0 of Azure AD Connect, its free Hybrid Identity bridge product to synchronize objects and their attributes from on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environments to Azure Active Directory. At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft declared Seamless Single Sign-On and Pass-through Authentication features as Generally Available, so the team doubled down […]

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Windows Server version 1709 is now available for download

Although in recent discussions people mentioned they’re not that exited anymore about new releases of Windows Server, a new version of this Microsoft product for your datacenter has arrived yesterday. Recently, I discussed the features I was looking forward to a pre-release version of this Windows Server release from an Identity and Access Management (IAM) […]

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I’m speaking at IT/DEV Connections 2017

Having presented at IT/DEV Connections in Las Vegas in 2015, I was delighted to be selected as a speaker for IT/DEV Connections 2017 in San Francisco. For the fourth time, Penton Technology, who you probably know for its myITforum.com, WinSuperSite.com and WindowsITPro.com communities, organizes the US-based IT/Dev Connections event. About this event Widely recognized for […]

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Join me for Lowlands Unite! Belgium Edition

Next week, on Thursday October 19, 2017, I’ll be delivering a 60-minute session on achieving productivity without an on-premises infrastructure at Lowlands Unite! Belgium Edition.   About Lowlands Unite! Lowlands Unite! is the joint event by the Dutch Windows Management User Group (WMUG) and the System Center User Group (SCUG) Belgium. As you might have […]

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Why installing Azure AD Connect on an Active Directory Domain Controller might not be the most brilliant of ideas

When you read through Azure AD Connect’s prerequisites page, you’ll notice that Microsoft supports installing Azure AD Connect on Active Directory Domain Controllers. While this would certainly be a helpful scenario for organizations with up to 50 user accounts, I would not recommend doing so. Note: Installing Azure AD Connect on a Read-only Domain Controller […]

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Pictures of Microsoft Ignite 2017

Last week, Microsoft organized its yearly Ignite event in Orlando, Florida. Over 25,000 attendees enjoyed five days of sessions, four days of expo, three bags of swag, two nights of fun and one big keynote. The weather was really nice. We enjoyed the sun and 30+ degrees (Celsius, that is) temperatures for the time Ignite […]

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Knowledgebase: Exchange Server 2016 CU7 and up requires the Windows Server 2008 R2 Forest Functional Level

Straight projects or even tasks, that completely derail because of small print for updates. Don’t you just hate that? Microsoft isn’t the only vendor, that sometimes makes little changes with big impacts. But today, let’s focus on Exchange 2016 and its 7th Cumulative Update (CU) released last week, as it relates to Active Directory Domain […]

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Pictures of the iSense Security Summit

Yesterday, iSense ICT Professionals organized the first of their monthly summits. Together with Jeff Wouters, Raymond Comvalius, Adnan Hendricks, Edwin van Andel, Ancilla van de Leest and others, we put on quite a show for the attendees, even including colleagues and former colleagues. I left my customer for that day at around 2PM and arrived […]

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My Cybersecurity Talk interview with CQURE Academy is now available

Raymond Comvalius and I presented at the Nordic Infrastructure Conference (NICConf) in February of this year. Before our Azure AD B2C and Azure AD B2B session, we were interviewed by Paula Januszkiewicz for her CQURE Academy. Raymond’s interview for this series of CyberSecurity Talk has been available for some time. Yesterday CQURE Academy published my […]

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Pictures of the Dutch Windows Management User Group 2017-4 Meetup

Yesterday, the Dutch Windows Management User Group (WMUG) organized their fourth meetup for this year. iSense ICT Professionals was the proud host of this event and made their headquarters available for the event. After a short introduction by Koen de Vries (iSense) and Kenneth van Surksum (WMUG), Adnan Hendricks presented on Azure ARM templates. After […]

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