I'm speaking at NT Konferenca 2023

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I'm excited and proud to announce that next week I'll be speaking at the NT Konferenca 2023 conference in Portorož, Slovenia.

About NT Konferenca

NT Konferenca is the biggest Slovenian technological conference and one of the best conferences in this region. It mainly focuses on Microsoft products and technologies but it also covers wide range of topics like security, AI, business, project management, productivity, infrastructure, etc.

This year's edition takes place from September 25th to September 27th, 2023 in Grand Hotel Bernardin in Portorož and will host great speakers like Sander Berkouwer, Paula Januszkiewicz, Saša Kranjac, Tomislav Lulić, Luka Manojlovic, Aleksandar Nikolić, Dejan Sarka, Scott Schnoll, Mustafa Toroman, and many, many more…

About my sessions

I’ll present two 45-minute sessions:

All new and cloudy Windows LAPS!

Monday, September 25th, 10 AM – 10:45 AM, Room Emerald 2, Level 300

The Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) is one the most used Active Directory extensions by Enterprise administrators. Microsoft acknowledged that and made it Windows native. Not only that, but it has some great new features like backing up passwords to Azure Active Directory, encrypting passwords, storing password history, automatic password reset when used, and many more.

In this session I introduce you to LAPS, demonstrate it, including its new features, and compare it to the LAPS you already know and love.

As always, I'll have an "ask anything" section in the Q&A part of the session.

Benefits of Attending this Session:

  • Learn what are the benefits and why you should use Windows LAPS
  • Learn about new features
  • Learn how to setup and use Windows LAPS
  • Learn the difference between old and new LAPS

Securing Hybrid Identity from the ground up

Wednesday, September 27th, 2 PM – 2:45 PM, Room Emerald 1, Level 300

Most organizations do not have Microsoft Security Best Practices implemented at the foundation of their identity, which is their on-premises Active Directory, while trying to set up and manage their Microsoft Entra ID.

In this session, I will cover the process of creating a secure and stable Microsoft Active Directory using Microsoft AD Tiering model best practices. 80% of the session is live hands-on AD tiering and other important aspects to watch out for while securing Active Directory, while the other 20% explains what we are doing and what impact will it have on Hybrid Identity.

As always, I'll have an "ask anything" section in the Q&A part of the session.

Benefits of Attending this Session:

  • Learn why are on-premises security basics important for secure hybrid identity environment
  • Learn about Microsoft AD Tiering Model and why you should use it
  • Learn how to setup Microsoft AD Tiering Model

Join us!

Very limited number of tickets are still available.
Join us at one of the best conferences in the region!
Register here!

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Pictures from KulenDayz 2023

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A week ago I presented at the KulenDayz conference in Osijek, Croatia.

About Kulendayz

First Kulendayz conference stared with only a handful guys and girls who mostly knew each other. It was almost like a meeting. They wanted to do something different, a relaxed conference in the nature with food, drinks and whiteboards. Over the years, Kulendayz grew up and established itself as one of the biggest conferences in Croatia.

Pictures

These are just some of the pictures from the conference. I hope you'll enjoy them. 🙂

Thank you!

I'd like to thank Bernardin Katić and his team for another great conference! Of course, I'd also like to thank all the people that came to my session. Hope to see you all next year! 😊

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I'm speaking at KulenDayz 2023

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I'm very happy to announce that I'll be speaking at the KulenDayz 2023 conference in Osijek, Croatia. The conference will take place from September 1st to September 3rd 2023 at the Faculty of Agrobiotechnical Sciences, which is located 15 minutes' walk from the center of the city.

About Kulendayz

First Kulendayz conference stared with only a handful guys and girls who mostly knew each other. It was almost like a meeting. They wanted to do something different, a relaxed conference in the nature with food, drinks and whiteboards. Over the years, Kulendayz grew up and established itself as one of the biggest conferences in Croatia.

About my session

I’ll present a 45-minute session on:

Hardening Azure Active Directory

Saturday September 2st, 2023, Level 200

In this session I demonstrate the most important features and changes every organizations needs to implement in order to improve the security posture of their Azure AD, where in regards to collaboration.
I will demonstrate how to handle emergency accounts, MFA, SSPR, WHfB, as well as how to disable features which are not safe to be left enabled.

As always, I'll have an "ask anything" section in the Q&A part of the session.

Benefits of Attending this Session:

  • Learn how to harden Azure Active Directory
  • Learn how to setup emergency accounts, MFA, SSPR
  • Watch live demo on how to implement WHfB Cloud Trust
  • Ask anything in the Q&A part of the session

Join us!

Join us at the most relaxed conference! Learn, connect and be inspired!

Register here!

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Pictures from CollabDays, Zagreb, 2023

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A week ago I presented at the first CollabDays iz Zagreb, Croatia.

About CollabDays

The CollabDays initiative was created by a group of community leaders and user groups who are passionate about bringing people together to learn about technology and network with their peers. They joined forces and created an event platform to deliver the best possible experience to the respective audiences and to support people wanting to organize an event themselves.

Pictures

The pictures from my session are bellow.

Thank you!

I'd like to thank Tomislav Lulić and Frane Borozan for having me and for organizing such a great event. Of course, I'd also like to thank all the people that came to my session. I hope I'll see you all next year as well. 😊

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I'm speaking at CollabDays, Zagreb, 2023

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I'm very excited to announce that I'll be speaking at the first CollabDays iz Zagreb, Croatia. The event will be held on July 1st, 2023.

CollabDays

The CollabDays initiative was created by a group of community leaders and user groups who are passionate about bringing people together to learn about technology and network with their peers. They felt they should join forces and create an event platform to deliver the best possible experience to the respective audiences and to support people wanting to organize an event themselves.

About my session

I’ll present a 60-minute session on:

Hardening Azure Active Directory

Saturday July 1st, 2023, Level 200

During my last two sessions in Križevci, I scratched the topic of hardening Active Directory. This time I'll try to scratch the topic of Hardening Azure Active Directory.

In this session I demonstrate the most important features and changes every organizations needs to implement in order to improve the security posture of their Azure AD, where in regards to collaboration.
I will demonstrate how to handle emergency accounts, MFA, SSPR, WHFB, as well as how to disable features which are not safe to be left enabled.

As always, I'll have an "ask anything" section in the Q&A part of the session.

Benefits of Attending this Session:

  • Learn how to harden Azure Active Directory
  • Learn how to setup emergency accounts, MFA, SSPR
  • Watch live demo on how to implement WHfB Cloud Trust
  • Ask anything in the Q&A part of the session

Join us!

Join us at the first CollabDays in Zagreb. Learn, connect and be inspired!

Register here!

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I'm speaking at the IT Community User Group Križevci (March, 2023)

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Once again, I'm invited to speak at the IT Community User Group Meetup in the City of Križevci, Croatia. The meetup will be held on March 25th, 2023.

IT Community User Group Križevci

IT Community User Group Križevci brings together IT professionals and enthusiasts for computers, servers and IT in general with the goal of exchanging knowledge and socializing among colleagues.

The group operates under the auspices of the mayor of Križevci, Mr. Mario Rajn and Microsoft Community Croatia, and is open to all Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies, whether they are commercial or open source.

About my session

I’ll present a 90-minute session on:

Windows Servers Hardening – Top 10 things to do

Saturday March 25th, 2023, Level 200

During my last session in Križevci, I scratched the topic of hardening Active Directory. This time I'll try to scratch the topic of Windows Servers Hardening.

Most of you are aware of the fact that this topic is very extensive and it cannot be handled thoroughly even if we'd had a full-day workshop. Considering this, I'll show you my top 10 things and try to demonstrate as much hardening quick wins as time will allow us.

Join us to learn what important things you should change and implement on Windows Servers before you start using them in production, as well some other important caveats.

As always, I'll have an "ask anything" section in the Q&A part of the session.

Benefits of Attending this Session:

  • Learn how to harden Windows Server OSes
  • Find out what are the most important things regarding Windows Server hardening
  • Watch live demo on how to implement hardening quick wins
  • Ask anything in the Q&A part of the session

Join us!

Join us at the IT Community User Group Križevci. Learn, connect and be inspired at one of the best IT Pro Community groups on Microsoft Technologies in Croatia.

Register here!

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Pictures from IT Community User Group Križevci, January 2023

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Last month I presented at the IT Community User Group in Križevci, Croatia.

About Križevci and its IT Community User Group

Križevci is a small city located Northeast of Zagreb. If you're going by car, you need less than an hour to get there (of course, if your start your ride in Zagreb 😁).

My host was Goran Žarinac. He is responsible for the organization of this event and everything in regards to IT Community User Group Križevci. We're friends now, but only a few years ago I did not know him. The first time we met was in Zagreb while we attended another conference. We quickly realized we had a lot in common, so there was bound to be some collaboration in the future. Well, COVID happened and our collaboration was delayed.

How it came to be…

Last year we met again while we both attended Kulendayz (yep, with "z" 😁) conference where we finally agreed about the content I would present. It had to be identity/security related, because those two topics are of most interest to me. At the end of our conversation, we settled for Implementing AD Tiering Model in 60 minutes as the title.

Pictures

The pictures from the session are bellow. Unfortunately, this time I don't have any pre/post session pictures to share, but I promise I'll take some next time.

Thank you!

I'd like to thank Goran Žarinac for inviting me and of course, to all the people that came to this session. I hope I'll present there soon with another interesting topic.

P.S. The chocolate I got as the speaker present was great! 😉 Once again, thank you!

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I'm speaking at the IT Community User Group Križevci

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I'm happy to invite you to the last IT Community User Group Meetup this year in the City of Križevci, Croatia, on the 14th of January, 2023.

IT Community User Group Križevci

IT Community User Group Križevci brings together IT professionals and enthusiasts for computers, servers and IT in general with the goal of exchanging knowledge and socializing among colleagues.

The group operates under the auspices of the mayor of Križevci, Mr. Mario Rajn and Microsoft Community Croatia, and is open to all Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies, whether they are commercial or open source.

About my session

I’ll present a 90-minute session on:

Implementing AD Tiering Model in 60 minutes

Saturday, January 14th, 2023, Level 300

You've probably heard about Microsoft AD Tiering model, because it's not something new, but did you implement it in your organization? If not, do you know how to do it and why it's so important to do it?

Join us to learn how to implement basic Microsoft AD Tiering model in 60 minutes and hear about the important things that need to be done in order to implement it properly.

Benefits of Attending this Session:

  • Learn how to implement Microsoft AD Tiering Model
  • Watch live demo on how to do basic implementation of Microsoft AD Tiering Model
  • Ask anything in the Q&A part of the session

Join us!

Join us at the IT Community User Group Križevci. Learn, connect and be inspired at one of the best IT Pro Community groups on Microsoft Technologies in Croatia.

Register here!

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I had a coffee with a Microsoft MVP. This is what I learned…

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Coffee

Hello World! This is my first blog post. Ever! You have to start somewhere so I decided to, or better said – had a chance to, start with one of the most useful Microsoft Identity blogs – DirTeam.com.

About a month ago I attended the NTK (NT Konferenca) conference in Portorož, Slovenia. This was my first time at that conference and the main reason I wanted to attend is because I saw that one of my favorite MVPs presented three different sessions during that conference.

This guy

The first time I met him was few years ago at the WinDays conference. I did not know who he was before that conference. I walked into the room where he was about to present, with no expectations at all. The name of the session sounded interesting and since I'm always eager to learn something new about identity (as well as security), I sat down in the middle of that conference room (I don't want to be too close; you never know what type of speaker you run into :D) and waited for the session to begin. His presentation and especially the way he presented caught my attention immediately. I was locked. I was thinking "Man… this guy is something else. The way he presents and the level of knowledge he has… It's like I'm listening to Sami Laiho." By the way, if you don't know who Sami is, google him. He is also one of my favorite speakers, although I haven't had a chance to meet him… yet.

After the session ended I approached him and asked a few questions which he happily answered. After that conference I wanted to know more about who that guy was and only then I realized I listened and talked to a guy who was a Microsoft MVP, VMware vExpert and a Veeam Vanguard. I thought to myself "Wow! This guy really is something else!"

NTK

Let’s forward two years. COVID came and there were no conferences. A lot of things stopped or ended, like WinDays conference (and at the moment of writing this, there is still no info if WinDays conference will reappear next year), so I started to look at alternative conferences in the vicinity. This is when I spotted NTK. At first, I was not sure if I wanted to attend, because there were a lot of speakers and topics that I heard before at local conferences (and even presented by the same speakers), but when I realized this guy (Microsoft MVP) was to present several sessions there, I immediately knew I was going to be at that conference!

And so I went…

His first session was just before lunch. I arrived early (I was the first person in the room) and sat down in the first row (don't want to miss anything :D). When he walked on stage, I wasn't expecting him to recognize me. Surely, I was just one of the many people that he talked to for a few minutes during that conference a few years ago and after that exchanged a message or two via LinkedIn… but to my very surprise he did!

Although the session was about to start in only 5 minutes, he immediately got off stage, walked straight to me and we started talking, like we were old buddies who haven’t seen each other for a few years. It felt so good… I felt so good.

After the session, I went to lunch and came back for his next session. The conference room was even bigger (a few hundred people were there) but there were empty chairs in the first row, so I also decided to sit in front. Well, as you can now expect; Again, he went straight to me and (again) we talked for a few minutes before the session started. This time, during the session, he even made some remarks using my name as an example. I felt like a teenager at a rock concert, where the lead vocal says your name in front of the crowd. I couldn’t believe it.

The next day was his last session. After the session, I offered to buy him a coffee and to my very surprise, he agreed.

And now the real story starts…

The coffee

I expected a coffee to last for 5-15 minutes, but it turned into a two-hour conversation! I was shocked and was thinking: “This guy, who knows all the MVPs at this conference and can talk to any of them, or any other person that attends this conference, decided to took this much time to talk to a guy (me) who he knows almost nothing about and meets for the second time in his life. Why?!”

That was the first lesson I learned from him: be down to Earth, normal, no matter how much you achieve in life. That will make you a bigger and better person and people will like you and respect you even more.

We started talking. After I told him a bit about myself, the conversation very quickly became deep (I’m not capable of small talk, at least not for long :D) and then he started to impress me even more. After I asked him if it’s realistic for me to set the goal to become Microsoft MVP, considering my age and all the things I do in life, straight away he responded “Yes, of course!” and then continued: “In fact, the steps are very simple, but not easy. If you are willing to invest about 20 hours per week on top of everything you're doing right now, you can do it.".

That was lesson No. 2: You can do anything in life if you set your mind to it, have strong desire and are willing to work for it!

Of course, I had (and still have my doubts), so I started pouring on him. He carefully listened to every doubt I shared and after I finished, he told me stories from his life (or life of his friends or acquaintances) that not only negated my doubt, but also gave me the faith that I can do it despite all my doubts.

Lesson No. 3: Help people overcome their fears and give them the faith they need to achieve their goals and dreams!

OK, at that moment I slowly started to believe that maybe, just maybe, I can become MVP. Just maybe. And so, we continued talking. He told me what I could do. In short: blog and present. I told him that I'm not a writer (never was), but I can try. He offered help. Not only with empty words. One of the things he did was he took out his laptop (then and there) and immediately opened an account for me at DirTeam.com (the one I used to post this blog post). I couldn't believe it!

Lesson No. 4: Don't just offer empty words. Act!

The conversation continued. I poured on him more doubts. He offered to help me with blog topics, reviews, mentorship(!) and… you have to sit down before you read this… are you ready? He even offered me to speak with him on some of the conferences that are local to me, where he'll be a guest speaker! I almost fell off my chair!

Lesson No. 5: Give more than expected! It will return to you in more ways that you could ever expect!

We continued talking for at least an hour where he gave me a lot of helpful things that stuck in my head. I'll leave those for some other blog post.

To conclude… that coffee was one of the best coffees I had and I'm not talking about the drink itself (although the coffee was also great!). I'm not sure what kind of people other MVPs are, but this guy helped me a lot and I thank him for that! I hope some of the things I shared help you as well.

Until next time…

By the way… NTK is a great conference. You should check it out!

Coffee Cup, by Doug8888 (licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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