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On my way to Microsoft Ignite 2019

I’m writing this from Dubai, where I’m spending a week with the family to get that much-needed sun. This year I’m trying out something different — instead of decompressing after Microsoft Ignite, I’ll try to relax before the big event. We’ll see how that works out. I’ve spent some time by the pool to polish the slides for my two sessions at Ignite: THR2011 Building a connected summer cabin using Azure IoT Hub and AI… Read More »On my way to Microsoft Ignite 2019
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Stretching time, or how to get things done when you’re busy

I like to meet people, and spend time with people. In this day and age, it’s a rare luxury as everyone’s very, very busy. We need to agree to a lunch meeting two months ahead of time, and then someone cancels at the last minute. There are so many things we have to do, choose, and react on, that many people I know playfully joke about having more than 24 hours a day for tasks.… Read More »Stretching time, or how to get things done when you’re busy
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Announcing our new Podcast, Ctrl+Alt+Azure – the first episode is out now!

I hinted briefly about a few very exciting projects I’m working on in my recent What’s up post, and one of those projects is out today. Our new podcast, named Ctrl+Alt+Azure (see the site here), is being launched immediately. I’m producing that together with a friend and fellow Azure MVP, Tobias Zimmergren. As the name quite directly suggests, it will be all about Microsoft Azure. You can listen to the first episode here, where we… Read More »Announcing our new Podcast, Ctrl+Alt+Azure – the first episode is out now!
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Insights on planning, crafting, delivering and enjoying a keynote

Today I was on stage with my good friend Maarten Eekels to deliver a keynote together. We were invited to deliver the keynote for SharePoint Saturday Brussels a few months ago, and we took this opportunity with enthusiasm as you never have too many opportunities to co-present with someone you respect. First things first – you can view our slides here: The goal of our keynote was to showcase, demo and present what’s possible today… Read More »Insights on planning, crafting, delivering and enjoying a keynote
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A new Microsoft Flow whitepaper has been released, and it’s interesting

A quick heads up, that a new Microsoft Flow whitepaper, titled A guide to building enterprise-ready flows has just been released. It’s authored by Jerry Weinstock, and I had the privilege to be one of the technical contributors for the guide. It covers detailed guidance and strategy on how to create integration and automation solutions using Microsoft Flow for enterprises. You can download the whitepaper here.
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Building a simple backup solution for Hyper-V-based virtual machines using OneDrive for Business and PowerShell

At home, I run several PCs – a few laptops, and one workstation which is a bit more performant, so that I can run Hyper-V and virtual machines on it. It’s also my server for Plex, the amazing multimedia system that effectively allows me to have my own private Netflix wherever I go. At the moment, my server runs on Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, which is the special edition for high-performance PCs. Among others,… Read More »Building a simple backup solution for Hyper-V-based virtual machines using OneDrive for Business and PowerShell
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What’s up?

In June this year, I wrote a brief update on what I’ve been up to lately. Weeks fly by so fast, I realized it’s time to provide another brief update after almost 6 months has passed. Hello from Haarlem I’m attending the Office 365 & SharePoint 2019 Connect even in beautiful Haarlem, The Netherlands. I think this is the 9th year for this event, and sadly also the last time it’s being held. It’s bittersweet… Read More »What’s up?
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Top 10 Windows 10 shortcuts you didn’t know existed

I currently own three mice – a Microsoft Arc mouse, and two MX Master 2S from Logitech. I carry the Microsoft one with me, as it’s lightweight and folds neatly to consume space, and the Logitech ones I use at home. These are all excellent devices, yet I wish I could use them less. I love using a keyboard when I’m working. It’s so efficient, and I don’t need to switch my thoughts or move… Read More »Top 10 Windows 10 shortcuts you didn’t know existed
TechDays Finland 2020

TechDays Finland 2020 Call for Speakers is open – and you need to submit today!

TechDays Finland 2020 will be held in Helsinki next year, March 5 to 6 (Thu-Fri). The Call for Speakers just opened about 45 minutes ago, and you can submit your session proposals here. We’re using Sessionize, so if you already have existing sessions listed, it’s very easy to submit them. But perhaps take a few minutes to update your submission details, if you haven’t done that recently. We are expecting about 1000 attendees, and through… Read More »TechDays Finland 2020 Call for Speakers is open – and you need to submit today!
My certs

How I prepare and (often) succeed with technical Microsoft certification exams

I’m an avid fan of challenges, especially those that are just hard enough but where I can still prepare to have enough confidence for accomplishing my goals. Certification exams are among my favorite types of challenges – they are challenging, fairly easy to prepare for but hard to master and pass. In 2019 I’ve completed four certification exams. This year it’s been a lot of upgrades and transition exams on Azure and Microsoft 365. Last… Read More »How I prepare and (often) succeed with technical Microsoft certification exams