TechDays Belgium Recordings available

Microsoft just released the session recordings from the Belgian TechDays earlier this month in Antwerp, including the session I gave along with Jethro Seghers (Office 365 MVP) :

Office 365 Identity Management options | TechNet Video

Office 365 Identity Management options | TechNet Video

Session abstract: Office 365 offers a whole range of different identity management options that allow you to use Office 365 as YOU wish. In this session you will learn everything there is to know about User Accounts, Provisioning, Single Sign On and experience how Windows Azure AD can become your next best friend! More…

As only the main conference was recorded, you won’t be able to find my session “Deploying Exchange 2013 in hybrid mode”. However, you can download the slides from that session here.

The other sessions can be downloaded from here.

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Join me on January 15th for two Exchange 2013 webcasts!

On January 15th, I will be hosting two webcasts for Microsoft TechNet. Don’t forget to register if you’re looking for more info on Exchange 2013 but haven’t had time catching up yet.

    10:00 (GMT+1) – What’s new in Exchange 2013?

    It’s impossible summarize everything that’s new in Exchange 2013 into one hour and a half, yet this session will provide with a good understanding of what’s new in the latest version of Exchange. We will be talking about many things including the new architecture, high availability and new features. A must for everyone who hasn’t been able to get up to speed yet!

    14:00 (GMT+1) – Exchange 2013 ABC’s: Architecture, Best Practices and Client Access

    This session is packed with all there is to know to get started with Exchange 2013! See how the architecture evolved and learn how to deploy Exchange 2013 in coexistence with legacy version based on real-life experience and examples.

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Looking back on 2012, looking forward to 2013.

First of all, I’d like to start off by thanking YOU, my readers and followers. I hope you’ve had a wonderful 2012 and I wish you the very best for 2013. I sincerely hope that 2013 not only will be an enjoyable year, but foremost one that’s loaded with purpose and meaningfulness.

Following the example of fellow UC Architect Michel de Rooij and co-blogger (also an Exchange MVP) Andy Grogan and probably many, many more; here’s my view back on 2012 and some early thoughts on 2013…

Make sure you take a look at their ponderings too. Fun facts, light reading > ideal for a new years eve! Winking smile

Looking back on 2012

For me, 2012 has been an exiting year in which I’ve been able to do lots of things. I’ve attend my share of seminars, met tons of great people and had the opportunity to speak a various events. But above all, I’ve had loads of fun! 

Amongst the highlights of 2012, the following events definitely earn their place:

  • the revival of my “personal” blog on next to (Belgian UC Community)
  • joining “The UC Architects”
  • Attending the also-revived Microsoft Exchange Conference, TEC Europe (Barcelona), MCT Summit in Poland…
  • The release of the entire Wave-15 product-range (Exchange 2013, Office 2013, Lync 2013, …)

image When looking back at the site stats, I’m actually amazed to see that
– since July – I’ve been able to attract a little over 40.000 views! Not
bad of a first half-year!

I honestly didn’t believe I had posted this much articles over the past few months…God bless my wife for letting me spent that much time on this! 🙂

Unsurprisingly, amongst the top posts were the ones about Exchange 2013 like:

Looking forward to 2013

Although 2012 has been a very interesting and rewarding year, 2013 seems to be taking off even better.

So far, I’m confirmed to be speaking at the Belgian TechDays and I’ve got a few TechNet webcasts coming up in January. Next to that, my employer agreed to send me to the MC(S)M training, which – if all goes well – I hope to attend in May/June of 2013! (How cool is that?!)

There’s one more thing that I wanted to announce, but due to some (minor) setbacks, I’ll have to wait a few more days before making it public. Either way, I hope it’ll be worth waiting because it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now. But more on that later…

Next to all of this, I look forward to continue working with my fellow UC Architects on our awesome podcast. No, for once I’m not going to be modest about it: It’s really awesome! 🙂

So far we’ve recorded about 14 episodes. If you haven’t had the time to listen to one of them: NOW is a perfect time to do so. We’ve had the opportunity to have some very interesting guest speakers in some of our episodes and each episode is always stuffed with great news, views and insights from leading experts in the industry.

We’ll also be working hard in 2013 to maintain this level of quality, but with the lineup of “special guests” we have in mind, that won’t be much of a problem.

There’s nothing much left for me to do in 2012 except to thank YOU once more for visiting my blog and keeping the Exchange community alive! See you in 2013!


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Upcoming speaking engagements

Hi all,

2012 has been an interesting and very rewarding year for me. It’s also been a year in which I’ve had numerous opportunities to speak at various events and do multiple webcasts.

Now, it seems that 2013 will be equally interesting, if not even better!

If you’re looking for an opportunity to get up to speed with Exchange 2013; on January 15th, I will be hosting two TechNet Livemeetings about Exchange Server 2013:

As always, these livemeetings are free to attend. However, if you can’t make it, they will also be made available afterwards.

If you’re looking for an interesting in-person event, Microsoft is organizing TechDays 2013 in Antwerp again between March 5th – 7th. The TechDays are traditionally a great place to find lots of great content and subject matter experts for a relatively interesting price. For me, it’s always been a not-to-miss opportunity to catch up with the latest and the greatest in Microsoft’s technology.

To register, click the banner on the homepage. But don’t wait too long…There’s a huge discount when you register before December 31st!

This year, with the release of all the “Wave 15” products, there will be lots of interesting session on Exchange and Unified Communication. On the first “pre-conference” day, Scott Schnoll will be doing some deep-dive session on Exchange 2013 and I will be closing of that first day with a session about building a hybrid configuration with Exchange Server 2013.

The last day, I will also be doing a joint-session with Jethro Segers about Identity Management in Office 365

I look forward to seeing you there!


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The UC Architects – Episode 10

Episode 10 of The UC Architects is now available!

In this episode, Steve Goodman, Michel de Rooij, Serkan Varoglu, Stale Hansen, John Cook and myself talk about various topics on Lync and Exchange including:

  • Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, and Office RTM
  • Microsoft Surface RT
  • Lync and Exchange Ignite trainings
  • iOS Calendaring issue
  • Exchange 2010 Datacenter Switchover Troubleshooter
  • Exchange 2013 beta exams
  • Exchange Update Rollups re-released
  • Lync Profile Tool
  • TEC Europe

Have a look at our website: or download it through Zune marketplace / iTunes


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So… I am at The Experts Conference (TEC) in Barcelona

Some of you might already noticed through my tweets (or Out-of-Office) that I’m attending “The Experts Conference” in Barcelona this week. The conference which is organized by Quest (now Dell) features three different technical tracks: “Directory & Identity”, “Exchange” and “Virtualization & Workspace Management”.

Last year was the first time I attended and I have to admit that I immediately fell for it’s smaller scale (compared to other technical events like MEC or TechEd) and it’s high levels of good and deep technical content.

I hope that this year’s edition will be able to live up to the expectation; at least the current speaker lineup sure looks very promising:

  • Greg Taylor
  • Tim McMichael
  • Tony Redmond
  • Nathan Winters
  • Jaap Wesselius
  • Nicholas Blank

Although speakers alone sometimes can make the difference, content itself needs to be appealing and interesting as well. When looking at the agenda for the upcoming days looks I can see some sessions I personally look forward to like Tim McMichael’s on Database Availability Groups, Greg Taylor’s on CAS and Nathan Winter’s on Archiving & Compliance. The best part is that – compared to MEC – I don’t really have to miss any of the sessions Smile

The keynote, just as last year, is presented by Tony Redmond and therefore – given his rather unique style – promises to be as useful as it is entertaining.

For what it’s worth – and for as long as the internet connection will allow it – I hope to be able to share as much information with you guys as I did at MEC. If not, I’ll look into writing a daily summary and posting it here.



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Exchange 2013 has RTM!

I’m very pleased to share with you that the Microsoft Exchange Product Team has announced the Exchange Server 2013 has released to manufacturing (RTM).

This is an important milestone for the product as this means that it will become generally available soon. However, you’ll have to hold your horses for just a little longer as the public downloads won’t be available before mid-November.

Take a look at the following article for the official announcement from the Exchange team:

But Exchange wasn’t the only product to reach the RTM status. Alongside the other members of the Office product family like Lync, Office and SharePoint were RTM as well:

Unfortunately, as announced earlier, Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 hasn’t been released yet. This means that – even when the bits for Exchange 2013 become generally available, you won’t be able to upgrade your existing deployment, just yet…

All in all, interesting times are coming if you ask me!

I’m looking forward to be sharing more about Exchange 2013 and Office 365 in the future!

Until later,


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This was the Microsoft Exchange Conference 2012

MEC 2012 is over and I’m already feeling nostalgic about it…!

The conference, or actually unconference as it was named by Michael Atalla during his opening keynote was – at least for me – one of the best conferences I attended… ever!. Although there’s still room for improvement, the new style that focused on having more interaction between the audience and the speakers was definitely a huge success. Instead of having sessions where you’d be lectured by the speakers, they wanted to create more interaction between the audience and the speaker. In fact, some speakers relied on the audience to ask questions: it was nice to see that some speakers didn’t even bring any PowerPoints slides with them!

Originally, I was planning on doing a general recap of the content at MEC but I found out that fellow UC Architect Michel de Rooij “beat me to it” and already did a very good job summarizing the content. In fact, did you know that  Michel didn’t have the opportunity to visit MEC? Instead, his recap fully relies on the content that the Exchange product team released along with the information you could find on Twitter (#IamMEC). When you think about it, that’s pretty amazing! At some point there were even cross-session interactions happening! I can tell you this: the Exchange community is very alive and kicking!

MEC was also the place where I (finally) had to opportunity to meet some of my UC Architects colleagues in real life. Although we didn’t spent as much time together as we had hoped for, we had some very memorable moments like the one in the picture. “The UC Architects, joined by Distinguished Engineer Perry Clarke” ~ a picture taken by Tony Redmond!


Now, I first have a few days vacation planned here in the US, but expect to see some new articles when I get back as there’s much, much to talk about! Until later!



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Attending the Microsoft Exchange Conference

As you might’ve guessed by now, I’m one of the lucky guys who gets to attend the Microsoft Exchange Conference in Orlando, FL.

Over the past few days, I have seen lots of people post their agendas online, which made me think that I perhaps should also start building one. Although, that was the plan. I didn’t take long before I figured out that building an agenda wasn’t really going to work out for me… I mean, have you seen the session list? It’s huge! And there’s really lots and lots of great content. So instead of trying to fit everything in, I’ll just take the sessions as they come. I’ll definitely let you know how that worked out… Smile

Anyway, I arrived yesterday and was lucky enough to bump into a whole bunch of Exchange-people heading to MEC. Throughout the conversations I had, it was getting pretty clear that getting value from MEC isn’t really about the sessions or content, it’s mostly about the community and the contacts itself.

Not only I have been able to talk to some of the veterans like Tony Redmond, Jeff Guillet but also got to meet lots of new people. It doesn’t need any explanation that I’ve already had lots of interesting conversations about Exchange and other stuff.

It’s a pity to realize that some people, who definitely should’ve been here, weren’t able to make it or even worse, couldn’t get their employers convinced to send them. My thoughts especially go out to some fellow UCArchitects like Steve, Michel, Mahmoud and Johan! I hope that MEC will stay for the next few years and that employers who refused to send some of those guys start realizing the real value in the conference: socializing.

As a matter of fact, you should read the following blog by Tony Redmond; some rather interesting thoughts about the conference…

Anyway, I’m pretty sure that those who weren’t able to make it will at least be able to virtually attend the conference. If you’re not already following me (and other members of the community), start doing so today! I’m pretty sure you’ll get loads of info through blogs/twitter/…



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I’ll be speaking @ MCT Summit in Poland

Hi all!

A while back I talked about some of my upcoming speaking engagements. One of them was the MCT Summit in Poland. Although it has been “confirmed” for a while, I’ve never taken the opportunity to share it with you…Until now Winking smile

Alongside fellow MCT and friend of mine, Peter De Tender I will be doing a duo-session on Microsoft cloud technologies. Peter is a member of the Microsoft Learning MCT Advisory Council and also very active in the community. He is very knowledgeable and I consider it an honor to share the stage with him!

If you’re interested in attending the summit, there are still tickets available! Prices aren’t that high and it seems a very good opportunity to meet some interesting people/MCT’s from all over Europe.

Visit for more information.

Also, later this year, I will be talking at some local events on Exchange 2013 and Office 365. One of them is the “Bootcamp week” which Microsoft Belgium is organizing. This event is open to Microsoft partners. For more information, check out the following page:

See you there!

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