November, 2011

  • TechDays Belgium 2012 Session and Speaker listing online

    We’ve started publishing the confirmed speakers and sessions for TechDays Belgium 2012.

    Session listing:


    Speaker Details:


  • Embed your slide decks into a blog

    In the past I always used slideshare to share some of my slide decks onto my blog or other places. Now I’ve discovered that there is an easy way to do it using the sydrive and web apps service from Microsoft.

    How will we use this is in the future? First of all we created a TechNet  skydrive (account) and upload all our livemeeting slide decks onto this. Once this is done we can start sharing not only the plain files but also embedding this into our blogs.

    How can you do this?

    Step 1 Open your skydrive account upload a deck or select the deck that you want to embed.


    Step 2 Embed the slide deck into your blogpost.


    Once you selected the slide deck you need to click on Embed (see image on the left)

    The following window will then appear. Here you click on generate HTML.


    Step 3 Copy the html code into your blogpost.


    This will be the result in your blog.


  • Download the Microsoft System Center 2012 Pre-Release Products

    System Center solutions help you manage your physical and virtual IT environments across datacenters, desktops, and devices. Using these integrated and automated management solutions, you can be a more productive service provider for your business. System Center captures and aggregates knowledge about systems, policies, processes, and best practices so that you can optimize your infrastructure to reduce costs, improve application availability, and enhance service delivery.

    Download All Available System Center 2012 Products:



    Select and Download Individual System Center 2012 Products:


    Available System Center 2012 Products:

    • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control.
    • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection RC, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
    • System Center Operations Manager 2012 RC provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private, and public clouds.
    • System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 Beta provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise.
    • System Center Orchestrator 2012 RC provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
    • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.
    • System Center App Controller 2012 Beta provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.
    • System Center Service Manager 2012 Beta provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.
  • TechNet Edge: Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 7

    Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 7


    About this video

    While still many people are reluctant to implement Unified Communication solutions, it is already a very mature technology. Find out how Microsoft Unified Communications can bring more value to your communications solutions and why this is something you really want even to replace or surround your existing PBX solution.

    Download the slides.

    Speaker: Nico Sienaert

    Extra resources

    About the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset

    DaRT Technical Documentation

    DaRT in the TechNet Library

    Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack Blog

    Next events

    Feel free to have a look at the list of upcoming events run by the Microsoft Community in Belgium and Luxembourg.

  • MDOP Event on December 2 - Learn the latest insider secrets on Desktop Management


    Microsoft welcomes you to learn more about how Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) can help you manage a modernized desktop. It is our pleasure to invite you to a workshop on December 2, 2011 that will go over the powerful new enhancements to MDOP 2011. During the sessions desktop experts will provide practical experiences that can be used right away.


    December 2 2011
    13:00 - 18:30
    Business Faculty Brussels



    13:00 - 13:30
    Welcome & Registration

    13:30 - 14:45
    Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)

    14:45 - 15:45
    Deployment and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT)

    15:45 - 16:15
    Coffee Break

    16:15 - 17:30
    Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)

    17:30 - 18:30
    Networking and Drink







    In depth information and demonstration on the following three MDOP technologies that can help you and your organization immediately:


    Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)
    Streamlines management and extends BitLocker value
    •    Simplify provisioning and deployment
    •    Improve compliance and reporting
    •    Reduce support costs


    Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)
    Enhancing group policy through change management
    •    Enables Group Policy change management
    •    Provides granular administrative control
    •    Reduces risk of widespread failure


    Deployment and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT)
    Powerful tools to accelerate desktop repair on site and remotely
    •    Support for additional deployment methods
    •    Software based remoting functionality
    •    Restrict user access to tools while making them available to IT

    According to a 2011 report by IDC1, the impact of MDOP on reducing the cost per PC is significant:






    Helpdesk costs



    PC Management costs



    PC Deployment costs

    Since 2007, MDOP has been helping organizations around the world to streamline administration of Windows clients. We hope you can join this session and learn how this 5th generation of MDOP technologies takes client administration to new heights.


  • Upcoming TechNet Webcasts in November–December

    Several times a month we organize TechNet Live Meetings: online sessions, lasting typically 1,5h, presented by local tech influencers, broadcast from our Zaventem office (or elsewhere) and free to attend.

    Each session is recorded and made available online on our video platform TechNet Edge:

    In the next few weeks the following webcasts are scheduled:  

    Lingering objects in Active Directory!
    22 November 2011
    Timing 14:00 – 15:30 | Type Live Webcast | Language English

    Lingering objects is a problem you do not want to encounter, how to prevent it is important and how to solve it when you do encounter it. In addition, how to distinguish a false positive from a real issue… all of that and more will be addressed in this 400 level session.

    Speaker Ward Pauwels


    Register Now


    New world of Datacenter: Managing your IAAS Private cloud with System Center
    30 November 2011
    14:00 – 15:30 | Type Live Webcast | Language English

    The move to private clouds is part of the evolution of the data center, from a basic warehouse of information to a smarter, more agile delivery of services. Data centers started out as self-contained entities and grew into something complex as you added server after server after server. Virtualization has consolidated the physical server layer, helping companies save on real estate, power and cooling costs. But it creates a new challenge – managing all of the physical and virtual servers. It has become harder to manage what you cannot physically reach out and touch. To help you manage that infrastructure we need to move to the New world of Datacenter and we will explain what it takes to do that.

    Speaker Kenny Buntinx

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    How do you use System Center in the Private Cloud?
    01 December 2011
    14:00 – 15:30 | Type Live Webcast | Language English

    SCOM, SCCM, SCORCH and so on are all products within the System Center suite. In this session, we will have a look on how you can start from the business idea of the Private Cloud and use System Center to manage the Private Cloud.

    Speaker Mike Resseler


    Register Now


    Integrating AD RMS with Exchange, Exchange Online in Office 365 and Windows Phone 7
    06 December 2011
    14:00 – 15:30 | Type Live Webcast | Language English

    Integrating AD RMS with Exchange or Office 365 adds an additional layer of security on top of your data whenever it is shared through email by preventing certain user actions like forwarding, printing, saving attachments etc. In this webcast we will go through the details of the marriage between AD RMS and Exchange 2010 SP1 on-prem, Office 365 and Windows 7. We’ll discuss the limitations or Rights Management and go through the steps needed to setup, configure and integrate AD RMS with both on-prem and cloud deployments.

    Speaker Michael Van Horenbeeck

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    Microsoft technologieën voor consumerization
    08 December 2011
    14:00 – 15:30 | Type Live Webcast | Language Dutch

    Klanten – zowel interne als externe – worden steeds veeleisender. De IT afdeling dient zich aan te passen aan deze veranderende behoeften. In deze sessie kom je meer te weten over de strategieën en technologieën die aangewend kunnen worden om deze nieuwe manier van werken te omarmen.

    Speaker Mike Resseler


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    Microsoft Technologies for Consumerization explained
    08 December 2011
    19:30 – 21:00 | Type Live Webcast | Language English

    Customers (internal / external) are getting more and more demanding. IT needs to adapt to these changing needs of our customers. Follow this session to get more information about the strategies and technologies that can be used for embracing this new way of working.

    Speaker Mike Resseler


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    SQL Server 2012 Licensing Update
    13 December 2011
    14:00 – 15:00 | Type Live Webcast | Language English

    More information on the agenda will follow soon. You may already follow our speaker, Rebekka Van Acker:

    Speaker Rebekka Van Acker

    Rebekka Van Acker

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    Datacenter & Branch Resiliency in Lync
    15 December 2011
    14:00 – 15:30 | Type Live Webcast | Language English

    ​A phone must always have a Dial tone that is something that has been around for a long while. Even Microsoft Lync can give you the very same experience and even do more interesting stuff with resiliency.

    Speaker: to be announced soon.

    Register Now

    SCSM 2012 Orchestrator / VMM Integration
    15 December 2011
    19:00 – 20:30 | Type Live Webcast | Language English

    The upcoming version of Service Manager 2012 will deliver standardized, compliant, and automated IT as a Service. Two aspects where Service Manager has a great added value in the automated IT as a Service is in the CMDB creation/maintenance and the automation through the integration with other System Center products. Service Manager 2012 includes two new connectors to help in this automation, the System Center Virtual Machine connector and Orchestrator connector. This session will run through the configuration of these connectors and will demonstrate where this additional functionality provided by the connectors can be used.

    Speaker Kurt Van Hoecke

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    Kerberos authentication – how it works!
    20 December 2011
    14:00 – 15:30 | Type Live Webcast | Language English

    What interaction is happening when users are authenticating or accessing resources, how does a user get his Kerberos tickets and many more Kerberos related questions will be answered in this 400 level session.

    Speaker Ward Pauwels


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    System Center ConfigMgr 2012 Advanced Infrastructure – The Ins and Outs

    ​ConfigMgr 2012 is a new release, with quite a few changes to the underlying infrastructure. These changes range from items that impact day-to-day operations that will have their consequences for all customers to items, to items that are only relevant in multi-site environment over items that could impact your brand new Configuration manager 2012 design. This sessions will talk about the ins and outs of changes in the infrastructure and their consequence.

    Speaker Kim Oppalfens


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    The Microsoft Community in Belgium is also organizing a number of interesting events in the next few months: feel free to have a look at our events page (Dutch | French) to see which events the user groups and other influencers have planned.

  • Register now for TechDays 2012 and benefit from 15% Early Bird discount

    Starting today (November 2, 2011) registrations for the Belgian TechDays 2012 are OPEN!

    About Microsoft TechDays

    Year after year thousands of technology professionals come together to network with peers and experts, while diving deep into Microsoft technologies and learning about the latest products and solutions. Microsoft TechDays is one of the premier technical events in Belgium & Luxembourg and not to be missed.

    With more technology areas than ever to explore, TechDays 2012 is the perfect place to get up-to-speed on the latest Microsoft technologies and up-level your skill on the technology you use every day. Content will be delivered by industry experts and Microsoft product team members.

    Register now
    Join our 10th anniversary edition in a new location (Kinepolis Imagibraine - Braine l'Alleud) and learn about:

    • Windows & Internet Explorer
    • Windows Server & Hyper-V
    • Windows Phone 7 development
    • System Center 2012 & Windows Intune
    • Tooling and languages with Visual Studio, C# and VB
    • Cloud development with Windows Azure Platform
    • Web development with HTML5, JavaScript and ASP.NET
    • ...

    TechDays 2012 Register Now

    Kinepolis Imagibraine

    After 3 great years in Metropolis Antwerp we’re moving TechDays to a new location: Kinepolis Imagibraine in Braine l’Alleud (Eigenbrakel). The movie theatre is easily reachable both by car and via public transportation.

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    If you’re coming by train: the Braine l’Alleud train station is very well connected with major cities in Belgium:

    - Antwerp: direct connection from Antwerpen-Centraal taking approx. 1 hour
    - Ghent: 1 hour trip from Gent Sint-Pieters, switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
    - Brugge: 1,5 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
    - Hasselt: 1,5 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
    - Leuven: 50 min trip switching trains once at Brussel-Noord
    - Mons: 1 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
    - Namur: 1 hour trip switching trains once at Charleroi-Sud
    - Liège: 1,5 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
    - Brussels: 15 minutes from Brussel-Zuid

    There is a direct bus line (bus 67 from the TEC company) running from the Braine l’Alleud train station to Kinepolis Imagibraine, taking about 10 minutes.

    Coming by car? Kinepolis Imagibraine is just 5 minutes from the R0 highway (exit 24). Driving directions are available here.