Blog of IT Pro Technology Advisor Daniel van Soest


About me

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Well, I guess you figured out my name is Daniel van Soest.

I work for Microsoft NL as an IT Pro Technology Advisor, based in Amsterdam. Together with my colleague Tony Krijnen  we work with the TechNet community in the Netherlands through TechNet events, Innovation Labs, technical presentations/demo's, webcasts and Technical events like TechED and IT Forum. Our main focus areas are technical infrastructure related issues, including product roadmaps, futures and long term vision.

This means we have the coolest job in the world! We get to play with all the new technologies, build demo's and present about all those neat products. As Technology Advisors our goal is to exchange knowledge and opinions with the IT Pro audience in order to gain insights if Microsoft is giving you as IT Pro audience the right software products, tools, solutions, documentation, etc to fullfill your daily job in the right manner.

Due to the fact there are a lot of Microsoft server products, Tony and I cover different products. I mainly focus on platform, deployment and management technologies and cover Windows Server, Active Directory, Group Policies, Virtual Server, RIS, MOM, SMS, SUS, WUS.

So being the ears and eyes of Microsoft towards the IT Pro community doesn't mean I have to close my eyes for what others (non-Microsoft companies) are doing. No, no, no, I'm actually allowed to investigate those technologies and may tell what I like about them and may even point out in which areas Microsoft needs to improve! Yep, I love my job. Off course is my overall opinion that Microsoft makes the best software.

That's me in a nutshell. I will place some pictures of myself in the future but I'm still in doubt if I should use some personal pictures or a 'Microsoft' picture. Hmmm..I do address this weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer so..personal pictures? Maybe I should blog about my hobbies too!

Greetings, Daniel.

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