Note-to-self: free MS Press eBooks on Microsoft Virtual academy

Looking for some Azure reference material, planning for Azure certification exams, …? Have a look at the eBooks section on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)…
Short url:

It has a quite interesting collection of free eBooks you can download…


And while you’re there, also check the learning stuff for identity:

And bookmark this link for security related learning material:


Happy learning!



Note to self: Get your free 25GB Skydrive


“/../ We know that many of you signed up for a service that offered 25GB, and some are already using more than 7GB of storage. So, starting today, for a limited time, any registered SkyDrive user *who has uploaded files to SkyDrive* as of April 22nd can opt in to keep 25GB of free storage while still getting all of the benefits of the new service. (For users who are already using more than 4GB as of April 1, we’ve automatically opted you in to 25GB of free storage to avoid any issues.) Just sign in here or view our FAQ. /../”

Planning day 2 & 3 on the TechDays 2012


10:45 – 12:00

Discover what’s new in Windows 8 Active Directory
Speaker: Paul Loonen | Level : 300 | Room : 6 |

13:00 – 14:15

The Private Cloud, Principles, Patterns and Concepts
Speaker: Tom Shinder | Level : 300 | Room : 9 |

14:30 – 15:45

Toolmaking for Administrators using Windows PowerShell
Speaker: Jason Helmick | Level : 400 | Room : 7 |



09:00 – 10:15

Private Cloud Day Session 1: Building your Private Cloud Infrastructure
Speaker: Kurt Roggen | Level : 300 | Room : 5 |

10:45 – 12:00

Private Cloud Day Session 2: Creating & Configure your Private Cloud
Speaker: Kurt Roggen | Level : 300 | Room : 5 |

13:00 – 14:15

Private Cloud Day Session 3: Monitor & Operate your Private Cloud
Speaker: Mike Resseler | Level : 300 | Room : 5 |

14:30 – 15:45

Private Cloud Day Session 4: Automating & Delivering Services in your Private…
Speakers: Mike Resseler , Kurt Roggen | Level : 3

Private Cloud Day Session 5: A Solution for Private Cloud Security
Speaker: Tom Shinder | Level : 300 | Room : 5 |

00 | Room : 5 |

16:15 – 17:30

Note-to-self: Anatomy Of A Perfect Landing Page

Every little help makes the difference.

For the UG/Bloggers and webmasters amongst us,   Arlindo Alves found this article very efficient on analyzing how a landing page should be.
Very much worth sharing.

It’s simple, easy to follow and to adapt:

TechDays 2012: check the agenda online and 1 more week to benefit from 15% discount

Just 1 more week to benefit from a 15% discount on your ticket for TechDays 2012: the Early Bird pricing ends on December 21. Registrations are coming in strong, so be sure to secure your spot before they sell out!

Top Speakers

Developer Track
Alex Turner

Brian Keller

Jeff Prosise
IT Pro Track
Corey Hynes

John Craddock

Adam Hall

Come and see speakers like:

– In the Developer track: Alex Turner, Brian Keller, Bart De Smet, Gill Cleeren, Jeff Prosise, Maarten Balliauw, Matt Milner, Ben Riga, Steve Sanderson, Nikhil Kothari, Rob Miles, Tarek Madkour, Wade Wegner

– In the IT Pro track: John Craddock, Kurt Roggen, Ilse Van Criekinge, Adam Hall, Corey Hynes, Kim Oppalfens, Mike Resseler, Dan Holme 

International speakers are teamed up with our local experts to give you a top content mix.

TechDays program: 80% of agenda is finalized

This year promises to bring a lot of new content from Microsoft. Looking at the next versions of tooling, languages, OS and management you know this is not a standard TechDays event. Content is split into current and upcoming technology.

Deep Dives (February 16)

Peter Himschoot and Jurgen Postelmans (U2U) will be delivering a full day .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio (Dev11) Futures for Web Development Deep Dive covering all the latest and greatest in .NET 4.5, focusing on Web Development with ASP.NET, HTML5 and WCF.

Rhonda Layfield will be delivering a full day deep dive covering all the different tools and techniques to deploy Windows 7, she will also cover the upcoming Windows OS deployment tools.

Mike Resseler & Tom Shinder will deliver a full day covering private cloud topics, including Management and Operations of your private cloud infrastructure.

About TechDays 2012

Join the 10th anniversary edition in a new location (Kinepolis Imagibraine – Braine l’Alleud) and learn about:
• Windows & Internet Explorer
• Windows Server 8 & Hyper-V
• Windows Phone 7 development
• System Center 2012 & Windows Intune
• Tooling and languages with Visual Studio, C# and VB Futures
• Next generation apps
• Cloud development with Windows Azure Platform
• Web development with HTML5, JavaScript and ASP.NET
• …


Hope to see you at the TechDays 2012!

The new TechNet Forum Assistant


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The TechNet Forum Assistant is a free Windows gadget, available in the Microsoft Download Centre. This gadget will help you better utilize the great information in  TechNet Forums and community. By downloading, you have the support and expertise of Microsoft TechNet Forum Support Engineers directly right on your desktop. Receive support on your terms by downloading the TechNet Forum Assistant.

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How to Use PowerShell to create a TN Wiki catalog page

While the Microsoft Technet Forums have become the base for a very vibrant community, it’s not really THE platform to build, share and maintain documentation.

The Technet Wiki fans know that the TNWiki is a very interesting platform that perfectly complements the Technet Forums for that purpose.

Most of the people publishing on the Technet Wiki like to get an overview of their articles, once in a while.
Although the Wiki offers nice features, it’s very hard to get a concise, quick overview of your articles.

One of the tricks to achieve this, is using a personal tag. (eg. pgtag 😉
But as you can see, its not a condensed view.

Therefore I created a powershell script that does it for you.

Just take a look at this page: How to Use PowerShell to create a Wiki catalog page (feel free to copy the code and use offline for customization)

Another example (pure results of the script) is the list below:

Current ADFS Resources (Peter Geelen, 17 feb 2011)
Current Certificate Lifecycle Manager Resources (Peter Geelen, 24 sep 2010)
Current Identity Lifecycle Manager resources (Peter Geelen, 5 apr 2010)
FIM 2010 Software Solutions from Partners (Peter Geelen, 31 okt 2010)
FIM 2010 Wiki Articles (Peter Geelen, 5 jul 2011)
Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 Webcasts and Videos (Peter Geelen, 19 jul 2010)
Forefront Identity Manager Resources (Peter Geelen, 15 mrt 2010)
Get Help with ILM and FIM (Peter Geelen, 24 nov 2010)
How to Automate FIM 2010 Sync Engine Run Profile Execution (Peter Geelen, 7 dec 2010)
How to Automatically Add a Table of Contents (TOC) to Your Wiki Article (Peter Geelen, 30 mei 2011)
How to Extend the GALSync to Provision Target Objects in Sub OUs Using a Configuration File (Peter Geelen, 7 nov 2010)
How to License FIM 2010 (Peter Geelen, 17 mrt 2011)
How to Post an ILM Experts Corner Article Announcement (Peter Geelen, 28 nov 2010)
How to Set Trace for ERPMA (Peter Geelen, 9 mrt 2010)
How to Solve SQL MA Schema Update Error: ‘Attribute ‘<deleted attribute>’ could not be located in the schema’ (Peter Geelen, 22 jun 2010)
How to Use PowerShell to create a Wiki catalog page (Peter Geelen, 19 sep 2011)
ILM : How to Get Attribute Data from a Referenced Object (Peter Geelen, 7 jun 2010)
ILM 2007 FP1 / FIM 2010 Synchronization Glossary (Peter Geelen, 11 jul 2010)
ILM ERPMA with SAPRouter (Peter Geelen, 9 mrt 2010)
ILM/FIM Forum Playbook (Peter Geelen, 21 feb 2011)
ILM/FIM Run Profile Definitions (Peter Geelen, 6 jul 2010)
Troubleshooting ILM Group Populator Language Dependencies (Peter Geelen, 9 jun 2010)
Troubleshooting ILM/FIM Extensions (Peter Geelen, 24 nov 2010)
Troubleshooting ILM/MIIS with SAP Load Balancing Connection String (Peter Geelen, 9 mrt 2010)
Troubleshooting PCNS (Peter Geelen, 13 okt 2010)