community relaunch event:Docker 101 with focus on security/networking

So, you have heard about Docker and wanted to get expert, hands-on guidance to get started?
Or, you want to know more about Docker and start implementing it yourself?

Then make sure to save your seat* in this 2-day Docker 101 workshop try-out, with focus on network and security.

Philippe Bogaerts will guide you to take the first steps in Docker, deploy apps, create and manage container, play around and discover yourself.
No prerequisite knowledge required.

Furthermore you’ll get the required bits and pieces to setup your lab in Azure.

All you need to do is bring your laptop.

We take care of the rest, to make it through the day.

Don’t miss this session, because seats are limited!

Registration and more information at :

TechNet Wiki Summit – Calling IT Professionals | Register Now! #TNWIKISummit15


The International TechNet Wiki Summit 2015 aka TNWiki Summit15 will be a landmark in the TechNet Wiki history!

This Summit edition will be a unique conference to be held by Community members, based only on TechNet Wiki articles created to share problems and solutions, providing the opportunity to acquire knowledge and strengthen contacts between IT Professionals and Developers, to improve their professional growth.

Let’s thank what has been accomplished on TechNet Wiki and encourage Attendees to share ideas and knowledge about different articles.

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!

Don’t miss out on the Jubilee Edition of Community Day 2011!

On Thursday 23rd June 2011 the Community Day will celebrate its first jubilee: this 5th edition will take place in the beautifully renovated venue of Utopolis, Mechelen.

More than 350 IT Pro’s and Developers will meet there to discover the latest news on the hottest new product releases of 2011.

Thanks to our sponsors, the event is still entirely free to attend, so register your free seat on our website now!

In total 14 Microsoft user groups combine their efforts to organize this unique networking and knowledge-sharing event. New this year is that we have created 5 tracks in total – 2 developer tracks, 2 IT-Pro tracks and 1 Azure track – to more easily choose the content that is right for you. For the first time also, we have 2 Dutch user groups visiting Community Day!

The Community Day 2011 is brought to you by Azug, Besug, Biwug, CLUG, DotNetHub, IT-Talks, MyTIC, Pro-Exchange, SCUG, SQLUG, VBIB, Visug, WinSec and XNA-BUG.

Don’t forget you can also follow us on Twitter for regular updates on the event.

Looking forward to seeing you then!

Winsec networking event (2011-03-24)

Please join us for this exclusive networking event!
This event has no technical focus, but all about networking & fun.

From 18h30 to 19h30, we will evaluate the past activities and sessions organized by Winsec.
We look forward to hear your feedback on our activities.
Also, planning for future activities we need to know what you think, what you suggest, regarding topics, session content, locations…

From 20h00 to 22h00 we invite you for 2 hours of fun, food and drinks!

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Seats are limited. Members who have been attending our events the last year (2010) will get priority access to this event. In case of full booking and waiting list, your order might be cancelled if you did not attend events last year. We will notify you in advance.

Register at:

UGSS – User Group Member Survey

From the User Group Support Services (by Graham Watson, UGSS Community Manager)

Microsoft needs to properly understand your needs as user group leaders or members so that we can support the technical community to the best of our ability. To help us do this, I’m requesting that you complete the survey you will find at I’m also requesting that you ask your members to complete the same survey. The survey is only open until the end of February and is extremely important to us – not only does it tell us how we are doing and what we should be focusing on, it also helps us to justify the costs of the UGSS program including the funding we provide directly to the community. Once the survey is closed and we have had time to process the results, we will post the findings on UGSS for the community to review.

TechNet Professional (NFR) subscription sweepstake for user group members.

You do NOT need to register on UGSS to complete the survey, either as a leader or member. You only need to be registered if you want to be eligible for the TechNet subscriptions.

Members get a much shorter version of the survey than leaders do, 10 questions instead of 31.

You have an opportunity to obtain a TechNet Professional (NFR) subscription at no cost even if you are not a user group leader but are a user group member registered on When you complete the survey, you will be able to enter a sweepstake for one of fifty subscriptions, subject to the rules you can find at

Please note – your survey answers do NOT affect your eligibility for a subscription if you are a user group leader or your chances of winning a subscription in the sweepstake if you are a member. Please give us your honest and candid opinions!

Many Thanks!

Techdays 2011 – Early birds ’till 28/feb!

Time is running out to enjoy a special Early Bird pricing and attend this year’s TechDays.
With a fantastic speaker line-up, this is a not-to-miss event.

Early Bird Pricing will end on February 28th, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity and save up to €125!

TechDays Main Conference takes place on April 26th and 27th.
During the main conference, 6 Developer and IT-Pro tracks bring you a mix of new technology and in-depth content on current technology with over 60 sessions planned.
Have a look at the session listing and you will discover which sessions have been confirmed so far.
You will also notice that Microsoft has invited some top notch speakerswho are eager to share their expertise.

On the third day of TechDays, April 28th, we host a Deep Dive day with 4 different tracks for developers and IT-Pros.
As a developer you can choose between two tracks that go in-depth and focus on Best Practices.

Take a look at the constantly updated session listing to filter and browse through confirmed speakers and sessions.
Next to learning there is also the networking aspect of this conference. You’ll have you the opportunity to connect with Product Managers from Redmond, meet your peers, talk to our user groups and much more.

Hope to see you at the TechDays!

FIM Troubleshooting Collection

One of the goals of the FIM product teams  is  to enable the FIM community to contribute to our troubleshooting documentation set.

To do so, Microsoft has started to migrate the core troubleshooting content into the TechNet Wiki platform.
They will still track the available articles in the Troubleshooting FIM 2010 Roadmap on the FIM TechCenter.

To simplify the process of writing and posting FIM troubleshooting articles, Markus has posted a TechNet Wiki article that includes some guidelines.
Please feel free to add on to this article if you can think of additional tips and tricks.

Feedback is always welcome!

Please feel free to spread the word as appropriate.

Community day 2011

After the huge success last year and the new year freshly started, there is some early news on Community Day.

Community Day 2011 will take place on June 23th 2011. Location will be Utopolis, Mechelen again.
This edition will be a bit special since we celebrate the 5th edition!

Already a few sponsors confirmed, but to make it a success we still need additional support.
If your company is interested in sponsoring, please let me know.

More news to come, but block it in your agenda already!