New Microsoft Extended Experts Team (MEET) Web Site

I’d like to inform you all that there is a brand new site for the Microsoft Extended Experts Team (MEET) in Belgium. They did a great job here. Click on the link below to visit the site.


If you need expert advice on Microsoft Technologies this is a good place to find the right people. The members are skilled and very knowledgeable experts who gladly contribute to the community. This means they also have access to an extensive network of very smart & experienced colleagues and they can get you into touch with them if need be. They come from all sectors and walks of life and as such provide for a excellent mix of backgrounds and points of view.

Their community work (blogs, presentations, user groups, .etc.) provides for a significant resource of readily available, real world in expertise and insights in how to leverage Microsoft technologies. You can follow their related tweets via the #meetbe hash tag.

I’m proud to be part of MEET, as I can help out and by doing so learn a lot myself. I’ve experienced  that there is truly a tremendous amount of skills accumulated in that group. So, for my closing word’s I’d like to say …


Join the Private Cloud Roadshow in Brussels (25 April) and Ghent (26 April)

You will have heard of the Private Cloud concept by now. But a lot of us are still struggling with what it means to us and how we can leverage this concept. Microsoft is aware of this and wants to help us understand Private Cloud better. On top of that I can tell you from personal experience that Redmond also really wants to understand our needs in that regard better.

Recently they announced a free event (1/2 day) to achieve exactly that. Yes, they are proud to present “The Private Cloud Roadshow”. And I’m proud to say that two fellow MVPs and MEET members are delivering the content Smile I included the agenda for you as well as the links to register.

Join experts Kurt Roggen (MVP) and Mike Resseler (MVP) for the Private Cloud Roadshow.

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In this half day you will learn more about private cloud infrastructure setup and how you can monitor this. Learn how to create your private clouds and how to deploy standardized applications or services into these clouds. And as a final session you will learn how you can provide automation in your private cloud.

There are 2 options to attend (same content, different location):

25 April 2012 in Brussels

26 April 2012 in Ghent

This TechNet event is free of charge and Microsoft will be giving away one Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone in each location.

Detailed agenda:
13:00 : 13:30 Welcome & Coffee
13:30 : 14:30 Building your Private Cloud Infrastructure
Learn how to build your Private Cloud infrastructure, by dealing with Fabric Management (Compute/ Hypervisors, Storage, Network), which will serve as the basis for the Private Cloud that you will be creating. We will discuss how to deploy, configure and manage each of these different elements in your datacenter.
14:30 : 14:50 Break
14:50 : 16:30 Creating, Monitoring & Operating your Private Cloud
Learn how to create your private clouds and how to deploy standardized applications or services into these clouds. Learn how to monitor your clouds and how to can handle change requests. All this key area’s will be addressed to give you an idea of what is happening in a private cloud after it is up, running, and into production.
16:30 : 16:50 Break
16:50 : 18:00 Automating & Delivering Services in your Private Cloud
Learn how you can provide automation in your private cloud. Discover also how your cloud services can be offered and consumed using different self-service portals and what their differences are.
18:00 : 19:00 Networking & Drinks

TechDays 2012 Belgium – Register Now

TechDays 2012 in Belgium will be here sooner that you think right now. So start planning for it. Set aside the time and get your attendance approved by your management. If you need some help with the latter take a look here for some help with a pre edited e-mail message for IT Pro and for Developers.

Most of you will already know why you would attend these 3 full days of technical sessions for developers and IT-professionals but if you don’t, go take a look at the TechDays 2012 web site for more information.


TechDays in Belgium has been around for a while and it’s celebrating it’s 10th year of existing. And with good reason. I’ve seen this event grow bigger and especially better over the years. If you work in the IT sector and your involved with Microsoft products this is one of the premier events to attend in Belgium. You won’t be disappointed!