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Top 5 blogposts on the DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs in 2011

Calendar Year 2011 is coming to an end. Some people might want to forget about the past year as soon as possible, but here at the DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs we’re pretty proud of the last year.

Continuing our double digit growth rate in pageviews and visits, we’re now close to a million pageviews per year with this website.  Quite a phenomenal performance of the bloggers here, since no new major Active Directory technology was released in the past twelve months. With a new version of Windows Server looming on the horizon, we’ll have plenty to blog about in the next months and the value we create for our readers will increase once more.

In 2011 eight of our bloggers posted a total of 100 new blogposts. DirTeam’s 2011 most prolific blogger was Jorge de Almeida Pinto with 35 blogposts. Unfortunately, Jorge left us in September to try it on his own.

The most popular new blogposts in 2011 were:

  1. Centralized iPad Management with Profiles and Policies
    Published on June 4, 2011 by Sander Berkouwer, 3392 pageviews
  2. How to Install the Windows 8 Developer Preview (build 8012)
    Published on September 14, 2011 by Sander Berkouwer, 2841 pageviews
  3. When Will The Password Expire For An AD User Account And What Happens Then?
    Published on February 13, 2011 by Jorge de Almeida Pinto, 1857 pageviews
  4. How to Create an Active Directory User Provisioning System
    Published on July 28, 2011 by Paul Bergson, 1813 pageviews
  5. Getting your Active Directory ready for Windows 7, Part 1
    Published on February 7, 2011 by Sander Berkouwer, 1591 pageviews

When looking at the overall blog posts on this website, the following list emerges:

  1. Transitioning your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008
    Published on March 02, 2008 by Sander Berkouwer, 52996 pageviews in 2011
  2. Upgrading your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008
    Published on April 08, 2008 by Sander Berkouwer, 42419 pageviews in 2011
  3. Disabling IPv6 on Windows 2008
    Published on March 20, 2009 by Paul Bergson, 17424 pageviews in 2011
  4. Creating a taskpad and delegating several admin tasks 
    Published on January 05, 2006 by Jorge de Almeida Pinto, 14227 pageviews in 2011
  5. Lingering Objects
    Published on May 08, 2006 by Jorge de Almeida Pinto, 11067 pageviews in 2011


Thank you for massively reading our blogposts. We wish you a prolific 2012!

Published Saturday, December 31, 2011 9:22 PM by Sander Berkouwer
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About Sander Berkouwer

The early years
Sander Berkouwer was born and raised in a little village in the Netherlands called 'Vlaardingen'. This is a small city near Rotterdam named after a small river that ran through it in the twelfth century. It houses around 75000 people.

Studies & Hobbies
Sander moved to Schiedam when he started studying at the Delft University of Technology. He tried five years to become a B.Sc. in Industrial Design Engineering but after five years it was clear that wasn't what he was meant to do. In his spare time he started putting computer components together and upgrading his PC twice a year. By then he was totally into Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Windows 95, NT4 Server, Novell Netware and a little bit of Slackware Linux. This was in no way related to his studies. Choosing between his hobbies and his studies became no-brainer! 

Work & Hobbies
Sander got introduced at Operator Groep Delft (short: OGD) by a friend. Back in those days OGD was a little company that provided IT Services and specialized in helpdesk, systems administration and projects. In the years that Sander worked for OGD he has seen it grow to the company that it is now: A serious player in the Dutch IT service market, with nearly 1200 employees, its own project team and of course Microsoft, Novell, VMware, Dell, HP, Symantec and Citrix partnerships. After eleven years with the company he still feels fortunate to work for a straightforward, honest and down-to-earth company.

Private life
In the same year Sander started working for OGD, he met his wife and three years later they got married. In 2009 his wife gave birth to their daughter, Sophie. 
Studies, again
In 2007, realizing the potential of a degree, Sander enlisted for Bachelor Information and Communications Technology (B ICT) studies at NOVI. With his MCSE as recognized prior experience, Sander was able to achieve his degree in 18 months. His thesis was on the cloud computing strategy for OGD. 
Speaking engagements
In 2007, Sander entered the Microsoft Netherlands TechNet speaker talent competition. He won it. From this moment on, Sander became a proficient speaker on Microsoft Netherlands events. In 2010, Sander was a speaker on 22 events, presenting on subjects ranging from Active Directory to Social Networking, from Desktop Management to Cloud Computing.

Sander has been a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) since January 2001. In the past ten years, Sander has achieved multiple Microsoft certifications, including Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP).
The MVP Years
In 2009, Sander was awarded the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award by Microsoft. This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. In 2010 and 2011, Sander was re-awarded for his contributions to the Directory Services technical communities. 
Sander has blogged on the Dirteam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs since June 2006. In addition to these contributions, Sander has blogged at the Microsoft Netherlands IT Pro Community blog and the NGN Windows Server blog. In 2009, Sander published a whitepaper together with Joachim Nässlander on remotely managing Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008.

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