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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.
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.
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.
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.