Awesome!! Awarded Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP Award 2018/19

1st: Chris Wahl, Mike Fal and me, Rubrik MVPs at the MVP Summit, 2nd: June 2018, Dutch PowerShell User Group, 3rd: MVP Community Connection in Hangzhou, meeting Chinese MVPs, 4th: Speaking to attendees at Spiceworks AllAccess Amsterdam

This month I have been awarded as a Microsoft MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management for 2018/19. I am both honored and humbled to have received this award. The other MVPs are rockstars in their fields and I feel it is fantastic that I am a part of this group of highly talented individuals in the global technical community. I look forward to another year of sharing and creating great content!

MVP Program Logo

A question that often comes back is what you do to be a MVP or how do you become a MVP. This is not an easy question to answer, but what I can share is how I got here and what it has brought to me as a person as well as an IT professional.

My initial introduction to the technical communities came through searching online for answers. Both the Hey Scripting Guy! blog on TechNet and the forums were a solid reference to me. Even though I frequently returned to both the forums and the blog, I was not an active participant. I was somewhat held back because I thought I did not know enough to share with others.

Shortly after I moved to a position where I was responsible for building out scripting and automation within the Windows department, focusing on PowerShell and source control adoption. This also included the responsibility of training my colleagues on how to use the different tools and methodologies. At this time, early 2012, I also started my first blog, because I was already sharing my knowledge among my colleagues I felt more confident at this point to start blogging.

Meeting up with fellow Cloud and Datacenter MVPs on the Microsoft Campus

During this time, I also started to attend more conferences and I met Aleksandar Nikolić back in 2012 at TechEd, he talked me in to writing a blog post for PowerShell Magazine: Jaap Brasser’s Favorite PowerShell Tips and Tricks. Also in 2012, Jeff Wouters started the Dutch PowerShell User Group and asked me to be a speaker there. I promptly said yes to that, a decision I regretted the entire period leading up to the presentation. A blog post summarizing this event is available on TechNet: Hey Scripting Guy! – The First-Ever Dutch PowerShell User Group.

From this moment on I steadily became more active, I started sharing solutions on forums, writing and sharing my scripts, attending and presenting at more events and conferences. In 2015 I was first awarded as a PowerShell MVP, at the time it felt a bit unexpected. But after the initial celebration, a well-deserved cool beverage and a slight case of the impostor-syndrome, I felt an increased sense of responsibility to share my knowledge. Although I continue to feel I could do better or I could do more, I continued working on content I thought would be interesting to others and delivered presentations on topics I am passionate about.

1st: European MVPs at MVP Summit 2018, 2nd: At the Glasgow PowerShell / SQL Saturday, 3rd: Presenting on using PowerShell for developers

Friends or family around me have asked on more than one occasion: “Do you get paid to do that?” or “What do you get out of it?”. The first question is easy to answer, in most cases the work is unpaid. But what you get out of it, for me it has been a mutually beneficial experience, it drove me to get more in-depth knowledge in areas I would have otherwise neglected to do while sharing with and teaching others.

As a result of both the MVP Program and the contacts from related activities I now have friends and peers in more countries that I can count, and I have had opportunities to speak and attend events all over the world. And most importantly, I have had a lot of fun while doing it.

February 2018 My first visit to the Rubrik campus in Palo Alto

Earlier this year I started a new position as a Technical Marketing Engineer at Rubrik which has been a fantastic trip so far. Moving forward I keep looking for new ways to challenge myself, grow both as a person and a professional and be an active voice within the global technical community. This month I joined the Community Mentors Program run by Microsoft, as teaching, coaching and mentoring are things I really enjoy doing I am very happy to have been selected for this program.

In 2018 I will continue to speak at events, most notably Microsoft Ignite in September, PowerShell Conference Asia in October and VMworld Europe in November. If you are attending any of these events or any of the others I will be attending this year, feel free to give me a shout on Twitter, @jaap_brasser, and I will be more than happy to meet up.

The MVP Program has been a great journey and I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who has helped make it to be such a pleasure to be part of this community. I hope to see/work/meet a lot more of you in the future!


ExpertsLive 2018 – Automate yourself out of a job: Use ChatOps!

Earlier this week the largest IT Pro community event in the Netherlands was held once again in Pathe Ede. This event never fails to draw in a big crowd and as always was jam-packed with great speakers from around the globe.

Experts Live is a non-profit organization based in The Netherlands that has a mission to “enable sharing of knowledge and experience about Microsoft technologies worldwide” and was founded by Maarten Goet (MVP, RD).

The code has been shared on GitHub in my Events repository:
Automate yourself out of a job – Use ChatOps

For anyone interested to learn more about Chat Automation beyond what was covered in this session, Brandon Olin, is currently writing a book on Chat Automation: ChatOps the Easy Way, which is shaping up to be a great resource for anyone interested in ChatOps!

I also shared the slides I used and my other presentations on SlideShare:


PowerShell User Groups – From New York to Almere – Flow & Azure Functions

Over the past two weeks I have presented at both the New York PowerShell User Group as well as the Dutch PowerShell User Group. It was a great opportunity for me to present on two fresh technologies in the Microsoft stack, Microsoft Flow and Azure Functions. Both topics spurred lively discussions among the crowd and it was great to see the different view points of how the technology could be used.

This is one of the benefits of both speaking and attending technical user groups, people speaking and attending have an interest in the same technology but utilize it in varying ways. It is a great way to expose yourself different perspectives.

I would like to thank Rubrik for sponsoring the swag I got to give away at both events. To give an idea of what user groups are like I have attached some pictures to give an impression of both events:

The code has been shared on GitHub in the Events repository:

I also shared the slides I used and my other presentations on SlideShare:


New York PowerShell User Group – Microsoft Flow

At the end of May I will be speaking at the New York PowerShell User Group about using Microsoft Flow to automate your personal work at the Microsoft Offices in New York. If you are in the New York area and interested in Microsoft Flow, PowerShell or automation in general be sure to sign up and drop by on the 31st of May.

Microsoft Flow and PowerShell combined to automate everything – Jaap Brasser

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7:00 PM

11 Times Sq New York, NY

48 PowerShellers Attending

Microsoft Flow is a great workflow automation tool, but most likely PowerShell is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Flow. In this session I will show how to integrate Microsoft Flow in PowerShell scripts and vice-versa and to highlight the benefits that this provide. This demo-heavy session will feature a lot of PowerShell …

Check out this Meetup →


PowerShell Conference and Cloud Automation

The last two weeks I had the opportunity to speak at a number of events. The PowerShell Conference Europe in Hanover and technical user groups in the UK. This post is intended to provide information about the various events and is intended to share the information in regard to the sessions.

Last week, 17-20 April, the PowerShell Conference Europe was held again. This event was once again a great success, with sessions presented by the PowerShell Team and experts from their respective fields. Enthusiasts gathered from all over the Europe, and the world, to participate in this event. There were plenty of lively interactions between attendees and speakers and the PowerShell team. All in all there was a great atmosphere of sharing and collaboration at the conference.

The location of the conference, unchanged for 3 years now, housed the 300+ attendees easily. In contrast to last year the rooms in which the sessions were held were located more conveniently so that limited the amount of walking around the venue. On the last day of the conference an German X-Factor event was being held in the same venue, so this resulted an interesting mix of people in- and around the venue.

I could not mention this years PowerShell Conference without at least mentioning the fact that #SadJoey hashtag was a trending topic at the conference. Due to an excellent picture tweeted by PowerShell team member, Steve Lee.

To give you and impression of the event I have shared some pictures of the PowerShell Conference Europe here:

I presented the following three topics, so head over to my GitHub account to grab the slides and code, as always it is stored in the Events repository:

All presentations and accompanying code can be found in the PSConfEU GitHub repository here. All sessions have been recorded and this post will be updated with the links to the videos once it becomes available.

The week following the PowerShell Conference I left for the UK to speak at various PowerShell, WinOps and Cloud Infrastructure user groups. The theme of the topics was mostly focused on Cloud Automation using Azure Functions and Microsoft Flow in combination with several other products of the Office 365 suite.

As the sessions in the UK were in the week after the PowerShell Conference, Tobias Weltner was so kind to gift two PSConfEU shirts for the user groups in the UK. The best question was rewarded with the polo with the PSConfEU logo embroidered on it. This was of course a tough call, and for the second shirt I opted for the always reliable Get-Random cmdlet.

It was impressive to see everyone turn up for the technical meetups, as all of them took place in the evenings and the Microsoft Flow workshop was held on Saturday. There are a lot of people with passion for their jobs and the technologies they work with. It was great to meet you all, thanks for your interest and the engaging discussions, both after as well as during the sessions.

The slide decks, labs and code I have used are stored into my GitHub account in the Events repository:

The big take away for me is that fueling this passion in the technical communities is important and sharing ideas is what drives this. By doing so we are able to learn from each other and improve our technical abilities. This would of course not be possible without the support of all the sponsors, and in my case my employer Rubrik, as they make it possible for me to participate and contribute to the technical communities.

I also put the slides up on SlideShare to make it easier to view and share: