Yearly Archives: 2018

AZPSUG - Arizona PowerShell user group

Arizona PowerShell User Group – From PowerShell Function to Serverless code with Azure Functions

Yesterday I was asked to speak at the Arizona PowerShell User Group, I picked the subject of moving your code into Azure Functions. Although PowerShell might not seem like the obvious choice, there are some definite benefits to be had from having a subset of your code run in Azure Functions. Providing you with the benefits of serverless, no operational management and almost infinite scalability.

This was not the first time for me to speak at the Arizona PowerShell user group as I already spoke there, also remotely, in March this year. The topic back then was: Fun with PowerShell 6 – JEA Remoting and cross-platform.

The code has been shared on GitHub in my Events repository:
Arizona PowerShell UG

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


KulenDayz, TugaIT and All Access – Event Recap

During the summer period there is always a bit of downtime in the conference season. That gives some time to prepare new sessions, explore new technologies or new combinations of technology that can be used to create new content.

But because not being able to talk about anything at all I did attend a number of events, All Access Amsterdam, Tuga IT and Kulendayz. At these events I delivered the following presentations:

All three events were very different in regards to how they were set up, to give a frame of reference: One event was held in an Amsterdam canal house, another in a Microsoft office and the last at a shooting range. But the common thread through each of these events was the fact that everyone was very eager to interact and discuss technology.

Because just sharing the photos is obviously only half the work, I have also shared the code on GitHub in my Events repository:

GitHub Events Repository

GitHub Events Repository

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


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: