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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!


PowerShell Conference Asia – Registration is open

This October the PowerShell Conference Asia will once again take place in the Microsoft offices in Singapore. As part of the PowerShell Conference organization and returning speaker I am happy to announce that this is shaping up to be our biggest event so far.

As listed on the registration page:


Join us for the third PowerShell Conference Asia, held in Singapore, where PowerShell speakers from Asia and around the world come together to bring attendees in-depth PowerShell and DevOps content.

Speakers include several members of the Windows PowerShell team from Microsoft headquarters in Redmond and a strong line-up of MVPs, well-known international speakers, and community contributors. They’ll cover in-depth topics on the PowerShell language and how you can use PowerShell to automate the technologies you use every day. There will be a strong focus on using PowerShell to enable DevOps practices whether On Premises or in the cloud.

There will be speakers from over a dozen countries and attendees to network with from all over the work. If you are interested in this event feel free to drop a comment below or reach out to me on twitter as I will be happy to answer any questions you might have about this event.

In the mean time for additional information about this event make sure you head over to the PowerShell Conference Asia site, conveniently located at psconf.asia & powershell.asia. And to register head over > here <


PowerShell and Security – Presentation at iSense

As mentioned in the previous blog post I was invited to speak at iSense to talk about PowerShell and Security. This event was fully by sponsored by iSense who provided the attendees with a great experience. Before my session I was briefly interviewed and the interview, in Dutch, will be available soon.

Security is a topic that continues to make headlines around the world and as a result, PowerShell is mentioned more often either as an method to exploit or to prevent and secure your system. In this presentation I showed how PowerShell can be configured to provide insights in what scripts and tools are running in your environment and how to secure your PowerShell endpoints using Just Enough Administration, JEA.

The audience after 90 minutes of PowerShell and Security

The audience after 90 minutes of PowerShell and Security

After the presentation I received a lot of questions about PowerShell in general and the Dutch PowerShell User Group, we will soon be holding another PowerShell User Group meeting, for more information visit the following link: 10th DuPSUG Meeting, there are at the time of writing still a few tickets available for this event on the 9th of March.

Furthermore, at the Dutch PowerShell User Group we are working on putting out some events that are a bit more beginner oriented. For anyone who is interested in learning more about PowerShell stay tuned as we have a lot of good interesting stuff in the works.

The presentation deck and the slides are as always available on GitHub:
GitHub – Jaap Brasser – Events – iSense2017

For more information I have provided an overview of all the links in this article:

PowerShell and Security @ iSense
GitHub – Slides and code
Dutch PowerShell User Group
IT Future Lab – PowerShell and Security


Next week: Presenting at iSense on PowerShell and Security

Recently I was invited by iSense to come and speak at one of their technical evenings. On the 16th of February I will be speaking on PowerShell and Security. To quote a short excerpt from the iSense website:

This demo-rich session goes into detail on some best practices on securing PowerShell and highlights and the steps that have been taken in PowerShell 5.0 that allow you to do so. In the first section of this evening we will touch some of the basic concepts of security that we have available to us in PowerShell. Then Jaap will go into detail how you can correctly implement them by demoing the functionality.

For more information on this head over to:
PowerShell and Security – The how, what and why

There are still tickets available, so if you are interested in PowerShell, Security or a combination of both I would be more than happy to meet you there.


PowerShell Conference Asia 2016 wrap-up

Last weekend we wrapped up the PowerShell Conference Asia 2016 in Singapore and it was a great event. I had the opportunity to speak at the event and present a number of sessions. This year we had a healthy mix of PowerShell, DevOps and everything else. The crowd was very engaging, so if you attended the PSConfAsia 2016: “Thank you for being a great crowd!”.

I would like to give a big shout-out to Milton Goh, Matthew Hitchcock, Sebastian Szumigalski, Ravikanth Chaganti and Benjamin Hodge for putting this event together with the support of the sponsors of the event. It was a great opportunity for myself to interact with the PowerShell community in Asia and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Here are some picture to give you an impression of the event:

I presented and/or recording the following sessions for the conference:

Furthermore I was asked to co-host the Arrested Devops Podcast, which was a new and fun experience for me.

For more information here are the links to the PowerShell Conference Asia website, my GitHub repo and to the Twitter hashtag:

PowerShell Conference Asia 2016
Slide decks and code
PowerShell Conference Asia