Presentation: Introduction to Group Policies

At COMBELL, we held our second technine user meeting. One of the speakers: yours truly. As promised, you can find the powerpoint presentation here . Enjoy reading, and feel free to comment or ask questions!


Communityday 2012 – utopolis Mechelen – june 21

Get ready for the Belgian community at its very best!

The Belgian community is organizing the sixth edition of Community Day! Community Day 2012 will take place on June 21st 2012 in Utopolis Mechelen.

17 user groups will outperform themselves to bring you their view on Microsoft products in 30+ sessions and panel discussions. With the upcoming releases, a lot of the talks will focus on the things you’ll learn and use tomorrow. We even have a full track committed entirely to Windows 8. But, just as always, we aren’t forgetting about the present and the things you use today either in our several best practices and deep-dive talks!

The Microsoft Community Day 2012 is powered by:

  • AZUG
  • Belgian C++ user group
  • BESUG (soon PIRAD)
  • CLUG
  • IT-Talks
  • Pro-Exchange
  • SCUG
  • Visug
  • WinSec
  • DotNetHub
  • MyTIC
  • Wiphug
  • Technine

We hope to see you on June 21st!
The Community Day Team (GillDavyAlexandre)

Practical event details
Utopolis Mechelen (Map)
Address: Spuibeekstraat 5 2800 Mechelen
Event date: Thursday June 21th
Start & end time: 8.30 – 19.00
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Second  in-person event will be held in the Combell offices on April 18 -from 18h00 -till 21h00

SBS 20xx(x) -integration and interop

Six SMB Pro’s tackle some common issues while maintaining  SBS 20xx.

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Join the Private Cloud Roadshow in Brussels (25 April) and Ghent (26 April)

Join the Private Cloud Roadshow in Brussels (25 April) and Ghent (26 April)

Join experts Kurt Roggen (MVP) and Mike Resseler (MVP) for the Private Cloud Roadshow.

In this half day you will learn more about private cloud infrastructure setup and how you can monitor this. Learn how to create your private clouds and how to deploy standardized applications or services into these clouds. And as a final session you will learn how you can provide automation in your private cloud.

There are 2 options to attend (same content, different location):


25 April 2012 in Brussels


26 April 2012 in Ghent


This TechNet event is free of charge and Microsoft will be giving away one Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone in each location.
Detailed agenda:

13:00 : 13:30 Welcome & Coffee

13:30 : 14:30 Building your Private Cloud Infrastructure
Learn how to build your Private Cloud infrastructure, by dealing with Fabric Management (Compute/ Hypervisors, Storage, Network), which will serve as the basis for the Private Cloud that you will be creating. We will discuss how to deploy, configure and manage each of these different elements in your datacenter.

14:30 : 14:50 Break

14:50 : 16:30 Creating, Monitoring & Operating your Private Cloud
Learn how to create your private clouds and how to deploy standardized applications or services into these clouds. Learn how to monitor your clouds and how to can handle change requests. All this key area’s will be addressed to give you an idea of what is happening in a private cloud after it is up, running, and into production.

16:30 : 16:50 Break

16:50 : 18:00 Automating & Delivering Services in your Private Cloud
Learn how you can provide automation in your private cloud. Discover also how your cloud services can be offered and consumed using different self-service portals and what their differences are.

18:00 : 19:00 Networking & Drinks

Pro Exchange – Lync User group event : Lync for SMB

Today a lot of small businesses hear good things about Microsoft’s UC solution, but they are wary of implementing it.  Decision makers or company owners don’t have hands-on experience and sometimes cannot rely on an independent technical user with experience in these products.  This session will give an overview of the options every SMB should be aware of, either on-premise (your own network) or in the cloud (as a service).


Pro-Lync is convinced that Microsoft UC can be a valid solution for smaller organisations, provided you size and configure your environment well.  Careful planning and design, virtualisation, intelligent licensing and the right choice of interconnections (SIP/gateways) can result in a solution that is suited for SMB’s while remaining competitive in comparison to other or legacy PABX solutions that are limited in features.   We also will tackle the extensive server diagram for on-premise installations and explain why such an infrastructure is not required for an SMB.


This event will feature limited technical content and is targeted to SMB owners and decision makers who are not experienced in Microsoft UC, but want to learn how their SMB might benefit from this new way of working.  To prove our point, we’ll be hosting the event at the first Belgian SMB customer (30 users) to rip and replace their PBX with OCS a few years ago.


Location:   Brepols Publishers NV – CCBK, Begijnhof 39, 2300 Turnhout.

Please set your GPS for the corner of  Sint-Beggaplein and Begijnhof and park in the surrounding area.  The location is a short walk from there, next to the church of this 13th century Begijnhof  where no parking is allowed.


18h30 – 19h00:                 Registration / drinks
19h00 – 20h00:                 Lync server in an SMB
20h00 – 21h00:                 FAQ & Demo



Ruben Nauwelaers: Ruben Nauwelaers is a consultant who works for Uw ICT Partner BVBA and is a core member of the Pro-Lync user group. His primary focus are Microsoft UC related projects in small and large organisations.

Wim Borgers:   Wim  is the IT manager of Brepols Publishers,  and a core member of the Pro-Lync community. He evaluated and decided to go for UC in his own SMB environment of about 30 users.  It was the first rip-and-replace SMB installation in Belgium of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.

Update Rollup 2 for Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

Hi All,

Together with Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials,  Microsoft released an update for the Windows Storage Server 2008R2 Essentials as well.

No less than 15 major issues have been resolved with this Update Rollup, some of them being specific to the Windows Storage Server product, others being related to the Microsoft SBS 2011 Essentials product. Likewise with the SBS 2011 Essentials rollup, this update will automatically and silently deploy the client-side package of the update to its clients once the update has been applied succesfully to the running server.

Detailed information about the update can be found at – the update itself can be obtained via the Windows Update channel.


Didier D’Joos

Update Rollup 2 for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Hi all,

In a continuing effort to improve the quality and functionality of its products Microsoft released its second update rollup for Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.

With this update rollup Microsoft decided to include the Office365 integration module, which was previously available as an additional download only. As explained by the Microsoft SBS team: “The Office 365 Integration Module is an additional feature that is available for Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials. This add-in feature simplifies the management of Office 365 by integrating the administration experience into the server Dashboard, which is the command-and-control center for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.”

No less than 14 major issues have been resolved with this update rollup, greatly improving the quality of this newbee in the Small Business world. Although Most of the solved issues can ben found on server side, Microsoft released an update rollup for the client side as well which is automatically and silently deployed once the server update has been installed.

More information about this update rollup can be found on the following pages:

Please note that this update only applies to Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, this update cannot be applied to the Standard SKU.

Happy updating!

Didier D’Joos

Samsung Omnia 7 and bluetooth carkit

Hi Everyone,

Sometimes the most difficult, annoying and most bugging issues come with the easiest fix ever. That same is true for using my Samsung Omnia 7 phone together with my build-in car kit from BMW. If you’re fed up with the cracking noice while making a call over bluetooth, or with the lost bluetooth connectivity at the moment you’re ready to pick up your call, grab your phone while you’re reading this and do exactly the following:

– Unlock your screen and go to SETTINGS
– Switch off your WIFI connectivity

Et voila, it’s as simple as that…

You cannot imagine how long that I’ve been struggeling with this issue. I searched the internet for many hours trying to look for a fix, bluetooth update or that one little thing that would fix my issue. Fortunately I’ve got a colleague with the same phone who came up with this idea.

Didier D’Joos


browsing your crashed AD with dsamain.exe

I’m sure every one of us encoutered this problem once: a server crash with no working backup of Active Directory, thus, no way to recreate the users / security groups…

Luckily, Windows 2008 (RTM and R2) introduced a nifty little tool, that enables you to virtually load the crashed domain onto another server. That way you can peak into the previous configuration, and take over all necessary information.

All users/groups/… are stored in a single file: ntds.dit. First, we need to make sure that the integrity of the file is good. In many cases, this will not be the case, as a crashed server often will be shut down unexpected. Following commands can help you troubleshoot and solve this:

esentutl.exe /g “c:pathtontds.dit”
this command checks the integrity of the database file

esentutl.exe /p  “c:pathtontds.dit”
this command repairs any errors in the database file

When all this ends successfully, you can start with the mounting process.

dsamain.exe -dbpath “C:pathtontds.dit” -ldapport 5532 -allownonadminaccess -allowupgrade

-allownonadminaccess: needed to be able to access the database with another set of security credentials than defined in the virtually mounted domain
-allowupgrade: needed if you try to mount a ntds.dit file from an earlier version of windows (e.g. windows 2003)

If all goes well, the command will return the following message:

Now you can use your preferred Active Directory Management tool to connect to this mounted domain controller, using localhost for the host portion, and the defined ldap port as the port option.

If you want to connect to is using ADUC, you right click the root hive in this window, and choose for “Change Domain Controller”

Using the information in the above example, you fill in localhost:5532 and press OK. You will now be able to browse the mounted domain.

Feel free to comment if you have any questions




upcoming technical audience events MSFT Belgium

Feel free to attend one of these live meetings, or Usergroup events !

Microsoft Live Meetings


TechNet Livemeeting: Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)

Learn more about how the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) family can help you manage a modernized desktop. It is my pleasure to invite you to the AGPM livemeeting on covering the enhancements in AGPM version 4. We will also cover all basic concepts, the overall architecture and the GPO management approach taken with AGPM to provide real change management. This livemeeting is +/- 80% demo-dri Meer lezen

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

ZTI, LTI, UDI, Thin, Thick, Hybrid,… all this image terminology what is it all about? Do you want to see how MDT can help you with your Windows 7 image approach? Do you want to know why you might consider this to integrate with SCCM? Do you want to learn some best practices? Long story short, if you want to learn about MDT you cannot miss this session. Meer lezen

Microsoft Belux, Corporate Village, Da Vincilaan 3, 1935 Zaventem, België | 17/1/2012 | Microsoft Windows Twitter LinkedIn Facebook
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Migrating to SCSM 2012

Upgrading to the new version of System Center Service Manager must be evaluated and prepared like any other product upgrade. This session will give you a starting point to prepare your environment for the new release of SCSM 2012. The upgrade scenarios that are supported, important items to keep in mind for the upgrade and an overview of the new functionality in SCSM 2012.  Meer lezen

Microsoft, Da Vincilaan 3, 1935 Zaventem, België | 19/1/2012 | Microsoft Windows Twitter LinkedIn Facebook
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ConfigMgr 2012 Settings management – The M in DCM truly becomes Management

ConfigMgr 2012 extends the desired configuration management feature to remediate the settings. Whereas the previous version mainly focused on monitoring desired state, and leaving the remediation over to the ConfigMgr admin. In this session we’ll look at the underappreciated DCM feature and see what is feasible with this extension to the DCM feature.  Meer lezen

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Office 365 Identity Management / Federation

In this session we will talk about identity management in Office 365 and go over the different steps from planning to implementing identity federation. We’ll discuss some real-world scenario’s in order to answer some common questions you might get, like: – What is AD FS and do I need it? – How will my user’s experience this Single Sign On? – Is it secure? – Does Microsoft need a copy of my AD? – … Meer lezen

Microsoft, Da Vincilaan 3, 1935 Zaventem, België | 26/1/2012 | Microsoft Windows Twitter LinkedIn Facebook
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TechNet Licensing Live Meeting – System Center 2012

Get an overview on how System Center 2012 will be licensed.  Meer lezen

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What is MDOP and what are the advantages

If you are using Windows Intune, or if you are a SA customer, you need to have a look at the MDOP products. In this session, we will show the different products and demonstrate what added value they can give to you. Meer lezen

Microsoft Belux, Corporate Village, Da Vincilaan 3, 1935 Zaventem, België | 21/2/2012 | Microsoft Windows Twitter LinkedIn Facebook
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Microsoft Offline Events


TechDays 2012 – Double Digit Edit10n

Celebrate 10 years of Microsoft TechDays in Belgium! Year after year thousands of technology professionals come together to network with peers and experts, while diving deep into Microsoft technologies and learning about the latest products and solutions. TechDays is the biggest technical event in Belgium & Luxembourg and not to be missed! Meer lezen

Kinepolis Imagibraine, Boulevard de France, 1420 Braine l’Alleud, België | 14/2/2012 | Microsoft Windows Twitter LinkedIn Facebook
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Community Events


Technine: SBS20XX – Notes From the Field

The first in-person event of the recently founded Technine User Group (focusing on technologies for SMBs) will be held at the Microsoft offices in Zaventem on January 25 from 18h00 till 21h00. Topic of the event: SBS 20xx(x) Notes From The Field. Six SMB Pro’s will tackle some common issues while maintaining SBS 20xx. Meer lezen

Microsoft Belux, Corporate Village, Da Vincilaan 3, 1935 Zaventem, België | 25/1/2012 | Microsoft Windows Twitter LinkedIn Facebook
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SCUG: System Center Authoring

Agenda: 18.00 – 18:30 (Welcome and Pizza); 18.30 – 19:30 (System Center Service Manager Authoring by Kurt Vanhoucke); 19:30 – 20:30 (SCOM and Opalis Qik Authoring by Alexandre Verkinderen)  Meer lezen

Microsoft Belux, Corporate Village, Da Vincilaan 3, 1935 Zaventem, België | 26/1/2012 | Microsoft Windows Twitter LinkedIn Facebook
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