Let’s start over…

Many times over I thought about what I should be blogging about.

PowerShell’s the future and I really like everything PowerShell related, so a theme for the blog was ‘easy’.
However I’m not really a front runner when it comes to IT, so most of the things I’d be playing with have been done before.

I’d get stuck on what to write about, because surely no one would be interested in ‘another basic PowerShell blog’.
Writing doesn’t come naturally to me and English is not my native language, so transferring thoughts to a blog post can be challenging.
Besides that I normally overthink whatever I write, causing a ‘simple’ blog post to take me hours if not days.

What changed?

In 2018 I had a few breakthroughs that jump-started my love for PowerShell again:

All in all, I’m coding more and more again, finding new reasons to look into it and wanting to share my findings with others.

What does this mean for the blog?

Well, besides an updated colour scheme and logo, I want to grow through teaching more and attending/speaking at more seminars.

But I won’t just blog about PowerShell anymore.
I’ll try and write more about various things, such as other technologies I’m playing with [PowerShell related or not], share interesting articles/tweets that I’ve read.

This should mean some posts will be shorter than ‘normal’, but I’m hoping that like with coding,  writing more will help me become a better writer.
Possibly it will even help me create content more easily.

All in all, let’s start writing again 🙂


Handy resources – the Azure Citadel

I love being a lurker and just consume as much information from random sources [lately a lot of Twitter for my Tech fix].

Today I found this awesome gem [thanks to DexterPosh]: the Azure Citadel.

It is created and maintained by members of the Cloud Solution Architect community at Microsoft UK and provides a plethora of awesome Azure goodies, such as

  • Workshops
    Workshops are an in-depth exploration of a given topic area that typically takes 4+ hours to run through end-to-end. They are comprised of a combination of reading material, one or more practical labs, along with relevant reference materials or links.
  • Labs
    Labs are guided exercises with step-by-step instructions to lead you though a given activity. You should be able to complete these on your own in 1-2 hours.
  • Demos
    Demo apps & code that you are free to explore and use.
  • Guides
    A number of Guides on key topics, and Tech Primers that are aimed at introducing you to the fundamental elements of a given technology or solution.

…and many other useful resources

So what are you waiting for?
Head right over and have fun!


Knowledge is power..

I’ve recently had some discussions with my colleagues about certifications, experience, knowledge etc. and was asked to share information on how I got to where I am today and what I use to keep furthering up.

While I had given those colleagues a direct answer and had thought about writing an email to several of them with some basic information, I thought sharing this information with a larger audience would be handy…. That way I can simply update the information and point to my site if there’s a change.

So without further ado..

While always being keen on learning, I was particularly triggered by 2 quotes made by Don Jones [Pluralsight and PowerShell guru] which I think are essential mindsets that should help you progress:

If you’re not willing to invest in your career, why should anyone else?


Your career is your career, not your company’s. You should be focusing on the technologies and techniques that you know are important to the industry, whether your company needs you to, wants you to, or pays for you to or not

I could easily copy more quotes from him that I find interesting, but instead I’ll just refer to 2 posts made on his site which I would highly recommend reading:




Less talk, more do..

Besides just theory and articles, here are some resources which I recommend using when trying to further your career [focused on Microsoft curriculum].
Also know that furthering your career means certifications, theory and experience… so don’t just focus on one and not the other.


  • Microsoft Virtual Academy
    Microsoft’s counterpart to Pluralsight, only this one is free, but restricted to purely Microsoft products
  • Microsoft TechNet Virtual Labs
    In case you need some hands-on access to a lab for a specific subject.
  • Microsoft Channel 9
    More access to video training, seminars and other activities such as Build, Summits etc.
  • Pluralsight
    Awesome access to video training.
    Not free [except for trial period], but personally I think worth every penny.
  • Microsoft Press Store
    Official Microsoft books which can be handy for your certifications.
    Be aware on the lookout for offers which can easily provide up to 40% discount.
  • Manning
    Awesome technical books to expand your knowledge.
    While these don’t usually focus on certifications, they tend to have a lot of actual real-world subjects.
    Not to mention their MEAP [Manning Early Access Program], which allows for access to books while they are still being written and the fact that buying a physical book automatically gives you access to the e-book version [why don’t other publishers do this…].
  • Test exams for Microsoft can be done through either of the following companies:
    Measure-Up , Transcender of Kaplan Selftest.

Personal experience

Try and find user groups relating your field of interest near to you.
Networking can really help you get in touch with like minded people and this will further your chain of knowledge at lightning speeds].
For The Netherlands here are some resources to known User Groups [UG’s]:

  • DuPSUG
    Dutch PowerShell User Group
  • WMUG
    Windows Management User Group in The Netherlands [also SCCM UG]
    NL VMWare User Group

Besides User Groups, you also have Facebook Groups and of course Twitter feeds.
On my New to PowerShell post you can find some PowerShell related Twitter feeds that might be interesting.


All in all

Be willing to spend time to grow..
While I’m sure some people will tell me I’ll never grow any further, I’m sure they meant my physical stature… right @365Dude? 😉

Don’t let others keep you down, but it takes effort even stay afloat in IT.
If you’re the lazy type or don’t like learning, learn efficiently.

If that still doesn’t do it for you, IT might not be the branch for you.
In which case, don’t be surprised if you get automated in the near future 🙂