March 2008

Today we had a business meeting in the Telenor Office (the Norwegian ‘KPN’) in Oslo and I have to say; “This is one of the coolest offices I’ve been to”:

Supertechy and lot’s of light, flex offices, beamers and technology stuff.


On April 3rd, 2008, Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht will present their famous Diggnation show during The Next Web Conference. Diggnation is the biggest weekly online TV show with an average of 500.000 viewers per episode. It is highly popular and influential amongst internet-professionals. This will be the first time Diggnation will be recorded from the European mainland. The Next Web Conference is very proud to host this unique event.

I think every human being should look at the following at least once in a lifetime;

On thursday march 6th, Microsoft in The Netherlands launched Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.

In Nieuwegein, the whole day was packed with presentations (some better than the other). One thing became crystal clear to me: Microsoft is going for Virtualization big time with HyperV, the build-in Virtualization layer in Windows 2008 server.

In the general session we got some highlights of mainly Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio.

Gert Drapers.

The first session I’ve attended was “SQL Server 2008 Overview” by Gert Drapers, a dutch developer at Microsoft.

He is part of the SQL Server program since ‘ages’. Very interesting talk.

Active Directory.

Next session was about the new Active Directory features.

We saw some nice new features, presented by John Craddock.

The feature I remember best is that we can set a password policy per user or user group now!

This might help some institutions. For the rest, not really shocking news.


Next session in one of the main rooms was with Ronald Beekelaar, describing the HyperV solution. Very interesting talk, with some humor to keep the folks awake! Overseeing the features, Microsoft understands what is has to do, but the gap with VMware is a huge one. If we compare HyperV with the latest ESX version, Microsoft is miles behind.

SQL 2008 Administration.

The last session I’ve attended was with Peter ter Braake. Again nice presentation, Peter knows what he is talking about.


Start of the TechNite was done by Tony Krijnen, with a VERY nice presentation about Microsoft Home Server! To be honest, this was for me the most suprising part, I never realised this thing could work for me!

After this, the fun started with good food, Guitar Hero and much more!

I will participate tomorrow (march 6th) in Nieuwegein for the big Microsoft Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 event.

I’ll try to update the blog while I’m there, or shortly after.