An End Has a Start

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2013 at 21:18

At the very beginning of this year I have left Loyens & Loeff N.V and started at Schuberg Philis.

In dutch one would say “De koek was op” ( The cake ran out) and I decided I needed another challenge.

And a challenge I have found ( besides becoming a dad again, selling a house and moving into a new house…)! And while the culture within Schuberg Philis is based upon many pillars, a culture which is truly one-of-a-kind by the way, for me the real game changer is that now I work amoung people that enjoy what they do, are amazing at what they do and are able to get the job done, every time, on time without the need for procedures, managing expectations or even managing people.

And although my new job is about as time consuming as it is fun I will continue blogging – however not on this site.

My new site is located at ( yes I added a “s” I’ve got waay more systems to engineer now..) which is – in an eat your own dog food kind of manner – hosted on SharePoint 2013.

I will republish the most interesting ( read “most viewed”) content to that site and I’ll hope to see all of you there!

Also don’t forget to checkout our company blog –

Update: Backup TMG with Powershell

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2012 at 20:18

Some time ago I posted a script to backup the TMG configuration using Powershell. Meindert Honig tested my script and gave me some feedback – if you did a backup from the TMG console the resulting XML file was bigger then when using my script. When I compared the xml files I discovered that when you use my script the server specific information isn’t exported. This due to the fact that I used the value “0” for the iOptionalData field in the ExportToFile method.

So if you did a backup you would have all the array stuff but not the server configuration ( including cache drives, installed web filters etc etc).  Lurking around I found an example to properly fill the IOptionalData field in this blogpost .

I’ll repost the entire augemted script ( I must admit the export file is now even bigger and I’ve been a bit lazy to figure out why – could it be caused by a different way of storing the data or is there some data in the FPC.Root.Array object that isn’t exported by the TMG console – maybe someone else can help me with that). This version does a backup of all the data ( confidential, group data) and encrypts it with a password.


# See the post I mentioned above for the MSDN page

$iOptionalData= 0x00000001 -bor 0x00000002 -bor 0x00000004 -bor 0x00000008

$Comment = “Your comment goes here”

$Password =”Very Secret Password”
if ($err)
    write-eventlog -logname Application -source TMGBackup -eventid 9999 -entrytype Warning -message “Backup
failed, cause: $err” -category 0
write-eventlog -logname Application -source TMGBackup -eventid 9000 -entrytype Information -message “Backup Succeeded” -category 0

You should of course first register the eventlog source using new-eventlog to register the TMGBackup eventlog source.

Start Me Up? – Windows 8 Consumer Preview First Thoughts

In Proxy, Tech Ed on July 3, 2012 at 20:16

After two years of being highly skeptical about everything Microsoft – especially if you consider how positive I was after attending TechEd 2010 – attending another edition of TechEd sorta won me over again. The promise of a integrated holistic (yes even MS itself uses this word now) management platform finally seems to be fulfilled with System Center 2012 and even Server 2012 without the whole suite seems to all about integration, open standards and the acknowledgement of the fact that for some people and companies there is no cloud like their private cloud.

I even installed Windows 8. Most of the reviews I’ve seen have been ambiguous to say the least. At TechEd 2012 I saw tablets running Win8 – on that platform the Metro UI looks and feels more modern then IOS. Obviously most of the way you interface, the strong connection to cloud apps and the ability to federate data from different sources have been well stolen from Apple. But true multitasking (even if you can only run two apps next to each other on one screen) is a big plus. The fact that you can use your regular Desktop apps on those (non-ARM) devices might be an advantage as well – but a lot will depend on how well they are suited to be used with a touch interface.

Now running it on your desktop…or laptop is a whole different matter. The absence of integration between the Metro and Desktop worlds is a big problem. I don’t mind having nice looking apps to do certain jobs – like reading a book or watching a movie – I do mind being able to ALT-TAB through both these full screen apps and my desktop apps. And I don’t mind having 10 ways to alter my settings – as long as lead to the same set of settings. I need to know what to change and where to change it.

If you read any of my previous articles you know I have a special interest in proxy servers. Well hang on to yourselves – Metro gave us another way to define a proxy. Metro apps bar IE 10 Metro don’t use WinINET or Winhttp – their proxy is defined in a Group Policy Setting. If you want to read which look here.

There is also the so called improvements for multi monitor setups. When I ran the pre-install wizard it told me Ultramon wasn’t supported so I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. What I got was:

- An customizable dual screen taskbar. Finally

- Hotkeys to move Windows around like it was in Windows 7 – but no buttons in the right hand corner of each window like in Ultramon or similar utilities

- Metro on one screen, the Desktop on the other. Now at first that made me really happy. If they won’t integrate maybe I can run them next to each other on different screens. But no – selecting a Desktop app will minimize my Metro….

The Desktop itself is faster, more responsive and I don’t care for the Start button that much. I wonder if the Rolling Stones were still getting royalties from way back when MS used Start me up at the Windows 95 launch – but I doubt they will care either. Press the Windows button and start typing – you get a nice quick list of suggestions be it regular programs, applets that change settings or individual files.

The Metro apps are good to have on my laptop at home when I want to look at some photo’s, chat or look up random stuff on Wikipedia. But I hope I’ll be able to turn it off on my workstation at work, unless Microsoft finds a way to access both worlds in a unified and seamless manner.


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