Karel De Winter

Information & Communications Technology

Microsoft Azure Hybrid Cloud Microsoft Azure DevOps Azure (Public/Hybrid) Azure Hybrid Microsoft Office365 Microsoft 365 Azure Hybrid Identity Identity and Access Management Office 365 Identity Microsoft Technologies

Gent, Flanders, Belgium

Karel De Winter

Azure Technical Trainer at Microsoft

Karel is an Azure Technical Trainer at Microsoft and former Microsoft MVP Azure, who loves to share his knowledge with others and give them a different perspective based on hands-on experience.

He helps customers, partners and others to achieve more and empower their Azure skills to ensure they are successful on the Azure platform. His core areas of expertise are Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Platform.

As a technology enthusiast and a community member, he frequently shares his knowledge about experiences with Azure and other Microsoft technologies. Additionally, Karel is also a board member of the TechNine IT Pro user group.

When offline and not working, he enjoys having family time and running into the wild.

Current sessions

Arc is fast, but the Flash is faster! ⚡

These days more and more companies are moving to a hybrid or multi(-verse)cloud model with the speed of light. Luckily these days Azure Arc offers simplified management for all their resources running on-premises or in any other public cloud, and this from a single pane of glass.

To guide you on your way, in this session, Karel and Wim will first look into Azure Arc-enabled servers and tell you all about how you can connect, organize, and manage your on-premises servers as if they were Azure native resources.
Next to that you will also learn how you can attach and configure Kubernetes clusters located inside or outside Azure with the use of Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes.

So join them in this demo-packed session and learn all about how Azure Arc and feel its lightning. Feel its power.


Govern and manage your hybrid servers with Azure Arc-enabled servers

In this video and accompanying blog post you will learn how to govern and manage your hybrid servers with Azure Arc-enabled servers.

Azure Arc is Microsoft’s new Multi-Cloud management tool, which brings Azure Management features to your servers, no matter where they are. You will not only learn how Azure Arc uses the functionality of Azure Policy but also how it extends monitoring and security with Azure Arc-enabled servers.


Battle for the Hybrid Cloud: The Summer Edition

These days more and more companies are using a hybrid cloud model. But still a lot of those companies struggle with how they can view, govern and secure all their hybrid resources in a seamless way.

Luckily these days those companies can overcome their cloud fears and pains and start using the full potential of their hybrid infrastructure, by combining the capabilities of Azure Arc and Windows Admin Center.

To guide you on your way, in this session, Karel and Wim will first look into Azure Arc-enabled servers.

Next to that they will also show you how you can use Windows Admin Center to integrate and manage Azure Hybrid services like Azure File Sync and Azure Backup. But they will also highlight the possibilities on how you can manage your Arc resources with Windows Admin Center.

So join them in this demo-packed session and learn all about how Azure Arc and Windows Admin Center can help you to manage your hybrid cloud. So let the battle begin …


Battle for the Hybrid Cloud: The Spring Edition

These days more and more companies are using a hybrid cloud model. But still a lot of those companies struggle with how they can view, govern and secure all their hybrid resources in a seamless way.

Luckily these days those companies can overcome their cloud fears and pains and start using the full potential of their hybrid infrastructure, by combining the capabilities of Azure Arc and Windows Admin Center.

To guide you on your way, in this session, Karel and Wim will first look into Azure Arc-enabled servers and tell you all about how you can connect, organize, and manage your on-premises servers as if they were Azure native resources and this with all your familiar management tools and services.

Next to that they will also show you how you can use Windows Admin Center to integrate and manage Azure Hybrid services like Azure File Sync and Azure Backup. But they will also highlight the possibilities on how you can manage your Arc resources with Windows Admin Center.

So join them in this demo-packed session and learn all about how Azure Arc and Windows Admin Center can help you to manage your hybrid cloud. So let the battle begin …


Securely Manage Your Azure Environment like a true Cloud Jedi

Security is a core part of everything, not just in Azure. Where Azure obviously is built with security in mind, it takes a bit more of a design effort to really get your workloads running 100% secure. We are going to talk about the security aspects of different technologies and services. If identity becomes the new security perimeter instead of the network, then great focus must be given to that identity. That's exactly what this session focuses on: learning how to architect and deploy for security of your Identity, Azure IaaS and PaaS workloads. Starting with Managed Identities and Azure Network security, Wim and Karel will jump over to PaaS services like Azure Key Vault and Microsoft Defender for Cloud to protect your Azure environment. By the end of the session you will have learned about multiple dimensions to achieve various levels of security and how you can increase it for running your business critical workloads in Azure!


Battle for the Hybrid Cloud: The Christmas edition

Windows Admin Center vs Arc. We will highlight the possibilities to manage Arc resources with Windows Admin Center.


The Insider's Guide to Azure Arc

In this modern cloud era, more and more companies are using a hybrid or multi cloud model. Mostly they will have some IT resources, whether they are physical hardware, VMs, Kubernetes clusters or databases, that will stay in their data center or at the edge, or they even already have resources running in different clouds. Beside that most of them also see their application landscape moving towards a container-based approach.
And for all those companies the need to orchestrate and properly manage all those resources is incredibly important.

Luckily these days Azure Arc offers simplified management for all their resources running on-premises or in any other public cloud, and this from a single pane of glass. In this session, we will show you how you can standardize operations and how to apply compliancy across a wide range of resources and locations. You will also learn how you can attach and configure Kubernetes clusters located inside or outside Azure with the use of Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes. And how to run Azure Data Services, like Azure SQL Managed Instance or Azure PostgreSQL, on-premises and in a multi-cloud environment.

So join us in this session and learn all about Azure Arc and learn how to bring modern cloud native development techniques anywhere!


The Insider's Guide to Azure Arc

In this modern cloud era, more and more companies are using a hybrid or multi cloud model. Mostly they will have some IT resources, whether they are physical hardware, VMs, Kubernetes clusters or databases, that will stay in their data center or at the edge, or they even already have resources running in different clouds. Beside that most of them also see their application landscape moving towards a container-based approach.
And for all those companies the need to orchestrate and properly manage all those resources is incredibly important.

Luckily these days Azure Arc offers simplified management for all their resources running on-premises or in any other public cloud, and this from a single pane of glass.

In this session, we will show you how you can standardize operations and how to apply compliancy across a wide range of resources and locations.

You will also learn how you can attach and configure Kubernetes clusters located inside or outside Azure with the use of Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes.

And how to run Azure Data Services, like Azure SQL Managed Instance or Azure PostgreSQL, on-premises and in a multi-cloud environment.

So join us in this session and learn all about Azure Arc and learn how to bring modern cloud native development techniques anywhere!


Securely Manage Your Azure Environment like a true Cloud Jedi

Security is a core part of everything, not just in Azure. Where Azure obviously is built with security in mind, it takes a bit more of a design effort to really get your workloads running 100% secure. We are going to talk about the security aspects of different technologies and services. If identity becomes the new security perimeter instead of the network, then great focus must be given to that identity. That's exactly what this session focuses on: learning how to architect and deploy for security of your Identity, Azure IaaS and PaaS workloads. Starting with Managed Identities and Azure Network security, Wim and Karel will jump over to PaaS services like Azure Key Vault and Azure Security Center to protect your Azure environment. By the end of the session you will have learned about multiple dimensions to achieve various levels of security and how you can increase it for running your business critical workloads in Azure!


Securely Manage Your Azure Environment like a true Cloud Jedi

Security is a core part of everything, not just in Azure. Were Azure obviously is built with security in mind, it takes a bit more of a design effort to really get your workloads running 100% secure. We are going to talk about the security aspects of different technologies and services. If identity becomes the new security perimeter instead of the network, then great focus must be given to that identity. That's exactly what this session focuses on: learning how to architect and deploy for security of your Identity, Azure IaaS and PaaS workloads. Starting with Managed Identities and Azure Network security, Wim and Karel will jump over to PaaS services like Azure Key Vault and Azure Security Center to protect your Azure environment. By the end of the session you will have learned about multiple dimensions to achieve various levels of security and how you can increase it for running your business critical workloads in Azure!


Cloud migration, that's one small step for Azure Migrate

In today’s modern hybrid Cloud world, moving workloads to Azure has never been easier. Doing it right though, that's a bit more difficult. In this session we'll take a detailed look at how Azure Migrate can help you during your complete cloud migration journey and brings simplicity across all phases, from discovery to assessment and finally to the migration itself. We'll show you real life examples on how it helps you to identify the right workloads and tell you all about some common migration pitfalls and how to avoid them. Next to that you will learn some cost optimization tips which can reduce your overall Cloud sp€nd when your workloads are finally moved to Azure.


The future of ARM Templates with Project Bicep

What is Azure Bicep and how does it work? We will have a look at Azure Bicep for deploying Azure resources declaratively. If you’ve ever worked with ARM Templates, you know it’s hard to learn the JSON language, and write complex templates. With Azure Bicep, you write the bicep files and compile those into ARM Templates. In this session, we'll take a look into building a bicep file to deploy your Azure environment.

In some live demos, we will take some bicep files in, and generate ARM templates. We will learn you how to use Azure Bicep and you will see that it is easier to use and maintain, because of simplicity.


The Complete Beginner's Guide to Powershell in Azure Functions

Serverless computing is a cloud computing code execution model in which the cloud provider fully manages the infrastructure needed to serve requests.

In this session, we will explain why and how we should use Azure Functions and PowerShell together, and we will show you how to deploy a PowerShell based Function.

In some live demos, we will explain how to create a Function and execute some cool PowerShell code!


Top 10 Azure Architecture principles

Building, upgrading, and maintaining an Azure platform where Enterprises deploy mission critical applications is no easy task.

Can you imagine how easy it would be if you didn’t have to worry about backup and update management?
Can you imagine how easy it would be if you could redistribute costs towards different business units easily?
Can you imagine how easy it would be if you could measure your environment against regulatory compliancy frameworks at any given time?

This session is all about those failures, what went wrong and how we resolved them.
We will provide you with our best practices, and help everyone else to avoid making these same mistakes in the future.

Topics we will discuss:
- Financial Governance
- Resource Lifecycle
- Policies & Automation
- Extending the Azure control plane towards multi-cloud, on-prem
- TCO Optimization

You will get an exclusive preview of our notes from the field! That’s a list we’ve assembled with our top 10 of things to know about designing Architectures in Azure! No matter what topic you take home, you will be understanding Azure’s architecture better and this will help you design better cloud environments in Azure.


Going beyond the limits of Windows Containers

In recent years containers have become increasingly popular.
Windows containers provide unique benefits if you are looking to modernize Windows apps and leverage the cloud for testing, packaging, and delivering those apps.
Get key insights in how we have helped enterprise customers using containers to modernize their monolithic stateful architectures towards scalable micro-segmented environments.

Topics we will discuss:
- Choosing the correct PaaS service for your containerized workload
- Limitations and benefits
- Build pipeline best practices
- Persistent storage
- Container image scanning With Azure Defender
- Monitoring of Windows containers in AKS
- Container registry security considerations

In this session we will give you several examples of these problems and how to solve them using solutions in Microsoft Azure.
You’ll know how to speed up your application modernization “backlog”.


Ready for take-off, 4 steps to make your Cloud Journey a success!

In today’s modern hybrid cloud world, many companies are moving a subset of their on-premises applications and workloads to the Cloud. As a result, their employees start using a combination of on-premises and cloud-native applications or services in their daily jobs. This shift will give them more flexibility, accessibility and will make them more agile and future proof. However, al lot of those companies still struggle with this move and have a lot of unanswered questions. How much would it cost? What would be the best migration path to choose? This session will clarify some of those questions and myths, by taking 4 easy steps to make your “Cloud Journey” a success. You will not only learn all about Azure services like, Azure Migrate and Azure Cost Management. But also how Azure Advisor and Azure Service Health can keep you informed about outages and best practice recommendations.


Let's get you started with high availability and resiliency on Azure

There are many aspects and design considerations to keep in mind, when deploying highly available applications in a public Cloud. Were Azure obviously is built with high availability and resiliency of services in mind, it takes a bit more of a design effort to really get your workloads 100% high-available. And that's exactly what this session focuses on: learning how to elevate and architect the up time of your Azure IaaS and PaaS workloads, to go from the out-of-the-box default SLA's to an almost 100% SLA to keep your applications up and running.

Starting with Virtual Machines, Networking and Storage design best practice patterns, Wim and Karel will jump over to Platform services and show you multiple dimensions to achieve various levels of high availability and how to increase resiliency for your business critical workloads in Azure!


Azure Automanage for virtual machines

Azure Automanage for virtual machines is a service that eliminates the need to discover, know how to onboard, and how to configure certain services in Azure that would benefit your virtual machine. These services help enhance reliability, security, and management for virtual machines and are considered to be Azure best practices services, such as Azure Update Management and Azure Backup - just to name a few. You will not only learn how Automanage eliminates the need to discover, know how to onboard, and how to configure certain services in Azure that would benefit your virtual machine, but also how it configures each best practice service to its recommended settings. So join me in this session to learn some tips, tricks and things you should keep in mind.


7 habits every Azure Admin must have

The systems administrator role is perhaps one of the oldest in computer technology. However in this modern cloud computing world some of them will evolve into Cloud Administrators. As for those admins? It could be a case of how more things change, the more they stay the same. In their new role as an Azure Administrator they will be responsible for implementing, monitoring and maintaining Azure resources and use a complete new skill set. In this session you will learn 7 habits every new Azure admin must have. You will not only learn about Azure Cost Management, and Azure Governance, but also which tools you can use to connect securely to your Azure resources. So join us in this session to learn some tips, tricks and things you should keep in mind in this new job role.


Govern and manage your Kubernetes clusters running anywhere with Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes

In this video and accompanying blog post you will learn how to govern and manage your Kubernetes clusters with Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes.

Azure Arc is Microsoft’s new Multi-Cloud management tool, which brings Azure Management features to your Kubernetes clusters, no matter where they are. You will not only learn how Azure Arc uses the functionality of Azure Policy but also how it extends monitoring and security with Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes.


Manage and govern your hybrid servers with Azure Arc-enabled servers

These days more and more companies are moving to a hybrid or multi(-verse)cloud model with the speed of light. Luckily these days Azure Arc offers simplified management for all their resources running on-premises or in any other public cloud, and this from a single pane of glass.

To guide you on your way, in this session, Karel and Wim will look into Azure Arc-enabled servers and tell you all about how you can connect, organize, and manage your on-premises servers as if they were Azure native resources.

So join them in this demo-packed session and learn all about how Azure Arc and feel its lightning.


Manage and Govern your Kubernetes clusters running anywhere with Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes

These days more and more companies are moving to a hybrid or multi(-verse)cloud model with the speed of light. Luckily these days Azure Arc offers simplified management for all their resources running on-premises or in any other public cloud, and this from a single pane of glass.

To guide you on your way, in this session, Karel and Wim will look into how to govern and manage your Kubernetes clusters with Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes.

So join them in this demo-packed session and learn all about how Azure Arc and feel its lightning.


Past and future events

Azure Community Live

16 Dec 2099 - 31 Dec 2099

Constant Call for Speakers - MC2MC events

21 Jan 2019 - 21 Jan 2029

Michigan Azure and M365 User group

20 May 2020 - 29 Jan 2025

Azure User Group Sweden (Meetup)

(not scheduled yet)

Limerick DotNet-Azure User Group - 2022 Virtual Sessions

30 Jun 2022, 29 Sep 2022

SciFiDevConMayTheFourthEvent

1 May 2022 - 31 May 2022

Cloud With Chris

17 May 2021 - 17 May 2022

Global Azure Bootcamp Cologne 2022

7 May 2022
Köln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Azure Global Bootcamp 2022 - MTT edition

5 May 2022 - 7 May 2022

Azure Spring Clean 2022

14 Mar 2022 - 18 Mar 2022

Azure User Group Norway Meetups 2021

1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021

Cloud Lunch and Learn

1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021

Festive Tech Calendar 2021

1 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2021

#DataWeekender v4.2

6 Nov 2021

Azure Community Conference 2021

29 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

Azure Summit

13 Sep 2021 - 23 Sep 2021

Azure Day Rome 2021

25 Jun 2021

Cloud Lunch and Learn Marathon 2021

13 May 2021 - 14 May 2021

AzureLive

13 Apr 2021

Virtual Scottish Summit 2021

22 Feb 2021 - 27 Feb 2021

Azure Lowlands

29 Jan 2021

Festive Tech Calendar

1 Dec 2020 - 31 Dec 2020

EXPERTS LIVE NETHERLANDS 2020

16 Jun 2020
's-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant, Netherlands