Thomas Vochten

Information & Communications Technology

Microsoft 365 Microsoft Azure

Zoersel, Flanders, Belgium

Thomas Vochten

Technology Evangelist ☁🥑 Microsoft MVP ☕ 💻🏃‍♂️

I am a technology evangelist helping companies to implement Microsoft cloud technologies such as Microsoft 365, and Azure. As Microsoft MVP, I also travel the world to speak at events, conferences and user groups to talk about technology and to make sure people do not make the same expensive mistakes that I made.

Current sessions

Provisioning Microsoft Teams - Beyond the next-next-finish

When you have Microsoft 365, you have Microsoft Teams. At first sight, there’s nothing special you need to do - it’s just there for everyone to use. Remember that feeling when you first discovered your 50 people organization created 200 teams in just the first few weeks? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to still support a fierce adoption of the platform, while keeping a minimum of control to make sure fiascos like that don’t happen anymore. Obstructing your users to create new teams is not the goal of course, but an intelligent provisioning engine goes a long way to keep everyone happy. This technical session will give you a comprehensive overview of some of the techniques & technologies involved.

Automating administrative tasks in Microsoft 365

In the old days, scheduling a script was easy: you just created a scheduled task on your favorite Windows Server and made that run your PowerShell script exactly how and when you wanted. Along came the cloud and our toolbox expanded dramatically: Azure Automation, Azure Functions, Azure Logic Apps and the Power Platform all offer some interesting possibilities to make stuff happen on a schedule. This session will provide you with a comprehensive overview of when to use what, their cost aspects and technical boundaries.

Getting started with git and Github for the reluctant IT Pro

For many years, PowerShell ISE was your editor of choice, source control was something only developers cared about, and keeping your meticulously crafted scripts to yourself was not yet frowned upon. Fast forward to 2022: Dark-themed editors and console applications are a thing again and everyone are putting their scripts online for anyone to see and contribute. It all seems so cool! Not sure where to start? In this introductory session, we’ll teach you just enough git and GitHub to be dangerous - and to not embarrass yourself. Contributing to open source is easier than you think, even if you're not a developer.

Using the Microsoft Graph for the reluctant IT Pro

The Microsoft Graph - we know it's cool, but isn't that just for developers?
As IT professionals, we mostly use PowerShell to interact with Microsoft 365. Many services provide us with a native PowerShell module, but that often leaves much to be desired. Ever tried to create a new Teams tab or Planner task with PowerShell, retrieve mails from a resource mailbox or obtain your company’s Secure Score? That all becomes a breeze - and there’s much more! The Microsoft Graph is a powerful gateway to the entire Microsoft 365 ecosystem. This session will tell you how to get started, how to deal with authentication and authorization and how to leverage PowerShell to unleash its power.

Monitoring Microsoft 365 security with Microsoft Sentinel

It’s no secret that bad actors are everywhere, and they’re also eying your precious Microsoft 365 environment. Deploying Microsoft Sentinel is a powerful and intelligent way to not only stay ahead of those threats but also act on them. This session will introduce you to the wonderful world of the security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestration automated response (SOAR) solution. You will learn how to get started, how to connect to Microsoft 365 and how to detect, investigate and respond to the security events that matter.