My name is Michel de Rooij and I’m an Consultant at Conclusion FIT. My professional focus is on Exchange, Unified Communications related technologies in general, and PowerShell. To create more visibility I started this professional blog early November, 2009. Main topic is Exchange, but I may write on related products and technologies as well.
After my bachelor study Computer Science in 1994, I started my professional career as a 3/4GL developer (Clipper or Powerbuilder anyone?). I became more interested in infrastructure technology and at some point I got the opportunity to make the professional switch from developer to infrastructure.
I have participated in many projects that range from client migrations to designing infrastructure architecture, but my current field of work is mainly Exchange related. My background as developer is a real asset, especially after the introduction of PowerShell, as most Exchange projects require a certain amount of scripting or coding skills. If it’s not project-related, then it can also be about automating tasks or making tasks repeatable and less prone to error.
When I have time I’m participating in the Microsoft Technet forums. You can also follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mderooij, check out my Facebook here. You can also hit me up on LinkedIn at http://nl.linkedin.com/in/michelderooij. If you got questions, do not hesitate using the contact form from the top menu to send them to me.
I currently hold the following IT related certifications (older certifications condensed):
- MCSE: Messaging on Exchange Server 2013
- MCSA: Windows Server 2012
- MCTS: Office Communications Server 2007, Configuration
- MCTS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuration
- MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
- MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory: Configuration
- MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure: Configuration
- MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure: Configuration
- MCITP: Designing/Deploying Messaging Solutions w/Microsoft Exchange 2010
- MCTS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: Configuration
- MCSE: Messaging 2000/2003
- MCSE: NT4/W2000/W2003
- MCSE + Internet
- Prince2 Foundation
- ITIL Essentials
You can view my virtual MCP business card here.
Philip, Francis and Olrik?
When looking at the names used in my examples, you’ll notice I often use the names of Philip Mortimer, Francis Blake or Olrik. For those examples I could have picked any names, but I thought it was nice to borrow them from the comics series Blake and Mortimer, created by the late Edgar P. Jabobs.
What’s with this name, EighTwOne? Well, I had to make up a name as all the variations on mistermail, exchangeguy and deliverydude were already taken. So, used the original RFC number for SMTP, which was RFC 821, wrote that fully: eight two one. Then I noticed matching letters between words, so I left them out keeping only 1 letter in uppercase (for readability). So, RFC 821 became eight two one became EightTwoOne and ended up in EighTwOne. Simple as that.