New Community for ICT System Administrators Formed

SAMP is a new community in the making, aimed at attracting ICT system administrators to convene for regular meetings to discuss subjects directly related to their work and operations. The first meeting is going to be hosted on Wednesday 11th September 2013 at the Microsoft Innovation Center in Skyparks.

“The idea is to start meeting once every two months for informal gatherings during which members will be encouraged to give presentations or moderate discussions. We’re not after formal groups or associations – just a community of system administrators which will join in a forum to discuss and talk freely about products, share experiences and network with each other,” explains Philip Cortis, the originator of this new community .

The two topics on the agenda for next week’s first meeting are What’s new in Hyper-V Server 2012 R2? which will discuss the numerous enhancements in Hyper-V with a special focus on the newly introduced features and enhancements and CIM in relation to the CIM PowerShell cmdlets newly introduced in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

“For the first meeting, we have the pleasure to have one of the presentations by Jeff Wouters who is a Microsoft MVP PowerShell. He is from The Netherlands and will be delivering the presentation remotely,” added Philip Cortis.

“CIM is an open standard which Microsoft has embraced. Other companies such as Cisco, HP, Dell and NetApp have integrated this open standard in their solutions. During his presentation, Mr Wouters will explain what CIM is, how it works, how Microsoft makes use of this and of course the theoretical and practical differences between WMI and CIM (and their PowerShell cmdlets),” concluded Mr Cortis.

“We are delighted to support SAMP community’s events at the Microsoft Innovation Center. This is in line with the MIC’s efforts to act as a catalyst for IT knowledge sharing and collaboration,” said Edward Portelli from the Microsoft Innovation Center.

Jeff Wouters, MVP PowerShell, is a freelance technical consultant from The Netherlands with a focus on automating and high availability through Microsoft and Citrix products. He has a great passion for PowerShell and uses it to automate tasks and reports on the job. Jeff is a frequent speaker on the E2E Virtualization Conference, BriForum and the Microsoft TechDays. He is also the founding member of the Dutch PowerShell User Group. Jeff is an active tweeter @JeffWouters and blogs at (mainly about PowerShell but also about anything that piques his interest).

Philip B Cortis, DCSP, DCIE has 20 years experience in ICT administration and has been consultant on various local projects mainly related to virtualization and storage. In the year 2000, he founded Micro Technology. Philip is a DataCore Certified Implementation Engineer trainer. He gave numerous presentations related to virtualization and storage both locally and abroad. In between jobs, Philip blogs at and tweets at @pcortis

The first SAMP meeting on Wednesday 11th September at the Microsoft Innovation Center will start at 18.00hrs and finish round 20.00hrs. For more information, visit

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