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Speaking about Conditional Access at the M365 Chicago Virtual Event on January 14th, 2022

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Kenneth van Surksum
I started my career in 1995 as a System Engineer in the broadcast industry, building and maintaining video editing suites and television studio's and later specializing in Telecine equipment. In 1998 I switched to a first line support function within the Information Technlogy on the dealing room of a large bank, working my way up to a 3rd line support engineer. From this position i started to work on projects, which eventually resulted in projects where I worked across the border. In this period I implemented and designed several deployment solutions for mass rollout of workstations, laptops and servers. Since 2009 I switched to a consultancy function mainly focusing on but not limited to System Center design and implementation projects, besides that I became a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and currently teach System Center Related Classes (SCCM, SCOM and SCSM). In Januari 2010 I received the Microsoft MVP award with the expertise Setup & Deployment which was extended in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 and 2014 I was awarded the VMware vExpert award. In october 2014 I received the Microsoft MVP award with the expertise System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management (SCCDM).

On Friday, January 14, 2022 I will be speaking at the M365 Chicago Virtual event. You can attend the event for free, by signing up via the Eventbrite link on the website of M365 Chicago. There are more than 100 session during the day given by  great speakers.

What is M365Chicago? It is where Microsoft 365 specialists, Cloud IT administrators, Power Platform administrators, end users, architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft Collaboration or Cloud Technologies meet to share the latest information for working with anything and everything related to Microsoft 365 and Power Platform.

The events are community-led, dedicated to educate and engage members of the local technical community. It draws upon the expertise of IT Professionals, Microsoft MVPs, Developers and Solution Architects who come together to share their real-world experiences, lessons learned, best practices, and general knowledge with other like-minded individuals.

The organizing committee consists of: Heather Ackmann, Michael Blumenthal, Anthony Escobedo, Craig Jahnke, Jay Leask and Ralph Rivas.

The event starts at 7:00 am and will end at 19:00 in the Central Time time zone, which is 14:00 till 01:00 in the Amsterdam time zone.

At 11:00 AM (18:00 Amsterdam time zone), my #WPNinjasNL buddy Peter Daalmans will host a session on this event as well, titled: “Ten practical tips to secure you corporate data with Microsoft 365 – 202201 edition”

My session will start at 7:00 (14:00 Amsterdam time zone). The topic will be: “Azure AD Conditional Access Demystified


In July 2016 Microsoft made Conditional Access generally available. Since that time I had a love and hate relationship with this functionality of Azure AD. Mainly because it’s difficult to test scenario’s and some changes can have a really high impact. I even experienced being locked out of accessing the Azure portal during one of my tests.

In this session I will share my experiences about implementing Conditional Access at several customers, I will explain what went wrong so you don’t have to make the same mistakes. I further will cover how to design, implement, test and troubleshoot Conditional Access policies and last but not least, I will share my own Conditional Access policy baseline which I use as a starting point for every implementation. Because sharing is caring.

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