About

Hi there!

My name is Peter Schmidt and I am an Office Apps and Services MVP & Microsoft Certified Solution Master (MCSM).

I work as a Principal Consultant at NeoConsulting, which is my own company, based out of Denmark. I do consultancy work and training with customers, and helping organizations with design, migration, and implementation of hybrid solutions based on Microsoft 365, Exchange, and Teams

I have been working professionally in IT since 1996, I started as a consultant and later became a systems administrator for a couple of years, before I return to the consulting world. I have worked for companies such as BFC-data A/S, WM-data A/S, LEGO, EG A/S (former EDB Gruppen), and Globeteam A/S.

I am awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) on Office Apps & Services and has been an MVP since 2008.

If you’re interested in contacting me, you can send me an e-mail or use the contact form. I and also found on Twitter (@petsch).

For hire (Consulting)

I work as an independent consultant and do all work through my own company NeoConsulting, which is also a Microsoft Partner.

If you are interested in working with me, you can contact me at peter AT neoconsulting.dk.

About the site

MS Digest (www.msdigest.net) is my personal blog about Microsoft technologies, started back in January 2005, it started off as IIS Digest (www.iis-digest.com) and have since then changed domain and name, because of the focus and to aim a bit broader. The main focus of the blog is to share my knowledge and experience within areas I work, such as Microsoft 365, Office 365, Exchange, Teams, and related security areas.

Copyright warning

This blog post is the property of Peter Schmidt (@petsch / https://www.msdigest.net) and may not be reused in any manner without prior consent of Peter Schmidt. You may quote one paragraph from this blog post if you link to the original blog post.

This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

I do not work for Microsoft.  So if see something that is pro-Microsoft, then it is because I really feel that way.  We MVPs are meant to be independent experts.  I neither get any payment for Microsoft nor do I own any Microsoft shares.

I do work for a Microsoft partner, specialising in and selling the technologies that I focus on.  I blog about what I have chosen to work with.  There is no agenda.  I do work with Microsoft from time to time on events, or product feedback.  In the long run, I hope that helps improve knowledge of or quality of products for the end user like you and me.

Articles and writing

In past I used to write articles on a regular basis about Microsoft technologies for TechGenix and the WindowsNetworking site, you can still find some of my articles at www.windowsnetworking.com, now adays I only write on my own blog.

Community Activities

I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and have been for many years. I get a lot from the community myself and I just love to contribute back. My main community activities these days are running the CoLabora User Group, Speaking at event and user group meetings, running my blog, and otherwise be active in the Microsoft community.

User Groups

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I founded the first and only Danish User Group for Microsoft Unified Communications technologies, back in 2010, together with Dennis Lundtoft Thomsen, at that time the focus of the User Group was Exchange, Skype for Business (Lync).

Today the focus of CoLabora is Microsoft 365 and I run the User Group together with Ronni Pedersen. We arrange User Group meetings 3-4 times a year and all meetings is run online. We have been running online User Group meetings since 2016, way before online meetings go a boost under the COVID pandemic. All meetings can be found on www.colabora.dk and our Meetup site.

Speaking engagements

I’ve been speaking at the following engagements (some are listed below):

  • 2016 – CoLabora User Group events
  • 2016 – System Center User Group
  • 2016 – Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2016 (NIC) (2 sessions)
  • 2015 – Modern Workplace Summit 2015 (2 sessions)
  • 2015 – CoLabora User Group events
  • 2015 – Cloud seminar – Office 365 introduction
  • 2015 – RunAs Radio – interviewed for the podcast about: Exchange 2013 – Modern Public Folders
  • 2015 – Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2015 (NIC) (2 sessions)
    • Exchange 2013 Modern Public Folders
    • Exchange Online Protection
  • 2014 – Microsoft Campus Days (2 sessions)
  • 2013 – Microsoft Campus Days (2 sessions)
  • 2012 – Webcast – Office 365 overview
  • 2011 – Microsoft Campus Days (2 sessions)
  • 2010 – Lync Server 2010 Launch – Lync Server 2010 Architecture and Upgrading
  • 2010 – Lync Server 2010 Launch – CoLabora event
  • 2010 – Joomladay Denmark – Joomla on Windows (about running Joomla on IIS, WPI and WebMatrix)
  • 2010 – CoLabora event – Exchange 2010 SP1 features
  • 2003 – Microsoft TechDays – Windows Server 2003 Security
  • 2001 – Microsoft TechNet Summit – SharePoint Portal Server 2001

Training

I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and I have trained the Internal IT staff, colleagues, and customers in various technologies:

  • Office 365
  • Microsoft 365
  • Information Protection
  • Identity Protection and Security
  • Azure Security
  • Exchange Server 2016
  • Exchange Server 2013
  • Exchange Server 2010
  • Exchange Server 2007
  • Exchange Server 2003
  • Active Directory Services

Technical Training and Conferences

Conferences I’ve been attending in the past:

2018Microsoft MVP Summit, Redmond, WA, USA
2017Microsoft Ignite, Orlando, FL,, USA
2017Microsoft Security Airlift, Copenhagen
2017Nordic Infrastructure Conference, Oslo, Norway (speaking)
2016Microsoft MVP Summit, Redmond, WA, USA
2016Microsoft Ignite, Atlanta, GA, USA
2016Microsoft Cloud Roadshow, Copenhagen, Denmark
2016Nordic Infrastructure Conference, Oslo, Norway (speaking)
2015Microsoft MVP Summit, Redmond, WA, USA
2015Modern Workplace Summit, Oslo, Norway (speaking)
2015Nordic Infrastructure Conference, Oslo, Norway (speaking)
2015Microsoft Campus Days, Copenhagen, Denmark (speaking)
2014Microsoft Campus Days, Copenhagen, Denmark (speaking)
2013Microsoft MVP Summit, Redmond, WA, USA
2012Microsoft Exchange Airlift, Redmond, WA, USA
2012Microsoft Master Training: Office 365, Redmond, WA, USA
2011Microsoft Campus Days, Copenhagen, Denmark (Speaking)
2012Microsoft Master Training: Office 365, Redmond, WA, USA
2011Microsoft MVP Summit, Redmond, WA, USA
2010Microsoft Master Training: Exchange 2010, Redmond, WA, USA
Microsoft MVP Summit, Redmond, WA, USA
2009Microsoft Master Training: Exchange 2007, Redmond, WA
Microsoft MVP Summit, Redmond, WA, USA
2008Microsoft TechEd: IT Professionals, Orlando, FL, USA
2007Microsoft TechEd: IT Professionals, Orlando, FL, USA
2005Microsoft TechEd, Amsterdam, NL
2004Microsoft IT Forum, Copenhagen, DK
2001Microsoft Exchange Conference, Nice, FR
2000Microsoft Exchange Conference, Nice, FR

Certifications

I currently hold the following Microsoft certifications:

  • MCSA: Office 365
  • MCSE: Server 2012
  • Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange 2010
  • Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange 2007
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator
  • MCITP: Office 365 Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator
  • MCITP: Server Administrator
  • MCSE-Internet/Messaging/Security
  • MCSA-Messaging/Security
  • MCDBA

Along with ITIL Foundation v3 and Symantec Technical Specialist in Enterprise Vault 7.

Awards of Recognition

I have been awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), since 2008.

1st of July 2008 I received my first Microsoft MVP award in Internet Information Services (IIS) for my contributions to the IIS community. I have since been fortunate enough to be re-awarded. As of 1st of July 2011, I received the award in Exchange Server, which later merged into the MVP: Office Apps & Services.

What are Microsoft MVPs ?

Microsoft MVPs are exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real-world expertise in offline and online technical communities. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts that represents the technical community’s best and brightest, and they share a deep commitment to the community and a willingness to help others.

You can see my public MVP profile here:

https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/PublicProfile/4020462