Since beginning the “Profiling the best Exchange Server professionals” program last October, I’ve relied on those in the Exchange community to nominate worthy candidates for the award. This month, I decided to flex a little editorial muscle and go outside that process. As the April 2013 recipient, I’ve personally selected Exchange MCM and MVP Jeff Guillet.
I somehow became aware of Jeff’s contributions only during last September’s Microsoft Exchange Conference, but I’ve been following his helpful and insightful tweets and blog posts ever since.
Over the past few months, Jeff has written some really noteworthy blog posts, and I’m sure if you’ve read them or follow him on Twitter, you’ll agree that he’s incredibly deserving of the award. As I do with all award recipients, I asked Jeff to share how he got started with Exchange, what he’s excited to work on this year and more.
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1. How did you begin working with Exchange Server and related technologies?
I began my career as a BASIC programmer in 1984. This background helped me hone my skills troubleshooting and debugging. In 1996, I took a position for a company in the San Francisco Bay area managing its IT infrastructure, including upgrading the email system to Microsoft Mail 3.02. It was here that I earned my MCSE certification for Windows NT.
I then made the jump to a consulting company and began specializing in Exchange in version 5.5. I’ve been awarded Microsoft MVP status every year since 2009 and have upgraded my Microsoft certifications for each version of Exchange and Windows. I also earned my Microsoft Certified Master for Exchange in 2011.
2. What’s your favorite part of working with Exchange Server and related technologies?
I enjoy working with Exchange Server because it’s so important to every business. I also enjoy working with customer email systems to solve business needs and security requirements. I take a lot of pride designing and implementing highly available and fault tolerant solutions for customers.
3. What are you excited to work on this year and why?
There are several projects this year that I’ve enjoyed working on, including bringing customers up to the latest version and features. I’m excited to be working with Exchange 2013 and to offer design solutions that provide automatic site fault tolerance through global server load balancing.
Until next time,