I hope everyone is having a good summer so far. This month, I’m again pleased to announce the most recent recipient of our monthly “Profiling the best Exchange Server professionals” program – Dave Stork.
You may recall from past posts that there have been a few recipients with multiple nominations. Well, Dave is another key member of the Exchange community who was nominated multiple times by his peers, Dave is another person with a solid blog, is always tweeting helpful information and offering helpful advice, and also partakes in the terrific UC Architects podcast series.
I can personally state that Dave is always extremely receptive and helpful with any questions I have, so when I saw that he had been nominated several times, it was an easy choice. I caught up with Dave this week to ask him a few questions regarding how and where he got started with Exchange, as well as his plans for the future.
1. Can you give a brief description of how you began working with Exchange Server and related technologies?
I had already had a little experience with administrating Exchange 5.5 and 2000, but my employer offered internal training for MCSA 2003 with Exchange 2003 as an elective exam. It took me three tries to pass the exam, but afterward I admitted to my manager that I actually liked Exchange. After that, I got mostly Exchange-related projects, since I had the most experience… me and my big mouth.
2. What’s your favorite part of working with Exchange Server and related technologies?
There are a lot of things I enjoy, but I mostly concentrate on transitions and migrations. A successful migration should have little to no unexpected negative effects on end users; that’s something I really enjoy seeing through. That said, I also quite enjoy training and coaching customers and co-workers in both old and new versions of Exchange. This is especially true when it comes to explaining new features that will ease folks’ burdens and result in higher productivity.
3. What are you excited to work on in 2013 and why?
I’m very excited to continue working with Exchange, as it’s still my main focus and specialty. I also hope to see more and more Exchange 2013 deployments, especially those that would benefit from enhancements in 2013 compared to 2010.
We’ll probably see some interesting updates for Exchange 2013 this year. They’ve already lifted the veil on some of the new features coming in CU2, but I think we can expect interesting things in CU3 and perhaps CU4 as well this year. I also keep my eye on Office 365, Azure and Lync projects. I definitely see interest growing in those products and I think they can complement a lot of Exchange environments.
Do you have someone you think should be nominated for our monthly award? Write us and let us know.
Until next time,