Summertalk

First day back at work. We’re four happy campers in the office, all projects are halted and there’s very little to do around here. At the moment I’m doing some plans for our project, documenting the application testing and trying to identify users that’d be a good target for testing the platform once we start rolling it out.

Just noticed that this week it’s my turn to do the “sommarprat” at Microsoft Technet/MSDN. It’s about 20 minutes long and contains absolutely no tech-talk, instead it’s focused on motivation, what drives me and how I cope when life goes the other way. It’s in Swedish though, so the international visitors might want to listen to something else (there’s a Spotify playlist) or just enjoy 20 minutes of the Swedish chef from the Muppet Show.

MVP renewal

Tonight I received the email from Microsoft that informs me that I’ve been awarded the Microsoft Most Valued Professional for last years community effort. I’m really happy for being renewed, and this year it’s for Clustering / High Availability. Last year was in File Systems and Storage, but these are closely related as you may know. I’d like to thank Malu Menezes and José Barreto from the File Systems and Storage Team as these guys have been my main contacts and Symon Perryman from the Cluster Team for being such a jolly good fellow. Thanks guys!

Congratulations also to the Swedes I know that got awarded or renewed on July 1:st:

(and of course congratulations to those of you I don’t know also)

Awarded:

Magnus Björk, Martin Lidholm, Andreas Stenhäll

Renewed:

Marcus Murray, Patrik Lowendahl, Christoffer Andersson, Björn Axell, Anders Bengtsson, Stefan Schörling

 

For those of you who don’t know what the MVP award signifies this is from Microsoft.com:

The Microsoft MVP Award recognizes exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts representing technology’s best and brightest who share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others. Worldwide, there are over 100 million participants in technical communities; of these participants, there are fewer than 4,000 active Microsoft MVPs.

At Microsoft, we believe that technical communities enhance people’s lives and the industry’s success by providing users with the opportunity to have conversations about technology that catalyze change and innovation. Technical communities help users adopt new technologies more quickly and more effectively. Also, they help Microsoft product developers understand the “pulse” of our users and better meet our customers’ needs. As the most active, expert participants in technical communities, MVPs are recognized and awarded for their inspirational commitment to technical communities.

In order to receive the Microsoft MVP Award, MVP nominees undergo a rigorous review process. Technical community members, current MVPs, and Microsoft personnel may nominate candidates. A panel that includes MVP team members and product group teams evaluate each nominee’s technical expertise and voluntary community contributions for the past year. The panel considers the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the MVP nominee’s contributions. Active MVPs receive the same level of scrutiny as other candidates each year.

MVP Award recipients reflect Microsoft’s global customer base and the breadth of Microsoft’s technologies. MVPs have been awarded in new categories such as Windows Live, Xbox, VSTO, Microsoft Dynamics, and Visual Developer Team System. A significant portion of new MVPs represent emerging markets in China, Russia, and Korea, as well as smaller markets like Ghana, Nepal, Macedonia, and Macao.

MVPs also represent the diversity of today’s technical communities. Respecting the user’s desire to get technical information in a variety of ways, Microsoft recognizes both online and offline community contributions. Reviewers consider the contributions that nominees make to traditional communities such as public newsgroups and third-party Web sites, as well as emerging community venues such as forums and blogs.

Microsoft MVPs are an amazing group of individuals. By sharing their knowledge and experiences and providing objective feedback, MVPs help people solve problems and discover new capabilities. It gives us great pleasure to recognize and award MVPs as our way of saying thank you for their demonstrated commitment to helping others in technical communities worldwide. We sincerely appreciate their efforts. Microsoft would like to congratulate and thank this year’s MVPs.

Passed: 70-652

Before I left for vacation I visited Cornerstone in Mörby, meeting up with some old friends. I came early and decided to do the 70-652, Configuring Windows Server Virtualization. It wasn’t too hard but I think the questions came from the wrong angle at sometimes. I do know that SCVMM is a crucial part in all this, but considering the small amount of questions on SCVMM there ought to be a separate test for that one and harder questions on Hyper-V only.

Well, next step I think is Exchange 2007. Think I’ll get Martin drunk and have him tell me all the secrets!