As we end another year and preparing for 2016 to start…
With a humble and wide open heart–thank you for following + sharing + modeling my work (whether via my YouTube videos/Facebook posts/tweets/books/live events) over these past 12 months.
I wanted to share with you the greatest value to me over 2015, I will try to summarize it in this blog post.
We kick-off the year by great interview, MVP Carsten Rachfahl Interviews Me About My Favorites Hyper-V Features in Windows Server 2016.
In February, I was speaking at the Microsoft Dubai for the third Microsoft TechDays #3 in the Gulf. The session was focused on Hyper-V history, features, top functionalities and what’s coming in the next release of Windows Server.
In April, I passed my recertification exam for Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).
In May, I was speaking at the Microsoft Dubai for the sixth Microsoft TechDays #6 in the Gulf. The session was focused on Hyper-V evolution, disaster recovery, top features and what’s coming in the next release of Windows Server 2016.
I released several videos over the year focused on the new features in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V:
- Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V: Hot Add/Remove Memory and Virtual Networks Adapters.
- Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V: Hyper-V Replica Support for Hot Add/Remove of VHDX.
- Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V: Hyper-V Production Checkpoints.
- Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V: Distributed Storage QoS.
In June, my first post goes out on Microsoft MSDN blog. I am honored to start blogging on Microsoft Gulf Community Blog.
In August, I had the honor to do a webinar with 5nine Software about Hyper-V security tips and best practices. You can watch the recording of the webinar for free on YouTube.
In August, my Second Book is reviewed: VMware Virtual SAN Cookbook.
In September, I passed the Unidesk Certified Professional and Operator exams (UCP & UCO).
In October, I was re-awarded with the Microsoft® Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Cloud and Datacenter Management which is a great honor. As a second time MVP, I am greatly humbled and gracious for all those in the community that have found my contributions meaningful.
In November, the fantastic Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond (Seattle), where MVPs from all around the world and members of product groups get together for several days. One of the great things is networking.
On the left (Ben Armstrong, Principal Program Manager Lead on the Hyper-V Team) and on the right (Jeffrey Snover, Technical Fellow, Inventor of Windows PowerShell and Distinguished Engineer & Lead Architect for Windows Server & System Center Division) – [Image Credit: Charbel Nemnom]
In November, I was speaking at the Azure IT Pro Camp, a big IT Pro community event focusing on the Microsoft CloudOS Platform, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With national and international speakers, and over 400 attendees it was a great event!
Last but not least, ending the year by renewing my MCSE: Private Cloud / Server Infrastructure and passing the challenging Microsoft Azure Architect exam at the first attempt.
As a blogger focusing on Microsoft technologies it was fun . The traffic to my site growth significantly, 3 times more visitors compared to 2014.
So let’s start wrapping up 2015.
Where did the readers come from?
The top 10 countries:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2015 and 59,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.
The busiest day of the year was December 8th, 2015 with 1,091 views. The most popular post that day was How to Log Off Remote Desktop User Sessions In Remote Desktop Services?
The most viewed posts during 2015:
1: How To Enable and Configure VMQ/dVMQ on Windows Server 2012 R2 with Below Ten Gig Network Adapters
2: Step by Step: Create a Converged Network Fabric in VMM 2012 R2
3: Step by Step: Evaluating Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA)
4: How to Load Balance Remote Desktop Session Host With Kemp Virtual Load Master?
5: Get The List of All VMs in Virtual Machine Manager and Their Virtual Disks
6: Step by Step: Running Hyper-V Cluster on Nano Server from Windows Server 2016 using PowerShell Direct
7: An Attempt to initialize VM saved state failed – Cloud Not Create or Access Saved State File
8: How to Log Off Remote Desktop User’s Session in Remote Desktop Services?
9: How to Enable Hyper-V on Windows 10 Using PowerShell?
10: What is VLAN Trunk Mode in Hyper-V?
Another great thing I could do in 2015 was working with my partners in several different projects. I really have to thank all my sponsors here Savision, Altaro VMBackup, StarWind Software and 5nine Software.
So how do I summarize all of this?
People interest in Hyper-V and in Microsoft CloudOS Platform in general continues to rise more and more…
My Expectation for 2016
I see 2016 will be an epic year, if 2015 was a year of revolution, 2016 promises to be a year of consolidation for Microsoft’s Operating System.
2016 should also include the release of Windows Server 2016, though Microsoft has yet to commit to a date.
I am looking forward for 2016 to kick-off…
Thank you all for reading my blog and the comments throughout the year, may you all have a healthy, successful and outstanding New Year!
Until then… see you in 2016…