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Time To Say Goodbye 2014! Welcome 2015 #NewYear #HyperV

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2014 ends and I am ready for 2015 to start… Thank you for the support and comments throughout the year!

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My 2014 was a great year! I will try to summarize it in this blog post.

Kick off the year by passing the Microsoft® Virtualization exam.

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During the first conference kick-off meeting, I was speaking at the annual IT conference for 2 consecutive days with my fellow MVP Romeo Mlinar.

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The topics covered are: Hyper-V deep dive and Microsoft Cloud OS.

In June, the Hyper-V Server User Group – UAE & Gulf was born, which provides a one-stop center for people to learn about Hyper-V, System Center, and Azure.

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In October, I was awarded the Microsoft® Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Hyper-V, which is a great honor. As a First time MVP, I am greatly humbled and gracious to all those in the community that has found my contributions meaningful.

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The fantastic Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond (Seattle), where MVPs and members of product groups get together for several days. One of the great things is networking.

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I was speaking at Microsoft Dubai for the first Microsoft TechDays #1 in the Gulf. The topic covered Hyper-V best practices and top functionalities.

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In November, my first book is reviewed: Hyper-V Best Practices.

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Some of the work I really enjoyed in 2014, was building a Microsoft private cloud using the Cloud OS stack on top of HP Blades, 24 Cores, 10Gb, 3PAR storage, and 1TB RAM!

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Last but not least, ending the year by passing the Microsoft® cloud exams.

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As a blogger in the Microsoft virtualization space, it was fun. The traffic to my site grew significantly, unfortunately, my blog went offline a couple of times due to reaching my bandwidth limit, eventually, I increased the bandwidth in order to sustain as maximum availability as possible.

So let’s start wrapping up 2014.

Where did the readers come from?

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The top 10 countries:

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 59,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 22 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

The busiest day of the year was October 1st with 611 views, and the most popular post was Deploying HP StoreVirtual VSA On Hyper-V 2012 R2 Cluster.

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OK, now what people are reading or more interested in 2014:

1: Performance Tuning for Virtual Machines
2: Step By Step: Create a Converged Network Fabric in VMM 2012 R2
3: How To Enable and Configure VMQ/dVMQ on Windows Server 2012 R2 with Below Ten Gig Network Adapters
4: Auto Update The Installation of Hyper-V Integration Services via PowerShell
5: Cannot copy files into VM with Allow Enhanced Session Mode in Hyper-V 2012 R2

Another great thing I could do in 2014 was work with my partners on several different projects. I really have to thank all my sponsors here Savision, Altaro, and StarWind Software.

So how do I summarize all of this? People’s interest in Hyper-V continues to rise more and more…

Thank you all for reading my blog and may you all have a wonderful, healthy, and successful new year!

See you in 2015…

Cheers,
-Charbel

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