MVP Profile – Garth Jones

GarthJonesGarth is the Chief Architect with Enhansoft in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has over 18 years of IT experience, 11 of which have been dedicated to SMS, He started working with Systems Management Server when it was a v1.1. He can be found in Microsoft newsgroups, forums on both and and on the mailing list of

Some of Garth’s greatest contributions to the community have been in the creation of the Ottawa Windows Server User Group and his numerous articles on

What does being an MVP mean to you?

It is an honor to be recognized for things you have done in the community.

If you could ask Steve Ballmer one question about Microsoft, what would it be?

How can I arrange to add user group / technical community support as one of the partner program criteria in getting partner status of registered, gold, etc.

What do you think the best software ever written was?

Web reporting for SMS 2.0

If you were the manager of Windows Server System – Configuation Manager, what would you change?

For ConfigMgr 2007, I would drop the MMC 3.0 console and create a Web based console and/or create a standalone console!

What are the best features/improvements of Windows Server System?

The best improvement to Windows was adding MOM / SCOM into the suite of tools.

What was the last book you read?

I’m currently reading for two study groups, “SQL Server 2005 Implementation and Maintenance” (70-431 exam) and “Configuring Windows Vista Client” (70-620 Exam), however the last non-technical book was “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”

What music CD do you recommend?

I’m still stuck in the 80’s so almost anything from the 80’s is good like Lover Boy, April Wine, Trooper, Meat Loaf, Van Halen, etc.

For that matter I only just bought an Ipod player J and started ripping my CDs to M4a format!

What makes you a great MVP?

Being passionate about technology and a willingness to help the community by answering questions in newsgroups, mailing lists, & forums, posting technical blog posts, presenting to user groups, etc.

What is in your computer bag?

My life! Currently before I clean it up, it has.

· HP Laptop
· Wireless mouse
· Wired mouse
· Two study group books
· Pamphlets
· 2 – 1GB USB keys
· 1 – 4GB USB key
· User group business cards
· My business cards
· A few pens
· A few highlighters
· Passport
What is missing from it is my VHD HDDs!

What is the best thing that has happened since you have become an MVP?

Just being recognized for my efforts within the community.

What is your motto?

Enjoy life.

Who is your hero?

Hero is a strong word and as such I don’t have hero but there are many people that I respect and in my way try to be like them.

What does success mean to you?

Happiness. Without happiness what is the point?

Comments (2)

  1. Anonymous says:

    In this issue, you’ll read: Survey – Win $100 Gift card Upcoming User Group meeting, January 17th 2008…

  2. Garth Jones says:

    Upcoming UG Meeting January 17 th 2008 User Group Meeting Topic: Overview of System Center Configuration

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