MVP Profile – David Elfassy


David Elfassy began his career in IT in the early 90's; delivering Microsoft Official Curriculum, specializing in Microsoft Exchange Server since 1997. He worked as project lead on many migrations and implementations of Microsoft infrastructure technologies for governmental and corporate organizations. Migrate, migrate, migrate… Always helping organizations migrate to the new versions of Microsoft Exchange Server.

He has also been working closely with Microsoft Learning teams on various marketing and certification projects; particularly working on curriculum development for multiple arms of Microsoft Corp.

David is a co-owner and senior technical adviser for two Microsoft Gold Certified Partners: Netlogon Technologies (specializing in large enterprise consulting) and Kalleo (specializing in small business network management); overseeing teams of consultants and network technicians.

What does being an MVP mean to you?

Since I started in IT, my MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) certification has been the most valuable and defining of my career. I’ve worked hard to attain and maintain my MCT. The MVP designation has been a surprising and welcomed award, that has come as the result of evangelizing the technologies I am the most passionate about.

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

Who answers and what’s your real email address?

What do you think the best software ever written was?

Well… Exchange Server, of course J Actually, I was really impressed a few years ago by a company called Keystone that developed a really revolutionary method for viewing satellite and map information. Following a “murder and execution”, you now know it as Google Earth…

If you were the manager of Exchange Server, what would you change?

The Exchange product group is under some pretty solid leadership right now. You can see how Exchange has grown in scale, functionality and market share over the past decade. This has been a good time to specialize in messaging J However, it is unfortunate that a lot of this growth has come on the back of SMB’s. Exchange server is a product that has way too many features not fit for small orgs. Network generalists and beginners to Exchange are not using the full potential of Exchange 2007, due to its increased complexity. PowerShell is great, but small org admins need GUI for most of their management tasks. If I managed Exchange, I would certainly create a top level team in charge of ensuring relevance and usability for small business.

What are the best features/improvements of Exchange Server?

Well Exchange 2007 (or SP1 at least) leaves all its predecessors in the dust. The new Continuous Replication technologies increase availability

What music CD do you recommend?

I’m a big movie buff and Quentin Tarantino fan. The music he finds for his movies always fits the bill perfectly… In the late 90’s, a compilation of movie songs, many of which from Tarantino movies, was released. It’s called “This is Cult Fiction”.

What makes you a great MVP?

What’s a great MVP?

Well… I like to share my Exchange knowledge with people who get excited by the same geeky stuff that gets me going.

What is in your computer bag?

My Toshiba R400 Tablet, Zune 30GB, 3 120GB USB disks (filled with virtual machines), USB hub, a solar powered universal charger, a spare Smartphone, a couple of smartcards and my passport.

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

Attending some great sessions about XXXX (damn NDA!) at the MVP Summit. The Exchange product group was very open and willing to share their thoughts about upcoming products. I was truly impressed by their frank and candid attitude.

What is your motto?

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Who is your hero?

George W.! No just kidding… There’s a thin line between “hero” and “zero” 😉

I’ve got many… I’ve been inspired by many. Though I guess some of my modern day heroes would have to be the men and women who dedicate their lives to humanitarian organizations such as “Doctors without borders”. A product of a small group of French doctors in the 70’s, this organization is very impressive in its reach and effectiveness.

What does success mean to you?

Being fortunate enough to spend time with my wife and children, without having to worry about getting to work on time. Getting to work on my own schedule and enjoying every minute of it!

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