Hosting Virtualization MVPs

This week, Microsoft hosted 1,800 tech professionals here in Redmond for the annual MVP Global Summit, and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to chat with a number of Virtualization MVPs from the community.  Since you might not be familiar with the Microsoft MVP Awards, let me give a quick description…


The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award is given annually to exceptional technical community leaders from around the world based on contributions made during the previous year to offline and online technical communities.  These awards are one way Microsoft shows support for communities that foster the free and objective exchange of independent, real-world knowledge.  There are over 4,000 MVPs worldwide that cover 90 different Microsoft technologies, everything from virtualization to gaming.  If you are interested in learning more about MVP nomination and award process, check out here.


This year’s summit featured 600+ technical sessions and concluded with closing remarks from Steve Ballmer and Ray Ozzie (who, as Alessandro Perilli over at points out, highlighted virtualization’s fundamental importance in the overall company vision). 


For virtualization, we hosted 15+ MVPs and had a flood of interest from MVPs from other product/technology areas.  Over the three days, these Virtualization MVPs had the opportunity to network with each other, learn more about Microsoft’s virtualization offerings, and engage with product teams directly.  Breakout sessions included Managing Hyper-V with WMI and PowerShell, Using Static VHD’s to Increase Test Efficiency, The Future of System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and a hands-on lab with Quick Migration, WMI, and Authorization Manager.


I definitely enjoyed having the chance to talk with everyone, hearing their excitement for virtualization and learning about all that they do in the community.  Two things really stood out to me from my conversations.  One was the considerable differences in the stage (for lack of a better word) of adoption for virtualization by geography.  The second theme that rang loud and clear was the importance of management with virtualization.  Whether it was the importance of being able to manage both physical and virtual environments or look within a virtual machine, there’s no question that management is and will continue to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind when it comes to virtualization.


I hope that the MVPs enjoyed their visit as much as we did hosting them.  I can’t wait to see how many more Virtualization MVPs we have next year!

-Brett Shoemaker