Quick fire interview with a Wiki Ninja: Kurt Hudson

This week’s interview puts the spotlight on another famous Wiki Ninja.

Instead of a normal paced interview, I’ve taken another approach.
Short questions, short answers: meet Kurt!

Who are you?
Kurt Hudson, profiles are at the following locations:
· TechNet
Amazon books

Where are you?
Tempe, Arizona, USA, Map

What do you do?
I am currently the primary writer for Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) and Public Key Infrastructure on Microsoft TechNet and the next version of Windows on-the-box help.

Besides your work on the Wiki, where do you contribute? (Forums, blog?)
· http://blogs.technet.com/b/pki

What’s your favorite quote?
My favorite quote really depends upon the circumstance. Many of my favorite, funny, quotes come from Despair, Inc. http://despair.com/viewall.html as in

“Pressure: It can turn a lump of coal into a flawless diamond, or an average person into a perfect basketcase.”

My favorite political quotes come from Thomas Jefferson http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Thomas_Jefferson as in

“When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

Fight Club Movie

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

Why this quote?
The ones on Despair, Inc. are funny and sometimes true.

Some of the quotes by Thomas Jefferson are very true today as they were in his day.

The one from Fight Club is a bit scary, but it seems very true.

What are your specialty technologies? Name max 5.
· Active Directory Certificate Services
· Active Directory Domain Services
· Public Key Infrastructure
· Windows Security

What do you do with TechNet Wiki ? (Hey, keep it short!)
Collaborate on creating content that I believe to be important to Microsoft customers.

How does your Wiki work fit into the rest of your job?
My job is to create content that helps customers accomplish what they need to accomplish with Microsoft products. The Wiki helps me work with others to get that job done.

What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you? Define it with a few key words.
Ease of content creation and collaboration with others.

On what articles do you spend most of your time?
Those that have to do with PKI and Active Directory Certificate Services.

What are your top 5 favorite articles?
· PKI Documentation and Reference Library


AD CS Overview

PKI Design Guidance

How to run with alternate credentials and open elevated command prompts

What are the top 5 topics that need more attention & development?
The top five on my mind are ones that I have had something to do with and personally plan on putting more effort into:
· Test Lab Guide: Converting a Single-Tier PKI CA Hierarchy to a Two-Tier PKI Hierarchy
Certificate Enrollment Policy Web Services in Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)

AD CS PKI Design

Securing wireless networks using an Active Directory Certificate Services PKI

Active Directory Certificate Services PKI – Key Archival and Management

Who has impressed you in the Wiki community, and why?
Lots more than just one person. I have seen plenty of people creating content and updating content. I am really impressed by all the translation of articles that I am seeing happen – that is truly cool and will make the TechNet Wiki so much more valuable and useful.

What does success look like for TechNet Wiki?
When the TechNet Wiki is the default place for our new content.

Technet Wiki is (highlight 1 choice per line)

Job / Fun

Easy / hard to work with

Sharing Experience / Passion

Teaching / Learning [Kurt says: ] something else

Sharing / gathering knowledge

Open / closed platform

Personal / Community driven

For newbies / specialists [Kurt says: ] both

Quick win / long term investment [Kurt says: ] both

Developer / ITPro


Thanks Kurt!
Ask any questions you have for Kurt in the comments!


[Ka-jah Shakaah!]
(Interviewed by …)

Peter Geelen
CISSP, CISA, MCT, MVP Forefront Identity Manager
Community Lead, Winsec.be – MS Security User Group Belgium

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/geelenp

Comments (5)

  1. I made a pass on the formatting. Thanks!

  2. Recep YUKSEL says:

    Thank you Peter. Congr. Kurt.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back for another analysis of contributions to TechNet Wiki over the last week.

    First up, the