Interview with a Wiki Ninja: Mr X, MVP – Directory Services

Hello Folks,

Welcome to our Monday Interview with a Wiki Ninja ! 

Today, the interview will be with Mr X aka Ahmed Malek. Ahmed is a MVP (Directory Services) and a wiki contributor !

Mr X's (Ahmed Malek's) MVP Profile:




 Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?

I am from Tunisia. I am currently working as a Systems Engineer at INSEAD The Business School for the World (Fontainebleau, Paris).

I specialize in Directory Services, Identity Management, Central Management, Firewall and Reverse-Proxy solutions. 


What is your nickname Mr X signify ? Why did you chose that ?

It do not have a specific signification. Just took it when I was playing Metal Gear Solid 2  🙂

What are your big projects right now?

I worked on two big projects since last year:

  • Active Directory Consolidation project: This project was to consolidate four Active Directory Domains objects (60k +) and applications into one Domain.
  • Single User Name and Single Password project: This project was to provide our users a single User Name (E-mail address) and Single Password to access internal and external systems we manage instead of using a Login / Password per system.

Besides your work on TechNet Wiki, where do you contribute?

I contribute on Microsoft Technet Forums & Microsoft Technet Gallery.

What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?

Technet Wiki is for everyone: It is for sharing and acquiring new knowledge about Microsoft Technologies.

What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?

I see Technet Wiki as an innovative platform that can be considered as an extension of Microsoft articles: Everyone can share his experience and knowledge about Microsoft products. Articles with rich content are getting created on daily basis and that is why it is becoming more and more interesting to take Technet Wikis as a reference.

On what Wiki articles do you spend most of your time? 

Directory Services Wiki articles.

What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?

How to Delegate the Restoration of Objects from Active Directory Recycle Bin:

Central Management of DNS configuration compliance and updates:

What are your top 5 favorite Wiki articles?

Mostly all the articles listed on “Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Portal”:

Who has impressed you in the Wiki community, and why?

Ed Price, Richard Mueller, Yagmoth555, Naomi N and Santosh Bhandarkar for their remarkable efforts they do in the Wiki community.

What does success look like for TechNet Wiki?

For me, the success would be that Microsoft product users will be able to find, all what they need, when they go to Technet Wiki.

Do you have any comments for product groups about TechNet Wiki?

I just think that it is easy today to have a duplicated Wiki article (Two or more Wiki articles for the same topic). I believe that it would be better to have a system that can notify the Wiki article creator about that to avoid posting duplicated articles. 


 Thanks Ahmed for this Interview.

 Keep up the good work and thanks for your contributions.

 If you have questions for Mr X (Ahmed), please leave a comment here...

 - Santosh Bhandarkar

MVP – Directory Services

Comments (20)
  1. Durval Ramos says:

    Great work. Congratulations Mr. X !

  2. Hello Santosh. Excellent work. Congratulations

  3. Great interview. And Ahmed, I agree with your comment about duplicates. When we find exact duplicates we mark one for deletion. But it is very easy to create articles that are "near" duplicates, or cover the same topic.

    And Ahmed, thanks for your recent contributions in the Wiki. I'm glad to see more AD DS articles.

  4. The Mysterious Mr X! Thanks for introducing us, Santosh!

  5. Congratulations Mr. X! And thanks Santosh!

  6. Hi Mr X, a tunisian guy living in Fontainebleau, hum, our 6th french contributor ? 🙂

  7. Naomi N says:

    Very interesting interview. BTW, your 'duplicate' articles text gave me an idea – may be we want to have something similar to what we currently have in forums? E.g. when a person plans to create an article, he may be presented to the articles on this topic to avoid creation of nearly duplicate articles?

  8. Naomi, is that in the Wiki feature requests list? It's a pretty good idea. Thanks!

  9. Naomi N says:

    Probably not in the Wiki feature request list. I'll add it later

  10. Shanky_621 says:

    Mr X is the person I have seen who is hungry to post AD articles( some of which are excellent other are very good) and this is the quality of sharing will always lead you higher.Virtue of knowledge is, more you share the more it grows

    I respect the knowledge and same time reading your articles.


  11. Mr X,

    Would you like to join the Advisory Board? You would join Mark, Santosh, and Richard in the Directory Services area:…/2495.technet-wiki-advisory-board.aspx


  12. Mr X says:

    Thank You everyone for your comments 🙂

    @Santosh: Thank You so much for giving me this opportunity and this interview. Much appreciated.

    @Ed Price: It is a great pleasure to join the Advisory Board for Directory Services area. Thank You.

    @Richard: I will be trying my best to add more AD DS articles or translate the current ones.

    @Benoit: I am also a French speaker. I was planning to start working on the translation of AD DS Wiki articles to French 🙂

    @Naomi: Having something similar to forums to identify similar articles would be a great idea.

    @Shanky: I really appreciate your comment. That you so much for it 🙂

  13. Mr X,

    Great! I added you to the list (…/2495.technet-wiki-advisory-board.aspx). Can
    you find me on Skype so that we can get you added to our IMs and meetings? Search for "edwardnprice" on the Skype app and add me as a Contact.


  14. Mr X says:

    Thank You Ed. I have added you as a Contact.

  15. Ahmed, I don’t think I found this. Can you try again or email me?

    Also, if you’re interested in blogging here, you completed all the requirements except for 30 comments on this blog (you currently have 4). Thanks!

  16. For email, it’s edprice at Microsoft.

  17. Miguel Fra says:

    Congratulations, glad to see a face behind the Mr. X mystery 🙂

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