Interview with a Wiki Ninja and SharePoint + SQL Server Expert – Waqas Sarwar


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  • 27,739 Recognition Points
  • 78 Wiki Articles
  • 1,003 Wiki Edits
  • 561 Wiki Comments
  • 1,615 Forum Answers
  • 4,603 Forum Replies

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Waqas has been a big contributor to the community for quite awhile! It’s about time we interviewed him…

 

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

My name is Waqas Sarwar. I am of Pakistani origin, having lived in Michigan since 2010 with my loving wife and three children; Mariam, Muhammad and Maham. I love Michigan but I do miss my parents and siblings who remain in Pakistan. I’m a lover food, traveling and stamp collecting.

I completed my Master’s in Computer Sciences at Hamdard University in 2003. I began my career in the government sector as a website administrator in 2004. After a few years working in the banking industry as a Cash and Operations Officer, I relocated to the United States and was able to reconnect with my IT career. I never neglected the technology sector during this interim, always learning new technologies and participating in tech-communities. Currently I am a SharePoint Infrastructure engineer at Ford Motor Company.

I have always loved and held a lot of respect for the Microsoft Corporation and its technologies since my younger college years. With SharePoint in particular, I have spent more than ten years growing and improving along with the system since its days as SPS2003. I earned SharePoint certifications in 2007, 2010 and 2013 as well as numerous others including Windows 2008, and 2010, Project Server 2007 as well as SQL Server 2008 and 2012.

I believe sharing knowledge that one has gained is noble, and there are countless times that others have shared their vast wealth of knowledge with me sans interest. I truly believe in sharing and I love to help others. I believe that sharing keeps me young – it may sound strange to some but I suspect we would all be useless old men without the distribution of knowledge; for to not means we have closed all the doors of learning. I have learned so much through this sharing and contributing within the communities such as Technet Wiki, Forums and Galleries, as well as SharePoint Stack Exchange Forum and Krossfarm.com.

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What are Your Big Projects Right Now?

I am presently working on multiple big projects:

1. SharePoint 2016, SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server Certifications.

2. SharePoint Central Administration

This is replica of SharePoint Central’s public administrator website that includes explanations for each link. It’s basically a group of how-to pages that explain the actions you can take and how to perform them when opening/creating a new site collection on the CA site.

3. Real World Examples Project

If you take a look at my Technet Wiki, you will see my page explaining the Powershell Command using screen-shots from a real world scenario. I have put them together in sequence so that even a novice can understand the step-by-step directions.

4. Step-by-Step Installation of a SharePoint Component

This guide is in easy-to-read, chronological order so that anyone can complete a successful installation from start to finish – including the best practices for ease-of-use.

I have already published two guides (WorkFlow Manager and UPA with MIM) and plan to continue making these in the future.

What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?

The most important thing about Technet Wiki is its availability. Many private blog or small company-backed websites constantly end up with expired domains and lost information. However, Technet Wiki is supported by Microsoft, meaning none of the information sources will disappear. Once an effective article is published, it can remain there and be accessed for years to come. Even though I do my own blogging, I find that if I publish here my contribution can continue to assist the web communities without any interference. Even if I stop blogging or move to another website or business, I can continue to help.

Another important thing is that I’m not a good editor, but the community helps me in formatting my articles. I contribute and they make it even better – it’s a win-win.

                                         

In what other sites and communities do you contribute your technical knowledge?

I am an active contributor to Technet Galleries and SharePoint Forums, along with the StackExchange SharePoint forum wherein I have more than 30K points (2nd Ranking) with 2100 replies marked as answered. I received a MCC from my contributions to SharePoint forums. I am also an active blogger; you can find my work on www.krossfarm.com.

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What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?

Technet is a place for sharing your experiences and knowledge with the world. It’s not biased by experience – anyone from beginners and intermediates to experts and leaders can learn and contribute.

What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?

I cannot say which of my Technet Articles is my favorite. I work very hard on each individual piece, and treat them like my baby. One cannot choose a favorite child. J I am not a person who divides the love of the articles, but rather multiplies it.

                                        

What are Your Favorite Quotes?

“Start enjoying before it’s over.”, “Don’t worry, be happy and be positive.”, “The only thing in your hand is hard work, so do it.”

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

It’s again hard to choose between what I love or what has impressed me most. Each and every person who contributes impresses me. I find all of you impressive and far superior for all the hard work and information that you’ve donated before me. I really do love the Technet community.

I do need to say a special ‘thank you’ to Peter Geelen and Ed Price, as they have tirelessly guided and helped me to become a successful writer. I know I am hard on them sometimes. J

Do you have any tips for new Wiki authors?

I am still learning daily, but one thing to keep in mind is; be confident, stay positive and always write about the technology you are comfortable with. Don’t worry about what others will say, as long as you stick to the guidelines and rules you’ll be fine. Examine your article technically and proofread it. The good news is we have a wonderful community that will help you in editing and discrepancies if you do happen to make a mistake. J I would also highly recommend trying to write your articles in simple language, so that any one person can understand it. This will keep the support community as wide and inclusive as it is now.

One more word of caution: Never write your article in the Technet editor. Please. Write your article locally in Word or any other word processor. After that you can copy/paste to the Wiki. I promise, it will save a lot of issues.

Final Notes:

The Technet community is a special one, and something I’m proud to be a part of. I hope that it continues to grow as more contributors strive to share their knowledge and help each other.

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Thank you to Waqas for all your efforts to write quality articles! You work very hard to improve and give back to the community! We greatly appreciate your contributions!

Everyone, please join me in thanking Waqas!

It’s like Nike. Just do it.

   – Ninja Ed

Comments (18)

  1. Great Interview and nice to meet you Waqas Sarwar.I love this line
    “I believe sharing knowledge that one has gained is noble, and there are countless times that others have shared their vast wealth of knowledge with me sans interest. I truly believe in sharing and I love to help others…”

  2. Nice to meet your Waqas Sarwar. I am just over the border in Ontario and have been to Michigan many times. It is a nice state.

  3. Sabah Shariq says:

    Nice to meet you Waqas Sarwar.

  4. pituach says:

    Great interview!
    nice to meet you Waqas Sarwar
    Your image with the Mangal makes me hungry 🙂

    1. Thank you, food is my passion

  5. Great interview !
    Nice to meet you Waqas Sarwar.

    1. Thank you Sandeep Shekhawat

  6. Wow! Congratulations Waqas. Great barbecue. 🙂

    1. Thank You Hezequias Vasconcelos.

  7. Congratulations Waqas. Mangal is the great way 🙂

    1. yes it is, Thank you Erdem Avni SELÇUK

  8. Arleta Wanat says:

    Great interview. Nice to meet you, Waqas Sarwar!

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