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Profiling the best Exchange Server professionals (March 2013) – Paul Cunningham

Since launching our “Profiling the best Exchange Server professionals” program, we’ve had numerous deserving nominees and winners. This month, I’m happy to present the award to the most oft-nominated individual, and with good reason, Paul Cunningham.

If you’re not familiar with Paul or his terrific site, allow me to put it very simply. Paul writes about anything and everything Exchange Server-related. He’s has a multitude of terrific in-depth articles on Exchange migrations, PowerShell code, backup and recovery, ActiveSync, DAGs and, well you get the point.

Don’t take my word for it though, visit his site and follow him on Twitter if you don’t already.

Paul was nice enough to answer some questions on his background, including how he started working with Exchange, favorite aspects and much more — which you can read below.

Please join me in congratulating Paul by tweeting this post.

1. How did you begin working with Exchange Server and related technologies?

Back in 1999, I got my first job in IT working on the help desk in a government department that ran Exchange 5.5. I still remember the tiny mailbox quotas and heavy .pst file use. I’d never even had my own email address before then.

Over the next few years, I worked in a bunch of different operations and projects roles, but Exchange Server was always a part of that. I had moved into a consulting role right around the same time Exchange 2007 shipped, and one day my boss asked me if I wanted to take over for the messaging lead who was leaving to go live overseas. That was the beginning of my focus on Exchange Server in my career, and it’s been that way ever since.

2. What’s your favorite part of working with Exchange Server and related technologies?

Exchange Server integrates and interacts with so many different things. I like to think about all the people in all areas of a business, as well as the various aspects of IT infrastructure like storage, virtualization, load balancers, firewalls, WAN, mobile and more.

The complexity can be challenging, but also a lot of fun. I really do enjoy dealing with the constant stream of new things that crop up. You can work with the product for years and still be learning new things, or coming across new scenarios that expose you to different facets of the product.

3. What are you excited to work on this year and why?

I’m looking forward to Exchange 2013 CU1 shipping so that we can accomplish coexistence with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010. Getting involved in some migration projects here should be very interesting.

I didn’t get the chance to dive into Lync or Office 365 much last year, so I also want to spend more time on those products.

Finally, I’m also co-authoring a new ebook on Exchange 2013 and PowerShell at the moment. We’re hoping to finish that in the next couple of months.

Do you have someone you’d like to nominate? Email me.

 Until next time,


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