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Profiling the best Exchange Server professionals (May 2013) – Oliver Moazzezi

I’m quite pleased to announce the latest recipient of our monthly “Profiling the best Exchange Server professionals” program – Oliver Moazzezi.

Another individual who was nominated multiple times by his peers, Oliver runs a terrific blog, is a prolific tweeter and has been awarded the title of Microsoft Exchange MVP.

I recently spoke with Oliver about a hosted Exchange feature I was working on, (which you’ll find in our June Modern Infrastructure e-zine) but I was also fortunate enough to catch up with him this week to ask him a few questions about how and where he got started with Exchange, as well as his plans for the future.

1. Can you give a brief description of how you began working with Exchange Server and related technologies?

This is a funny one. I studied animation and computer visualization at university, gaining a BA (Hons), but simply could not get a job after graduation. In 2001, I took a part-time job at Cobweb Solutions, as I was adept at computers. That part-time job turned into a full-time one, and I worked my way up to the second line support team, and later became a systems admin.

From there, I really got into Exchange and Active Directory, having a large part in Cobwebs’ Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003 hosting platforms. I then became the Exchange team lead, and I later designed — as one of two principle architects at Cobweb — the Exchange 2007, 2010 and 2013 hosting platforms. As you can see, it has been one hell of a ride through all the various support roles to where I sit now, overseeing our Exchange and Lync hosting platforms.

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

For me, I think it has always been the scale of the platform. I was just always really into Exchange once I got my hands on it. It’s something I picked up more naturally than any other Microsoft server technology. My primary focuses are Exchange, Lync and Active Directory, and they excite me just as much as when I first started working with Exchange 10 years ago.

3. What are you excited to work on in 2013 and why?

I have to say the cloud. The last 24 months have really been the era of the cloud, and I’m excited to finally see companies take it seriously. It was a hard sell 10 years ago, but through perseverance and the Google/Microsoft fight, it has really gotten into the mainstream. For that, I am proud of what myself and the teams at Cobweb have achieved.

Please join me in congratulating Oliver by tweeting this post.

Until next time,


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