Exchange Server MVP Jorge Diaz
How long have you been an MVP?Three months
How did you first start in community?Responding to technical responses in the BPOS and Exchange Technet forums as well as blogging on my trials and tribulations with both Exchange and Office 365.
Which technical community or communities are you most active in (where can people findyou)?
The Office 365 Community
My Blog: jorgerdiaz.wordpress.com
What’s the best technical tip you have today for implementing a cloud deployment?Plan, plan, plan! All phases of a migration to the cloud builds off of each other so building a solid approach to the migration is critical to the success of the project. From a technical perspective the best way to approach a cloud implementation from an Exchange perspective is to understand a cross forest migration and understand a migration to the cloud is virtually identical, the limitations are the same. This is key, especially when configuring hybrid mode between on-prem and cloud solutions. Exchange 2010 SP2 provides an excellent hybrid configuration wizard, but without understanding the concepts behind what the wizard is doing an engineer won’t be able toeffectively troubleshoot the problem if things don’t go as planned.
When considering using the Cloud, what do you tell people if they aren’t sure about moving to the Cloud?It gives you all the benefit of having the systems in house, with additional benefits of ultra-high availability with no hardware/software to maintain. That in addition to software assurance gives you the best Microsoft has to offer without having to worry about upgrading every time a new version comes out.
Do you have a blog/website link to Cloud related Tips or deployment stories you would like to share?My blog: http://jorgerdiaz.wordpress.com
Speaking from your experience, what words of advice do you have for new MVPs?I am new so it is hard to say but continuing to participate and getting to know other MVPs is critical to success in the MVP world. The wealth of resources and knowledge goes up by an exponential factor as soon as you become an MVP so be sure to utilize the resource and get everything you can out of it!