Zubair Alexander's Bio

Zubair is a Microsoft MVP, a Microsoft Certified Trainer, and the founder of SeattlePro Enterprises, LLC, an IT training and consulting company. He holds more than 25 industry certifications including MCT, MCSE, MCSA, MCDST, MCITP, MCTS, MCP+I, MCSA 2000/2003: Security, MCSE 2000/2003: Security, CNA, A+, Network+, Security+, CTT+ and CIW. His experience covers a wide range of spectrum: trainer, consultant, systems administrator, security architect, network engineer, author, technical editor, college instructor and public speaker.

Zubair teaches various Microsoft products and has written extensively on Microsoft technologies for several years. His specialties include network security, Windows operating systems, Active Directory, SharePoint, IIS, Terminal Services, and Virtualization. His consulting engagements range from troubleshooting and designing networks for small to medium-sized companies to engineering network services for large enterprises with over 30,000 users. He excels in troubleshooting hardware and software problems and his real-world experience is one of his greatest strengths.

As a Microsoft-endorsed trainer, he has trained Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) and Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) technicians for years. In addition to writing Professor Windows columns for Microsoft TechNet, he has been involved in writing certification exam questions for Microsoft. Some of his other activities for the past decade at Microsoft include working as a Subject Matter Expert on various projects, teaching train-the-trainer courses, consulting for MCS, writing for TechNet Magazine, speaking at seminars and Webinars, working with ISA Server group, writing white papers and case studies, doing technical reviews of Microsoft Learning courses, etc.

Zubair is known worldwide for his articles on Microsoft technologies, written as a contributing editor and online columnist for Windows IT Pro Magazine and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) magazine. He writes "Windows Advisor" column for MCP Magazine and "Zubair's Security Zone" column for CertCities.com. Zubair also writes Tips & Tricks for CertCities.com's newsletter. He reviews technical books and articles for various publishers and has co-authored a book on Windows 2000 networking services. He also wrote "Microsoft ISA Server 2000" for Sams Publishing. All his publications are available at www.techgalaxy.net. His blog covers a wide range of topics on Microsoft technologies and is dedicated to serving the IT community across the globe.

Zubair is a member of the Windows Server International Customer Advisory Board (ICAB). His background is not limited to PCs. He's also well-versed in Macintosh hardware, software, and the OS X operating system. He uses Macs for video editing, high-end graphics, and multimedia projects.

Microsoft has recognized him by presenting him the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Directory Services award for inspiring excellence while helping people through his past recognized practical expertise and demonstrated willingness to share with peers in technical communities around the globe. In September 2009, he was recognized as the featured IT Pro of the Month on Microsoft's Web site. Zubair is also the founder of Seattle IT Pro User Group. The User Group serves the greater Puget Sound IT community around Seattle and its suburbs.

Zubair was awarded a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. He also holds a B.S. in Mathematics. He taught at North Seattle Community College after he earned his Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree.

Zubair specializes in design, implementation, and engineering of enterprise network services. He speaks publicly at technical seminars and conferences on a wide range of topics, from network security and encryption to Active Directory design and Terminal Services.

Computers are not his only passion. Zubair considers himself to be one of the biggest sports fans in the world. He likes to participate in sports and watches just about every sport under the sun. Before he decided to jump into the technology field in the early 90s, Zubair won five trophies at the Northwest Roller-Skating championship, including the overall championship. He was also a winner of the Washington State Open Table Tennis championship. If you ask him for his favorite sport, he will name at least a dozen. His other interests include mind-challenging activities, IQ tests, puzzles, card games, chess, and performing magic tricks.

What does Zubair think about his career in the high-tech industry? He likes to tell his friends he doesn't have a job; he gets paid for his hobbies.

Excerpts were taken from the bio posted on informIT.

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