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Bye bye 2009

This year started — for me — with the birth of my son, Kaustubh. He is now 11 months old, started to walk and talk. It is a pleasure watching the kid grow.

While being busy with him all the time, I did quite a things on professional front too.

BITPro user community
I became an active member of BITPro user community and started contributing at user group meets and other events. In total, I delivered thse four sessions.

Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2 at Windows 7 install fest
Windows Server 2008 R2 – A technical overview at Microsoft TechEd on the road, Bangalore
Introduction to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in R2
SharePoint 2010 beta 2 Technical overview

And, yes — I was the BITPro community star for 2009. I am looking forward to increase my contributions to BITPro community.

Blogging / Writing
First, I changed the look of my blog some N number of times and ended up purchasing Thesis theme. I am sure I won’t change this now since I paid money for this 🙂

Coming to writing, I wrote 98 posts this year — including all user guides. A majority of these posts were around Hyper-V scripting since my focus was to learn Hyper-V management using WMI. Towards the year end, I started focussing on SharePoint and PowerShell and in last few months I did many posts on PowerShell alone.

I took up writing an ebook on Windows Server Virtualization. I could complete only one chapter of that and I still procrastinate to complete it 🙂

I released quite a few scripts  and tools for various things. Some popular ones include
http://code.msdn.com/VHDShellExt – VHD Shell Extensions
http://powergui.org/entry.jspa?externalID=2583&categoryID=21 – BITS file transfer PowerPack

Twitter
Oh yes, I became active on Twitter only this year and to be precise only after April 2009. Since I then I tweeted more than 1300 updates. I started reading up the API documentation and wrote quite a few scripts around Twitter using PowerShell and VBScript. I even got an idea about a Twitter based social calendar which I am working on currently.

Learning
I am still learning PowerShell, SharePoint and Hyper-V. I started working on C# and writing small applications for my own use. I love designing applications / solutions and that just got better this year.

I started believing in “SharePoint is my bread, PowerShell is my butter and Hyper-V is my grill”. I love working on all these three.

Overall, 2009 was a good year for me. I did all the above while having a full time job. I am proud of that fact. I am looking forward to engage more with you all on this blog, within technical community and of course, in-person — if we get a chance to meet.

Wish you all a wonderful year ahead..!

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Ravikanth is a principal engineer and the lead architect for Microsoft and VMware virtualized and hybrid cloud solutions within the Infrastructure Solutions Group at Dell EMC. He is a multi-year recipient of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in Windows PowerShell (CDM) and Microsoft Azure. Ravikanth is the author of Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Revealed (Apress) and leads Bangalore PowerShell and Bangalore IT Pro user groups. He can be seen speaking regularly at local user group events and conferences in India and abroad.