2009 Microsoft MVP for Windows Home Server

by Alex Kuretz on October 2, 2008 · 12 comments

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Yesterday I received an email from Microsoft announcing that I have been presented with a 2009 Microsoft MVP award for Windows Home Server! I am joining notable figures in the Windows Home Server world like Terry Walsh, Philip Churchill, Donavon West, and the other MVPs.

Here’s a brief description of the program from the Microsoft MVP site:

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real world expertise in offline and online technical communities. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts that represents the technical community’s best and brightest, and they share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.

This award should gain me some increased visibility and access into current and future Windows Home Server development, and I’ll be sure to share whatever I’m allowed with all the members here. I should also be able to more directly feed your requests, ideas, and bugs to Microsoft.

It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for the hard work I’ve put in building the WHS/MediaSmart Server community, and the Add-Ins I’ve developed (though I doubt MS likes WHS BDBB :D ). Without you, the members of this great enthusiast community, this site would not exist, so thanks to you all!

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of MediaSmartServer.net. I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.


Łukasz Foks October 2, 2008 at 11:44 am

Congratulations, Alex!

Best regards
Łukasz Foks

Terry Walsh October 2, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Few more deserving, Alex – congratulations! A great tribute to your hard work and a kick-ass community – well done, mate.

Speak soon!

JohnBick October 2, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Congrats, Alex, well deserved!

As I have recently visited a few other communities and seen the users all bashing each other and arguing about the tone of their posts I realize why I spend so much time here — it’s fun! You set an attitude here where there is almost NONE of that. And that is what is making this community so “kick-ass”!

Well done!

Cougar October 2, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Congratulations Alex, although i’m sure you’ve only made the cut because your name is on so many MSS boxes :-)

All4Fun (Richard) October 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Congratulations Alex on becoming a Microsoft MVP. It is indeed well deserved.

Jerry McCollom October 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Way to go \\sj-build\Alex, very much deserved!!! :D


jd33308 (John D.) October 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Great news, Alex! Well deserved it is, and through skill and hard work.

Jonas October 3, 2008 at 7:08 am

Congratz Alex!

Photon October 3, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Congratulations Alex! This is the only Windows Home server site I visit regularly and that’s because it is MSS focused, a great resource for information sharing and to interact with enthusiastic well meaning folks. Under your leadership and regular contributions of accurate information to the forums this site just keeps getting better over time.

Philip Churchill October 4, 2008 at 7:10 am

Sorry this message is late ironically i’v been at an MVP event at Microsoft, Reading.
Congrats Alex and well deserved. It’s nice to have you officially on board – The best HP MediaSmart Server resource out there. Well done!

Yoshihiro Okabe October 4, 2008 at 7:13 am

Congratulations Alex!
Though both the country and the culture are different, I will heap up WHS.

ColinWH October 11, 2008 at 11:40 am

Congratulation Alex, and welcome.
Look forward to meeting you in person, after reading your work for so long.


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