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Zubair Alexander

Zubair is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) who owns SeattlePro Enterprises, an IT training and consulting business in Seattle, Washington. He holds more than 18 industry certifications including MCT, MCSE, MCSA, MCDST, 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 Microsoft ISA Server and other Microsoft products and has written extensively on Microsoft products for several years. His specialties include network security, Windows operating systems, Active Directory, IIS, Terminal Services, and Virtual PCs. 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.

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 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 on his Web site at www.techgalaxy.net.

Zubair serves on the Advisory Board of Multimedia & Information Technology at SeaTac Occupational Skills Center, whose mission is to help high school students in their career preparation and technical education. In addition, he is also involved in technical screening of job applicants for IT positions for several corporations. Zubair's 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 his multimedia projects.

As a Microsoft MSTE-endorsed trainer, he trains Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) and Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) engineers. In addition to writing Professor Windows columns for Microsoft TechNet, he has been involved in writing certification exam questions for Microsoft. Zubair was one of only 13 Microsoft Certified Trainers that were endorsed by Microsoft to teach Train-the-Trainer courses for the Windows XP initiative.

Microsoft has recognized him by presenting him the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Windows Server - 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.

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.

Zubair Alexander

Zubair Alexander