Ten years ago Hyper-V MVP Benedict Berger started writing in the newsgroups where he was repeatedly looking for technical advice. Over time, he started giving technical advice to the community in various online forums, including frequently posting in MCSEboard.de. Especially with the first beta version of Windows Server “Longhorn,” there were many new features he wanted to try out immediately. “I was particularly interested in Hyper-V but at that time there was hardly any experience on this topic especially in German speaking areas. Therefore, I had to work out many solutions on my own and since then I have been sharing the knowledge I gained with much more intensity and reach. I founded the German Hyper-V Community together with two friends a couple of years ago to promote this topic in Germany even further,” Benedict explained.
Benedict works as a solution consultant for Elanity Network Partner GmbH. Elanity is an IT-service provider that specializes in Cloud enablement in Germany. “In this dream job, I help our customers to adjust their IT to their own business processes and to deploy ‘real’ dynamic private and public Clouds instead of just virtualizing some systems. So the tools for my daily work are Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Microsoft Azure. My bosses at Elanity give me the opportunity to promote the work in the community. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity,” Benedict said.
When Benedict was appointed as an MVP – which he appreciates a lot – he planned to continue exactly like before. However, the community work has changed a lot for the Hyper-V MVP. He gets asked more often for advice and the number of audiences he reaches with his presentations has become bigger. One example is the TechNet Conference in Berlin, in which more than 500 experts joined this successful event. The steady exchange with many other MVPs was an important element, and Benedict views especially the direct dialogue with Microsoft product groups is an enormous privilege. “The exchange of ideas is a lot of fun and makes me feel like I assist in the development of the product. Therefore I place great value on asking for feedback from the community and forwarding it to the product groups,” Benedict explained.
Recently, Benedict put great effort in preparing for the MVP Cloud OS Roadshow, where he will be one of the speakers. In worldwide events, participants will experience the benefits of the Cloud OS Vision and how those solutions can be applied. In the context of this Roadshow, Benedict will also present Hyper-V, System Center and Azure at the Microsoft booth at CeBIT in Hanover. “This is particularly fascinating for me because there is an incredible number of people to talk to within a span of a week. In addition to that I will continuously contribute to my blog and plan the next meeting of the Hyper-V Community.”
When Benedict was awarded as an MVP this year, the congratulations email went straight to his spam filter. So it took him a while to notice he had become an MVP! “I collected a special email conversation in which the Hyper-V product group asked me for my opinion and ideas in order to improve the product. That gives me the real ‘MVP feeling,’” laughed Benedict.