QicX event – Session 3 – 19th July – Doha

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.07.2007 at 17:28

We had an awesome day today at Qicx – another action packed, highly interactive session. The venue was at the Qatar Red Crescent Society, Doha. Even though attendance was not as expected due to the holiday session, the excitement was unshaken.

I did the first session, and talked about System Center Virtual Machine Manager. I took the audience around Microsoft’s Dynamic Systems Initiative, Virtualization concepts, and discussed at length the Microsoft virtualization technologies – Virtual Server 2005 R2, Windows Virtualization Server, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager along with some live demos. The audience was great and the session was very interactive.

Boutros of ICT took the stage in the second session, continuing with his series of Exchange 2007 seminars. He took the audience around the Hub transport server role and MRM in Exchange 2007 with live demos. The session was very informative and resulted in productive discussions.


The two sessions went very well, and after a great meal, we had some group discussions. The event closed with a raffle draw, where people were asked to check under their seats to see if they had won. 🙂 Two lucky winners got prizes. Everybody who attended walked away with Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 DVDs and Forefront evaluation software.

Ankur, from Microsoft Consulting Services, Qatar is the founding member of QicX. He did a great job as always in arranging the whole event, inviting and managing the audience and sharing his expertise during the discussions. We think he’s cool. (yeah, we mean it!)

Oh yeah, and afterwards, we did this:
We jump-started Ankur’s 10 year old Wrangler which, in his words, “is a great car with a dead battery”.

Downloads/Resources from my presentation:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Preview: 19th July, Doha

by Shijaz Abdulla on 06.07.2007 at 20:08

Qatar Infrastructure Community eXperts (QicX) user group is conducting its third quarterly session on July 19th at Qatar Red Crescent Society, Doha.

I will be presenting at the event on System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Beta 2. I intend to give an overview on SCVMM, the virtualization concept & vision, and a demo on SCVMM.

The session is free to attend, but requires registration. There will also be other informative sessions by experts at this event. To register for this event or for more details, click here.

Visit to Microsoft Qatar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.05.2007 at 13:13

I was thrilled when my MVP lead Amr introduced me by email to the Microsoft Qatar team. I was even more thrilled when Ankur Kothari said that they would like to meet me.

So there I went along to yet another local Microsoft office. They’ve got this neat little place in Qatar Foundation – a villa turned into a ….. ummm… err…. Microsoft! I had a great discussion with Ankur about the Qicx community that he started in Qatar and I also got to meet those that can be called ‘the Microsoft Qatar family’.

Ankur, can I have the XBOX that’s in your conference room, please?!