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Awarded MVP for 2016 (13th year)

imageYea!!!    I received my official announcement from Microsoft today that I was awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 2016.

This is my 13th consecutive year as an MVP. I still consider it a great honor to be involved with the MVP organization, and especially working with the Server sub-group team that I have been a part of for all these years.

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When I was first recognized as an MVP back in 2004, the group I was part of was named “Windows Small Business Server” (SBS). Then in 2013 our group was renamed “Windows Server for Small & Medium Business” (WSSMB). In October 2015, we became part of the new “Cloud and Datacenter Management” MVP group.

The name change reflects the evolving nature of server technology and how it is used and implemented in businesses. What doesn’t change is our call to inspire and help people solve problems and discover new capabilities.

Happy New Years!

MVP Summit 2015 Wrap-Up

I returned home Thursday evening from this year’s Microsoft MVP Summit in Bellevue WA. Due to non-disclosure agreements, I am not allowed to go into detail about what was presented or discussed. But I can tell you it was a great opportunity to meet with Microsoft product teams and spend time talking with fellow MVP’ers, some whom I have known for 12 years or longer.

My MVP designation is for Windows Server Small and Medium Businesses (WSSMB), so most of my attention was focused on server related topics. But I also had opportunities to learn more about Windows 10, Office, and the new Surface Book that was just released in October.

The weather was a mix of rain, clouds  and some sunshine. In Florida we do not really experience the changing colors of the seasons, so it was very enjoyable to see the yellow and red and orange colors in the trees while walking around the Microsoft Campus.

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On a travel note, I was able to fly Alaska Airlines which now has a non-stop flight from Tampa to Seattle – less than 6 hours. Yea!!! The flight on Sunday left Tampa at 6:10pm and landed in Seattle at 9:25pm (which is after midnight Tampa time). The return flight left Seattle at 8:40am, and arrived in Tampa at 5:09pm.

Attending Microsoft Global MVP Summit 2015

I will be attending the Microsoft MVP Global Summit from November 1-5, 2015. This will be my 12th Summit, and I look forward to renewing contacts with other MVPs, as well as Microsoft product managers, and to provide feedback on Microsoft products and technologies.

Details as to what will be presented and discussed is under strict NDA (non-disclosure agreement), so I cannot share any such information. More later!

12th Year as a Microsoft MVP

New Year’s arrived this morning with an email from Microsoft announcing that I have received the 2015 Microsoft MVP award for Small & Medium Businesses. This is my 12th consecutive year to receive this honor.

Dear Kevin Weilbacher,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Windows Server for Small and Medium Business technical communities during the past year.

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MVP Roadshow Tampa FL

The “Transform the Datacenter” MVP Roadshow was held at the Microsoft office in Tampa FL on Monday Sept 22, 2014. Many kudos to Adnan Cartwright. Due to an illness in the family with our first presenter (Telmo Sampaio), Adnan had to step in at the last minute to do both the first and second presentations.

Topics covered new features in Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V 4.0, migrating from  Windows 2003, public/private/hybrid clouds, Azure and more. More than half of the presentations were live demos, with lots of questions throughout. One comment from an attendee: “I can’t wait to get into Azure!”.

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MVP Roadshow in Tampa

On Monday Sept. 22, 2014, Microsoft and Microsoft MVPs will be sponsoring a half day free seminar entitled “Transforming the Datacenter MVP Roadshow” at the Microsoft Office in Tampa Florida.

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But don’t let the title dissuade you from attending. Topics for this session will include:

  • Migrating from Windows Server 2003
  • Comparing public, private and hybrid cloud approaches
  • New features in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Understanding Microsoft Azure service offerings
  • Getting started with moving data, apps and services to the cloud
  • And much more!

We know that you have busy schedules, and so we have planned this morning’s event to be packed full of information. We will start with breakfast at 9am, with three sessions, followed by lunch during a final Q&A session. We plan to have things wrapped up by 1:15pm.

Register for the event now! and read more details on this free seminar.
Please note: when registering, you can skip the field labeled invitation referral code.

  • Date: Monday September 22, 2014
  • Time: 9am to 1:15pm
  • Location: Microsoft Office. 5426 Bay Center Dr, Suite 700, Tampa FL 33609

Attending the 2013 Microsoft MVP Global Summit

I have been a Microsoft MVP for Windows Server Small and Medium Business (formerly SBS) for ten years. One of the great honors I have as an MVP is the chance to attend the annual MVP Global Summit conference in Seattle.

This conference is an opportunity for MVP’s from around the world to come together, and to meet and interact with the Microsoft product team members for our respective products. There are nearly 4,000 MVPs worldwide representing 95 countries. Currently there are 36 MVPs worldwide selected to the Windows Server Small & Medium Business product line.

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I will be attending this year’s event from November 18-21, 2013 in Bellevue/Redmond WA.

However, I am not looking forward to the weather forecast for next week Smile

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KWSupport in Tampa Tribune

Tribune ArticleAn article on KW Support & Consulting LLC was published in the Brandon edition of The Tampa Tribune on Wednesday January 16th, 2013.

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2013 Microsoft MVP!

I just received a letter from Microsoft indicating that I have been renewed as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for the Small Business Server (SBS) product for the 10th consecutive year.

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2013 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Small Business Server technical communities during the past year.

This one was truly a surprise, considering that my level of active participation in the SBS technical community was virtually non-existent for the first half of the year as I recovered from congestive heart failure. I’m thankful to those involved with the decision to renew my status as an MVP.

Every year I say that I am truly honored with the selection, and that is the simple truth. I’m honored to be associated with a great group of fellow MVP’s that are more than that – they are my good friends and family. I value their wise business advice as well as their technical expertise. Their encouragement to me and my wife during this last year with my health issues has been extraordinary.

I also wish to remember one of our MVP’s, Eriq Neale, who passed away in June after a long fought battle with cancer. He was a fellow guitar-player like me, and enjoyed life, family and his God with equal fervor and zeal.

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Microsoft Training this Week

I am very fortunate to be able to join with many of my Microsoft SBS MVPs from literally around the world this week in Dallas TX (Las Colinas, to be exact) for training by the Microsoft SBS/Windows Essential CSS team. This is a special opportunity for us.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since our last training session. Here’s a photo documenting that event (I’m on the front row, far left).

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