Zubair Alexander is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and CEO of SeattlePro Enterprises, LLC, an IT training and consulting company in Seattle, WA. He holds 29 industry certifications including MCT, MCSE, MCSA, MCDST, MCITP, MCTS, MCP+I, CEH, CHFI, CNDA, Security+, A+, Network+, CTT+, CIW, and CNA. His experience covers a wide range of spectrum: trainer, consultant, security architect, ethical hacker, digital forensic investigator, network engineer, systems administrator, technical advisor, Web designer, author, technical editor, college instructor, and public speaker.
Zubair teaches various Microsoft products and has written extensively on Microsoft technologies for the past 20 years. His specialties include Enterprise Security, Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365, Active Directory, Hyper-V, Windows operating systems, Exchange, and IIS. 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.
As a Microsoft-endorsed trainer, he has trained Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) and Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) technicians for several years. In addition to writing Professor Windows columns for Microsoft TechNet, he has been involved in writing certification exam questions for Microsoft. Some of his other activities at Microsoft for the past couple of decades include working as a Subject Matter Expert on various projects, teaching train-the-trainer courses, consulting for MCS, writing for TechNet Magazine, speaking at seminars and Webinars, working with ISA Server group, writing white papers and case studies, performing technical reviews of Microsoft Learning courses, working with Microsoft Virtual Academy, organizing community events with Microsoft Premier Field Engineers, etc.
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. In addition to writing Windows Advisor columns for MCP Magazine and Zubair’s Security Zone columns for CertCities.com, 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. His latest books are SharePoint 2010 Best Practices and SharePoint 2013 Best Practices. Visit the publications page for his articles, books, and white papers.
Zubair has been writing Alexander’s Blog since 2004. His blog covers a wide range of topics on Microsoft technologies in over 50 categories and is dedicated to serving the IT community across the globe. His blog gets 1.4 million hits each month from readers in more than 150 countries.
Enterprise security has been Zubair’s passion well before 9/11. He holds several security certifications, such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA), and Security+. He also holds a master’s degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. From the time he wrote his first book on a security topic in 2000, Zubair has written extensively on privacy and security topics, spoken publicly at numerous conferences, workshops, and Webinars; taught many security courses over the years to the public and private organizations, and offered training/consulting services to U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy on security matters. He is a member of the team that helped Seattle Colleges develop a cybersecurity program in 2017.
Zubair has worked with SharePoint technologies since 2001. His subject matter expertise covers almost every area and aspect of SharePoint: installation, configuration, assessment, deployment, site design, taxonomy, architecture, intranet and extranet portals, upgrade, migration, branding, governance, research, troubleshooting, and more. Zubair also specializes in design, implementation, and engineering of enterprise network services. He speaks publicly at technical conferences on a wide range of topics, from Enterprise Security and Active Directory, to SharePoint technologies and Hyper-V.
Microsoft recognized him by presenting him the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for inspiring excellence and demonstrated willingness to share his knowledge with peers in technical communities around the globe. He has received the prestigious annual MVP award 12 years in a row, first in Windows Server, then in Directory Services, followed by SharePoint Server category. He was also recognized by Microsoft as the featured IT Pro of the Month on Microsoft’s Web site. Zubair is the founder and President of the Seattle IT Pro User Group. The User Group serves the greater Puget Sound IT community around Seattle and its suburbs.
Zubair’s college credentials include:
He taught Information Technology courses at his alma mater University of Washington in Seattle where he received his Aeronautics and Astronautics degree, and at North Seattle College where he graduated in CIS. He wrote the final exam questions for the Digital Forensics course, which is part of the master’s degree in Cybersecurity at Western Governors University. In addition to being a member of the Windows Server International Customer Advisory Board (ICAB), Zubair also serves on the Technical Advisory Committees at both North and South Seattle College.
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.