Zubair Alexander is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and CEO of SeattlePro Enterprises, LLC, an IT training and consulting company in Seattle, WA. He holds more than 25 industry certifications including MCT, MCSE, MCSA, MCDST, MCITP, MCTS, MCP+I, MCSA 2000/2003: Security, MCSE 2000/2003: Security, CEH, CNA, A+, Network+, Security+, CTT+ and CIW. His experience covers a wide range of spectrum: trainer, consultant, systems administrator, security architect, network engineer, Web designer, author, technical editor, college instructor and public speaker.
Zubair teaches various Microsoft products and has written extensively on Microsoft technologies the past 20 years. His specialties include Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365, Enterprise Security, 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, doing technical reviews of Microsoft Learning courses, working with Microsoft Virtual Academy, 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 and is dedicated to serving the IT community across the globe. People from more than 150 countries regularly visit his blog.
Zubair is a member of the Windows Server International Customer Advisory Board (ICAB). He also serves on the Technical Advisory Committee at the South Seattle College. His 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 multimedia projects.
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, intranet and extranet portals, upgrade, migration, taxonomy, architecture, branding, governance, research, troubleshooting, etc. Zubair also specializes in design, implementation, and engineering of enterprise network services. He speaks publicly at technical seminars, conferences, and Webinars 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) award in multiple categories 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. He received the prestigious annual MVP award 12 years in a row. 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 Community College where he graduated in CIS.
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.