Not a Microsoft MVP anymore. 4

Well before you go ahead and read this post, please note this is not a rant about it. It is just what I honestly think about how Microsoft is evaluating the work people like myself have been doing on the Terminal Services communities over the past year (that is all that counts when Microsoft comes up to a decision if they will or not re-award you).

So what have I been doing in the community this past year? Some may say a lot, some may say not too much. So here you have my take on that.

– I wrote and made available at no cost an 80-page guide about Terminal Services. It describes everything you need to understand what it does, how it does and how to properly set it up from start to finish. It is based on Windows Server 2003 (and I am now updating it to Windows Server 2008 R2). You can download it here.

– I posted about the industry in general here on my blog and on other places several times.

– I presented a session again at BriForum regarding Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS (as I have been doing since BriForum’s inception).

– Helped people through my website (direct emails) and on the Microsoft public newsgroups.

Apparently, this is not enough for Microsoft. I just wish they had a more palpable, clear policy on what is indeed required to get your MVP status renewed. Several other MVPs did probably way less than above and are still MVPs.

Will I be back next year? Assuming all I have been doing means nothing (as it is the case as I have not been renewed), then no, I am not coming back (as I see no need to do more than I am actually doing and more than that, I do think I have done a lot for the TS community over the past year AND over the years).

See you guys!


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4 thoughts on “Not a Microsoft MVP anymore.

  • Steve Greenberg

    Don’t try to make sense of it. There are many MVP’s who have not been renewed for no apparent good reason (myself included) I think it is really a matter of the people that make the awards are separate from the product groups that the MVP’s interact with on a regular basis. Also, there appears to be a criteria being used which isn’t based on contributions to the end user communicity or consulting realm we work in (which influences a large portion of the adoptions!). I heard another story today from another MVP group in which one of the leading and most active MVP’s was not renewed either. In short, I am saying that I don’t think there is any real intention or careful planning around this!!

  • Come on!

    I’m sorry to hear you lost your MVP award. It’s an unpleasent career exprience and I’m truly sorry that you have to go through it.

    However, You did not do enough to warrent recieveing MVP.
    Summing up your nomination: You wrote 1 article/ebook, you gave 1 talk and you have a blog with 20 blog posts. And you want an award?
    If that’s the criteria Microsoft would have to award 300,000 people and not just 3,000.

    Based on your community contributions in the last year I don’t believe you deserve an community activity based award.

    • crod

      I can for sure reply to this. 🙂
      Do you have any idea how many direct emails I get every single day through my website asking me for help with TS/Citrix? Or questions I answer about the guide I wrote? No, you do not have that information. On average I get 100+ emails a month, so far with a response rate around 95%. That means alone I answer an average 1000+ questions a year directly. Does not it count as community work?
      The same applies to the guide I wrote. Yes, it was a single guide but any ideas how many people downloaded it over the last year? Again, you have no idea. Just by counting these two there are thousands of people out there that were directly helped. There is way more to ‘community’ than what you mention.



  • Andy Wood

    I had the same problem – still its not about the letters is it, just keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

    I hadn’t seen that TS document before, interesting read – you’re going to have to amend it for W2k8 😉