Microsoft Masterminds Episode 10: Alexander Jushin, MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Remote Desktop Services & inventor of E2EVC/PubForum

Welcome to the new episode of tech talks with outstanding Microsoft community members from all over the world. Most interviews are with Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), and if you are not familiar with that program yet, I recommend you reading my recent introductory interview. Because next E2EVC in Copenhagen is near, want to publish my interview with Alexander Jushin at E2EVC in Hamburg last year, inventor of the E2EVC. We talked about the event and his focus as MVP. Enjoy reading!

This post has no relation to my job or my employer. Everything I post is my personal opinion and I write complete independent.

Flo: Alex, could you introduce yourself, the event and your company?

Alexander Jushin: Hello, I am Alex Jushin and I am the person behind the E2EVC or PubForum. We have been doing that for 10 years so far.  I myself, I’m Microsoft MVP and CTP (Citrix Technology Professional).  I am also trainer for both of the companies. The purpose of creating the E2EVC was initially to have a networking platform, we have two events in a year and every time we’ve got about 120 people from all of Europe.

Flo:  How do you get these great guest speakers like Aidan Finn or Didier van Hoye, Hans Vredevoort, Carsten Rachfahl or in the new MVP, Thomas Maurer.

Alexander Jushin:  Well, it wasn’t difficult to get them because they also believe in the power of the networking within the community.  When I asked them to come, they were very happy to do that and even more so to present very interesting content which is Windows 2012.  They all are MVPs and they know that their involvement in the community plays a big role for everyone involved in Microsoft technoolgies.

Flo: Let us take a look at your role as MVP. What’s your focus area?

Alexander Jushin: My focus area is Remote Desktop Services, previously it was Terminal Services and I am MVP since 2006.  So I was MVP in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Flo: What are the major changes from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012 in this area?

Alexander Jushin:  There is a great change in those two technologies; Windows Server 2012 brings much more improvements in terms of speed for Remote Desktop Services, the manageability gets much better.  We have also much bigger focus on the VDI, and there are a lot of improvements in Hyper-V.

The management of the users became better; the protocol now works also in a UDP, which gives it a great performance for multimedia content like Flash and other content-intensive multimedia resources.

Flo: So let us take a look on cloud computing. What are your thoughts on solutions provided by vendors such as Dell Wyse

Alexander Jushin: Itis indeed a great way to get your corporation into cloud. You can store your virtual computers that you use basically anywhere. And you can access them from the thin clients, and a good example would be a Wyse client. Those clients deliver great performance over their WAN links and they also deliver great configuration options.  So yes, the remote desk access became so good at this stage that you pretty much can access your infrastructure at the great speeds through the LAN and through the wide area networks as well.

Flo: Do you see any challenges coming up in this field for hardware vendors?

Alexander Jushin: I do indeed see a great challenge for the companies producing the hardware. Thankfully, I have Dell hardware myself for one of the servers and the performance very good and BIOS is already supporting Windows 2012. I have no issues whatsoever, and I also see, in a couple of presentations on the Dell hardware, from my perspective, it works quite well and it’s absolutely ready for the Windows Server 2012.

What challenges I see … there must be great support for the drivers because especially in the server area, it is very important that the drivers are compatible with the operating systems. So I see that Dell, amongst other hardware producers, have their supports for the Server 2012 already in place.

As far as I know, there are some great models coming out in the Dell stack of Windows Server hardware, which will support the 2012, with improved scalability and such.  I think it’s a great challenge for everyone involved, and I believe that what it brings with it is better consolidation of the services, better performance for the VDI, and better performance for all the server functions altogether, so.

Flo: Onelast question.  hen and where will be the next E2EVC/PubForum?

Alexander Jushin: The next one will be on the May 31, 2013 in Copenhagen. It will be called E2EVC X Copenhagen. The X means that we are 10 years old, and we hope that at some stage we’ll be 20 years old as well.  So thanks to our great sponsors and their attendees, we look forward to see you all at the event.

Flo: Thank you very much, Alex.

Alexander Jushin:  Thank you very much.


My take aways from E2EVC

One week is over since the E2EVC ended for this year.

In my opinion it was a awesom event. Great presentations and speakers.

I had also the chance to speak with spend a lot of time with a few of my IT idols.

Didier van Hoye:

Didier shows me every day, how many things I don’t know, specially about storage and networking. 

Carsten Rachfahl:

He is also my mentor and the person, who pushes me along the Windows Server way. 

Thomas Maurer:

Thomas is one of the youngest MVP and also my personal competitor 😉 . He’s two years younger as my self and still on a professional level that I also want to reach in future. Well done Thomas and go on! 

Jeff Wouters:

Jeff also known as PowerShell Magician, is no MVP yet, but definitively on the way to become one. He is one of the best and most experienced PowerShell Gurus in EMEA. 

Aidan Finn:

Yes, last but not least Mr. Aidan Finn. One of the Microsoft MVP Rockstars EMEA and Worldwide. I felt like a teenage girl who met Justin Bieber when I talked to him or spend time with him and the other Experts. 

Aidan also signed my book. 😀 


I’m a little bit sad that Hans Vredevoort became sick, short before the event and can’t make it. 🙁

I captured some interviews at the E2EVC weekend and I will publish them step by step, as soon as possible.

All in all it was an amazing weekend I will visit E2EVC again, if I get the chance.


Next time E2EVC will take place in Copenhagen Denmark from May 31 to June 2, 2013.






E2EVC in Hamburg from 02.11.2012 to 04.11.2012 // The chance for me to meet great experts in person

Hi community,

E2EVC is a small but one of the most important virtualization events in Germany, if not even in Europe. Many well known experts will attend that event, amongst them a handful of Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP).

I will attend E2EVC, which will take place 02. – 04. November 2012 in Hamburg (Germany) and I will meet some of the MVPs in person and interview them. You will find these interviews in this sequential order at the DELL TechCenter after the event.

In case you are not familiar with E2EVC Virtualisation Conference, the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional program or both, please find some key facts below.


So first, what is E2EVC?

E2EVC Virtualisation Conference is a non-commercial,virtualization community Event.
Our main goal is to bring the best virtualization experts together to exchange knowledge and to establish new connections. E2EVC is a weekend crammed with presentations, Master Classes and discussions delivered by both virtualization vendors product teams and independent experts.
Started in 2003 with just 4 people and after 16 successful events grown to a well-recognized event with over 120 attendees. Our conference has taken place in cities such as Munich, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, Paris, Munich, Nice, Lisbon and Vienna. The next conference will take place in Hamburg, Germany.



Which MVPs will I meet in Hamburg?

Carsten Rachfahl, Didier van Hoye, Thomas Maurer, Aidan Finn and Hans Vredevoort confirmed they will give me an opportunity to interview them during the event. All of them are well known Microsoft MVPs and great guys.


Who is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)?

According to MicrosoftMicrosoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award is given to “exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others.” The awarded are people who “actively share their … technical expertise with the different technology communities related directly or indirectly to Microsoft”. An MVP is awarded for contributions over the previous year.

The MVP program grew out of the software developer community, as the initial MVPs were some of the most active on the online peer support communities such as Usenet and CompuServe. It has since grown to include other types of products, and other avenues of contribution. Steve Ballmer spoke to a group of Microsoft MVP’s about XP and Vista.



So, whom am I going to interview? 

Let me introduce them one by one:

Carsten Rachfahl

Consultant and Architect, Rachfahl IT-Solutions
Carsten Rachfahl started his IT career in 1988, working as a developer on porting X-Windows to an OS called OS/9. In 1991, he founded his own company in Germany and is self-employed since these ancient days. Starting 2001 with Citrix/Terminalserver, his focus is on the virtualization space till nowadays. When Microsoft finally created a “real” Hypervisor and brought that to the market, he was all in. His Blog is highly recognized and appreciated within the virtualization community. The Blog features tutorials, articles, screencasts, video interviews and podcasts focusing on the Microsoft Private Cloud. Being MCT, he teaches various Microsoft virtualization-, and his own “Hyper-V Powerkurs” course. As co-founder of the German Hyper-V Community he regularly organizes events and he has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for Virtual Machine in the year 2011 and 2012.

Company: Rachfahl IT Solutions


Didier van Hoye

Didier Van Hoye has been earning a living in IT since 1996. Currently he’s the Microsoft Infrastructure Architect at the Flemish Geographical Information Agency. In his day job he’s involved with Windows Infrastructures amongst which Exchange Servers, SQL Servers & the System Center Suite. Didier uses Hyper-V, failover clustering, NLB, and Storage Area Networks in creative attempts to give his demanding user base both good & cost effective solutions to sometimes very challenging needs.

Company: Flemish Geographical Information Agency


Thomas Maurer

Microsoft MVP for Virtual Machine. Work as a Private Cloud Architect for itnetx gmbh, a consulting and engineering company located in Bern/Switzerland. We are focussed on Microsoft Technologies, especially Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions, Microsoft System Center and Microsoft Virtualization.

Company: itnetx gmbh

Aidan Finn

Aidan Finn is the Infrastructure Team Lead with System Dynamics, a consulting services company located in Dublin that provides IT infrastructure and business intelligence expertise. He has been working in IT since 1996 and has specialised in working with Microsoft infrastructure solutions including Server, desktop, System Center and virtualisation. Aidan is an MCSE and a Microsoft MVP in Virtualization. Aidan co-wrote Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2 (Sybex), is the lead author of Mastering Hyper-V Deployment (Sybex), and is contributing to Mastering Windows 7 Deployment (Sybex).

Company: Micro Warehouse

Hans Vredevoort

Hans Vredevoort is Consultant, Inovativ in the Netherlands, Microsoft MVP (Hyper-V), Microsoft vTSP Datacenter Solutions. He has a been an MVP (Cluster, Hyper-V) since 2009 and has a strong focus on Private Clouds built on top of Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center. He helped to kick-start the Hyper-V community and blogs/presents for as well as on numerous other occasions. Hans wrote the fabric chapters of Microsoft Private Cloud Computing, was the technical editor for Aidan Finn’s book Mastering Hyper-V Deployment and is now editing a new book project centering on Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. After a long career with a system integrator in the Netherlands, he joined the System Center focused company Inovativ last year, where he is one of eight MVP’s that are working for this company. Vredevoort has assisted countless companies with architecting and building high available ‘cloud’ infrastructures using Windows virtualization, blade servers and shared storage.

Company: inovativ

Alex Juschin

Microsoft Most Valued Professional for Virtualization for six years 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. Also, as recognition by Citrix Inc. He received the Citrix Technology Professional in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. There are only abour 40 people holding any of it in the World. It is an big pleasure and responsibility for me to be listed as MVP and CTP, among the best people in the Industry.
He have organized and led all the PubForum/E2EVC events since the very first one in Amsterdam in August 2003. His current strong points are Microsoft Server Products including Windows Server 2008 (R2), 2003, MOM, Active Directory, Server Virtualization via VmWare,Hyper-V, XenServer, Server Management, Infrastructure planning and optimisation, implementation of Microsoft Best Practicies, Remote Desktop Services and of course Citrix. He started to work with Citrix Products in 1998, before he was very much into the Novell, Windows NT and Security world.

LinkedIn: Alex Juschin
Company: E2EVC

Sources: MVPs’ websites


Make sure you don’t miss the interviews

I will start posting my interviews with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) right after the conference. If you don’t want to miss any of them, pull the RSS Feed for posts.

If you have any questions either to me or to one of the MVPs I am going to interview, feel free to shoot me a line. Looking forward to hear from you!