Interview with a Wiki Ninja and Hyper-V expert - Yahya Zahedi

Welcome to another interview day! Today we are going to interview Yahya. He is the last MTPC award winner, so you know him a little. Let's have a look at his TechNet profile:

He has more than 40 articles in TN which most of them are about virtualization and hyper-v technologies. This is his article which won the award. Let's get to the interview!

Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?
I am Yahya Zahedi Fard (LinkedIn) form Iran living in Tehran. I’m 25 years old and live alone.
I’m student in IT (Network Computers) at SRBIAU in Tehran.
I work for Bahan Gostar Engineering Company as IT administrator. In this situation I just do normal jobs (Not virtualization, do jobs other IT admins do in small companies)
My focus is Virtualization specially Hyper-V.

What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?
TechNet Wiki is for everyone who wants to learn. Every one wants to learn Microsoft technologies!
There is no difference that you are starter or an IT pro .You have lots of article about everything that you want about Microsoft products .Everyone can share their information and experiences.

What do you do with TechNet Wiki, and how does that fit into the rest of your job?
I write articles and read lots of them. In my job, usually I have approximately 3 to 5 hours of free time a day, so I read wiki or write wiki (Payman: this is what I loved about his interview! He uses Wiki instead of article.), but for now because I’m so busy, I can’t write articles but as soon possible I will start to Wiki again!

What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?
Every one, with minimum experience (such as Me) can write Wiki and then thousands of people could see it and if there is a problem, they could warn you or even correct it by themselves.
You enjoy that Microsoft respects your language, now it’s time to say thank you to Microsoft because of Persian Support in wiki and blog.

On what articles have you collaborated with other community members on #TNWiki? What was that experience like?
At first, I connected to Patris and he help me a lot (how to write wiki, how to correct my errors and so on). After that on hyper-v articles I connected to Payman Biukaghazadeh.

On what Wiki articles do you spend most of your time?
On Hyper-V Articles I spent approximately 6 months, because I was in the learning stage and then wrote articles and then tested them in my lab, and finally when they was OK I published it.

What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?
Full Persian reference for Hyper-V

Who has impressed you in the Wiki community, and why?
Patris, because he learned me there is Wiki and there is a big world on Net to publish my articles.
I would especially like to thank Omid Koushki & Payman Biukaghazadeh.

What does success look like for TechNet Wiki?
TechNet wiki is for all of International languages. But in some language such as Turkish, Spanish, French, Persian and … you have some great wiki in their own languages. So everyone with their own language can use it . (if your Language does not have any wiki, you become the first person that publish TechNet wiki in your language )

Congratulations to Yahya for his great contributions in Persian!

BTW, we could use Yahya's terminology about wiki. What is your idea? ;-)

Wiki (wiki, wikied, wikied)


  • To write a TechNet Wiki article; widely used in first decades of 21th century in Microsoft communities. Example: I wikied about BizTalk!
  • To contribute to a TechNet Wiki articles

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