Interview with a Wiki Ninja, MVP, and expert in Exchange, Skype, & More - Sathish Veerapandian

Welcome to another round of Interview with a Wiki Ninja! Did you know we've done over 120 of these? Well, that's what happens when you do it for years.

It's my pleasure to introduce you to someone who is no newcomer to the community (so hopefully you already know him). He's an MVP, he has already written 107 Wiki articles (wow!)...

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Some of his profile stats:

  • 15,545 Recognition Points
  • 107 Wiki Articles
  • 164 Wiki Edits and 19 Wiki Comments
  • 1,510 Forum Replies, with 464 Marked Answers
  • 14 Gallery Items with 2,960 Downloads!

Some of Sathish's example Wiki articles:

You could spend hours reading all his great content! But for now, let's get to the interview...


Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?

Hey there im Sathish veerapandian and im currently working in Dubai.

I working as a Microsoft messaging consultant in UAE.

I'm a messaging specialist with core knowledge on Microsoft Exchange, Skype for Business , MDM solutions & Archive Solutions.


What are your big projects right now?

Currently working on a major exchange migration project for a big entity from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016 Migration.

Closely Working on a Skype for business integration project with telephony systems.


What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?

Technet wiki is for the technology experts who would like to share and knew the features, updates which is available on specific stream in Microsoft platform.


What do you do with TechNet Wiki, and how does that fit into the rest of your job?

With TechNet Wiki it helps me to share my distinctive  features identified on my specialties, Exchange, Office 365, & Skype for business.


What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?

When people reads my wiki post , moderator aligns , make corrections and make the article look great and comments from people makes me happy.

Also it makes me stand at the tip of the upcoming technologies on the Microsoft messaging platform.


In what other sites and communities do you contribute your technical knowledge?

I do have a seperate facebook group of 2000 + members where i spread and share the microsoft knowledge

Also help out people there who are in technical road blocks


On what articles have you collaborated with other community members on #TNWiki? What was that experience like?

There are handful of them. It was really great and it gave me a good cross platform knowledge.


On what Wiki articles do you spend most of your time?

Exchange, Skype for Business 


What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?

All the Exchange 2016 Articles, which I've heard have helped the most people.


What are your top 5 favorite Wiki articles?

  1. Configure SCOM 2012 to receive Exchange 2016 Alerts in Email and SMS
  2. Exchange 2016 Migration planning on phases
  3. Exchange 2016: How to Turn off Exchange Administrative Center (EAC)
  4. PKI: Certificate Revocation process explained
  5. Skype for Business: We couldn’t connect to the presentation because of network issues


What are the top 5 Wiki articles or areas that need more attention and development?

  1. Modifying System Generated Mailbox in Exchange 2013
  2. Exchange 2013 Domain Security
  3. Skype for Business leave messages offline
  4. Exchange: Restrict end users from using third party active sync enabled applications


What could we do differently on TechNet Wiki?

May be sharing distinctive articles by TechNet moderators will give the Wiki more visibility.


Who has impressed you in the Wiki community, and why?

Lots of people, like Steve Goodman and Paul Cunningham, with their high-quality articles.


What does success look like for TechNet Wiki?

WOW factor :)


Do you have any comments for product groups about TechNet Wiki?

All is going good from them!


Do you have any tips for new Wiki authors?

It's better to share the article in multiple places to get the visibility of the content which is being shared.



Big thanks go out to Sathish for this interview! Please join me by congratulating Sathish in the comments and thanking him for such a large contribution to TechNet Wiki (107 articles!).

Jump on in! The Wiki is Warm!

- Ninja Ed

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