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vExpert Spotlight: Sohrab Kasraeian Fard

Twitter: @Kasraeian
Blog URL: http://www.kasraeian.com 

How did you get into IT?

It was about two years before school when for the first time I saw “Computers” in my father’s working place. When I was in the 1st year of my high school, I get the chance of playing games on the computer and one year after that I get some lessons about computer and MS DOS.

I can say those event's changed my life completely as I leaved my first university after 2 years of studying “Material Engineering – Ceramic Field” and went to the new university for studying “Computer – IT Field” and later on one of my professors invited me to his company and from then my IT career started. 

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

I started using VMware products “VMware Workstation 6.x” and “VMware Server 1.x” before I'm moving to the new university for studying computer-IT (more than 6 years ago). While I was in university I started using these two products more and more which lead me to help multiple professors to use "VMware Workstation" for their courses and classes. During this process I faced multiple problems which lead me to the "VMware Community" for the first series.

About 2 years ago I started studying for "Microsoft MCITP EA" certificate and for testing multiple scenarios and configuration I managed to build my own "Home Lab" and that was the first time I start using VMware ESXi 3.5 on my devices; running "VMware ESXi 3.5" on the white-boxes in that time got a lot of problems which lead me to the VMware Community (VMTN) again.

As the result of using “VMware ESXi 3.5” I changed my goals and get my VCP4 certificate before my MCITP EA certificate. I got a lot of helps from SMEs, posts and documents inside and outside of VMTN. In that point I started looking for a way to at least answering parts of helps which I received and paying back to the community by sharing information I got and helping others (if it's possible); and this year I got the honor of being awarded as the "vExpert 2011".

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

I think, spending time and money for IT and especially in the matters which person interested on would get its result if good motivation and good goal being exist as well.
Try to be a better and better person in company and among friends and don’t stop putting more and more times on subjects, learning and for sure sharing them and finally never doubt about asking questions.

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