About Devin

I’m Devin L. Ganger. I am a father, husband, reader, writer, Xbox gamer, college dropout, karate student, music lover, seeker of balance, reveler in life, and follower of the uplifting. I got into computers as a child and my interest in networking came out of my involvement with the dial-up BBS community during the late ’80s and early ’90s. (FidoNet represent!)

Current Mug Shot
Me and a neighbor.
If he were my cat I’d name him NSA.

By day, I am a messaging architect and technical writer with over 20 years of experience in administering messaging systems, Windows, UNIX, and TCP/IP networks. Today I work primarily with Exchange Server, Windows Active Directory, Hyper-V, and related Microsoft and third-party technologies. I was recognized as a Microsoft MVP for Exchange Server for five years (2007-2011). In 2009, I earned the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) Exchange 2007 certification. At that time I was one of a handful of people in the world with both the MVP award and the MCM certification, almost entirely due to working with excellent people.

In addition to being an active blogger, I speak at industry conferences and have authored several magazine and newsletter articles. I have co-written and contributed chapters to a number of technical books and a variety of white papers. My goal is to continue to develop my expertise in Exchange and the Microsoft solution stack by helping solve real problems in real messaging systems, while staying engaged with the shift to cloud and private cloud technologies and sharing what I learn with the greater Exchange community. I see IT work as a calling to help people solve problems and empower them to better lives. I still get that first-time touch of glee every time I get a new system connected to a network, or sending and receiving its first messages.

Pieces of Me

In my spare time, I have a variety of pursuits:

  • I play games. After falling out of the computer gaming habit not too long after getting married, the Xbox and Xbox 360 pulled me back. I enjoy a mix of first-person shooters and role-playing games in many genres.
  • I do karate. In July 2008, I became a student at the Monroe YMCA dojo of Northwest Budokan, learning Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Matsumura Seito Karate and Kobudo. I am currently 1st kyu (brown belt) and am working towards my shodan (first degree black belt).
  • I write fiction. I’m working on a variety of story and novel ideas. I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was five. My current plan of record is to eventually retire from IT, write best-selling speculative fiction novels, and rule an uninhabited Pacific island with an iron fist.

Thanks for stopping by my Web site and blog. I hope you find something here that makes you laugh, makes you feel better, and challenges your understanding of the limits of possibility.

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7 Comments

  1. Juan BB

    You sir, have a great domain name.

  2. Virginia Pykonen

    Devin, I’m wondering if maybe you are the same young man I once knew at Pembroke Castle. If so you were about 19 then, and we used to write stories together. I cannot quite recognize you from your picture, but if it is you please get in touch with me again. It would be nice to catch up.

    I’m happy to see you living such a happy life! Your family looks beautiful, and you seem very contented. Take good care!

  3. Hammad Ahmad

    Hi,

    I am quite new to ISA 2006 and need some help to get things done.

    We have 2 different subnets and both are on different patterns… for example IronPort is on 173…… and Exchange 2007 is on 172…….

    ISA is in between and does not have much of a setting when it comes to routing of emails. Basic ISA settings are in place for firewall and rules of traffic flow.

    IRON PORT > ISA 2006 < Exchange 2007

    Now how can i route or do NAT for 172 to communicate with 173 in ISA? Can you please point me to a tutorial or a youtube link explaining it?

    Thanks

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