A long-time desktop virtualization expert and former Terminal Services MVP who joined the Remote Desktop Services product group in order to fix things—and did—Christa is now on the Partner and Customer Ecosystem team on at Microsoft, working with technical community for Windows Server and System Center to ensure that their feedback is heard in planning. She is an amateur photographer and makes a mean loaf of sourdough bread.
Jeremy Anderson works at Third Tier, providing support for IT Professionals in the small business market. Additionally, he is the Microsoft Systems Administrator for On24, inc, a global virtual online webcast and virtual show distributor. Jeremy is a Small Business Server MVP, delivering enterprise solutions and best practices to MSPs and small business clients. If he is not working on tech, you will find Jeremy at a rock concert, or hiking and camping in any part of California.
I am a 15 year veteran of Microsoft. In my current role as an IT Evangelist, my job is to speak to IT Professionals (and anyone else that will listen!) about our cool products and technologies. I have worked with every Operatiing System produced my Microsoft since Windows 95 forward as well as every Server O/S, Office, Sharepoint, Exchange and Proxy/ISA/TMG. I am currently spending a lot of time with the System Center Products including SCVMM, SCCM, SCOM, and DPM. Prior to working as an evangelist, I provided technical support and worked on the betas for the Small Business Server Product.
Glenn works on the Windows Azure team making sure it’s a kick ass platform for Open Source development. When he’s not developing products or with family you’ll find him at a conference somewhere in the world, hacking away on some new thing, pairing up with whoever he can find, or tweeting in to the wee hours of the night as @gblock.
CA Callahan is the author of Mastering Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Mastering Windows SharePoint Services 3.0as well as being a well known SharePoint trainer and speaker. A former Microsoft SharePoint MVP, and a recognized expert on SharePoint Services and Foundation, she often volunteers to support the SharePoint hands-on labs at TechEd and the SharePoint Conference, speaking at SharePoint Saturdays and user groups around the nation, as well as frequently doing free webcasts for her online user group. You can follow her on twitter @callahan, or join her SharePoint Foundation Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/callahanSPF.
Richard Campbell is one of the co-founders of Strangeloop Networks and today serves as product evangelist, introducing the company’s unique story to advisors, investors, patent attorneys, beta-customer candidates, potential employees, etc. Richard has more than 30 years of high-tech experience and is both a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). He has been involved in startup companies in a huge range of roles, including technical, management and financing. During the halcyon days of the DotComBoom he was a consultant to venture capital firms providing technical due diligence and architectural direction. Richard is also a partner in PWOP Productions, creating a variety of multimedia programs including “.NET Rocks!, the Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers,” (www.dotnetrocks.com) a podcast produced twice a week for more than 150,000 listeners in 120 countries. He’s also the host of RunAs Radio (www.runasradio.com), a podcast for the IT Professional using Microsoft technologies. Richard’s ongoing fascination with using technology to promote growth in developing countries has led him to travel around the world, helping to put together communities of developers and creating businesses around those communities.
Jennelle Crothers is the Sr. Network Administrator at the Conservation & Liquidation Office, in San Francisco. The Conservation and Liquidation Office oversees, operates and liquidates insurance companies on behalf of the California Insurance Commissioner.
Jennelle supports the Windows domain, VoIP and document imaging systems internal to the Conservation and Liquidation Office as well as reviews and helps manage the IT infrastructures at the insurance estates managed by the company.
Jennelle is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Enterprise Administrator, Enterprise Desktop Adminstrator 7 and Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2007, a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) for Messenging and holds Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications for Virtualization and Vista. She’s a 3rd year Microsoft MVP and graduated in 1996 from Trenton State College in NJ.
When not reading something related to technology, Jennelle raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Follow her on Twitter @jkc137 or visit her blog at www.techbunny.com.
Steve Evans has worked in the IT field for over 12 years, specializing in Microsoft technologies. He has consulted for small businesses on their IT infrastructure needs as well as worked for larger companies as a Systems Engineer. Steve has been a recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for the past 3 years, and is a Technical Speaker at various industry events.
Nick Hawkins works as a Systems Engineer in the Professional Services department at Groupware Technology, a local bay area VAR. His primary focus is intergrating virtualization, messaging and storage solutions for SMB to Enterprise size businesses. Nick a young technology professional with 7 years of experience in a consulting role.
Nick is a MCTS in 2008R2 server Virtualization and Exchange 2010, CICA and CICE (Certified Infoblox Core Administration and Engineer v6), Data ONTAP Cluster-Mode Administrator (NetApp NCDA).
You can find Nick on twitter: @nhawkins
Jeffery Hicks is a Microsoft MVP in Windows PowerShell, Microsoft Certified Trainer and an IT veteran with over 20 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency. He works today as an independent author, trainer and consultant. Jeff writes the popular Prof. PowerShell column for MPCMag.com, is a regular contributor to the Petri IT Knowledgebase and 4SysOps, and frequent speaker at technology conferences and user groups. If he isn’t writing, Jeff is most likely recording training videos for companies like TrainSignal or hanging out in the forums at PowerShell.org.
Jeff’s latest books are Learn PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches, Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches and PowerShell in Depth: An Administrators Guide.
Richard Hicks is a network security specialist and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Forefront protection technologies. He has designed and deployed edge security and remote access solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, military, government, and Fortune 500 companies around the world. With nearly two decades of experience in the information technology field, Richard holds many certifications including MCP, MCSE, MCTS, and MCITP-Enterprise Administrator. In addition, Richard is a contributing author for popular technology web sites TechRepublic.com and ISAserver.org. You can find his blog at http://tmgblog.richardhicks.com/
Laura E. Hunter is a Principal Technology Architect for Microsoft IT’s Identity & Access Management team, responsible for determining architecture and strategy for Microsoft deployments of Active Directory, ADFS, Identity Management, PKI and RMS. In previous lives, Laura has been an Identity Management consultant, the Active Directory architect for a global engineering firm, and other assorted IT pursuits. Laura has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Laura is the author of the Active Directory Cookbook, 2nd & 3rd Editions, from O’Reilly Publishing, is an unrepentant ADFS technology zealot, and likes to talk about herself in the third person when providing auto-biographical information. She blogs at http://www.shutuplaura.com, and Twitters (tweets? She’s not cool enough to know the verb form of Twitter) @adfskitteh.
Alex Lewis, MCITP, CISSP, has a mixed background in telecommunications, IT, and consulting, with more than 15 years of experience. He has worked with the Lync family of products since the Exchange 2000 instant messaging service and a number of other solutions including Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Shoretel and NEC. He has worked with a wide range of environments from small organizations to large enterprises requiring complex or custom communications solutions, and is responsible for architecting and implementing some of the largest Lync deployments in the world. Alex is a strong believer in the power of business and technology alignment using technological solutions to reduce costs and drive revenue and leveraging Communications Enabled Business Processes (CEBP) to accelerate business success. Including titles on Active Directory and Exchange, Alex has participated in writing eight books from 2004 to present with Lync 2013 Unleashed releasing this month! He is currently principal consultant at Modality Systems, an international boutique consulting firm focused on Microsoft unified communications. In his spare time Alex enjoys scuba diving with sharks and beach volleyball.
Darren Mar-Elia (aka “GPOGUY”, aka “CGPO”) is President and CTO of SDM Software, Inc. (www.sdmsoftware.com)–a Windows management products company focusing on Group Policy solutions. Prior to SDM, he worked at DesktopStandard, which was acquired by Microsoft, as Sr. Director of Product Engineering. Prior to joining DesktopStandard he was CTO for Quest Software’s Windows Management products. Darren has 20+ years of experience in systems and network administration design and architecture. Before Quest, he worked as director of Windows architecture and planning for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. In that capacity he was technical lead for the company’s Windows NT & 2000 design and migration efforts.
Darren maintains a popular Windows Group Policy resource site at www.gpoguy.com
Darren has been a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine since 1997. He has written and contributed to 11 different books on Windows including, most recently the “Windows Group Policy Guide”, published in Summer 2005 by Microsoft Press. Additional titles include, “The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Administration,” “The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Group Policy” and “The Tips & Tricks Guide to Group Policy,” all published online by Realtimepublishers.com.
Mark Minasi is a best-selling author, popular technology columnist, commentator, keynote speaker, and IT consultant. He first got the chance to play with a computer at a university class in 1973. At that time, he learned two things:
- First, computers are neat. (People still said “neat” back in 1973. Hey, it was back in the 20th Century.)
- Second, many technical people are very nice folks, but they can sure put you to sleep in an instant while explaining technical things.
Mark transformed those two insights into a career making computers and networking easier and more fun to understand. He’s done that by writing over a thousand computer columns, several dozen best-selling technical books, and explaining operating system and networking planning, installation, maintenance and repair to crowds from two to two thousand. An independent voice hailed as “Favorite Technical Author” by CertCities four times out of four, Mark has the unusual ability to take even the most technical topics, filter out the hype and explain them in plain English. Perhaps that’s why when TechTarget hired him to deliver a webcast on PC tuning, he drew three times as many attendees as any of their previous webcasts, crashing Yahoo’s servers, and why he’s been hired to deliver keynote addresses at hundreds of techie conferences around the world.
Mark is probably best known for his Mastering Windows Server and Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide books, both of which have seen more than 12 editions and sold over a million copies. An audience member at a recent talk remarked that he believed that Mark could “do a talk on watching paint dry that would be so good that people would be motivated to go home and paint a wall just to experience the joy of drying paint.” While this has led to many very tempting offers from the likes of Sherwin-Williams and Behr, he’s decided to stay with his first love… technology.
Mark’s humorous, provocative and yet informative style makes him a favorite of audiences around the world. Mark’s firm, MR&D, is based in Pungo, a town in Virginia’s Tidewater area which is distinguished by having one and only one traffic light.
Aleksandar Nikolic is Microsoft MVP for Windows PowerShell. He is one of the earliest adaptors of Windows PowerShell. Aleksandar is a frequent speaker at the conferences (Microsoft Sinergija, PowerShell Deep Dive, NYC Techstravaganza, KulenDayz) and participates regularly in IT Pro/PowerShell user groups worldwide. He is also a co-founder and editor of the PowerShell Magazine (http://powershellmagazine.com). You can find him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexandair
Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker, blogger, and IT community organizer. A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (http://aka.ms/FullOfIT). He also contributes to and moderates the TechNet Forum IT Manager discussion (http://aka.ms/ITManager), and presents live TechNet Events throughout the central U.S. (http://www.technetevents.com)