October 31, 2007 16:35 ET

Microsoft's Joe Long to Keynote NetPro's 2008 Directory Experts Conference

General Manager of Connected Identity and Directory Team Keynotes Day One of Leading Directory and Identity Event; New Pre-Conference Workshop Shares "All Up" View of Microsoft Identity Platform

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - October 31, 2007) - NetPro Computing, Inc., a leading provider of distributed services management software, today announced that Joe Long, General Manager of Microsoft's Connected Identity and Directory organization, will keynote day one of its Seventh Annual Directory Experts Conference (DEC) 2008. An important international event providing expert training for the most experienced users of Microsoft Identity and Access (IDA) technologies, DEC will also feature ADFS Product Unit Manager Stuart Kwan as its day two keynote. A new pre-conference workshop will kick off the event with hands-on guidance for designing a complete identity infrastructure using Windows Server 2008 technology.

Sponsored in part by Microsoft, DEC 2008 provides advanced education on Windows Server 2008's business-critical IDA technologies, including Active Directory, Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM), Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), and Active Directory Rights Management Services (RMS). DEC 2008 will be held March 2-5, 2008, in Chicago, Ill., at the Hilton Chicago, with its pre-conference workshop kicking off the event Sunday, March 2.

"Joe is responsible for driving Microsoft's overall strategy in the Identity and Access space," said Gil Kirkpatrick, NetPro Expert in Residence and DEC founder. "Who better to share Microsoft's vision of the future of the platform? He'll bring comprehensive perspective and powerful insights from directory services to RMS, and he'll no doubt be prepared to answer the tough questions. NetPro is thrilled, and I think the delegates will be too -- especially because DEC favorite Stuart Kwan has agreed to take day two!"

"DEC is one of the most focused industry event for the users of Microsoft's directory and identity technologies," said Microsoft's Joe Long. "DEC delegates are today's Active Directory and ILM users, and tomorrow's Federation and CardSpace adopters. It's a great place to share our plans and gather feedback from some of Microsoft's top customers."

Long is responsible for driving Microsoft's strategy in the Identity and Access space, including both the business of Identity and the platform. Long joined Microsoft in 1991 after graduating from Reed College with a degree in Physics. He started in product support, moving from there to Developer Relations, where he worked as a vertical evangelist driving technology adoption in the insurance and financial services industries. In 1995, Long transitioned to the product teams, working on Microsoft Transaction Server. Prior to assuming his current position in 2005, Long managed much of the Microsoft middleware stack including COM+, MS-DTC, MSMQ, RPC, and half of the Windows Communication Foundation.

In addition to keynote speakers, NetPro has also added a pre-conference workshop to the DEC 2008 education session lineup. The new workshop, hosted by Oxford Computer Group, NetPro and Microsoft, is titled, Identity All Up: Architecting an Integrated, Streamlined Microsoft Identity & Access Platform. The workshop will share hands-on guidance for designing an identity infrastructure to leverage the new technology available in Windows Server 2008.

The full-day workshop will cover how to build out an identity management platform with Rights Management, Certificate Lifecycle Management and Federation using the complete array of Microsoft IDA technologies. The workshop will also highlight architecture alternatives available to write applications effectively on the platform and an exclusive Sneak Peek look at ILM 2 with the latest ILM 2 bits.

Priced at $500, the Identity All Up Workshop runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2008, and will include interactive lessons on how to:

--  Provision Certificates using ILM
--  Provision Certificates to Smart Cards
--  When to use Federation vs. Provisioning
--  Provision Certificates for RMS
--  How to use Federation and Provisioning to enable access to SharePoint
--  Leverage RMS to protect the content in SharePoint

DEC 2008 is offered on a tiered pricing schedule that includes all food, beverages and conference materials. The early bird registration fee for delegates who register by Dec. 21, 2007, will pay $1645 USD. Delegates who register Dec. 22 through Feb. 29, 2008, will pay $1845 USD. The late registration fee for those delegates who register after March 1, 2008, is $1945 USD. To register, please visit: For more information about Chicago and the historic Hilton Chicago, please visit:

About NetPro

NetPro sets the Gold Standard for distributed infrastructure management. We build decades of experience into every enterprise solution, ensuring that our customers can manage the security, compliance and health of their Active Directory, Windows, Exchange, and MIIS environments with total, unparalleled confidence. Our solutions enable organizations to improve security and policy compliance, increase access availability, prevent costly disruptions, and enhance management efficiencies. NetPro counts the U.S. Army, General Electric and Coors Brewing among its many customers.

Editors Note: NetPro names used in this document are trademarks, which may be registered in one or more jurisdictions, of NetPro. Microsoft is a registered trademark, and Active Directory is a trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and other countries.

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