August 29, 2006 07:00 ET

NetPro Announces Sixth Annual Directory Experts Conference

Microsoft Identity and Access Architect Kim Cameron to Keynote Conference in Las Vegas; Expanded Focus Builds on Active Directory and MIIS Content With RMS, CLM and ADFS Tracks

PHOENIX, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2006 -- NetPro Computing, Inc., a leading provider of distributed services management software, today announced the Sixth Annual Directory Experts Conference (DEC) 2007, an important international event focused on advancing the skills of the most experienced users of Microsoft Identity and Access (IDA) technologies. Sponsored in part by Microsoft, DEC 2007 will provide advanced education on the future version of Windows Server, code-named Longhorn, and its critical IDA technologies, including Active Directory, Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS), Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), as well as Rights Management Services (RMS) and Certificate Lifecycle Manager (CLM).

DEC 2007 will be held April 22-25, 2007, at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kim Cameron, architect, identity and access for Microsoft, will conduct Monday's technical keynote for the event, while Microsoft's senior director, identity and access product management, Peter Houston, will share highlights on the platform's strategic direction in DEC's Tuesday keynote. This year's theme, "Identity and Access in the Longhorn Era," will serve as a centerpiece for highly technical 200, 300, and 400-level content focused on key IDA business scenarios, including:

--  Directory Services, with specific focus on leveraging and managing
    Active Directory
--  Identity Lifecycle Management, including all aspects of MIIS, from
    user provisioning to cross-platform management
--  Federated Identity, highlighting ADFS
--  Information Protection, with specific emphasis on Windows RMS
--  Strong Authentication, focusing on CLM

"Coming up on its sixth consecutive year, DEC has become the premier education conference for the Microsoft Identity and Access Community," said Gil Kirkpatrick, NetPro CTO and DEC founder. "While we remain committed to providing premium content on Active Directory and MIIS, we are thrilled to expand the scope of the event to include powerful new technologies within the Microsoft Identity and Access stack. The cutting edge sessions led by our industry leading speakers on RMS, ADFS and CLM will expand our attendees' expertise and give their organizations a competitive edge."

"This conference provides a unique opportunity for IT professionals to learn how Microsoft IDA products enhance the manageability while reducing cost and complexity of enterprise-wide identity and access management," said Microsoft's Houston. "We are excited to see this event grow in terms of attendance and technology tracks, and we are pleased to be a part of it."

DEC attendees point to the quality of the speaker line up as the key driver behind DEC's value. And, the conference's top rated speakers have signed on to join the event again this year, including:

--  Kim Cameron, architect, identity and access, Microsoft
--  Peter Houston, senior director, identity and access product
    management, Microsoft
--  Stuart Kwan, group program manager, federated identity and security,
--  Robert DeLuca, program manager, Microsoft
--  Guido Grillenmeier, senior consultant, HP Consulting
--  Paul Rich, group manager, Microsoft IT

DEC 2007 will focus on a wide variety of sessions led by the top Microsoft IDA experts, offering in-depth technical presentations, as well as roundtable discussions designed to encourage delegate participation. In addition to traditional technical sessions held throughout the three-day event, DEC 2007 will also feature a pre-conference, hands-on Longhorn Migration Workshop. The workshop will be developed and produced by NetPro's Kirkpatrick and a team of Microsoft Directory Services MVPs, including such notables as Dean Wells, director of technology solutions at MSEtechnology, Grillenmeier of HP, Laura Hunter, infrastructure manager, University of Pennsylvania Business Services, and Ulf Simon-Weidner, senior consultant at Computacenter AG & Co. oHG.

To bolster the outstanding line up of experts already slated to speak, NetPro has opened a "Call for Papers." Individuals seeking consideration for presentation opportunities at the event will find complete details at Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. MST October 20, 2006, for consideration. Speakers selected through the DEC 2007 Call for Papers process will be detailed in an announcement on November 1, 2006.

DEC 2007 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 Jan. 5, 2007, is $1495 USD per person. Delegates who register after Jan. 5 and before Feb. 23, 2007, will pay $1595 USD. Delegates who register after Feb. 23, and before April 20, 2007, will pay $1795 USD. The late registration fee for those delegates who register after April 20, 2007, is $1895 USD. To register for the Directory Experts Conference, please visit:

World-famous for its night life, shopping and shows, Las Vegas plays host to the Sixth Annual DEC. And the four-star Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa provides the ideal setting for the conference, featuring an intimate resort experience that's close to the action, but a world apart. For more information about the Red Rock, 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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