December 15, 2005 08:00 ET

NetPro Announces Directory Experts Conference 2006 Speaker Lineup

Call for Papers Draws Proposals From Top Active Directory and MIIS Experts; Leading Industry Analysts and Microsoft AD and MIIS Product Groups to Share Compelling Technology Sessions

PHOENIX, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 15, 2005 -- NetPro Computing, Inc., a leading provider of distributed services management software, today announced the speaker lineup for the Fifth Annual Directory Experts Conference (DEC) 2006. Presented by NetPro, and sponsored in part by Microsoft and Centrify, DEC 2006 is the only international event focused on advancing the skills of the most experienced Active Directory and MIIS administrators.

New speakers were identified through a call for papers process, which drew submissions from around the world. All sessions were chosen for their appropriateness to the conference theme, "Achieving Secure Enterprise Identity Management and Access Control with Microsoft IAM Technologies." DEC 2006 will be held March 26-29, 2006, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will provide advanced education on key Microsoft Identity and Access Management (IAM) technologies. For the first time ever, the conference will also include dedicated "Masters" tracks for highly experienced users.

DEC 2006 presenters identified through the call for papers process include:

--  Paul Sims and Jason Heyes -- Senior Consultants, Microsoft UK, Active
    Directory Disaster Recovery
--  Brian Puhl -- Senior Systems Engineer, Microsoft, Managing Active
    Directory in Microsoft IT
--  Jorge de Almeida Pinto -- Infrastructure Consultant, LogicaCMG,
    Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan
--  Mark Lawrence -- Lead Program Manager, Microsoft, Microsoft's Insight
    into Group Policy
--  Darren Mar-Elia -- Chief Technology Officer, Quest Software, Group
    Policy Guts
--  Ulf B. Simon-Weidner -- Senior Consultant, Computacenter AG & Co., A
    Directory Services Geek's View
--  Anthony Morgante -- Technical Solutions Professional, Microsoft,
    Implementing a Meta Directory
--  Jeremy Palenchar -- Infrastructure Architect, Avanade Inc., Under the
    Hood of MAStats
--  Brad Turner -- Technical Architect, Ensynch Inc., Using MIIS for
    Active Directory Migrations
--  Pamela Dingle -- Consultant, Nulli Secundus, Microsoft Identity
--  Jeff Bohren -- Software Architect, BMC, The Role of MIIS in Compliance
--  Keith McCall -- Chief Technology Officer, Azaleos Corporation,
    Identity Access Mechanisms in Exchange
--  Danny Kim -- Chief Technology Officer, FullArmor Corp., Details of GPO
    in Vista
In addition to the new speakers, many of the conference's top rated speakers will return to the event again this year. Further, two leading analysts, John Enck of Gartner and Nick Nikols of Burton, as well as key members of Microsoft's Active Directory and MIIS product teams, will fill key timeslots. The veteran speakers slated to present include:
--  Stuart Kwan -- Microsoft's Director of Program Management for Identity
    & Access, IAM Futures
--  Andreas Luther -- Program Manager, Microsoft, MIIS Drilldown
--  James Booth and Craig Martin -- Directors, Oxford Computer Group, MIIS
    Competitive Overview
--  Jan De Clercq -- Senior Member Technical Staff, HP Security Office,
    Identity Federation Challenges
--  Wook Lee -- Directory Service Architect, HP
--  Paul Rich -- Senior Architectural Engineer, Microsoft, The Directory
    Architect's Career Path
--  Guido Grillenmeier -- Senior Consultant, MS Services, HP, Hiding
    (Confidential) Data in Active Directory
--  Paul Moore -- CTO, Centrify, Getting Down to Business: ADFS Deployment
    Best Practices
--  Cricket Liu -- Vice President, Architecture, Infoblox, DNS Guts
--  Jeremy Moskowitz -- Instructor, Moskowitz, Inc., Solving Linux and
    Windows Authentication Headaches
"NetPro is excited to welcome such an impressive roster of new and veteran speakers to the conference," said Gil Kirkpatrick, NetPro CTO and DEC founder. "And we're happy to build on the DEC 2005 Survey feedback gathered last year, covering the subjects, such as security and compliance, which rated highest on their lists."

Completed by more than 100 delegates of DEC 2005, the Active Directory survey provided insight into real-life directory usage, issues, priorities, effort allocation and best practices. Survey respondents included Active Directory technicians, engineers, IT managers and directors, and executives. Along with security and compliance concerns, most directory technicians face Active Directory issues that require attention one to three times per week. The most commonly cited Active Directory issue was Access Rights, with Group Policy Objects (GPO) and replication coming in second and third. To view the survey results, please visit

Conference Logistics

DEC 2006 also features a full-day, pre-conference class, The Masters of Disaster Workshop, led by HP's Guido Grillenmeier and NetPro's Gil Kirkpatrick. The cost to attend the full-day, pre-conference workshop is $300 USD and includes all training materials, continental breakfast, and lunch. DEC 2006 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. 6, 2006, is $1395 USD per person. Delegates who register after Jan. 6 and before Feb. 24, 2006, will pay $1595 USD. The late registration fee for those delegates who register after Feb. 24, 2006, is $1695 USD. To register for DEC and the pre-conference training, visit: To maintain the conference focus on advanced directory issues, NetPro requires that all DEC delegates have a minimum of six months of experience running Active Directory or MIIS in production.

About NetPro

NetPro sets the Gold Standard for distributed infrastructure management. We incorporate decades of experience into every enterprise solution, ensuring that our customers can manage the health, security and control of their Active Directory, DNS, MIIS, and eDirectory environments with total, unparalleled confidence. Our solutions enable organizations to increase access availability, stability and performance, prevent costly disruptions, improve security and policy compliance, and enhance management productivity and efficiencies. We exceed expectations in the quality and depth of our solutions and deliver exceptional customer support and ROI every time. Our industry partners include Microsoft Corp., Novell, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard, and our customer list features such respected organizations as Coors Brewing, the U.S. Army and General Motors. For more information about NetPro, please visit our website at or call 602.346.3600.

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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