Will Schmied, BSET, MCSE, CWNA, TICSA, MCSA, Security+, Network+, A+, is the president of Area 51 Partners, Inc., a provider of wired and wireless networking implementation, security, and training services to businesses in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area. Will holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University along with his various IT industry certifications. In addition to his activities with Area 51 Partners, Inc., Will operates the MCSE certification portal MCSE World located at http://www.mcseworld.com.
Will has previously authored and contributed to several other publications from Que Publishing, including MCSE Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-296) (2003), MCSE 70-293 Training Guide: Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (2003), MCSA/MCSE 70-291 Training Guide: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (2003), MCSA Training Guide (70-218): Managing a Windows 2000 Network Environment (2002), MCSE Windows 2000 Server Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-215) (2003), Special Edition Using Windows XP Professional, Bestseller Edition (2003), and Platinum Edition Using Windows XP (2003). Will has also worked with Microsoft in the MCSE exam-development process.
Will currently resides in Newport News, Virginia, with his wife, Chris; their children, Christopher, Austin, Andrea, and Hannah; their dogs Peanut, Hershey, and Reese; and their cats, Smokey and Evin. When he's not busy working, you can find Will enjoying time with his family or playing the latest video games. You can visit Area 51 Partners at http://www.area51partners.com.
Orin Thomas, BSc(Hons), MCSE, CCNA, CCDA, Linux+, is a writer, editor, and systems administrator who works for the certification advice Web site Certtutor.net. His work in IT has been varied: He's done everything from providing first-level networking support at a university to acting in the role of systems administrator for one of Australia's largest companies. He holds a bachelor's degree in Science with honors from the University of Melbourne and is currently working toward the completion of a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science.
Orin has previously authored and contributed to several other certification publications, including MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-290): Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (2003) and MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-292 and 70-296): Upgrading Your Certification to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (2003) both from Microsoft Press. He has authored several articles for technical publications as well as contributed to The Insider's Guide to IT Certification.
Orin resides in Melbourne, Australia with his wife Oksana and their son Rooslan. When he's not working, you can find him enjoying time with his family, playing Battletech or reading a book by Terry Pratchett. You can visit him at http://www.certtutor.net.