Rand H. Morimoto, Ph.D., MBA, MCSE, MVP Rand Morimoto has been in the computer industry for more than 25 years and has authored, coauthored, or been a contributing writer for over a dozen books on Windows Server 2003, Security, Exchange Server 2003, BizTalk Server, and Remote and Mobile Computing. Rand is the president of Convergent Computing, an IT-consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay area that has been one of the key early adopter program partners with Microsoft, implementing beta versions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Windows Longhorn Server in production environments more than 2 years before the initial product releases. Besides speaking at over 50 conferences and conventions around the world in the past year on tips, tricks, and best practices on planning, migrating, and implementing Exchange Server 2007, Rand is one of four cybersecurity advisors to the White House.
Michael Noel, MCSE+I, CISSP, MCSA, MVP Michael Noel has been involved in the computer industry for nearly two decades, and has significant real-world experience with enterprise Exchange Server environments. Michael has authored several major publications such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Unleashed, Microsoft ISA Server 2006 Unleashed, Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Unleashed, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, and many more with a total worldwide circulation of more than 100,000 copies. Currently a principal consultant at Convergent Computing in the San Francisco Bay area, Michael’s writings are leveraged from his real-world experience designing, deploying, and administering Exchange Server environments.
Andrew Abbate, MCSE, MCSA Andrew Abbate is a 14-year veteran of consulting and IT with a wealth of practical knowledge on Exchange. Starting with his first migration of MS Mail to Exchange 4.0 through early adopter migrations to Exchange 2007, Andrew has worked with some of the largest and most complex Exchange environments in North America. In addition to his Exchange background, Andrew has written several other books covering topics such as Windows Server 2003, Active Directory, and Information Security. Andrew currently enjoys the position of Senior Consultant at Convergent Computing, where he continues to consult with both large and small clients to help improve their IT practices.
Chris Amaris, MCSE, MVP, CISSP/ISSAP, CHS III Chris Amaris is the Chief Technology Officer and cofounder of Convergent Computing. He has more than 20 years experience consulting for Fortune 500 companies, leading companies in the technology selection, design, planning, and implementation of complex information technology projects. Chris has worked with Microsoft Exchange since the early beta days of version 4.0. He specializes in messaging, security, performance tuning, systems management, and migration. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with an Information System Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP) concentration, Certified Homeland Security (CHS III), Windows 2003 MCSE, Novell CNE, Banyan CBE, and Certified Project Manager, Chris is also an author, writer, and technical editor for a number of IT books, including Network Security for Government and Corporate Executives, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Unleashed, and Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Unleashed. Chris presents on messaging, operations management, security, and information technology topics worldwide.
Mark Weinhardt, MCSE Mark Weinhardt has worked in various aspects of the computing industry for more than 20 years. Coming from a military background, Mark understands the importance of implementing and maintaining proper communications and has preserved that mentality with his transition to the private sector. Mark has been a consultant with Convergent Computing since 1994. With an infectious enthusiasm for technology, Mark has performed Windows and Exchange implementations and migrations for companies throughout northern California.