Rand H. Morimoto, Ph.D., MVP, MCITP, CISSP, has been in the computer industry for more than 30 years and has authored, coauthored, or been a contributing writer for dozens of books on Windows, Security, Exchange, BizTalk, 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 2010, SharePoint 2010, and Windows 2008 R2 in production environments more than 18 months before the initial product releases.
Michael Noel, MCITP, CISSP, MVP, is an internationally recognized technology expert, bestselling author, and well-known public speaker on a broad range of IT topics. He authored multiple major industry books that have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Significant titles include SharePoint 2010 Unleashed, Exchange 2007 Unleashed, SharePoint 2007 Unleashed, Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed, ISA Server 2006 Unleashed, and many more. Currently a partner at Convergent Computing (www.cco.com) in the San Francisco Bay area, Michael’s writings and extensive public speaking experience across six continents leverage his real-world expertise helping organizations realize business value from Information Technology infrastructure.
Chris Amaris, MCSE, CISSP/ISSAP, CHS III, 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 a 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, Windows Server 2008 Unleashed, and Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Unleashed. Chris presents on Messaging, Operations Management, Security, and Information Technology topics worldwide.
Andrew Abbate, MCITP, is a 16-year veteran of consulting and IT with a wealth of practical knowledge on Exchange and Active Directory. Starting with his first migration of MS Mail to Exchange 4.0 through early adopter migrations to Exchange 2007, Andrew 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 2003, Active Directory, and Information Security. Andrew currently enjoys the position of principal consultant and partner at Convergent Computing where he continues to consult with both large and small clients to help improve their IT practices.
Mark Weinhardt, MCSE, has worked in various aspects of the computing industry for more than 20 years. With a background in military communications, Mark understands the importance of maintaining a reliable and secure infrastructure and has preserved that mentality with his transition to the private sector. Mark worked as a consultant with Convergent Computing for more than 11 years and is currently a senior exchange engineer at Yahoo! Inc., working with a fantastic team. With an infectious enthusiasm for technology, Mark has performed Windows and Exchange designs and implementations for companies throughout Northern California.