For significant portions of the Systems Management chapters 10 and 11 (CfgMgr, OpsMgr and VMM), I was blessed to work with three great subject matter experts:
Wally Mead has been with Microsoft since 1992. He started in the training group at Microsoft, developing and delivering training on Microsoft’s first release of Systems Management Server, SMS 1.0. From that time, he has worked on training for all subsequent releases of SMS. Wally now works in the Configuration Manager product group as a Senior Program Manager. He supports customers who test prerelease versions of Configuration Manager. Wally also speaks at many industry conferences on Configuration Manager, including conducting hands-on training on the product. He also conducts training on Configuration Manager for various Microsoft product teams.
Sacha Dawes has more than 15 years of experience in the technology field, having worked in many areas, including operations, security software engineering, product management, marketing, and consulting. Sacha is a currently a Senior Product Manager with the System Center team at Microsoft, where he focuses on educating Microsoft sales teams, partners, and customers on best practices in datacenter management across physical and virtualized environments. Prior to Microsoft, Sacha has held positions across the world with Attachmate, NetIQ, Cable & Wireless, and Schlumberger. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Edwin Yuen is a Director for Virtualization at Microsoft. Edwin came to Microsoft with the July 2006 acquisition of Softricity. Prior to joining Microsoft, Edwin was one of the Services Engagement Managers of Softricity for six years, leading most of the initial Softricity implementations. Edwin has 15 years of technical consulting experience in both the commercial and federal space, and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.