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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

I have enjoyed working in a field that I have always considered to be my hobby. It is a great satisfaction earning a living by basically working on improving the skills of my hobby. Beginning in the early 1990s, I took my hobby seriously. I worked long hours and in the process read a library full of books, provided consulting and lecturing, and earned certifications starting with Novell, Microsoft, Lotus Notes, Cisco and more recently, VMware. Consulting and training others on the various products from these market-leading vendors has given me a wealth of knowledge in understanding what it takes to learn a product and help others understand it, too. Working in the IT field for nearly two decades, I had no idea I would end up spending so much of my time writing. I have many to thank for the success I have had.

My initial work in co-writing the training materials for our company, NITTCI, provided an early introduction into authoring content. This helped prepare me for the task of writing longer works. Our training materials came to fruition due to the tireless efforts of my business partner Chris McCain. I gained invaluable experience working with him as we co-wrote our practice exams and later worked long nights to co-write our training materials. I owe Chris a debt of gratitude for his willingness to help and pitch in when I needed it most. Thank you.

My co-author on several of my recent books, David R. Miller, has been a wonderful friend and tireless worker. I owe much to him for helping put this book together. He made working on this book enjoyable so that we may produce a book that brings to the reader a quality training material worthy of their priceless time. Thank you.

I would like to thank Pearson Education and Que Publishing for this and for the other opportunities I have had the good fortune to work on. They made this process smooth and easy. Thank you.

I would like to thank you, the reader. Your desire to learn and develop your IT skills is what drives David and I to produce a quality resource to aid you in your understanding of Windows Vista. We hope this book produces a desire to earn your certification and further your development as an IT professional.

Finally, I would like to thank the two most important people of my life, my wife Yaneth and my son Anthony. Anthony understood at times the need to encourage me and press on to get the job done. I could feel his pride as I worked many nights. And to my wife; Yaneth has always been the biggest cheerleader and supporter of my career. I owe so much to her. It was her insight that pushed me in the direction of IT training in the early 1990s. I thank you both, as your support continues to warm my heart and drive me forward.

—Paul A. Mancuso

I would like to acknowledge an associate who is a model, mentor, inspiration, generator of opportunities, and, most significantly, dear friend to me; Shon Harris. I am proud to be associated with her. Thank you.

I would like to thank the team from the National IT Training and Certification Institute (NITTCI), founded by Paul Mancuso and Chris McCain—Paul, who is providing his skills and expertise to our benefit by co-authoring this book, and Chris, one of the most talented and tireless individuals I’ve ever known. I have worked with these guys for almost a decade now, and I have a fond appreciation of their professional skills and their friendship. Thank you both.

I would also like to thank the team at Exam Cram and Pearson Education/Que Publishing for this opportunity and for their support and skills in pulling this book together. Our collective goal is to help readers like you overcome the challenges of improving your professional skills, and achieving greater professional advancement in your careers. Thank you.

—David R. Miller

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