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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

No book of this size or scope ever comes only from the authors’ hands. We are indebted to many people for their efforts to help us succeed.

From Microsoft Canada, Roger Benes played a crucial and very much appreciated role in helping to make critical connections for us. Plus he’s a good and valued friend.

Also from Microsoft Canada, we’re indebted to Mark Dikinson, who took that connection to the next step, and to Sasha Krsmanovic, Charlie’s super MVP Lead, for always being there when we really needed an answer.

Building and running the kind of hardware it takes to do a book like this is a challenge, even with the ability to virtualize. Hewlett-Packard Canada was extremely generous in lending us a wonderful, fully loaded ML350G5 server to use for this book. It’s a great server and we love it. We’re indebted to Gordon Pellose and Alan Rogers at HP Canada; SanSan Strozier of HP in the United States; Sharon Fernandez of Hill & Knowleton, HP’s public relations firm in Canada; and especially David Chin, also of Hill & Knowleton, for making the loan possible and being generous with their time and expertise.

We also had the use of another excellent Hewlett-Packard server, a DL380G5, thanks to Greg Rankich of Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc. and Dan Cox of Hewlett-Packard USA. A great help to us and much appreciated.

Creating and testing Storage Area Networks is hard to do without a SAN, and we are indebted to Dylan Locsin and Chris Carrier of EqualLogic for generously allowing us to borrow an amazing PS3800XV SAN array. A very well-built and powerful SAN, it served us well and we’re grateful for the help.

All the screen captures in this book were made using HyperSnap from Hyperionics. Capturing screens in Server Core was a special challenge, but Greg Kochiniak of Hyperionics created a special build of HyperSnap just for Server Core. Now that’s customer support!

We also had help from several other experts to create the content in this book. For three of the security chapters, Susan Bradley, a Microsoft MVP and forensic accountant, was invaluable, jumping in to help and meeting tight deadlines. A fourth security chapter came from Dana Epp, a Security MVP and developer of AuthAnvil, our preferred authentication solution. The clustering chapter was primarily the work of Mark Cooper, of Microsoft, who did an excellent job. For the Active Directory chapters, we couldn’t have had a better author than Stan Reimer, who agreed to a ridiculous schedule and then met it with quality. Marco Shaw, a fellow Microsoft MVP for AdminFrameworks, knows way more about PowerShell than we ever will and contributed the scripting chapter. Finally, Kurt Dillard did an excellent and much appreciated job on the IIS chapter.

We very much appreciate the great people who make working with Microsoft Learning a real pleasure. It starts with Martin DelRe, whom we’ve known for many years now, and who really pulled out all the stops when we needed a hand at the end. Thank you, Martin; you’re a true professional. Our project editor was Melissa von Tschudi-Sutton, who has been a pleasure to work with throughout this long process. This is our second book with Melissa and we hope it won’t be the last. We deeply appreciate her enthusiasm, feedback, editorial insights, and patience. Especially her patience, which we sorely tried at times.

Randall Galloway was our technical editor, and we much valued his efforts and comments throughout the process. Our indexer at Hyde Park Publishing Services and desktop publisher at Custom Editorial Productions, Inc. did an excellent and much-appreciated job. The editorial team of Megan Smith-Creed and Becka McKay performed a meticulous and sensitive edit, for which we’re very grateful. And last but absolutely not the least, the production and support people at Microsoft Learning, without whom this book would not exist. It is a pleasure to work with a team of professionals of this caliber. Thank you.

As always, we thank the people from past collaborations whose contributions to everything we write can’t be overstated: Rudolph S. Langer and David J. Clark.

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