Identity Expert Portal

Thoughts Leaders & Industry Experts

Our Directory Services Experts are pioneers in identity-driven, enterprise protection technology. They work closely with Enterprise customers, provide the critical solutions and strategies that ensure quick recovery from on-premise cyber breaches and Directory Services failures. Our experts are best-in-class, contribute to thought leadership, and possess superior insight, comprehensive AD knowledge and laser troubleshooting skills. Their genuine care for customer IT environments and identity integrity makes them deep listeners, great collaborators and team players, consummate observers and critical contributors as they execute technology to support client missions.

Darren Mar-Elia

Semperis Head of Product

A 14-year Cloud and Datacenter Microsoft MVP, Darren has a wealth of experience in Identity and Access Management and was the CTO and founder of SDM software, a provider of Microsoft systems management solutions. Prior to launching SDM, Darren held senior infrastructure architecture roles in Fortune 500 companies and was also the CTO of Quest Software. As a Microsoft MVP, Darren has contributed to numerous publications on Windows networks, Active Directory and Group Policy, and was a Contributing Editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine for 20 years.

Blog:

Protect your Active Directory from the Azure AD Connect Vulnerability

In recent blog posts, I’ve been talking a lot about new Active Directory attack methods where attackers are compromising user accounts …

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Sean Deuby

Edgile Senior Identity Architect

Sean Deuby is an identity architect for Edgile, Inc., where he focuses on enterprise cloud identity and Active Directory solutions. Previously, Sean covered identity topics in his role as Technical Director and analyst for Windows IT Pro, where he has over 250 published articles. Sean has spent many years in enterprise IT organizations; he was the design engineer of the IT directory services team for Intel Corporation, and one of the original architects of the company’s corporate Active Directory. Sean was also technical lead and a principal architect of Texas Instruments’ original worldwide enterprise Windows NT network. A veteran public speaker, Sean has presented sessions from TechEd to Cloud Identity Summit. He has been awarded directory services Most Valuable Professional status by Microsoft every year since 2004

Blog:

Should you upgrade to Active Directory 2016…or stay where you are?

Should you upgrade your existing AD forest to Windows Server 2016 Active Directory (aka AD 2016), or should you leave it …

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WhitePaper:

Directory Services Protector for Active Directory

Active Directory is an essential part of IT infrastructure for all large enterprises. AD security is vital for preventing data breaches, …

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Webinar:

How to Defend Against Password Spray Attacks

Your Active Directory isn’t safe against the dramatic rise in password spray attacks. Learn what you need to do now, before …

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Nathan O’bryan

Nathan is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Master: Messaging and a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services with 25 years of experience in the field. Nathan is an active contributor to the Exchange and Office 365 communities by writing articles for several tech websites and his own blog. He also can be seen speaking at IT conferences including IT/DEV Connections, Microsoft Ignite, Collab365, and in frequent webcast for Redmond magazine

Blog:

Security Playbook in Azure Security Center

Keeping your cloud-based IT infrastructure secure is a constant effort. The people who want access to your data are always working …

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Sander Berkouwer

Sander Berkouwer is an IT Professional and has been a Microsoft MVP in Directory Services for the past eight years. He works as senior identity consultant at SCCT in the Netherlands, where he helps colleagues and customers make the most out of Microsoft products, strategies and technologies. Sander blogs almost daily about Active Directory, his favorite Microsoft technology.

Blog:

Active Directory Change Resiliency

Last month, I have had many discussions with many people on Active Directory Backup and Restore. Now, the obvious topics to …

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WhitePaper:

Picking the right type of solution for active directory backup

The infrastructure extension to the cloud has created new challenges for AD administrators to navigate.

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Jason Silva

Semperis Senior Engineer

20+ years of IT experience, including hands-on expertise with Active Directory and Group Policy. Former system administrator, software developer, and IT and regulatory compliance manager. Engaging communicator and passionate customer advocate.

Webinar:

How to Defend Against Password Spray Attacks

Your Active Directory isn’t safe against the dramatic rise in password spray attacks. Learn what you need to do now, before …

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