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Derek Melber (MCSE, MVP) is an independent consultant and speaker, as well as author of many IT books. Derek educates and evangelizes Microsoft technology, focusing on Active Directory, Group Policy, Security, and desktop management.

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Derek is President and CTO of BrainCore.Net. As one of only 8 MVPs in the world on Group Policy, Derek’s company is often called upon to develop end-to-end solutions regarding Group Policy and security for companies. Derek is one of only a few in the industry that has a deep knowledge of Group Policy, Group Policy Preferences (AKA PolicyMaker), and Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM).

Derek is the author of the The Group Policy Resource Kit by Microsoft Press. This book covers all aspects of the new features provided for Group Policy in Windows Server 2008 and Vista.

Derek is a contributing editor for, RIAG Journal, IT Audit newsletter, and various other publications. You will most likely see Derek at one of the many conferences that he speaks at including TechMentor, Windows Connections, MISTI, or the IIA. Derek provides Windows security training through MISTI and also delivers custom training and speaking on nearly all Windows topics.

You will see when you meet Derek that he leverages his understanding of communication to explain the most complex and technical subjects in an exciting, energetic, understandable, and highly effective style. You can reach Derek at

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