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Darren Mar-Elia
United States
Darren Mar-Elia (aka "GPOGUY") is President and CTO of SDM Software, Inc. ( Windows management products company focusing on Group Policy solutions. Prior to SDM, he worked at DesktopStandard, which was acquired by Microsoft, as Sr. Director of Product Engineering. Prior to joining DesktopStandard he was CTO for Quest Software's Windows Management products. Darren has 20+ years of experience in systems and network administration design and architecture. Before Quest, he worked as director of Windows architecture and planning for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. In that capacity he was technical lead for the company’s Windows NT & 2000 design and migration efforts. 

Darren maintains a popular Windows Group Policy resource site at

Darren has been a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine since 1997. He has written and contributed to 11 different books on Windows including, most recently the "Windows Group Policy Guide", published in Summer 2005 by Microsoft Press. Additional titles include, “The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Administration,” “The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Group Policy” and “The Tips & Tricks Guide to Group Policy,” all published online by  

Darren also speaks frequently at conferences on Windows infrastructure topics.
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