Dean Wells has been working in the information technology industry since 1987. His roles and experience have been varied and include software development, training, systems security consulting and enterprise-systems design & implementation. Wells has been training and presenting for about 15 years and has hosted hundreds of technical training courses for end-users and Microsoft technical staff alike. He is also a commonplace speaker at commonplace industry events such as Tech-Ed and the Directory Experts Conferences. He has been working with Active Directory since its inception, and earlier in various beta releases, since 1999. A few years later, Wells was awarded Microsoft’s MVP designation in Directory Services and Security. Most recently, he joined the Directory Services product group at Microsoft where he now works as a Program Manager.