Mac Sys Admin 2011
– European Macintosh System Administrators Meeting 2011 –
Arek Dreyer

Consultant, Trainer and Author, Dreyer Network Consultants

Arek Dreyer is an author, trainer and consultant, specializing in Mac OS X Server. He wrote or contributed to the following Apple Global Training courses through Peachpi: Mac OS X Directory Services, Mac OS X Server Essentials, and Xsan 2 Administration.

Arek has been an Apple Certified Trainer since 2002. Originally an expert in Sun systems, Dreyer shifted his professional focus to Mac OS X shortly after its release. President of Dreyer Network Consultants, Inc, Arek and his wife Heather live in Chicago, but sometimes they get to visit other parts of the world as part of his work. He speaks, delivers courses, and implements solutions for customers.

Duncan McCracken

CEO and Technical Director, Mondada

Duncan McCracken is the CEO and Technical Director of Mondada, a developer of Mac deployment solutions for enterprise. Duncan has a background in UNIX, and since 1996 has worked as a consultant focussing primarily on Apple systems in heterogenous environments.

His experience covers the complete spectrum of Apple and associated third party software (including Final Cut Server, XSAN and Quantum's Stornext).

He is engaged regularly by various Professional Service Providers in Australia, and is an Apple Certified Trainer for Snow Leopard.

Rick Wylie

CEO, Key Options Technology

Rick is the CEO  of Key Options, an Apple systems integration and iOS development group in Australia and Asia.  Rick has been consulting and training in the Apple environment since 1988 and his wealth of experience in a variety of technologies has made him a respected member of the Apple community. Rick has a background in Unix and his grounding with core technologies in networking and multimedia allow him to apply his skills to new technical implementations with ease.

He has experience in large scale networking and  Xsan design and deployments. He is a certified Xsan trainer and has contributed to Apple training courses such as Xsan 2 Administration.

Over the years, Rick has had numerous speaking engagements including more recently, MacWorld 2008 - 2010 as well as Apple's Advanced Camps in 2008 and 2009.

Rick and his team have embraced iOS technology and now provide end-to-end iOS integration, including development for the corporate, education and government markets.

Edward Marczak

Global Mac Operations Character, Google

Edward Marczak is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and the co-founder of MacTech Conference.
He writes a monthly column for, and is the Executive Editor of MacTech Magazine.
His days are currently spent on the Mac team at Google. Past the technology, Ed is a husband and father and enjoys traveling and playing music.

Gary Larizza

Services Engineer, Puppet Labs

Gary Larizza is a professional services engineer at Puppet Labs where he flies all over the world training people on the ins-and-outs of Puppet. Previously, he worked in Education maintaining an all-Mac infrastructure using Puppet, MCollective, and many other open source tools with a couple of G5 XServes and Dell Latitude D810 running CentOS.  He's been running Puppet on desktop machines since 2008 and has pointy wrapper scripts to prove it!

Blaine Mattson

Business Development Manager, Commercial Sales, JAMF Software

Blaine has worked with JAMF Software—creators of the Casper Suite, a best-of-breed management solution for OS X and Apple iOS devices—for over four years, spending much of his time working with customers and partners in the European market. His work has allowed him to see hundreds of different IT departments achieve success with Apple products in their environment. Be it a small independent shop with a few dozen Macs, or a global corporate IT department tasked with supporting tens of thousands of Apple devices, Blaine sees different challenges that share similar solutions on a daily basis.

Blaine is based out of Minneapolis and will challenge anyone to find a tougher winter than those in his native Minnesota.

Ben Conquest

EMEA Regional Systems Engineer, Active Storage UK Limited

Graduating in 2003 Ben holds a multi-discipline Law degree from Keele university including computer sciences.  He is currently the SE for EMEA at Active Storage having spent 7 years as an SI in the UK, working with a broad range of manufacturers and clients.  This has included Telestream, Building4Media, AJA, Isilon, Apple, NBC, Technicolor, Pearsons, ITV  and the BBC amongst others.  Working as their senior engineer he was involved in planning/designing, implementing and managing projects from full studio-solutions to small XSAN set-ups.  His predominant expertise are in Video-workflow analysis and storage solutions - specifically XSAN and now ActiveSAN.

Charles Edge

Consultant, Author & Engineer,
318 and krypted.com

Charles started with the Mac OS and Apple server offerings in 1999 after years working with various flavors of Unix. In 2000, he found a new home at 318, a consulting firm in Santa Monica, California which is now the largest Mac consultancy in the United States. At 318, Charles leads a team of over 40 engineers who develop, deploy and integrate heterogenous operating systems into enterprise and education environments.

Charles has spoken at a variety of conferences including MacSysAdmin 2009, DefCon, BlackHat, LinuxWorld, MacWorld and the WorldWide Developers Conference. Charles has a number of books available, including Enterprise Mac Administrator's Guide, Beginning Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server, Enterprise Mac: Mac OS X Snow Leopard Security, Enterprise iPhone Administrator's Guide, Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security and the Mac Tiger Server Little Black Book. Charles also runs krypted.com, a site dedicated to the plight of the network engineer.

Charles resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his family and can be contacted at krypted@mac.com

Andrina Kelly

Consultant, Founder, Magpies Consulting

Andrina is the owner of Magpies Consutling where she specializes in deployments for the broadcast and media industries.

Her experience comes from numerous deployments of Apple within the Enterprise and Educational markets and her strengths lie in workflow management, heterogeneous networks and client authentication. In addition she is a certified trainer for Final Cut Server and certified in Xsan planning and deployment, along with practical expertise in high availability and multiple scripting languages.

Prior to starting Magpies Consulting Andrina has had experience working in professional services consulting and as a systems administrator for a Disney 3D feature animated movie. In addition she has previously been a speaker at Apple's WWDC, Macworld IT conferences, Mac Networkers Retreat and Canada MacExpo.

Andrina is also an avid triathlete, runner and professional pillow fighter. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her 2 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retreivers, 2 rescue cats and her husband.

Alan Gordon

Chief Technology Officer, Humac Group

Alan is the CTO for the Humac Group, and has the responsibility for B2B business development, support, consultancy and also has the responsibility for Humac's internal IT services.

Alan has worked with solutions based around Apple technology in the past 15 years. Alan still get "hands on" with projects and his main emphasis is deploying Mac's and iOS devices in heterogeneous environments and software distribution & deployment.

Greg Neagle

Senior Systems Engineer, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Greg is the engineer primarily responsible for deploying and managing Mac OS X machines at Walt Disney Animation Studios, a studio with a long history of family entertainment reaching back to "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" and forward to our latest films, "Tangled" and "Winnie the Pooh". His open-source software deployment project, "Munki", originally developed for use at the Studio, is now in use managing tens of thousands of Macs all over the world.

Greg has given presentations on various aspects of OS X management at Macworld, Apple's WWDC, the MacTech Conference, and recently participated in a Mac OS X workshop in Oslo organized by the Norwegian public universities.

Along with co-author (and fellow MacSysAdmin 2011 presenter) Ed Marczak, Greg recently wrote his first published book: Enterprise Mac Managed Preferences.

Greg currently lives in Southern California with his wife and three children.

Zack Smith

Consultant, Author and Trainer, 318

Zack Smith has been working as an IT consultant his entire adult life. Previously he worked as an Apple authorized trainer delivering courses throughout the united states. Subsequently he was recruited to work on 318's national deployment team, where he has worked on projects for a variety of clients in industries ranging from education to enterprise all across the united states. He specializes in Mac OS X Server, Directory Services, Deployment and Automation.

When not on the road, Zack maintains a internal suite of Cocoa based Help Desk applications at 318. He has co-authored two books to date: Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security and the Enterprise Mac Administrator’s Guide. When time allows he maintains code snippets & technical musings on his website wallcity.org. He has spoken at Mac World multiple times on topics ranging from Open Directory to iPhone deployment. When not traveling for work (typically around half the year), Zack can be found in Portland, Oregon with his wife Anna, and their dog, Watson.

Alexander J. Pantos

EMEA Marketing Manager Consumer & SMB, Parallels

Alex is working with Parallels since April 1st, 2011 and has a pro-found knowledge with over 10 years in the consumer and SMB IT space in Europe specifically in the Mac channel.

He worked for brands like Apple as a product Manager Hardware in central Europe as well as a Business Development Manager for VMware prior to having the chance of working for Parallels.