MacIT Conference at Macworld Conference & Expo To Provide Comprehensive Training for Managers Deploying Enterprise Solutions

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 31, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced the schedule for the MacIT(R) Conference at Macworld Conference & Expo(R), taking place January 8-12, 2007 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. In addition to covering the latest features and deployment techniques for Apple's IT products, the three-day conference will also provide in-depth training in client, security and network management techniques by industry luminaries. Schoun Regan, CEO of ITInstruction.com and internationally respected expert on Mac OS X Server has been named the Conference Chair for the event.

MacIT is the industry's most comprehensive conference presenting technical training on Apple IT tools and technology. MacIT participants can choose from 45 sessions under the following five topics: System Imaging & Deployment; Mac OS X in the Enterprise Arena; Service Solutions Using Mac OS X Server; Mac OS X Management and Administration; and Securing Mac OS X.

Conference sessions are presented by a faculty of world-renowned consultants, authors, developers and practitioners of Mac Enterprise products. New highlights and featured sessions at this year's MacIT Conference include:

— "The MacIT Kick-Off Forum." Industry luminaries will discuss the current state of Mac Enterprise Tools and Technology. Featured speakers include (and hosted by) Schoun Regan, Josh Wisenbaker, Philip Rinehart, and other special guests.

— "Taming Mac OS X File Systems," taught by Amit Singh, author of Mac OS X Internals. Files, and consequently file systems, underlie most of the interactions users have with the operating system. Mac OS X supports a rich and interesting set of file system features. It is eminently useful and rewarding to learn what these features are, how they work, and how you can use them to your advantage. In this talk, learn such techniques in the context of the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) environment, the xnu kernel, and the Mac OS X user space.

— "Managing Directory Services on Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server." To understand Mac OS X, you must understand directory services. Join Schoun Regan and Nigel Kerston as they address basic questions about directories and outline features of Open Directory, Mac OS X's Directory Services architecture. Topics will include server features and architecture, key processes, systems and configuration mechanisms.

— "Optimizing Mac OS X Server File Services." This session, taught by Nigel Kersten, focuses on increasing performance and troubleshooting issues surrounding each of the four files services on Mac OS X; AFP, SMB, NFS, and FTP.

— "Xserve and Leopard Server." Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Leopard is the 6th major release of Apple's award-winning UNIX server operating system. It enables small businesses and workgroups without an IT department to take full advantage of the benefits of a server. Even non-technical users will be able to set up and manage Leopard Server, which brings together 64-bit power and Apple's legendary ease of use in one server operating system. Apple product managers Doug Brooks and Eric Zelenka will teach you what's needed to get started with Leopard Server and XServe.

"MacIT presents Enterprise Computing managers with vital information for deploying Apple's latest operating system and server products," said Paul Kent, vice president, Macworld Conference & Expo. "Schoun Regan has been an integral part of the success of MacIT over the past several years. I'm thrilled to announce the formalization of his role as Conference Chair and look forward to working with Schoun to bring more advanced topics and respected speakers to the event."

For more information or to register for the event, please visit www.macworldexpo.com .

About Macworld Conference & Expo

Owned and produced by Framingham Mass.-based IDG World Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo is the world's most comprehensive Macintosh OS event. Macworld Conference & Expo showcases products and services for professionals involved in media and creative content development for corporate and home applications, as well as prosumers using the Mac at home. Macworld Conference & Expo brings together the loyal base of Mac OS audiences in creative services, education, application development, entertainment, small office/home office and Internet-based environments. Macworld Conference & Expo offers professionals and prosumers alike the opportunity to discover the latest developments and hottest products these markets offer. For more information or to register for the event, please visit the Web site at www.macworldexpo.com , or call (800) 645-EXPO. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Annie Rice McKnight at (508) 424-4839 or annie_rice@idg.com or Ron Moreau at (508) 424-4804 or ron_moreau@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit(TM), SaaScon(TM), GridWorld(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness, RoboNexus, and RoboDevelopment Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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