To my kids for all the stolen evenings and weekends when I should have been playing withyou; to my wife for putting up with a preoccupied and busy no-funlump of a husband; to Nick for the game breaks that saved my sanity. —DevinTo my wife, for everything she does; to the children in our household, for providing amusinganecdotes; and finally, to whoever manufactured my couch. It provided a great location towork on the book. —Ryan
A book like this is in no way solely the product of the authors. There are far too many peopleinvolved in all stages of the book, from before the authors type out the first outline to after the last revisions have been turned in. We would like to thank everyone at Sybex who helpedmake this book a success. Our heartfelt thanks must go out to:
Tom Cirtin for being the best acquisitions editor we could have hoped for. From our initial pitch, to lining up the team, to the constant reminders about deadlines weforced him to give; we caused him a lot of trouble. His patience and support havehelped make this book as solid as it is.
Pete Gaughan, our editorial manager, for helping Tom keep the ship sailing. Heanswered a lot of process questions, reinforced the schedule issues, and helped findworkarounds to any problems that cropped up. Without Pete and the great leadershiphe gave us, this book wouldn't have been completed.
Brad Price for his invaluable (although sometimes exasperating) technical editing. Hedefinitely stretched us and pointed out places where we could do a better job coveringthe DPM product, the underlying technology, and any of its underlying implications.
Kathy Carlyle for doing an excellent job of copyediting our manuscript and makingour words be the most excellent they can be. The copyeditor's job isn't just to be ahuman grammar and spellchecker; Kathy caught many inconsistencies that weintroduced over the months it took to write this book.
Rachel McConlogue, our production editor, for keeping things on track as we movedthrough copyediting and the last revisions. She and the production team took thehundreds of files (Word documents, screenshots, and more) and laboriously stitchedthem together into this good-looking tome you now hold.We'd like to thank everyone else at Sybex who was involved in the production of this book;even though we haven't learned your names, we know what a great debt we owe you ingetting everything put together in a cohesive, impressive manner. We were lucky to haveworked with such a great group.Additionally, we'd like to thank Jason Buffington, Deb Lewy, and Harshwardhan Mittal of the DPM product team at Microsoft. They helped us understand DPM 2007's potential andcapabilities as a product and answered technical questions. Any remaining errors in the book belong solely to us.