Schedule: Administration sessions

Open source innovations in system and network administration

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Location: Ballroom A7
Jesse Vincent (Best Practical)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 10 ratings)
Request Tracker (RT) is an enterprise-grade ticketing system. It's designed to help your organization track what needs to get done and what still needs doing. From basic customer service to advanced back-office workflows, RT is flexible enough to keep your processes smooth and effective. This tutorial will cover deployment and day to day use of RT as well as basic customization. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Edd Dumbill (Silicon Valley Data Science)
Average rating: ***..
(3.53, 19 ratings)
Few applications are architecturally simple. As soon as you grow, you find yourself using multiple subsystems and machines to scale, creating new headaches in configuration management. Help is at hand! This tutorial introduces Chef, a modern Ruby-based open source approach to systems integration. Chef lets you manage your servers by writing code, not running commands. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Darren Hoch (StrongMail Systems)
Average rating: ****.
(4.59, 32 ratings)
The Linux System and Network Performance Course teaches systems administrators practical methodologies for monitoring systems using standard system tools. The course breaks performance into 4 functional components: CPU, Memory, I/O, and Network. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Theo Schlossnagle (OmniTI/Circonus)
Average rating: ****.
(4.13, 23 ratings)
Internet traffic spikes aren't what they used to be. It is now evident that even the smallest sites can suffer the attention of the global audience. This presentation dives into techniques to avoid collapse under dire circumstances. Looking at some real traffic spikes, we'll pinpoint what part of the architecture is crumbling under the load; then, walk though stop-gaps and complete solutions. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Nicholas Solter (OpenSolaris / Sun Microsystems), David Miner (Sun Microsystems)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Join the authors of “OpenSolaris Bible” for a tutorial in becoming an OpenSolaris power user. Learn about ZFS, DTrace, FMA, SMF, and more. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Theo Schlossnagle (OmniTI/Circonus)
Average rating: ****.
(4.71, 7 ratings)
Monitoring systems to collect metrics is systems administration 101. However, systems are more complicated, there are more metrics and correlation is a must to troubleshoot problems or plan for growth. As our problem got bigger, our tools didn't get better. Reconnoiter is a large-scale monitoring and trend analysis system designed to nip these problems in the bud. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Irving Popovetsky (Irving Popovetsky Consulting), Andy de la Lucha (Mentor Graphics)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Everyone has a reason to love virtualization: security, configuration isolation... the list goes on. But containerization offers many of the same goodies as virtualization, alongside an efficiency and performance advantage. Just what you need, more options. There's no wrong answer. Andy de la Lucha and Irving Popovetsky help you ask the right questions about what's right for your environment. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B3
Sylvain Garcia (LINAGORA)
It is not an easy task to integrate an OpenSource solution in an enterprise. We'll show you how you can turn a successful OS project into an enterprise-grade product. We'll share our experience with industrialization and virtualization of a big OS project, how we built ubuntu packages, how we included our project in the Ubuntu distribution and how we use virtualization to develop our product. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A7
James Turner (O'Reilly Media), Bill Weihl (Google, Inc.), Jim Oberholtzer (United States Bowling Congress), Allyson Klein (Intel Corporation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Large data center providers such as Google and Microsoft are taking significant steps to cut down their power and cooling requirements, but how about a typical company with a campus-sized data center? What can be done to make a server room full of rack-mounted 1U systems more efficient? Does virtualization hold the key? Are more cores better than less? Our panelists will clue you in. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Eric Mandel (BlackMesh), Jason Ford (BlackMesh)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 4 ratings)
Quickly, accurately, and reliably deploying new systems, across the entire spectrum of production, test, and development systems, is a constant challenge for system administrators and developers. We leveraged Cobbler and Puppet to overcome these challenges and will show attendees how they can use Cobbler and Puppet to quickly, accurately, and reliably deploy new systems. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Lance Albertson (Oregon State University Open Source Lab)
Average rating: ***..
(3.12, 8 ratings)
Keeping track of configuration changes between hundreds of servers is a challenging task not to mention keeping a history of all the changes that were made. This session focusing on utilizing open source technology to not only help you manage your servers but it also promote teamwork and self documentation. I'll focus on how the OSU Open Source Lab uses cfengine and git to manage their servers. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A2
Federico Lucifredi (Canonical | Ubuntu)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
Hacking the Western Digital Mybook II to transform this elegant external hard drive into a bare-bones, extremely flexible hardware platform, in a revival of what we did with the Linksys WRT54G a few years ago. Intermediate system skills (particularly Perl and Shell) recommended, along with imagination and the desire to have fun! Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A8
Bruce Momjian (EnterpriseDB)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
No one likes the sinking feeling of having lost data --- pictures, documents, source code, or video that is gone and can never be fully recreated. Though prudent archiving and risk analysis, it is possible to avoid data loss in all but the most extreme circumstances. Data longevity is also an important aspect of archiving, including the use of open data formats. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
Trent Nelson (Snakebite), Titus Brown (Michigan State University)
Average rating: *....
(1.00, 1 rating)
Snakebite is a culmination of ten months of secretive work, seven trips to Michigan State University, six blown fuses and about $60,000. The end result? A network of around 37-ish servers of all different shapes and sizes, specifically geared towards the development needs of open source projects. Get the inside scoop from Snakebite's Founder, Trent Nelson, and MSU Director Dr. Titus Brown. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B2
Ken Drachnik (Canonical)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
As Ubuntu environments grow, the complexity of managing packages and updating systems quickly outgrows the ability of a sys admin to easily manage servers and desktops with manual commands and scripts. This talk will explore some of the technologies that Ubuntu admins can use to manage their Ubuntu environments and how these can be extended to managing Cloud environments. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B1/B4
Artur Bergman (Wikia/Fastly)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 5 ratings)
Varnish is a application level reverse proxy for HTTP. Written with performance in mind it incorporates some advanced features to stretch the kernel as far as possible. Wikia relies heavily on varnish to serve a peak traffic of close to a gigabit/sec out of 3 different datacenters. Each one with two Varnishes working as a pair serving thousands of requests a second. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Eric Hammond (Campus Explorer, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 9 ratings)
Learn how to create your own Linux machine images (AMIs) for running on Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) customized with your choice of software packages and application software configured to your liking. Use the latest open source software to build custom images from scratch in a secure, automated, reproducible process. Discover when to use a public image with automatic customization at boot. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Ken Yagen (MuleSoft)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 2 ratings)
This session details how developers can use Mule -- an open source enterprise service bus (ESB) -- to develop, deploy and integrate composite applications on both sides of the firewall, and how Mule can work with complementary technology to address virtualization concerns. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B2
Emma Jane Westby (Freelance)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)
As a freelance developer chances are good you use either many, or no, version control systems for your code. If your mental health has been compromised by index.version080912f-b.inc file naming, or you wish there was more flexibility in how (and when) your files are submitted to data central, it’s possible that Bazaar is the version control system you’ve been waiting for. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A1
Kirill Kolyshkin (OpenVZ / Parallels)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 6 ratings)
The talk outlines the standard Linux kernel mechanisms for controlling resources (such as CPU, RAM, disk) and reveals their shortcomings. It explains what are containers and why resource management is important for those. A new Linux kernel features -- cgroups and memory controller -- are explained in details, with some tricky implementation details and a look into what else has yet to be done. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room J1/J4
David Dooling (The Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)
It has long been know that free/libre/open source software (FLOSS), especially GNU/Linux and Perl, played a major role in the Human Genome Project. This presentation will discuss the use and development of FLOSS in the post-genomics era, focusing on its pervasive use in sequencing the first cancer genome at The Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom A7
Jeff Arnold (Ksplice, Inc.)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Today, every mainstream operating system in the world requires regular reboots in order to be up to date and secure. Since reboots cause downtime and disruption, people are forced into the uncomfortable dilemma of choosing between security and convenience. New open source technology out of MIT, called Ksplice, enables running systems to stay secure without the disruption of rebooting. Read more.
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Location: Meeting Room B3
Adam Jacob (Chef)
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 5 ratings)
Infrastructure is code - the separation between how you manage your infrastructure and how you build your applications is disappearing. Adam Jacob, CTO of Opscode and primary author of Chef, will teach you what this means in practice - through showing how to deploy real-world applications with Chef on EC2. Read more.
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • SourceForge.net
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • MySpace.com
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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