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Nagios: Advanced Topics

As noted sysadmin B. Knowles said, "if you liked it then you shoulda put a [monito]ring on it." John Sellens was back on Monday with another morning session -- this one focused on using Nagios to monitor just about anything. Nagios is a host and service monitor with a long history, and a longer list of uses.

The Limoncelli Test

Earlier this year, Tom Limoncelli wrote a blog post about how to rank and improve your sysadmin team. He was inspired by Joel Spolsky's post entitled "The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code", a 12-question "highly irresponsible, sloppy test to rate the quality of a software team".

RPM Packaging for Sysadmins

On Sunday afternoon, David Nalley presented a training session entitled "RPM Packaging for Sysadmins". Although it's technically a new course for LISA '11, it's actually a retooling of a more general packaging class that was offered several years ago. The old course covered Debian and Solaris packaging, but the attendee feedback indicated that the vast majority were only interested in learning RPM.

The course starts with explaining why bother packaging. The traditional autoconf command chain of

Databases: What you need to know

These days, there are either fewer DBAs or more, depending on how you look at it. According to John Sellens, as the number of applications that are powered by databases increases, there's more and more of a requirement for systems administrators to have some database experience. The goal of the databases training is to arm sysadmins with just enough knowledge to get the job done.

RRDtool First Steps

In order to manage something, you must be able to measure it. Metrics are absolutely vital to everything we do in our professional lives. If we didn't use metrics to determine functionality, we might as well cast dice to diagnose problems. We thrive on information, and we use it to make important decisions that have very tangible ramifications.

Getting from the airport to LISA

This year, I showed up to the LISA hotel a bit earlier than usual - partly because I felt like I missed out on things the last few times, and also because I've never really been to Boston, and I wanted to be able to take a little time to see the city, if at all possible.

LISA11 Next Week - Meet your blog team!

It's the Friday before LISA, and I'm sure hundreds of you are getting ready for next week. I know that I'm busy getting things in order for a week in my absence.

Because you're going to be hearing a lot from the USENIX LISA Blog Team over the next week, you should really get to know us first.

Ben Cotton

Tom Limoncelli and Doug Hughes Interview

Tom Limoncelli and Doug Hughes are the LISA’11 program co-chairs, and it was my pleasure to interview them for the USENIX Blog readers:

Win Free Time Management Coaching with Tom Limoncelli at LISA'11

If you register for USENIX LISA'11 by 11:59PM (Pacific Time) Friday, December 2, your name will automatically be entered into a drawing for two 30-minute, one-on-one time management coaching classes with Tom Limoncelli to be held at LISA '11.

LISA '11: William LeFebvre on 25 Years of LISA

William LeFebvre has been using Unix since 1983 and attended his first LISA in 1993 (LISA VII) in Monterey. Since then, William has attended every LISA, with the exception of 2007 and 2008. "I have been a participant in most LISAs," he says. "I was on the program committee in 1994, 1996, 1997, 2007, and 2009. I was the coordinator for the network track in 2000 and 2003.