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LISA '03: 17th Large Installation Systems Administration Conference, October 26-31, 2003, San Diego, CA
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Social Activities
Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Windsor Room
Meet the USENIX Association Board of Directors and staff. Get an update on USENIX activities. Share your ideas on how we can better serve you.

SAGE Community Meeting
Wednesday, October 29, 9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., San Diego Room
Hear from the SAGE Executive Committee about what's happening in SAGE, including community-building and outreach. Find out how you can get involved in SAGE.

Welcome Reception
Saturday, October 25, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Golden West Room
Enjoy light refreshments while reconnecting with friends and colleagues.

Saturday, October 25, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., San Diego Room
First-timers: Meet the organizers and learn how to get the most out of the conference.

Exhibit Hall Mexican Fiesta
Wednesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Golden Ballroom
Enjoy Mexican food and margaritas as you discuss the latest products and technologies with the vendors at the exhibition.

Halloween Costume Party/Reception
Thursday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., San Diego/Golden West
Don't miss this chance to let your inner Halloween spirit out for a party. Enjoy food and drink poolside. Mingle with your peers and watch as the most haunting night of the year unfolds. Be creative! Use your imagination! Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. (Costumes are optional.)

Round Table Q&A with Speakers
Wednesday, October 29–Thursday, October 30, 12:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m., Royal Palm Court
Friday, October 31, 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m., Royal Palm Court
Spend extra time with the conference speakers in an informal and extended setting. Held in the Royal Palm Court area, the Round Table Q&A with Speakers is set up for you to join that day's morning speakers during lunch* or afternoon speakers after the last session on Wednesday and Thursday and during the afternoon break on Friday. Sign-up sheets are located in the registration area next to the BoF boards. Seating is limited, so sign up early each day.
* Please note that you can purchase lunch in this area.

LISA Game Show
Friday, October 31
4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m., Town & Country Room

Closing out this year's conference, the LISA Game Show will once again pit attendees against each other in a test of technical knowledge and cultural trivia. Host Rob Kolstad and sidekick Dan Klein will provide the questions and color commentary for this always memorable event.

Work-in-Progress Reports (WiPs)
Friday, October 31
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Town & Country Room

Short, pithy, and fun, Work-in-Progress reports introduce interesting new or ongoing work. If you have work you would like to share or a cool idea that's not quite ready for publication, send a one- or two-paragraph summary to We are particularly interested in presenting students' work. A schedule of presentations will be posted at the conference, and the speakers will be notified in advance. Work-in-Progress reports are five-minute presentations; the time limit will be strictly enforced.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)
Tuesday, October 28
   7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 29
   7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 30
   8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.

Lead or attend a BoF! Meet with your peers! Present new work! Don't miss these special activities designed to maximize the value of your time at the conference. The always popular evening Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are very informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic. BoFs may be scheduled during the conference at the registration desk or in advance by contacting BoFs are open to all attendees. Topics and schedule will be posted near the registration desk at the conference.

Click here for a current BoF schedule

SAGE Certification Exams
Pacific Salon 4
General Examination: Wednesday, October 29, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
UNIX Examination: Thursday, October 30, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

SAGE is proud to announce the administration of both the general and the UNIX-specific cSAGE certification exams at LISA '03. The 125-question general exam will be offered on Wednesday and the 58-question UNIX examination will be offered on Thursday. Cost for the exams at LISA is extremely discounted: $50 for one exam, $75 for two exams. Pay at the membership booth. Please contact Rob Kolstad via email at for more information or to register.

Special Author Events
Tuesday, October 28, 1:00 p.m., Grand Foyer
Wednesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m., San Diego Technical Books Booth, Exhibit Hall

Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR will host special author events during the training program and at the exhibition. Authors on hand to sign books and meet with LISA attendees include James M. Kretchmar, Thomas A. Limoncelli, Marshall Kirk McKusick, Peter H. Salus, and John H. Terpstra.

LISA Art Show
Exhibit Hall, Golden Ballroom
Wednesday, October 29, 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 30, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Add a little culture to your conference experience and visit the Art Show. View the varied talents of members of the LISA community.

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