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18th Large Installation System Administration Conference, November 14-19, Atlanta, GA
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To enhance your LISA conference experience, attendee events are planned throughout the week. Attend the very popular Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs). Mingle with your peers and technological luminaries during the Exhibition Beer & Gear Reception and the LISA Galactic Gaming Room. Be sure not to miss the opportunity to vie for bragging rights—and prizes—at the Game Show. Check back here for the latest additions to the activities schedule.

Social Activities
Welcome Reception
Saturday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Marquis I

Join fellow attendees at the opening night Welcome Reception. Refreshments and snacks provided.

Conference Orientation
Saturday, November 13, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Marquis I

Whether this is your first time at LISA or your tenth, stop by the Conference Orientation to learn how to get the most out of the conference in its new, expanded format. The orientation includes an overview of Atlanta, an introduction to USENIX, and an added opportunity to meet your peers.

Exhibition Beer & Gear Reception
Wednesday, November 17, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Imperial Ballroom

Join us at the Vendor Exhibition for pizza and soda or beer, and take the opportunity to learn about the latest products and technologies.

Meet the Authors Session
Wednesday, November 17, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Imperial Ballroom

While you're enjoying the Exhibition Beer & Gear Reception, visit the Digital Guru Bookstore to meet some of your favorite authors. Stop by to ask questions, have your book signed, and view the selection of titles from Addison-Wesley and Prentice Hall PTR.

Dance Dance Revolution
Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Thames

Gotta Dance? Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) is quickly sweeping the nation as one of the most popular ways to unleash your inner dancing demon. Now it's coming to LISA. Join us Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., in the Thames Room to take on the machine or your colleagues in the ultimate LISA Dance-Off.

USENIX: Meet the Board and Staff
Wednesday, November 17, 9:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Marquis III

Come meet the USENIX leadership and tell us what you think and how we're doing. Give us your feedback on the conference. Join us for dessert and get an update on USENIX activities.

LISA Galactic Gaming Room
Thursday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., International Ballroom

You're invited to join us for an out-of-this-world experience at the LISA Galactic Gaming Room. Feast on cosmic cuisine and lunar libations as you play blackjack with Boba Fett, test your luck with Captain Kirk at the craps table, or challenge HAL 9000 to a wild game of Texas Hold'em. You're encouraged to come dressed as your favorite sci-fi character. A prize will be awarded for the best costume. May the Schwartz be with you!

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)
Tuesday, November 16
   7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 17
   7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 18
   8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.

Current BoF Schedule
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. Click here to view the current BoF schedule and for scheduling instructions.

Express Yourself in the 2nd Annual LISA Art Show!
Wednesday, November 17
   12:00 noon–7:00 p.m., Imperial Ballroom
Thursday, November 18
   10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Imperial Ballroom

Encouraged by the success of the Art Show last year at LISA, we've decided to do it again. The 2nd Annual LISA Art Show is being held in the Exhibit Hall, opening at noon on Wednesday, November 17, and closing at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2004.

Meet the Artists!

Meet the artists of the LISA '04 Art Show Wednesday night from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the show floor. Experience the art and artistry of your colleagues, and feel free to ask questions and give them your feedback.

Consider becoming one of next year's featured artists! Talk to Karen Kern any time this week, or by email to

Whether you're an artist or art lover, please join us at the 2nd Annual LISA Art Show in Atlanta.

Work-in-Progress Reports (WiPs)
Friday, November 19
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Marquis I

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.

Click here for a current WiPs schedule

LISA Game Show
Friday, November 19
4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m., Marquis II

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.

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