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18th Large Installation System Administration Conference, November 14-19, Atlanta, GA
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Join Your Peers for Three Days of Focused Discussion
  • Senior system administrators will want to participate in one or more of these all-day workshops. Attendance is limited to 30 participants for each workshop, which ensures a seminar-like atmosphere. To attend a workshop, you must be a registered conference attendee.
  • Please note that these workshops are full-day sessions. Attending a workshop precludes attending any training sessions on that day. See the individual descriptions for information on how to register for a workshop. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by the workshop coordinator.

Sunday, November 14
Workshop 1: Configuration Management
Paul Anderson, University of Edinburgh
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., International 1

Specifying the required configurations for large numbers of interconnected machines, and automatically installing those configurations to produce reliable "fabrics," have been important topics since the very early LISA conferences.

This workshop will cover the fundamental problems of current technologies, and look at the theory and approaches that might lead to a new generation of configuration languages and tools. The Web page includes a summary of last year's workshop, an archive of the mailing list, and pointers to some relevant papers.

To apply, please send a short email to, including a brief description of your areas of interest/experience. If the workshop is oversubscribed, then preference will be given to those who are active in the development of configuration tools or theory. Applicants will be notified by September 30.

Monday, November 15

Workshop 2: SysAdmin Education
Curt Freeland, University of Notre Dame; John Sechrest, PEAK Internet Services
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., International 1

Curt Freeland and John Sechrest have run the SysAdmin Education Workshop at LISA for 5 years. This workshop is focused on bringing together people who teach system administration in a university setting. This year, the focus is on curriculum and curriculum development.

How do system administration courses work together with other courses? How do those courses fit into degree programs? How do networking and system administration classes connect?

Part of the goal of the workshop will be to list existing courses and programs and to try to expand this list to include system administration education resources.

To register for the workshop, please send an outline of your experience and interest in sysadmin education to

Workshop 3: AFS
Esther Filderman, The OpenAFS Project; Derrick Brashear, Carnegie Mellon University
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., International 2

This workshop for experienced AFS administrators will be a mix of papers presented by willing participants and active discussion about work currently being done, issues in AFS administration, and issues relating to IBM-AFS, OpenAFS, and Arla. Writing or presenting a paper is not required, but a willingness to participate actively in the workshop is essential. For information about the workshop and how to apply to participate, please see the AFS Workshop page.


Tuesday, November 16
Workshop 4: Advanced Topics
Adam S. Moskowitz, Menlo Computing
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., International 1

This one-day workshop, intended for very senior administrators, provides an informal roundtable discussion of the problems facing system administrators today. Attendance is limited and based on acceptance of a position paper (plain ASCII, three paragraphs maximum); a typical paper covers what the author thinks is the most difficult or important issue facing system administrators today, why this is a problem, and why this problem is important. Please send position papers to

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