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.
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Scheduling a BoF
To schedule a BoF, simply write the BoF title as well as your name and affiliation on one of the BoF Boards located in the registration area. If you have a description of our BoF you'd like posted on this Web page, please schedule your BoF on the BoF board, then send its title, the organizer's name and affiliation, and the date, time, and location of the BoF to
email@example.com with "LISA '07 BoF" in the subject line.
For the most current schedule, please see the BoF Boards in the registration area.
2007's Hot topics in Storage Administration
Organizer: Sergey Sviridov, AC&NC
Wednesday, November 14, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Landmark D
- ZFS configuration practices
- iSCSI SAN implementations
- Server Virtualization challenge
- Data protection features: snapshots, replications, multipathing
- Data corruption troubleshooting
Adult Industry BoF
Thursday, November 15, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Landmark D
Specific challenges, industry concerns, 2257 issues, anyone else in Adult here?
Advanced Solaris 10: dtrace, containers, BrandZ, zfs. Oh my! BOF
Organizer: Richard Isaacson,
Digital River, Inc.
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Reunion B
Ajax Application Development with qooxdoo Demo
Organizer: Tobias Oetiker
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Reunion C
Amanda Development BoF
Organizer: Dustin J. Mitchell, Zmanda, Inc.
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Reunion G
We will be discussing exciting new work on Amanda, the open source backup application. Users, developers, and those interested in becoming such should attend!
Organizer: Ken Simpson, Founder and CEO, MailChannels
Thursday, November 15, 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Reunion E
Despite many exhausting years spent fighting it and more money invested than many of us would care to admit, spam remains a major problem for large sites around the world. Join in this candid discussion of the spam problem. Share your war stories and hear what others are doing in the fight against spam. Beer to be provided by Ken Simpson.
ARIN Vendor BoF
IPv6: It's Time to Make the Move
Wednesday, November 14, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Reunion C
Do you use IP addresses for your business? The current system for numbering IP addresses (IPv4) will become unavailable over the next few years as a result of the success of the Internet. Come to this session to learn about this impending IP address depletion, the planning efforts that have gone into the next version of the IP protocol (IPv6), and the steps you need to take to be prepared.
Tuesday, November 13, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Reunion E
Thursday, November 15, 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Reunion E
rsync, tar, smb based backup solutions for servers and desktops
Tuesday, November 13, 9:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Reunion F
Cambridge Computer Services, Inc. Vendor BoF
LISA Community Appreciation Night (Beer & Ice Cream Social)
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Landmark A
Want free beer? Want free ice cream? Want a sneak peek at the hottest topics in storage and data protection? If you answered "yes" to at least one of these questions, then plan to join Cambridge Computer and its selected storage technology showcase partners at this BoF. To show our thanks and appreciation to the USENIX and SAGE community, we invite all LISA attendees to join us for an informal evening of beer, ice cream, and a little bit of storage sprinkled on top.
Cfengine Developments BoF
Organizer: Mark Burgess, Oslo University College, Norway
Monday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Reunion A
After a couple of years of focusing on basic research, cfengine is entering a new phase of development, bringing benefits to users. This BoF will bring you up to date on the latest and on what you can expect of cfengine over the next year.
Configuration Management and Your MetaInfrastructure BoF
Organizer: Luke Kanies
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Reunion F
Discussion of practical configuration management with practitioners, tool developers, and theorists. Heavily focused on questions, helping, and discussion; not at all a lecture.
CQ CQ CQLISA Hams
Monday, November 12, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Reunion A
Monday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Reunion B
Kevin C. will run a game for up to 8 players from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Other DM's should sign up on the BoF Board for other time slots.
Digital SLR Photography BoF
Organizer: David C. Snyder, Turner-Digital Media Services
Tuesday, November 13, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Reunion A
A lot of techies have picked up photography as a way to exercise the right half of their brains. Folks are welcome to bring up to six images (digital or prints) that they have captured for review. I'll also talk about changes in digital workflow over the past two years. During the last hour or so, I'll be happy to color calibrate laptop displays using an Eye One Display 2.
EMC/Legato networker backup software
Tuesday, November 13, 10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Reunion E
Have any issues with Networker? When are you upgrading
to 7.4? Whats your backup environment like? How
has support been for you lately?
The Fourth Annual Improv for Sysadmins BoF
Thursday, November 15, 10:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m., Reunion G
Ganeti (HA Virtual Cluster) BoF
Thursday, November 15, 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Reunion G
LISA already features a Ganeti Invited Talk and a Ganeti Hit The
Ground Running quick introduction. This BoF is a time for you to speak
up, to give us feedback of your experience with ganeti, if you tried
it, or to share your ideas about it, and discuss what features you'd
like to see in this virtual HA cluster management tool.
Google Vendor BoF
Thursday, November 15, 8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Reunion F
Tuesday, November 13, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Landmark B
Work for the feds or state or city as an employee, contractor, or subcontractor? OR want to work for a government agency?
GroundWork Open Source, Inc. BoF
Extreme Monitoring with Groundwork
Wednesday, November 14, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Reunion AB
Organizer: Thomas Stocking, Co-Founder and Technical Evangelist, GroundWork Open Source, Inc.
Thomas will lead off a discussion of IT infrastructure monitoring tools in open source, with some extreme examples from deployments of GroundWork Monitor Professional, Nagios, Ganglia, Cacti, and other tools. Participants are encouraged to come and share their stories, favorite tools, opinions, best practices, problems, and solutions in the monitoring field.
Guitar Hero 3 BoF
Tuesday, November 13, 9:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., Reunion H
Guitar Hero 3
Thursday, November 15, 10:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m., Reunion H
2 guitars + 1 Wii = Legends of Rock! Come and rock out with us.
Higher Education BoF
Monday, November 12, 9:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Reunion C
University and college sysadmins
HPC Computing BoF
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Landmark B
ISC (Internet Systems Consortium) DHCP Forum
Monday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Landmark A
We will be discussing the software roadmap for ISC DHCP and collecting input from our users. Sr. DHCP Software Engineer David Hankins will be presenting. A brief overview of the BIND roadmap will also be presented.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and friends BoF
Organizer: David Parter
Tuesday, November 13, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Reunion C
It's the "Alphabet BoF!" Meet other Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer or whatever letter you want to pick (and friends) LISA attendees.
Monday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Reunion A
Nongeek women gathering (what to do when the guys are in class)
Logfile and Security Event Correlation using SEC BoF
Organizer: John P. Rouillard, Renesys Corporation
Wednesday November 14, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Reunion E
SEC, the Simple Event Correlator has been widely used to isolate and
respond to patterns in real-time data. From identifying and responding
to network attack signatures to processing reams of log messages
looking for the telltale signs of a sick system or service, SEC has
proved a useful tool.
You should attend if you:
This BoF offers a chance for SEC users to discuss how they use SEC in
their day to day activities. Also it provides a forum for discussing
how to handle thorny monitoring issues such as correlating data across
different programs and systems.
- are not monitoring your logfiles to catch problems early
- have security monitoring issues that flood you with data
- need to extract the one useful line Java VM crash messages 8-)
- really don't know what is in your log files
- have a competing log analysis tool that you use. See how it
shapes up compared to SEC.
There is also software available that allows you to scan log file and
categorize the events by type allowing you a better view of your log
file contents and letting you plan your monitoring scheme.
For people who use different tools (Splunk, StreamCruncher, Swatch),
it should be a lively discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of
Also there will be a poll of people interested in a tutorial or
workshop on using SEC and other log analysis software for next year's
(There is also a chance Risto Vaarandi (the author of SEC) will be
able to attend as well.)
LOPSA (League of Professional System Administrators')
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Landmark C
Organizer: Trey Harris, LOPSA
Join the League of Professional System Administrators' new Board of Directors for a presentation of the past year's activities, followed by a Q & A. This meeting is open to all, members and non-members of LOPSA alike.
LOPSA Public Policy BoF
Organizer: David Parter and Doug Hughes
Thursday, November 15, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Reunion C
What should our politicians know about system administration? Would SOX have been better legislation if sysadmins had written it? Come hear about this
exciting new project.
Nagios/Network/System Monitoring BoF
Organizer: John P. Rouillard, Renesys Corporation
Monday November 12, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Reunion F
Nagios is one of the leading open source network/service monitoring
tools. It provides a framework into which monitoring applications
written in any language can be inserted. This allows a wide variety of
monitoring applications from air conditioning units to RAID systems.
If you are:
please attend and see what real world problems people are solving and
share your experiences with your platform of choice. Maybe Nagios
solution/approach can be used to solve a monitoring issue on another
platform, or vice versa.
- already a Nagios user
- looking for a network monitoring platform
- use a competing platform (Zenoss, OpenNMS, HPOV)
- have created a competing monitoring platform
- develop a Nagios based solution
For hard core Nagios users, share ideas on how to manage difficult
monitoring situations. Describe how you:
In addition the instructor of the Monday "Nagios in Depth" tutorial,
John Sellens, is scheduled to attend this BoF.
- integrate nagios with other software such as:
- trouble ticketing systems
- document management systems (wiki's, CMS) for
troubleshooting procedures, or recording useful information
- trending systems (cacti, rrdtool, databases)
- use automatic event handlers to respond to problems faster than
- correlate to try to isolate root causes of problems and
prevent alert floods.
Open Source Systems Management
Organizer: Mark Hinkle
Tuesday, November 13, 9:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Reunion G
Discussion on open source management and the tools and best practices. Participants will be discussing open source management tools and organizations that can help educate users on open source management.
Permabit Vendor BoF
Large-Scale and Long-Term Online Archive Challenges
Thursday, November 15, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Reunion E
Maintaining terabytes to petabytes of archival reference data over a short period of time is a challenging proposition; if data must be available over 10, 20 or 50 years the problems become even greater. Critical considerations to any solution for an online reference archive is reducing storage, management, operational, and data migration costs. Come and discuss how intelligent disk archives can be built that deliver extreme reliability and availability at competitive prices.
Presented by Permabit, a leading supplier of enterprise-class disk-based archive systems. Permabit systems use scalable Enterprise Data Reduction to deliver substantial space and cost savings for network-attached archives.
PGP keysigning and CACert verification party
Organizers: Christophe Dupre, Accovia inc.; Riku Itapuro, Tampere Polytechnic University
Thursday, November 15, 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Reunion C
Your chance to have your PGP key(s) signed by others, as well to have
your CAcert cert ID assured by CAcert Assurers! Increase the web of
trust! Joining is free.
At the LISA conference you will be able to collect CAcert Assurer points
enough to have at least your name on the X.509 certificate (50 points).
CAcert certicates are free and can be used for client (e.g. email
signing,...) and server (e.g. https, ssl,...) applications. You can have
as many CAcert as you want to have.
We have a PGP public keyring, please add your pubkey to it before the
Be prepared and have with you: your ID (passport, and/or driver
license), enough PGP fingerprints, and a printout of at least two CAcert
Assurer Forms. If you have not yet registered at http://www.CAcert.org
please do so. The CAcert web site will enable you to print CAcert
Assurer Forms with your email address and name easily and very clearly.
At the BoF Assurer Forms will be available for those unable to print
their out in advance.
Organizer: Scott Karlin, Princeton University
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Reunion E
PlanetLab is a global research network that supports the development of new network services. Since the beginning of 2003, more than 1,000 researchers at top academic institutions and industrial research labs have used PlanetLab to develop new technologies for distributed storage, network mapping, peer-to-peer systems, distributed hash tables, and query processing.
In addition to hearing a brief overview and discussing recent status of the PlanetLab project, don't miss this opportunity to meet with fellow colleagues who use, support, and maintain the distributed testbed.
Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Landmark Foyer
Thursday, November 15, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Landmark Foyer
Don't miss the cool new ideas and the latest preliminary research on display at the Poster Session. Take advantage of the perfect opportunity to mingle with colleagues who may be interested in the same area.
Thursday, November 15, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Reunion AB
Academics and system administration
Organizer: Luke Kanies
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Reunion H
This is your opportunity to ask Puppet's author any questions you have about the product, future plans, how it compares to other products, and why it's so awesome. In the absence of questions, Luke will be prepared to go through some demonstrations of the product.
SNIA Green Storage BoF
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Reunion AB
Organizer: Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
Open Discussion on Metrics for Measuring Storage Power
- Are "green" data centers a key technical need, or just marketing hype?
- Do you plan to make purchase decisions based on "green" certifications and EnergyStar?
- What power consumption metrics are important when purchasing new storage equipment?
- How do you monitor consumption in your data center?
- How do you deal with peak power situations?
- Do you have a way to trade off power consumption and application performance?
Source-Based Distros in the Enterprise
Thursday, November 15, 10:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m., Reunion AB
(WTF?) (funroll-loops.org?!) (gentoo.org, Linux from scratch, sourcemage.org, Rock Linux)
Splunk Vendor BoF
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Landmark D
The State of the Art in Backup and Data Protection BoF
Organizer: Jacob Farmer, CTO, Cambridge Computer
Wednesday, November 14, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Reunion G
Bring your questions and experiences with the latest data protection technologies: CPD, de-duplication, VTLs, snapshots, replication, etc. The BoF will be led by Jacob Farmer, CTO of Cambridge Computer. Jacob will give a slide presentation on his take on the latest developments in the industry and then open it up to group discussion.
Sysadmin Education and Peer Support
Organizer: Alva L. Couch, Tufts University
Thursday, November 15, 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Reunion AB
A general discussion of system administrator education, mentoring,
and peer support, including summaries of discussions in the SysAdmin
Education Workshop on Tue and ideas for moving forward with education
and career support of new sysadmins, including possible publications
and social networking approaches to career support.
Topics in Blackboard Administration and Commiseration
Wednesday, November 14, 9:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Reunion H
US Presidential Election '08 Issues BoF
Wednesday, November 14, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Landmark C
Organizer: Jeremy Blosser, Ron Paul '08 Volunteer DFW Meetup Coordinator
Open discussion of political issues, the tech sector, and the '08 election
cycle. From civil liberties concerns (DMCA, USA PATRIOT Act, MCA, etc.),
to election verification concerns (Diebold), to the effects of the Internet
on the election (Meetup, YouTube, etc.), and beyond. Candidate naming and
discussion is welcome and expected; civil discourse only, please.
USENIX Board Game Night, Part II
Monday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Reunion E
Back by popular demand! Don't miss your second chance to join your fellow attendees to play board games. Click here for more information.
Zenoss Solutions Vendor BoF
Organizer: Murat Aksu, Zenoss, Inc.
Thursday, November 15, 8:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m., Landmark C
Google Maps Mash-up, Network Topology Mapping and Service Level Management with Zenoss.
Come join your peers as well as experts from Zenoss to talk about Open Source Monitoring and Management, drink beer, eat great food and listen to lively music. Stop by the Zenoss booth, #515, to get more details on this event and prizes that will be given away throughout the show.