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LISA 2000: 14th Systems Administration Conference, 
New Orleans, December 3-8, 2000
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Eric Allman allman_eric (M3, T9) is the original author of sendmail. He is the author of syslog, tset, the -me troff macros, and trek. He was the chief programmer on the INGRES database management project, designed database user and application interfaces at Britton Lee,and contributed to the Ring Array Processor project at the International Computer Science Institute. He is a former member of the USENIX Board of Directors. Bryan C. Andregg andregg_bryan (S6, M6) works for Red Hat, Inc. In the past three years Bryan has worked in or with almost every position at the company, sometimes to a good end. His current projects include Coffee Making 101 and Linux for Land Rovers. Prior to Red Hat, Bryan was the systems and network administrator for an ISP. His current title is "Smoke Jumper."
Daniel Appelman appelman_dan (S11, S15) is a lawyer with a major Silicon Valley law firm. He has been practicing in the areas of cyberspace and software law for over fifteen years. Dan is the attorney for the USENIX Association and for many high-tech companies. David N. Blank-Edelman blank-edelman (S10, S14) is the Director of Technology at the Northeastern University College of Computer Science and the author of the new O'Reilly book Perl for System Administration. He has spent the last 14 years as a system/network administrator in large multi-platform environments including Brandeis University, Cambridge Technology Group, and the MIT Media Laboratory. He has served as Senior Technical Editor for the Perl Journal and has written many magazine articles on world music.
Gerald Carter carter_gerald (S5, M9) has been a member of the Samba Team since 1998 and is employed by VA Linux Systems. He is currently working with O'Reilly Publishing on a guide to LDAP for system administrators. He holds a master's degree in computer science from Auburn University, where he was also previously employed as a network and systems administrator. Gerald has published articles with various Web-based magazines such as Linuxworld and has authored instructional course for companies such as Linuxcare. He acted as the lead author of Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours (Sams Publishing.) Tom Christiansen christiansen_tom (T8) has been involved with Perl since day zero of its initial public release in 1987. Lead author of The Perl Cookbook, co-author of the second editions of Programming Perl and Learning Perl, and co-author of Learning Perl on Win32 Systems, Tom is also the major caretaker of Perl's online documentation. He holds undergraduate degrees in computer science and Spanish and a master's in computer science. He now lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Mike Ciavarella (S16) has been producing and editing technical documentation since he naively agreed to write application manuals for his first employer in the early 1980s. He has been a technical editor for MacMillan Press and has been teaching system administrators about documentation for the past four years. Mike has an Honours Degree in Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and is currently a Senior Partner with Cybersource Pty Ltd, where he heads Cybersource's Security Practice. In his spare time, Mike is a caffeine addict and photographer. Phil Cox cox_phil (M5, T2) is a consultant for SystemExperts Corporation, a consulting firm that specializes in system security and management. Phil frequently writes and lectures on issues bridging the gap between UNIX and Windows NT. He is a featured columnist in ;login;, the USENIX Association Magazine and has served on numerous USENIX program committees. Phil holds a B.S. in computer science from the College of Charleston, South Carolina.
Lee Damon damon_lee (S12, T4) holds a B.S. in speech communica tion from Oregon State University. He has been a UNIX system administrator since 1985 and has been active in SAGE since its inception. He is a member of the SAGE Ethics Working Group and was one of the commentators on the SAGE Ethics document. He has championed awareness of ethics in the systems administration community, including writing it into policy documents. Ed DeHart dehart_ed (S13, M7) is a former member of Carnegie Mellon University's CERT Coordination Center, which he helped found in 1988. Ed has also owned an ISP, Pittsburgh OnLine Inc., which operated several UNIX servers. Currently, Ed is President of Prism Servers, Inc., a manufacturer of Internet firewalls and UNIX-based Internet servers.
Aeleen Frisch frisch_aeleen (M8, T6) has been a system administra tor for over 15 years. She currently looks after a very heterogeneous network of UNIX and Windows NT systems. She is the author of several books, including Essential Windows NT System Administration. Peter Baer Galvin galvin_peter (T1) is the chief technologist for Corporate Technologies, Inc., and was the systems manager for Brown University's Computer Science Department. He has written articles for Byte and other magazines, is systems admnistration columnist for SunWorld, and is co-author of the Operating Systems Concepts and the Applied Operating Systems Concepts textbooks. As a consultant and trainer, Peter has taught tutorials on security and systems administration and has given talks at many conferences.
Geoff Halprin halprin_geoff (M4) is the principal consultant at The SysAdmin Group. He has been a system administrator for the past 15 years and a consulting system administrator for over 10. Geoff specializes in data security and systems management disciplines and in the evaluation and improvement of systems management practices. He has acted as consultant to a wide variety of organizations, including government, large corporations, and several major ISPs. Geoff is also the vice-president of the System Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) and is a member of the SAGE Executive Committee. Jamie Hanrahan hanrahan_jamie (S7) provides Windows NT driver development, consulting, and training services to leading companies. He is co-writing a book on Windows NT device drivers, to be published by O'Reilly and Associates. He also has an extensive background in VMS device drivers and internals. He is co-author of VMS Advanced Driver Techniques and received the Instructor of the Year award while teaching VMS device drivers and internals courses for Digital.
David K. Z. Harris harris_david (M12) has been a network plumber "for more than a decade," and he
likes many kinds of puzzles. He's been a member of the Technical Staff at GNAC for nearly three years. Connecting various devices together (like making networks work, or hooking up serial consoles) is just another interesting puzzle.
Paul B. Hill (T2) is a programmer/analyst at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working in Information Systems. He has been involved with the development of MIT's Kerberos implementation since 1991. Paul has been working with Microsoft operating systems since 1982 and has worked with all version of Windows NT. He is is the senior programmer on MIT's Project Pismere, a project to provide an academic computing environment on Windows 2000 that is integrated into MIT's existing Athena computing environment. Paul also consults on system security.
Brad Johnson johnson_brad (S8) is a vice president of SystemExperts Corporation, a consulting firm that specializes in system security and management. He is a well-known authority in the field of secure distributed systems and has recently served as a technical advisor to both Dateline NBC and CNN on network security matters. He has participated in seminal industry initiatives, including the Open Software Foundation, X/Open, and the IETF, and has often published about open systems.Brad was one of the original members of the OSF DCE Evaluation Team. He has a B.A. in computer science from Rutgers University and an M.S. from Lesley College. Stephen Johnson johnson_steve_BW (M11, M14, T11, T14) has been a technical manager on and off for nearly two decades, in both large and small companies. At AT&T, he is best known for writing Yacc, Lint, and the Portable C Compiler. He served as the head of the UNIX Languages Department at AT&T's Summit Labs. He has also been involved in a number of Silicon Valley startup companies. He served for ten years on the USENIX Board of Directors, four of them as president. He presented an invited talk on management at LISA three years ago, he has taught USENIX tutorials on technical subjects, and he has led management training seminars at LISA and the USENIX Annual Conference, as well as at Transmeta.
Vincent C. Jones jones_vincent_c (M1) is the founder and principal con sultant of Networking Unlimited, Inc., a network design consulting firm specializing in network performance and reliability enhancement. Vince has been applying the theory of networking to the solution of real-world problems for almost three decades and is the author of High Availability Network Design, to be published later this year by Addison-Wesley. George Kurtz kurtz_george (S4) has performed hundreds of firewall, network, and e-commerce­related security assessments throughout his security consulting career. He is a regular speaker at many security conferences and is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, InfoWorld, USA Today, and the Associated Press and is a co-author of the widely acclaimed Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.
William LeFebvre lefebvre_bill (M10, M13) has been using UNIX and Internet technologies since 1983. He has written many articles on UNIX, networking, and systems administration issues. Currently he writes the monthly "Daemons & Dragons" column for UNIX Review. William is the editor of the SAGE series "Short Topics in System Administration." He has taught tutorials since 1989 for such organizations as USENIX, the Sun User Group (SUG), MIS Training Institute, IT Forum, and Great Circle Associates, and he is a certified Cisco Systems Instructor. William is the primary programmer for the popular UNIX utility top and has contributed to several widely used UNIX packages, including Wietse Venema's logdaemon package. He can be reached at or via Evan Marcus marcus_evan_l (S1) is a senior systems engineer and high availability specialist with VERITAS Software Corporation. Evan has more than 12 years of experience in UNIX systems administration. While employed at Fusion Systems and OpenVision Software, Evan worked to bring the first high availability software application for SunOS and Solaris to market. Evan is the author of several articles and talks on the design of high availability systems.
Ned McClain mcclain_ned (S3, T3) is a lead engineer at XOR Network Engineering. He is currently helping with the 3rd edition of the UNIX System Administration Handbook (by Nemeth, Snyder, and Hein). He has a degree in computer science from Cornell University and has done research with both the CS and Engineering Physics departments at Cornell. Stuart McClure (S4), president and CTO of Foundstone, has over ten years of IT and security experience. He specializes in security assessments, firewall reviews, e-commerce application testing, hosts reviews, PKI technologies, intrusion detection, and incident response. For the past two years, Stuart has co-authored a weekly column on security for InfoWorld magazine. For the past four years, he has worked both with Big 5 security consulting and the InfoWorld Test Center, where he tested dozens of network and security hardware and software products. Before InfoWorld, Mr. McClure spent over seven years managing and securing networks and systems, including Cisco, Shiva, Novell, Solaris, AIX, AS/400, Window NT, and Linux, in corporate, academic, and government environments.
Chris Murphy murphy_chris (T5) is a network engineer in the Network Operations Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He and his colleagues manage the design, implementation, and operation of a campuswide TCP/IP and Appletalk network of over 25,000 hosts and 18,000 users. He was responsible for the design and implementation of MIT's dial-up PPP service, Tether. Currently he is involved with an evaluation of wireless technologies in the MIT environment. Mr. Murphy is also a co-manager of MIT's Desktop Products team, which evaluates and recommends computing systems for use at the Institute. Evi Nemeth nemeth_evi (S3, T3), a faculty member in computer sci ence at the University of Colorado, has managed UNIX systems for the past 20 years, both from the front lines and from the ivory tower. She is co-author of the UNIX System Administration Handbook.

Dan Pollack pollack_dan (S9) was introduced to UNIX in 1988 and has been a system administrator of one sort or another since 1990. He has worked in the financial, government, and on-line service industries. For the past four years he has been designing and implementing storage systems for database applications. He currently resides at America Online Incorporated in Reston, Virginia, where he is a Principal System Administrator. W. Curtis Preston preston_curtis (T10, T13) is a Practice Principal for Collective Technologies and manages their Backup and Recovery Practice. He has been specializing in backup and recovery for over seven years and has designed, implemented, and audited enterprisewide backup and recovery systems for many Fortune 500 and e-commerce companies. His O'Reilly & Associates book, UNIX Backup & Recovery, has sold over 20,000 copies, and he writes a regular column for UnixReview online and SysAdmin magazine. Curtis's Web address is, and he can be reached at
Jon Rochlis rochlis_jon_a (T5) is a independent consultant, providing high-level advice to large and small businesses in the areas of networking, network security, distributed systems design and management, and electronic commerce. He has been a senior consultant with SystemExperts Corp., an engineering manager with BBN Planet (now GTE), Director of the Cambridge Technology Center of OpenVision Technologies, and a technical supervisor for the Development Group of MIT's Distributed Computing and Network Services (DCNS), the follow-on to Project Athena. Jon has also served on the NEARnet Technical Committee. He holds a B.S. degree in computer science and engineering from MIT. Steve Romig romig_steve (T7) is in charge of the Ohio State University Incident Response Team, which provides incident response assistance, training, consulting, and security auditing service for The Ohio State University community. He is also working with a group of people from Central Ohio businesses to improve Internet security response and practices. In years past Steve has worked as lead UNIX system administrator at one site with 40,000 users and 12 hosts and another site with 3,000 users and over 500 hosts. Steve received his B.S. in mathematics (computer science track) from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983. You can reach him by phone at 1-614-688-3412 or by email at
Gregory Neil Shapiro shapiro_gregory (T12) began his professional career as a system administrator for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) after graduating from WPI in 1992. During his tenure as senior UNIX system administrator, he became involved with beta testing the BIND name server, the sendmail mail transfer agent, and other UNIX utilities such as emacs and screen. He contributed the secure zones functionality included in BIND 4.9.X. When presented with the opportunity to join Sendmail, Inc., he packed his bags and headed west. As lead engineer at Sendmail, Inc., he has continued to support the open source version while working on Sendmail Pro and Sendmail Switch, the commercial versions. Bryan Stansell stansell_bryan (M12) was one of the first members of the GNAC staff and is the current keeper of the Conserver code tree, as an extension of his love of computers and programming.

Marc Staveley staveley_mark (M2) recently left Sun Microsystems Enterprise Services to join a start-up, where he is applying his 16 years of experience with UNIX development and administration. Previously Marc was an independent consultant and has held positions at NCR, Princeton University, and the University of Waterloo. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of standards-based development, multi-threaded programming, systems administration, and performance tuning. Paul Vixie vixie_paul (S2) was the maintainer of the BIND software system through version 8. BIND, the Berkeley Internet Name Domain, includes the name server ("named") used everywhere on the Internet. Paul is also a coauthor of Sendmail: Theory and Practice (Digital Press, 1995).
Dusty White White_Dusty (M11, M14, T11, T14) was an early employee of Adobe, where she served in a variety of managerial positions. She now works as a management consultant in Silicon Valley, where she acts as a trainer, coach, and troubleshooter for technical companies. She has presented tutorials at LISA and the Usenix Annual Technical Conference.  :

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