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LISA 2001, 15th Systems Administration Conference, December 2-7, 2001, San Diego, CA
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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, unless otherwise noted., 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 tutorials 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, December 2, 2001 Monday, December 3, 2001
Workshop 1: AFS Workshop
Coordinators: Esther Filderman, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Derrick Brashear, Carnegie Mellon University, and Ted McCabe, MIT

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.

Participation is limited to 35 people. 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 at

Workshop 2: Best Practices in Intrusion Detection and Incident Response
Coordinators: Tom Perrine, San Diego Supercomputer Center, and Pat Wilson, University of California at San Diego

We'll gather to discuss enterprise-level intrusion detection/incident response strategies, with an eye towards producing a document outlining best practices.

To register for this workshop, please send mail to with a short description of your site's size/scope and the IDS/IR mechanisms you have in place (overview only).

Workshop 3: Teaching System Administration
Coordinators: John Sechrest, PEAK, Inc., and Curt Freeland, University of Notre Dame

The focus of the workshop is the implementation of the course framework developed at the USENIX System Administration Education Workshop at LISA '99. Participants will work toward the development of course materials (syllabus, lectures, labs, homework problems, and exams) suitable for use in a college-level course on system administration.

This one-day workshop will focus on group discussions of course materials, collaboration, taxonomy, and learning objectives in the context of teaching system administration courses.

Participants will be current and potential instructors of university-level system administration courses, corporate training coordinators, and senior system administrators with an interest in this topic.

To register for this workshop, please send email with a short description of your background in teaching system administration to

Workshop 4: cfengine
Coordinator: Mark Burgess, Oslo University College

This workshop is an opportunity to discuss cfengine's development, new technologies, and all projects related to cfengine. Attendance at the workshop will be limited to about 30. Priority will be given to those who submit a brief written proposal for a topic for discussion.

The format of the workshop will be a brief presentation, followed by discussion. The aim is for each presenter to take responsibility for their topic and to write a short summary paper for a workshop proceedings which will be published on the Web. Sample topics:

  • Overview of cfengine 2
  • Public key infrastructures
  • Documentation projects
  • Configuration repository
  • Front ends for cfengine
  • Configuration methods
  • Enterprise-level management
  • Intrusion detection tie-in (snort, etc.)

To register for the workshop, send your proposal to Be sure to visit the workshop Web site at

Workshop 5: MetaLISA
Coordinators: Cat Okita, Earthworks, and Tom Limoncelli, Lumeta Corp

Finding yourself doing more "supervisor" stuff? Need help? Many system administrators find themselves managing other system administrators, either officially or unofficially. The more experienced sysadmins become, the more likely it is that they will be asked to do "management" things. In this workshop, attendees will describe real management situations and will discuss ways of handling these situations, with particular attention to issues specific to managing system administrators. Both old-timers and new managers will find it useful to attend. The format will be facilitated discussion. In order to promote frank speech, we'd like to encourage a "one employee per company or division" policy.

To register for this workshop, please send email with a short description of your management background to

Workshop 6: Taxonomy of System Administration
Cooordinator: Rob Kolstad, Delos Enterprises

This year's LISA taxonomy workshop will extend the work on the grid of almost 1,500 administration activities created since last year's workshop. A summary of progress since the last workshop will be given, then participants will discuss the next actions to create the System Administration Book of Knowledge, the current implementation of Geoff Halprin's initial taxonomy. If history is any indicator, the morning will be presentations, philosophy discussions, and debates, while the afternoon will include creation of prototypes and mechanisms to enable distributed updates of the next document (or whatever the next step is determined to be). To register, please send a short (~3 sentences) statement to

Tuesday, December 4, 2001
Workshop 7: Advanced Topics Workshop
Coordinator: Adam Moskowitz, Menlo Computing

This one-day workshop will focus on the most difficult problems facing system administrators today. Attendance is limited and based on acceptance of a position paper. Additional information on this workshop is available at Potential workshop attendees should submit a one-page position paper in ASCII to Papers should contain a statement of what the author thinks is the most difficult or important issue facing system administrators today.

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