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Thursday, November 11    
9:00am - 10:30am
Room 6A

Thinking on the Job
Session Chair: Thomas A. Limoncelli, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs

A Retrospective on Twelve Years of LISA Proceedings
Eric Anderson and Dave Patterson, University of California at Berkeley

Managing Security in Dynamic Networks
Alexander V. Kanstantinou, Yechiam Yemini, Columbia University; Sandeep Bhatt, and S. Rajagopalan Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore)

It's Elementary, Dear Watson: Applying Logic Programming to Convergent System Management Processes
Dr. Alva L. Couch and Michael Gilfix, Tufts University

Room 6B

Real World Intrusion Detection
Mark K. Mellis, Consultant, SystemExperts Corp.

As e-commerce and extranet applications introduce riskier Internet protocols, sysadmins need intrusion detection techniques in order to distribute security countermeasures on increasingly open networks.

Room 6C

Budgeting for SysAdmins
Adam Moskowitz, LION bioscience Research, Inc., and Gregory H. Hamm, GPC USA, Inc.

This session will present the nuts and bolts--and pitfalls--of preparing a budget for the systems department: what to include in a budget, what you're likely to forget to include, how to justify the money you're asking for, what kinds of questions senior management is likely to ask when you present your budget, and what to do when they don't give you as much money as you wanted.

10:30am - 11:00am   Break
11:00am - 12:30pm
Room 6A

Network Infrastructure
Session Chair: Greg Rose, QUALCOMM Australia

NetReg: An Automated DHCP Registration System
Peter Valian and Todd K. Watson, Southwestern University

Dealing with Public Ethernet Jacks - Switches, Gateways, and Authentication
Robert Beck, University of Alberta

NetMapper: Hostname Resolution Based on Client Network Location
Josh Goldenhar, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Room 6B

The System Administrator's Body of Knowledge
Geoff Halprin, The SysAdmin Group

The maturing field of systems administration to date lacks a formal understanding of the profession which organizations can use to assess their maturity and individuals can consult to plan their career development. The Systems Administration Body Of Knowledge (a.k.a. Taxonomy of Best Practices) project is working toward defining the duties and responsibilities of the profession and capturing industry best practices. This talk provides an overview of the project, the progress made to date, and the projected path toward the SA-BOK's goals.

Room 6C

Inexpensive Firewalls
Simon Cooper, SGI
Presentation Slides

Building inexpensive firewalls using low cost hardware, freely available tools and configuration time can be used to provide both Internet and internal security solutions. This talk will show how inexpensive firewalls can become part of your security toolbox.

12:30pm - 2:00pm   Lunch (on your own)
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 6A

File Systems
Session Chair: Doug Kingston, Deutsche Bank

Enhancements to the Autofs Automounter
Ricardo Labiaga, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

The Advancement of NFS Benchmarking: SFS 2.0
David Robinson, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Moving Large Filesystems On-Line, Including Exiting HSM Filesystems
Vincent Cordrey, Doug Freyburger, Jordan Schwartz, and Liza Weissler, Collective Technologies

Room 6B

Building Internet Datacenters
Jay Yu and Bryan McDonald, GNAC, Inc.

How to plan and build datacenters from an IT perspective. Topics include:

  • Basic and advanced requirements
  • Trade-offs among wants, needs, and budget
  • Working with construction contractors
  • Building your own datacenter vs. co-location or other alternatives
  • Building or campuswide infrastructure requirements and recommendations

Room 6C

Lee Damon, Qualcomm, and Rob Kolstad, SANS Institute

We'll start with a discussion of the ethics canons of various SAGE organizations and continue to an interactive bimediated debate on some practical ethical situations from the workplace. Raise your awareness of real-world ethical dilemmas and how to avoid them (or cope with them once they're upon you!).

3:30pm - 4:00pm   Break
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 6A

Session Chair: Eric Anderson, University of California at Berkeley

ServiceTrak Meets NLOG/NMAP
Jon Finke, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Burt: The Backup and Recovery Tool
Eric Melski, Scriptics Corporation

Design and Implementation of a Failsafe Print System
Giray Pultar, Coubros Consulting LLC

Room 6B

Approaching a Petabyte
Hal Miller, University of Washington
Presentation paper

We know how to grow computing sites incrementally, aiming into the terabytes of storage. This talk discusses some issues involved in massive growth of online storage needs--to a petabyte and beyond.What questions need to be answered before designing significant expansion or a very large new site? What can be learned from others' experiences?

Room 6C

NETA/LISA-NT/Security Highlights

David Williamson, GNAC, Inc.
Gerald W. Carter, Auburn University
Greg Rose, Qualcomm Australia
Security Highlights slides

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