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LISA 2001, 15th Systems Administration Conference, December 2-7, 2001, San Diego, CA
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Technical Sessions    Wed., Dec. 6 | Thurs., Dec. 7 | Fri., Dec. 8 | Guru Is In | All in one file
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Wednesday, December 5, 2001
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Gerald Carter, Hewlett-Packard
Gerald Carter has been a member of the SAMBA Team since 1998 and is employed by Hewlett-Packard. He is currently working on a guide to LDAP for system administrator's with O'Reilly Publishing. 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. In addition to this, he acted as the lead author of "Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours" by Sams Publishing.

2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Esther Filderman, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and Garry Zacheiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Note: this will be a joint session.
Having worked for Carnegie Mellon University since 1988 Esther has been working with AFS since it's toddlerhood, and is currently a Senior Systems Mangler and AFS administrator for the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. Esther has been helping to bring AFS content to LISA conferences for four years. Garry Zacheiss has spent three years working for MIT Information Systems doing both development and systems administration. As a member of the Athena Server Operations team, he works on maintaining and expanding the AFS cells used by Athena, MIT's Academic Computing Environment, as well as enhancing Moira, MIT's host and user account management system.

Infrastructure Architecture
4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Steve Traugott, TerraLuna, LLC
Steve helped pioneer the term "Infrastructure Architecture", and has worked towards industry acceptance of this "SysAdmin++" career track for the last several years. He is a consulting Infrastructure Architect, and publishes tools and techniques for automated systems administration. His deployments have ranged from financial trading floors and NASA supercomputers to web farms and growing startups.
Thursday, December 6, 2001
9:00 am-10:30 am
Greg Rose, QUALCOMM, Inc.
Greg Rose is a Principal Engineer for QUALCOMM International, based in Australia, where he works on cryptographic security and authentication for third-generation mobile phones and other technologies. He holds a number of patents for cryptographic methods and has successfully cryptanalyzed widely deployed ciphers.

Writing Papers for Usenix Refereed Track
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Tom Limoncelli, Lumeta
Thomas A. Limoncelli is a Unix sysadmin and network administrator, author, and activist. He has had many papers accepted by LISA and has presented many Invited Talks and recently co-authored a book with Christine Hogan titled "The Practice of System and Network Administration", which is now in stores. He has served on the LISA Program Committee many times, including two years as Invited Talks Co-Chair. He is currently the Director of Operations at Lumeta Corporation in Somerset, New Jersey USA.

2:00 pm-3:30 pm
W. Curtis Preston, Storage Designs
Curtis is the owner of Storage Designs, a consulting company dedicated entirely to selecting, designing, implementing, auditing, and educating people about storage systems. Curtis has nine years experience designing storage systems for many environments, both large and small. He has developed a number of freely available tools, including ones that perform live backups of Oracle, Informix, and Sybase. Curtis is the administrator of the NetBackup, and NetWorker FAQs. He is also the author of O'Reilly's "UNIX Backup & Recovery," and "Using SANs & NAS," as well as a monthly column in and SysAdmin magazines.
Friday, December 7, 2001
Sysadmin for Suits
9:30 am-10:30 am
Bill Labrie, American Express
Bill has spent 5 years at American Express as both a sysadmin and a lead of sysadmins. He is currently the lead over a group of 8 NT, AIX, and Solaris admins. In the last 18 months he has helped his group rise from a beaten-down and overworked group to one that is virtually setting standards for service as well as driving changes in the management of systems throughout the company. He will lead a discussion of the special challenges faced by UNIX admins in a large-scale corporate atmosphere.

Email MTAs
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Eric Allman, Sendmail, Inc.
Eric is the original author of sendmail. He is the author of syslog, tset, the -me nroff 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.

Computer Room Design/Layout
2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Adam Moskowitz
Adam Moskowitz has designed, built, and overhauled computer rooms ("data centers") for such companies as Open Market, Genome Therapeutics, and LION Bioscience Research; he has also designed and built high-density compute clusters for companies including Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Biogen. Adam has over 20 years experience as a programmer and systems architect, has sat on several LISA and USENIX program committees, and is the coordinator of the LISA Advanced Topics Workshop.

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