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LISA '99: 13th Systems Administration Conference
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Conference Activities

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)
LISA '99 BoFs are available on the following evenings in the Sheraton Hotel:

  • Tuesday, November 9, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 10, 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Thursday, November 11, 6:00pm - 11:00pm
It is not too late to schedule a BoF session. Contact the USENIX Conference Office at or telephone 1.949.588.8649 to make arrangements.

Pre-Scheduled BoFs to Date (November 3, 1999)

Tuesday, November 9
6:00pm - 7:00pm Data Management in a Mixed Unix and Windows NT Environment
Paul Levine, Auspex Systems, Inc.
Workplace Issues for Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgendered SysAdmins
Bob Gill, Lucent Technologies
6:00pm - 8:00pm Web Switching - What is it?
John Hayes, Alteon WebSystems
The State of the Backup Industry
Jacob Farmer, Nathan Hugenberger, Cambridge Computer
7:00pm - 8:00pm Cross Platform System Administration: Problems & Solutions
Rob Donath, Enlighten Software Solutions, Inc.
An Update on Standards
Nick Stoughton, USENIX Association
8:00pm - 9:00pm Issues for Women in Computing
Pat Parseghian, Transmeta
8:00pm - 10:00pm SAGE Mentor Project
Michael Ewan, Sage Mentor Project Manager
Wednesday, November 10
9:30pm - 11:00pm Getting Published: A Meeting of Authors & Publishers
Julie Thornton, SysAdmin Magazine
Thursday, November 11
6:00pm - 7:00pm SAGE Community Meeting
SAGE Executive Committee
Cricket Users
Jeff R. Allen, WebTV Networks, Inc.
6:00pm - 8:00pm Large Scale Storage Management
Dan Pollack, AOL
7:00pm - 8:00pm Say Goodbye to DLL Hell Forever
Tom Niermann, Perpetual Systems, Inc.
Steve VanDevender, Scary Devil Monastery
HPC Supercomputer Administrators
Andrew Fant, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
8:00pm - 9:00pm Automated Backup Integration: Solutions and Ideas
Dave Hiechel, EAGLE Software, Inc.
SAGE Postmasters
William LeFebvre, USENIX Association
8:00pm - 10:00pm Request Ticket Systems: Design and Implementation
Steve Willoughby, Intel Corporation
9:00pm - 10:00pm Usenet/Netnews Administration
Russ Allbery, Stanford University
Future Directions for Amd (am--utlis)
Erez Zadok, Columbia University

Social Activities
Meet the conference speakers and connect with your peers in the community.
Welcoming Reception and Conference Orientation
Saturday, November 6, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Rooms 608-610, Conference Center
Happy Hour at the Exhibition
Wednesday, November 10, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Reception at the Museum of Flight
Wednesday, November 10, 7:30 pm-10:30 pm
Work in Progress Reports (WiPs)
Friday, November 12, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Short, pithy, and fun, Work in Progress reports introduce interesting new or on-going work. Fast paced and spontanious, the WiPs feature new ideas or novel solutions to old problems. The number of presenters is limited, so reserve your WiPs slot by sending a note to Work in Progress reports are generally five-minute presentations; really interesting work can get more air time.
The Guru Is IN
Room 609, Conference Center
Have a question that's been bothering you? Try asking a guru! Experts from the USENIX and SAGE community will be available to spark controversy and answer questions. These are informal discussions among participants, one more way to transmit information at the conference. If you would like to volunteer your expertise, please contact Lee Damon at
SAGE Community Meeting
Thursday, November 11, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
West Ballroom A, Sheraton Hotel
Find out how to get involved in SAGE, and hear from the SAGE Executive Committee on their recent and upcoming activities. The committee will be on hand to answer your questions and to solicit your ideas on how to serve SAGE members better. Everyone is welcome.

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