Check out the new USENIX Web site.
LISA '99: 13th Systems Administration Conference
Home  | At a Glance  | Register  | Tutorials  | Technical Sessions  | Workshops  | Exhibition  | Organizers  | Activities

Technical Sessions    Wednesday, Nov. 10 | Thursday, Nov. 11 | Friday, Nov. 12 | All in one file

All Technical Sessions will be held in the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Level 6.

Wednesday, November 10    
9:00am - 10:30am   Opening Remarks & Keynote - Rooms 6A & 6B
Getting the Space Shuttle Ready to Fly
Joe Ruga, IBM Global Services Division at Boeing North American

Joe is the lead of the engineering computing center for design, analysis, and support of each shuttle flight. He will discuss the ins and outs of system administration for the space shuttle--a very large production environment.

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

Using Electronic Mail
Session Chair: Josh Simon, Collective Technologies

ssmail: Opportunistic Encryption in Sendmail
Damian Bentley, Australian National University; Greg Rose, QUALCOMM Australia; Tara Whalen, Communications Research Centre Canada

MJDLM: Majordomo based Distribution List Management
Vincent D. Skahan, Jr. and Robert Katz, The Boeing Company

RedAlert: A Scalable System for Application Monitoring
Eric Sorenson, Explosive Networking; Strata Rose Chalup, VirtualNet

Room 6B

Deep Space BIND
Paul Vixie, Internet Software Consortium

After having been relatively stable and reliable for about fifteen years, DNS is undergoing its inevitable rototilling, and BIND with it. It's time for the world to learn what to expect from BIND-9 and EDNS.

Room 6C

Look, Ma, No Hands! Coping with RSI
Trey Harris, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is an occupational hazard faced by many people who work long hours at a keyboard. Most RSI sufferers either ignore symptoms until they cannot work, or attempt to self-treat in ineffective or even harmful ways. This talk will address effective strategies for living and working with RSI, including the pros and cons of voice recognition technology for technical work, how to evaluate ergonomic products, and tips for work and living habits that can help prevent the occurrence, or reoccurrence, of RSI.

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

The Way We Work
Session Chair: Cat Okita, Earthworks

Deconstructing User Requests and the Nine Step Model
Thomas A. Limoncelli, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs

Adverse Termination Procedures -or- "How to Fire a System Administrator"
Matthew F. Ringel; Thomas A. Limoncelli, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs

Organizing the Chaos: Managing Request Tickets in a Large Environment
Steve Willoughby, Intel Corporation

Room 6B

The Four-Star Approach to Network Management
Jeff R. Allen, WebTV Networks, Inc.
David Williamson, Global Networking and Computing, Inc.
Presentation slides

Experience shows that large network-management platforms that promise to be all things to all people usually don't solve the problems we need them to. An alternative to using one big tool is to assemble a collection of smaller tools that do precisely what you need. In this talk, I'll explain how WebTV chooses and uses tools, giving particular attention to Cricket, a tool which has given us great visibility into the behavior of our systems.

Room 6C

Hot Topics/Buzzword Bingo
Moderator: Daniel V. Klein, Consultant

What's the buzz? Come hear our panel of "experts" comment on current technology buzzwords--what they're about, and whether you should care. Next time your boss sends you on a hunt, know whether you're chasing something good or just pointy-haired vaporware.

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

Session Chair: Adam Moskowitz, LION bioscience Research, Inc.

GTrace - A Graphical Traceroute Tool
Ram Periakaruppan and Evi Nemeth, University of Colorado at Boulder and Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis

rat: A Secure Archiving Program with Fast Retrieval
Willem A. (Vlakkies) Schreüder and Maria Murillo, University of Colorado at Boulder

Cro-Magnon: A Patch Hunter-Gatherer
Jeremy Bargen, University of Colorado at Boulder and Raytheon Systems Company; Seth Taplin, University of Colorado at Boulder and CiTR, Inc.

Room 6B

Microsoft's Internal Deployment of Windows 2000
Curt Cummings, Microsoft, Information Technology Group

The Information Technology Group (ITG) at Microsoft has aggressively planned and implemented Windows 2000 on a global scale. Microsoft's IT group will share its deployment process, problems, and concerns with others in the industry. Discussion of deployment topics includes best practices for global infrastructure deployment, namespace design, domain hierarchies for a global environment, Active Directory utilization and planning, schema management, and custom application integration as an active directory component.

Room 6C

A Couple of Web Servers, a Small Staff, Thousands of Users, and Millions of Web Pages...How We Manage (Sort of)
Anne Salemme and Jag Patel, MIT
Presentation slides

The Web has become an essential part of day-to-day life at MIT, and supporting the rapidly changing needs of the Web publishers at MIT is a challenge, given the staff and funding resources of MIT Information Systems. We have been able to provide Web service for static content for thousands of users and millions of Web pages by supporting Web servers as basically an add-on to the necessary underlying services we already provided. This model is challenged by potential future needs, such as dynamically generated content and authenticated access for publishers to their content via the Web. We will discuss day-to-day problems solved and lessons learned, and make some guesses about what we might be learning in the future.

Thursday Technical Sessions
Next Page

?Need help? Use our Contacts page.
Last changed: 1 Dec. 1999 mc
Conference index
Events Calendar