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 1998 USENIX Annual Technical Conference - June 15-19, 1998 - Marriott Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
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M2   Classic Topics in System Administration
Trent Hein, XOR Network Engineering and
Evi Nemeth, University of Colorado, Boulder

Who should attend: System and network administrators who want to learn about real-life solutions to everyday problems.

This tutorial presents some "best of" topics in the system administration field.

-    Network and Security Crisis Case Studies 
Past attendees have found that the network crisis case studies we presented provided important insight into real-world, common network problems. We've chosen a new set of network and security crises to dissect and correct in front of your eyes.

-    IPv6 
What will 128-bit IP addresses mean to your site? What features and motivations in IPv6 should you be thinking about when planning your network for the future? We'll give you a good overview of the IPv6 standard and explain how it relates to your existing environment.

-    Advanced Routing Protocols 
The days of RIP as a useful routing protocol are numbered. As internetworks scale rapidly, you have no choice but to look towards protocols such as BGP and OSPF for reliable connectivity. We'll cover the basics of the protocols as well as explain their use in real-world environments.

-    Security Auditing 101 
So, you've done everything the experts recommend and more to secure your site. Now, how do you measure how secure your site really is? We'll take you through the anatomy of a security audit from start to finish.

-    Network Monitoring 
Bigger networks need bigger management tools. Until recently, automated network monitoring has been implemented as a mish-mash of home grown tools at most sites. Now there are a number of "production" quality tools available both commercially and from the net. We'll explain what a number of these tools really do and compare them.

-    Server Performance 
Years ago, sinking more money into a bigger CPU was often the fix for performance problems. With CPUs outperforming many other aspects of machines today, performance problems most often appear in areas such as network bandwidth, software optimization, memory usage, and system configuration. Learn how to tune your modern UNIX box to get the most bang for your buck.


Trent Hein  (M2, T2is chief network architect at XOR Network Engineering. He worked on the 4.4 BSD port to the MIPS architecture at Berkeley, and is co-author of the UNIX Systems Administration Handbook.

Evi Nemeth  (M2, T2a faculty member in computer science at the University of Colorado, has managed UNIX systems for the past 20 years, both from the front lines and from the ivory tower. She is co-author of the UNIX System Administration Handbook.


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