SoCoSA.org is a group of SysAdmins in Sonoma County and the surrounding areas. (Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Petaluma, Novato, Windsor, etc.)

We meet the First Tuesday of each month. Meetings are generally at O'Reilly in Sebastopol. Social hour and food at 6pm, speaker at 7pm, finished at 8:30. Meetings are open to all and free except for the pizza. Feel free to bring your own food.

Join the group by Registering on the site and attending meetings. Registering will automatically invite you to both of our mailing lists, or you can sign up for them separately.

Meeting information is available via our notify list, a webcal/ical/vcalendar feed, google calendar, an RSS feed or via this website.

Meeting: WAFS

2006/08/02 - 6:00pm
2006/08/02 - 8:30pm


Wide Area File Services


As more and more businesses implement new technology and applications requiring more bandwidth, they increase congestion on the WAN networks connecting branch offices with their data center. There are several approaches to dealing with this congestion:

Upgrading WAN links to prohibitively expensive T3 and OC3 links to maintain “local speed” access at the branch office, implementing file services at each location, software-based solutions that do real-time file replication, or a WAFS (Wide Area File Services) appliance.




Chris Wagner


Chris is SoCoSA’s vice-president and a systems administrator for Amy’s Kitchen.



Meeting: Patch Management

2006/07/05 - 6:00pm
2006/07/05 - 8:30pm


Today's Technology vs. Dynamic Threats


The topic will be Today’s Technology vs. Dynamic Threats. The Threatscape has expanded to new heights. What was once thought to be a silver bullet approach, with encryption and firewalls, today’s cyber criminals have surpassed by volumes. Learn about the information that US CERT and The Secret Service do not publicly talk about when it comes to cyber crime.

Pizza will be provided by the presenter. Food and unstructured discussion starts at 6pm, presentation at 7pm.




Darren Nicholson, Autonomic Software

Meeting: Storage Security

2006/06/07 - 6:00pm
2006/06/07 - 8:00pm


Planning for the Inevitable- Data Security and Incident Response


Note: the presentation will be starting earlier than our usual schedule.

Show up around 6pm for food and socializing. Speaker will start at 6:15pm.

Ed’s talk will be a discussion of the regulatory drivers and best practices approach to safeguarding customer data in your network and what to do should you suffer a breach.

logo: Decru: A NetApp CompanyDecru will be sponsoring this meeting by providing free pizza for meeting attendees. Be sure to show up before 6:15 to make sure you get some pizza.




Ed Hudson from Decru/NetApp


Ed Hudson is a Senior Manager with Decru’s Field Engineering Group. He has been with Decru since 2006, and as Sr. Manager he assists customers in defining project requirements and scope, allocating appropriate resources, and managing overall project costs. He is accountable for the overall results in meeting project objectives and for ensuring a high quality engagement with Decru customers.

Ed’s particular area of expertise is the forensic examination of compromised computer systems and networks and he holds advanced certifications in computer forensics. Ed spent 15 years as a police officer, detective and investigations supervisor with agencies on both the East and West Coasts. He has testified as an expert regarding computer evidence in California Superior Courts and was a founding member of the Northern California High Tech Crimes Task Force.



Meeting Notes: Feb 1, 2006 - Inaugural Meeting

Meeting Notes

Welcome from the President, Eric E.

approximately 25 people attended

Introductions went around the room.

General agreement that we need a larger meeting room. Eric E. asked if anyone knew of a place we could get for free which led to a discussion about possible membership dues. Eric E. stated that the board feels strongly about trying to avoid dues if at all possible, but is aware of similar organizations that do charge dues.

Discussion of various topics including cfEngine, configuration management

Discussion of Job postings, decided that for now, the discuss list was the proper place for them.

Meeting: Nagios Monitoring

2006/05/03 - 6:00pm
2006/05/03 - 8:30pm


Nagios Monitoring and GroundWork Open Source Solutions


Nagios is an open source network monitoring tool; however, it has its bumps. We’ll talk about how to begin using Nagios in your monitoring environment and how to avoid some of the pitfalls during implementation. Also, we’ll go over 3rd party tools used to work alongside Nagios. We’ll also showcase some of the work Groundwork has done to enhance open source monitoring tools and how you can start using them immediately.

Free food and drink (probably pizza and soda) will be provided by GroundWork.




Taylor Dondich, Senior Developer, GroundWork Open Source Solutions Inc.


Previously working in the enterprise network engineering market, Taylor is now a senior developer at Groundwork Open Source Solutions, a provider of open source IT Operations Management software and services. He is in charge of many of the main web technologies being developed, including Guava. He has also developed Fruity and Status Viewer, enterprise level additions to the Nagios monitoring platform. Taylor’s primary focus is in building dynamic web applications leveraging Web 2.0 technologies.



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