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.

Board Meeting

When
2007/05/22 - 6:30pm
2007/05/22 - 8:00pm

Speaker

Details

Regular schedule for board meetings is the 4th monday of every month. Open to all SoCoSA members/attendees, but location may vary. If you’re interested in attending, please email steering@socosa.org and we’ll make sure you know the location.

Note to content editors: please clone into future before putting agenda here.


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Meeting: puppet

When
2007/08/07 - 7:00pm
2007/08/07 - 9:00pm

Speaker

Eric Eisenhart
Details

Eric will discuss the puppet configuration management system for automating many common system administration tasks on unix systems. He’ll be concentrating on the puppet language, but also include some of the other details about how it all works and why you might want to use it.

Slides: OpenOffice.org format: puppet-talk.odp
Slides: PDF: puppet-talk.pdf


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Meeting: smoothwall

When
2007/09/04 - 7:00pm
2007/09/04 - 9:00pm

Speaker

Ryan Donham
Details

Ryan will talk about the Smoothwall firewall distribution.

Including discussion of the setup, implementation and administration of smoothwall. Including a live demo of setting it up from scratch.

Time permitting he may also demo setting up a couple extra features.


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Meeting: MySQL Replication

When
2007/10/02 - 7:00pm
2007/10/02 - 9:00pm

Speaker

August Schwer
Details

Augie will discuss MySQL replication, including:

  • Why replication.
  • Types of replication and clustering.
  • Replication on an existing server.
  • Replication files.
  • Filtering out what you don’t need.
  • A Live demo.
  • Monitoring and statistics gathering.

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Meeting: Cricket

When
2007/11/06 - 7:00pm
2007/11/06 - 9:00pm

Speaker

Don Forbes; System Administrator at Sonic.net
Details

Don will talk about cricket.

Cricket is a high performance, extremely flexible system for monitoring trends in time-series data. In other words: it makes lots of pretty graphs that make it easier to understand what’s been going on with your servers and/or network. It’s really good at getting data via SNMP, but if you can get some number out of something automatically you can get cricket to graph it.

Here’s an example graph; Sonoma State’s primary internet connection traffic over the past year:

Can you tell which week’s classes were in session?


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