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.

General Meeting

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




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Meeting: PowerDNS

2007/01/03 - 6:00pm
2007/01/03 - 8:15pm


August Schwer

The PowerDNS Nameserver is a modern, advanced and high performance authoritative-only nameserver. It is written from scratch and conforms to all relevant DNS standards documents. Furthermore, PowerDNS interfaces with almost any database.

In this talk August will discuss how PowerDNS can serve your Name Serving needs, some of its advantages and disadvantages, how it can play well with other Name Servers and how you can migrate to it.

August is the Senior System Administrator at; more information about him can be found at his personal website: .

Note: The time has been adjusted slightly for this meeting to accomodate the Sebastopol fireworks.

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Social Hour

2007/07/03 - 6:00pm
2007/07/03 - 7:00pm



Eat pizza, that kind of thing…

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Board Minutes 2007-03-12

Board Members Present: Eric, Chris and Susan


  • April Meeting - Electronic Frontier Foundation: Sysadmins as Guardians of Privacy
  • May Meeting - Cobia: Networking and Security (Pizza and Soda provided)
  • We need another backup speaker - Chris could do a talk on Moving web services from Windows to Linux
  • Susan will look into getting some slides on WebGUI and might be able to present

Increasing Meeting Attendance

  • Chris will speak with Mark S. at the JC about promoting SoCoSA to CS students
  • Susan will speak with Roger M. at SSU about promoting SoCoSA to CS students

Getting more people involved

  • Create Bylaws, based on other groups' bylaws
  • Hold Elections for Board Positions

Meeting: Drupal

2007/06/05 - 7:00pm
2007/06/05 - 9:00pm


Steven Peck

Still working on the details, but here’s a bit of info:

Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. AKA, an “open source content management system.” Tens of thousands of people and organizations have used Drupal to power web sites, including It works on a variety of platforms including Unix and Windows.

Steven is the Drupal project’s Documentation Team Lead, one of the leaders of the Drupal Association, a user of Drupal since 2003, and a fellow System Administrator.

Steven will cover such topics as:

  • What Drupal is and why you might want to use it.
  • Setting up a Drupal site
  • Administration
  • Upgrading
  • installing modules
  • Picking the right modules so that upgrading or migrating are easy
  • theming your drupal site
  • letting your users create and edit content

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