Speaker/Topic: Tentative

LTSP

When
2009/06/02 - 7:00pm
2009/06/02 - 8:30pm

Speaker

Details

The focus f this meeting will be LTSP implementations, how they are used, what OS components are utilized, and what happens in an LTSP boot from start to finish. There will also be discussion of LTSP’s role in centralized computing and green computing initiatives. The general steps that need to be accomplished to setup an LTSP installation will also be covered.


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GlusterFS

When
2009/07/07 - 7:00pm
2009/07/07 - 8:30pm

Speaker

Kevan Benson
Details

GlusterFS is a cluster file system with some unique characteristics, it has enterprise class features and is free, it uses chaining to customize it’s features to your specific needs, and it has a fast and open development team that’s very responsive to user requests. Some of these features make it very useful in high availability and load balancing environments. It’s not without it’s problems, though, and deciding when GlusterFS is feasible and when it isn’t can be a hard choice. This discussion will cover the features of GlusterFS, along with when it is and isn’t the right choice for your clustering needs.


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Ganglia

When
2009/04/07 - 7:00pm
2009/04/07 - 8:30pm

Speaker

Jason Cook
Details

Ganglia is a scalable distributed monitoring system for high-performance computing systems such as clusters and Grids. It is based on a hierarchical design targeted at federations of clusters. It leverages widely used technologies such as XML for data representation, XDR for compact, portable data transport, and RRDtool for data storage and visualization. It uses carefully engineered data structures and algorithms to achieve very low per-node overheads and high concurrency. The implementation is robust, has been ported to an extensive set of operating systems and processor architectures, and is currently in use on thousands of clusters around the world. It has been used to link clusters across university campuses and around the world and can scale to handle clusters with 2000 nodes.


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Citrix + elections

When
2009/03/03 - 7:00pm
2009/03/03 - 8:30pm

Speaker

Mike Gaal
Details

In addition to Mike’s talk outlined below, we will be holding elections for SoCoSA board members. There are 5 seats and the board elects offices (like president) from amongst those elected to the board, so if you want to help out with the group, you should send an email to discuss@socosa.org nominating yourself for the board.

Mike will be mainly talking about Citrix Presentation Server (now named XenApp.)

Approximate outline:

  • Citrix and its Technology
  • The “Farm” Concept
  • Servers
  • Applications
  • Connecting

Citrix XenApp is a Windows application virtualization and delivery system that manages applications in the datacenter and delivers them as an on-demand service to users anywhere using any device.


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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: Sysadmins as Guardians of Privacy

When
2007/04/03 - 7:00pm
2007/04/03 - 9:00pm

Speaker

Danny O'Brien, Activism Co-ordinator, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Details

Accusations that the NSA has access to 20Tb of commercial phone data. Mooted plans by the Attorney General to introduce compulsory data retention. Meanwhile, Google has all your email, that online quiz site knows your political opinions, and MySpace knows what your children like for lunch. Danny O'Brien takes a whistle-stop tour of our privacy laws, the current status of surveillance, and how the best chance of protecting privacy in a digital age might just lie in the BOFH.

Danny O'Brien is activism co-ordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He also writes the "Life Hacks" column for MAKE magazine, and continues to edit Need To Know, Britain's most sarcastic geek newsletter since 1997. He has written and presented science and travel shows for the BBC, and performed a solo show about the Net in the London's West End.


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Meeting: Xen

When
2007/02/06 - 7:00pm
2007/02/06 - 9:00pm

Speaker

Luke S. Crawford and Neal K.
Details

Join Luke and Neal to hear about Xen, the exciting new technology that will make your life happier and more productive. (Don't believe anything they say to the contrary -- they're just old and cynical.)

Xen is a virtualization technology that offers nearly all the traditional advantages of virtualization with near-native speeds. Using Xen, administrators can partition users into separate virtual machines, developers can rapidly test network applications, home users can enjoy robust checkpoints and configuration management. Right now it's all hackerware, but the revolution is coming.


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Board Meeting

2006/04/24 - 6:00pm
2006/04/24 - 8:00pm



  1. Roll Call

  2. Meeting at O’Reilly

  3. Building Membership / getting the word out

  4. Items carried over:

    1. Flyers — Eric still needs to write copy

    2. Associations with other groups

      1. SAGE was approved; nothing’s happened there

      2. LOPSA’s starting to come together





  5. Upcoming meetings

    1. May: Nagios Monitoring / GroundWork

    2. June: Storage Security / Decru

    3. July: Patch Management

    4. August: ???

    5. September: ???


Board Meeting

2006/03/27 - 6:00pm
2006/03/27 - 8:00pm


  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of minutes from last meeting
  3. Items carried over
    1. Flyers — Eric needs to write copy
    2. Associations with other groups
      1. SAGE — http://sage.org/groups/.
  4. Upcoming meetings
    1. April: Disaster Recovery / ADIC?
    2. May: Nagios monitoring / IT Groundwork
    3. June: Storage Security / Decru
    4. July: ???
    5. August: ???
    6. September: ???
    7. October: ???


Board Meeting

2006/02/20 - 6:00pm
2006/02/20 - 8:00pm


Board meeting location varies; usually at a restaurant in Santa Rosa. Send email to steering@SoCoSA.org if you’re interested in attending.

Agenda


  1. Mailing list setup; announcements to both lists or one list?

  2. Location for next board meeting.

  3. Anybody want to be webmaster?

  4. Flyers

    • Anybody want to work on content? Chris said he’d do layout for a flyer if somebody else would write the copy.



  5. Upcoming meetings

    • March: Mark’s SPAM talk

    • April: Decru/NetApp; still not confirmed