Speaker/Topic: Probably Correct


2009/09/01 - 7:00pm
2009/09/01 - 8:30pm


Trevor Benson

This meeting of SoCoSA will cover beginner’s Asterisk, from choosing how to run asterisk and initial configuration to setting up your first custom dial plan. This will be a crash course on the terminology of Asterisk, what you can do with it, and how you can go about doing it.

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Meeting: SoCoSA's future

2008/12/02 - 6:00pm
2008/12/02 - 8:30pm



Open forum discussing SoCoSA’s future. Possibly including board elections.

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Meeting: smoothwall

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


Ryan Donham

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

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


August Schwer

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

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


Don Forbes; System Administrator at Sonic.net

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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Board Meeting

2007/04/23 - 6:30pm
2007/04/23 - 8:00pm




  • Electing the board
    • Election structure. Members vote for positions? Members vote for board members and the board votes who takes the various positions?
    • Board count (3? 4? 5? formula based on roster count?)
    • Board positions (Pres, VP, Treasurer, Secretary, etc…)
    • Term lengths. 6 months? 1 year? 2 years?
    • How much of the board to elect at once? whole board every time? half the board to keep some continuity?
    • How to hold elections? Online? At meetings?
    • schedule? I’m thinking something arbitrary based somewhat around when we’ve got things together enough to hold elections, like “The June Meeting”.
    • Who should be on steering (board) list? Just the actual elected board? The elected board and appointees? One list for each?
    • Upcoming meetings
    • May: Cobia
    • June: Drupal
    • July: PowerDNS
    • August:
    • September:
    • October: MySQL Replication
    • November:
    • December:
  • Other possibilities:

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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 SoCoSA.org. 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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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.