General Meeting

Meeting: Xen

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


Luke S. Crawford and Neal K.

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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Social Hour

2007/02/06 - 6:00pm
2007/02/06 - 7:00pm



Eat pizza, that kind of thing…

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Meeting: MySQL Backup

2006/10/04 - 7:00pm
2006/10/04 - 8:30pm

Backup and Recovery manager for MySQL

Food starts at 6pm.
Speaker starts at 7pm.
Show up by 6:10 if you want in on a pizza (or other food) order.

As MySQL gets used in increasingly critical and 24/7 applications, its live backup has become increasingly important for administrators. Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL is a simple to use tool to do MySQL backups and recovery. It provides enterprise level backup features such as scheduling, reporting and notification. The talk will cover the details of project (code is available under GPL), product features and roadmap. We will also talk about choices and challenges while backing up a MySQL based environment.

Paddy Sreenivasan of zmanda.

Paddy has worked on multiple open source projects in areas of system availability, backup and recovery. Currently he’s focussed on database as well as system backup and recovery projects.


2006/11/01 - 6:00pm
2006/11/01 - 9:00pm

General discussion of all things SysAdmin

No Speaker tonight

Meeting: Fighting Spam

2006/03/01 - 6:00pm
2006/03/01 - 8:30pm

Enterprise Spam Filtering Using Open Source Tools

Mark Linford of Santa Rosa Junior College

Anyone with an email address is well aware of the problem of spam, or unsolicited bulk email. Though there are many commercial applications available to help enterprises cope with spam, their cost usually puts them out of reach of all but the largest corporations.

Mark Linford of Santa Rosa Junior College will discuss how their campus used off-the-shelf computer components and SpamAssassin (a popular open-source spam prevention system) to deliver commercial-quality spam filtering at a fraction of the cost.

Meeting: System Recovery with Knoppix

2006/09/06 - 6:00pm
2006/09/06 - 8:30pm

Food at 6pm; talk starts at 7pm.

Knoppix is a complete Linux distribution that runs directly from CD. One of its most popular uses is as a rescue and recovery CD since it includes a wide range of incredibly flexible tools to fix a computer that won’t boot.

In this talk Kyle will discuss a number of different system recovery scenarios and how to use Knoppix (or another live CD) to restore both Linux and Windows systems. Among the recovery scenarios, Kyle will cover:

  • Restoring the Linux boot loader

  • Recreating the partition table from scratch

Kyle Rankin

Kyle is the author of Knoppix Hacks, a member of the SoCoSA board and NBLUG’s president.

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: 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.