November – December 2014

System Administration Skill Tiers @ Cafe 4
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NOTE: The room opens at 6pm, but the speaker does not begin until 7pm, with the hour between for socializing.

Speaker: Matt Disney

Topic: System Administration Skill Tiers

This month’s topic is a preview of the upcoming USENIX LISA 2014 workshop of the same name.
This will be a fast-paced, highly interactive discussion to find new ways to describe modern sysadmin jobs. The point is to learn about the most common ideas about our roles, qualifications, and career paths. In order to create the best educational programs and provide the best support for sysadmin career progression, we need to better understand what we expect of sysadmins in different jobs and how we can connect those things to each other.

About the Speaker

Matt Disney is the group leader for R&D Systems Engineering in the Information Technology Services Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has a background in systems and security administration with particular interest in intrusion detection, scalable automation, and configuration management. Matt’s education includes a Computer Science degree from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree from the University of Oslo in Network and Systems Administration. He is also on the LOPSA Board of Directors where he is currently the treasurer.

Don’t Panic! (a.k.a ‘What’s new in RHEL7′) @ Cafe 4
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NOTE: The room opens at 6pm, but the speaker does not begin until 7pm, with the hour between for socializing.

Speaker: John Wynkoop

Topic: Don’t Panic! (a.k.a ‘What’s new in RHEL7′)

There’s been a lot of talk surrounding the changes RedHat has made in the
latest release of it’s flagship operating system, RedHat Enterprise Linux
(RHEL). In changing key components, many worry that RedHat has affected
the reliability, manageability, and scalability of the core components of
this popular operating system. This talk will focus on separating fact
from FUD by highlighting some of the key differences between RHEL 6.5 and
RHEL 7. We’ll also provide some resources to help the busy SysAdmin
better understand their RHEL 7 upgrade path.

About the Speaker

John is a Customer Engineer for Peak Hosting; responsible for supporting
thousands of customer systems deployed in multiple data centers across the
US an Europe. Over the past 15+ years John has used various RedHat
distributions, starting with RedHat Linux 5.1 in 1998, to deploy
everything from embedded systems for the military to some of the fastest
supercomputers in the world. John has a B.S. from Florida Gulf Coast
University and multiple industry certifications in security and systems