• 09 May 2016 9:36 AM | Andy Cowell

    I have spent the last two years serving on the Board of LOPSA. In that time we have made many steps towards improving our organization, but there is still much that needs to be done. We need to continue to improve our organization so that it will be viable for years to come.

    Our greatest strength is our ability to bring both experienced administrators and inexperienced administrators together through education and career development. There are three main parts to our educational mission:

        1. Mentorship
        2. Locals
        3. Conferences

    We need to continue to improve and expand our mentorship program to move it forward. It is probably the best program that LOPSA has. But there is always room for improvement. We need to close the loop and gather better feedback from mentors and mentees once they are matched. We also need to reach more potential mentors to meet demand.

    The locals need a lot of work and improvement. One thing we all know is that the current model is not working. Yes, we have a few standout locals, but a majority of locals are smaller and need help. Additionally, we have not opened many new locals. So what is the problem?

    First, LOPSA national needs to provide more support. We need to provide support, services, and structure so that they can succeed. We need to make sure they are setup for success and provide mechanisms for feedback and effective communication.

    Second, we need to help the locals be more organized. Currently, many locals are loose groups of people who are meeting once a week for presentations. This model worked before the meetup world, before the modern world of the internet. What we need to do is change the way locals operate. LOPSA national needs to develop a plan in conjunction with the locals to help provide a strong, sound base. They need to become places of learning with groups of people coming together for a common goal. Locals need to be more organized and have a core group of leaders who are willing to educate and develop local system administrators.

    The last part of making locals better is to harness the youth movement. Nearly half of our membership are student members. We need to take that enthusiasm and build a program of LOPSA local chapters on college campuses. This would allow us to bring a new generation into LOPSA, while instilling the values of education, mentorship and technical skills. These students can then return to their communities and join a LOPSA chapter, or start a new one to continue the tradition.

    Conferences are an area that we have succeeded in the past. We have stumbled a bit with our East Coast conference in recent years, but I believe we will be able to revive it, and make it better. We need to provide structure and support so that we can replicate these small, affordable local conferences all over the US. We need to evaluate what went wrong with LOPSA-EAST, and put a framework in place to help prevent future cancellations. We should leverage the successes of CascadiaIT to build a framework for other conferences. The end-goal is to position LOPSA as the go-to organization for small, local, conferences.

    My plan for the next two years is to make the locals stronger, and more relevant in today’s world. To build a framework so that we can open more local chapters, and give them a path to success. We will continue to develop and run local, low cost conferences to help the community learn. And, we will continue to grow and improve the mentorship program.

  • 09 May 2016 9:35 AM | Andy Cowell

    I was first introduced to LOPSA via the PICC conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey. At that conference I learned of the mission of LOPSA and the importance of a conferences such as PICC (Now LOPSA-East).  I began attending LOPSA-NJ meetings and started speaking at them.  Since that time I have spoken at larger conferences and grown professionally through the experience I gained in the smaller LOPSA local and LOPSA led conferences.

    When I moved away from New Jersey I found that LOPSA was also active in my new home town of Seattle, Washington.  For the last three years I have been serving the local Seattle chapter of LOPSA, SASAG.  In addition to serving as Vice-President of SASAG, I have helped manage sponsorships for Cascadia IT, the West Coast LOPSA conference.

    If I am successfully elected to the board I would continue supporting Cascadia IT.  I feel the smaller size of Cascadia makes the conference a great incubator for system administrator speakers, many of the speakers have gone on to speak at larger conferences.  I also feel that the local LOPSA chapters are an important part of the professional system administrator community.  The #lopsa channel on IRC is still very active and supportive.  I firmly believe you use the best tool to solve the job and that is a belief supported by LOPSA.  As I've often heard from fellow members, "any system requires a system administrator".  It doesn't matter if the system is a system of Cisco switches or Windows Active Directory servers, or even a farm of Linux machines, the person running those systems is a system administrator.  Any system administrator can join LOPSA and help to elevate and further the professional awareness of our field.


  • 09 May 2016 9:10 AM | Andy Cowell

    I would like to express my interest in serving as a Board Member for the League of Professional System Administrators. I understand the commitment involves attending a bi-weekly meeting as well as a mandatory in person meeting annually. I am aware there are at least 10 committees that I may also be asked to assist with in one shape or form.

    I will bring to the table 15 years of technical and managerial experience to the board.  My experience includes positions of VP of Information Technology, Director of IT, Systems Administrator, and Help Desk Supervisor as well as my very first IT job as Technical Support.

    My passion for the information technology field, proven skills and diversified experience will enable me to contribute to this organization.

    I appreciate your consideration!             

    Trevor Thorpe

    Resume: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzkL4OzhcCq9ZW1rbUVTY0xISzFzZm5SeW1IeW1zTm9HY1Iw

  • 23 Jan 2016 10:55 AM | Ski Kacoroski (Administrator)


    SCALE 14x is in full swing and LOPSA is at booth 317 in the exhibition hall.   If you are in the area, stop on by to learn the latest about LOPSA.



  • 21 Nov 2015 8:35 PM | Ski Kacoroski (Administrator)


    Thanks to many people, LOPSA's 10th Anniversary and After Dark party were a big success.  Many thanks to Jennifer Ash-Poole for picking up the wonderful cake and providing all the silverware; to Qumulo for sponsoring the first round of drinks; to the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel for all their help; and to all the members who came to the party.

  • 13 Nov 2015 7:25 AM | Anonymous

    LOPSA Mentorship Program protege Ionut Cadariu earns RHCE

    - See more at: http://verticalsysadmin.com/blog/lopsa-mentorship-program-protege-ionut-cadariu-earns-rhce/#sthash.zBTj8Vgg.dpuf

  • 11 Nov 2015 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    Ski presents the 2015 Yerkes Award to Jaime Riedesel.


  • 10 Nov 2015 3:08 PM | Ski Kacoroski (Administrator)


    I really appreciate all the feedback on the new website and am working to address the issues that you have identified:

    • https certificate: I found out after the site went live that this would be a problem as the vendor must update the certificate.  I am working through the vendors process for this and hope to have it fixed within the week.
    • $10 membership discount: I found out today that the discount functionality only applies to new accounts, not to renewals (of the most requested enhancements requested according to the vendor).  i have changed the default payment to $40.  Anyone who paid $50, please contact board@lopsa.org or swing by our table for a refund.
    • Limerick contest: Several folks pointed out to me that the poem i have on the website does not meet the standard of a Limerick.  
    • Missed renewals: A few people renewed before the website went live and their renewal did not make it into the new system.  I should have these cleaned up by the end of the week.  Please email custserv@lopsa.org if this happened to you.
    • Profile issues: A few people found issues in their profile due to problems in the data migration.  Please check your profile to make sure it works for you.
    • Bad links: Please keep letting us know about them.  We are fixing them as we find them.

  • 30 Oct 2015 8:00 PM | Anonymous

    The organizers of the LOPSA-East Professional IT Community Conference invite you to submit proposals for presentations at LOPSA-EAST ’16.

    LOPSA-EAST ’16 aims to bring together IT professionals from all walks of life in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond to share war stories, learn for each other’s experiences, and network with industry peers. The conference includes acclaimed speakers and keynotes, expert-lead training designed to build the skillsets and confidence of attendees, lightning talks, and a “Birds of a Feather” track where attendees propose and host their own topics during the event.

    Attendance for this year’s conference is expected to be between 200 and 250 IT professionals from companies large and small, local government, and academia. Our attendees are primarily from the Mid-Atlantic region including New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. As IT professionals we go by many titles but everyone is invited: system administrators, network administrators, network engineers, Windows, Linux, Unix, DBAs, security professionals, technical managers, and beyond.

    Presentation Topics

    This year’s conference is going to be focused on developing scalable infrastructures through industry best practices, the implementation of cutting edge technologies, a deeper level understanding of the core concepts that enable our work, and ensuring continued operational efficiencies. LOPSA-EAST is OS-agnostic and welcomes presentations on any operating systems whether it be Windows, Linux, Unix, etc.

    All presentations should be focused on issues important to our technical community and speakers should assume that members of the audience have at least some industry experience.

    Potential Presentation Topic Ideas

    • Cloud Management (public and private)
    • Virtualization Strategies
    • Backup Strategies and Solutions
    • Security Principles and Best Practices
    • Configuration Management
    • Deep Dive into Technologies Core to our Industry
    • Scripting Techniques
    • Enterprise Monitoring and Management
    • Email Architecture and Implementation
    • Technical Leadership
    • Network Design
    • Log Aggregation
    • Engineering Concepts – Thinking like an Engineer
    • VoIP Solutions
    • Collaboration Techniques
    • Designing Highly Available Infrastructures
    • Centralized Management Systems

    The following will NOT be accepted:

    • Sales presentations
    • Proposals or vaporware
    • Vendor product demonstrations

    Previously Accepted Presentations

    Presentation Format

    We are actively seeking proposals for presentations at LOPSA-EAST ’16. We have openings for:

    • Talks: A 20-minute presentation (with slides) followed by ten minutes of Q&A
    • Tutorials: Instructor-led sessions, half a day in length, with slides and notes (both distributed electronically to all attendees)
    • Panels: 45-minute panel discussion (2 – 5 panelists plus a moderator)
    • Lightning Talks: A 5-minute talk (hard limit!) with no Q&A in a shared session

    Submit your Presentation

    Submissions and questions should be sent to: submissions2016@lopsaeast.org

    Tutorial instructors will receive one free admission, travel expenses, and an honorarium; speakers (for talks), panelists, and panel moderators will receive a registration discount. Lightning Talk presenters receive no discount.

    Each presentation is only entitled to a single discount so if there are multiple presenters you will need to determine how you’d like to split this.

    Dates and Deadlines

    • Deadline for all Submissions – January 13, 2016
    • Decisions and Notifications to All Submitters – January 27, 2016
    • Schedule Published – February 1, 2016
    • Registration Opens – February 15, 2016
    • LOPSA-East ’16 Conference – May 6 -7, 2016

    Contact and Questions

    Please see our website at www.lopsa-east.org/ for more information on LOPSA-East ’16. If you still have additional questions, we can be reached via submissions2016@lopsaeast.org.

  • 25 Oct 2015 10:30 PM | Anonymous

    If you are attending LISA, please save Weds Night at 8pm for the LOPSA Annual Meeting and Raffle.  We will be talking about LOPSA's performance over the last year and our goals for the next year.  In addition, when you attend you will get a Raffle ticket for one of these great prizes:

    • Books donated by No Start Press
    • A Resilience Cellular Gateway donated by OpenGear
    • (4) passes to SCALE 14x donated by SCALE
    • A UDI drone donated by Minima
    • A 960GB SSD drive donated by IXSystems
    • A Lego Deathstar donated by CoverMyMeds and ScriptScribe.org
    • (5) Tshirts and (2) SSD drives donated by AC&NC/Jetstor
    • Dell Venue 10 tablet donated by Cambridge Computer

    In addtion, Qumulo will be hosting a special drawing at the After Dark Party for an Apple TV.
    If you are coming, please sign up for a shift at the table at:

The League of Professional System Administrators
1200 Route 22 East, Suite 200
Bridgewater, NJ, 08807

Phone: (202) LOPSA01 (202-567-7201)
Fax: (609) 219-6787

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