LOPSA News

  • 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.

    --Thomas.

  • 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!             

    Sincerely,
    Trevor Thorpe

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

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

    Hi,

    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.

    cheers,

    ski


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

    Hi,

    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 | John Boris

    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 | John Boris

    Ski presents the 2015 Yerkes Award to Jaime Riedesel.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_Kk9vvmhkI&feature=youtu.be

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

    Hi,

    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.
    cheers,

    ski
  • 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

    Hi,
    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:
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4fadad2ca02-lisa4
    cheers
    ski

  • 02 Oct 2015 11:00 PM | Anonymous

    The LOPSA board welcomes our newest sponsor Edgestream Partners to the LOPSA community. Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a unique approach to trading in the financial markets. They design, build and run a global trading software platform. They take pride in their software craftsmanship and use Python, Cython and C on Linux to run their global trading operations. They also use open-source tools as much as possible such as Python, PostgreSQL, numpy, git, Cobbler, Puppet and Ansible. Tools that LOPSA members use and have contributed to over the years.

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