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  • 09 Jul 2018 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    1.  New Board Members
    2.  Meetup Pro
    3.  Member Spotlight
    4.  Call for Volunteers
    5.  New infrastructure
    6.  Member certs and IDs
    7.  Chapter News
    •  Thanks to our sponsors
    •  Comments or suggestions?

    June 2018 LOPSAgram

    1. New Board Members

    Election results are in and we have three new members to the Board of Directors, and one returning to serve LOPSA for another term. Winning by acclamation the following LOPSA Members come to serve on the Board of Directors.


    • Brian Globerman serves another term and is the LOPSA Treasurer
    • Andree Jacobson
    • Mark Lamourine
    • Branson Matheson


    2. Meetup Pro Global Network

    LOPSA has purchased Meetup Pro for Nonprofits and is happy to announce the availability of this resource to our Chapters and Local Groups. All currently existing LOPSA Chapter Meetup groups have been added to our Global Network. Going forward, any Local Group that wishes to have a presence on Meetup.com may have one set up for them by the Community Manager.


    Meetup Pro solves two major concerns for Local Groups. Firstly, it allows LOPSA to assume the expense of the Meetup group. Secondly, it allows LOPSA to ensure continuity in case it becomes necessary to "pass the baton" to new organizers. We will be able to assure active organizers are empowered to keep their Chapter healthy and assure that our Members continue to be served.


    E-mail community@lopsa.org if your Chapter or Local Group is interested in taking advantage of this service.


    3. Member Spotlight

    Bruno Henc


    How long have you been a Member of LOPSA?

    Since April 12th, 2018.

    What made you join LOPSA?

    At my first job after my work with Funtoo Linux, I was a freshly-minted solo system administrator for a local company, handling everything from cabling, racking servers to troubleshooting production code. It was a hectic but rewarding job since there was a lot of opportunity to grow - I have learned a lot during those months but oftentimes lacked the know-how to push for decent standards in the organizations, something a more senior system administrator would have probably achieved with ease. I have dedicated a lot of my free time to reading books at that time to compensate, and I've stumbled Time Management for System Administrators by Thomas Limoncelli. There I read about LOPSA and I was intrigued enough to join the organization. Frankly, I did not know a single system administrator before that, and it was hellish to work solo since there was no one I could turn to for advice. I strongly feel nobody should have to deal with the terrible reality that is IT Operations on their own, and that one of the greatest failings of modern operations is the lack of a strong and tightly-knit community that supports each other, something that developers have achieved seemingly with ease. Also, I felt that to get better at being a system administrator one has to actually talk to professionals with different viewpoints and work experiences. The chess community has for a long time been a good model on how to achieve mastery - no one gets better at chess by playing on their own. You have to play agianst better and better opponents, loosing sometimes, learning from your mistakes, and pushing forward. I think that the same holds true for IT - the only way to get better at running infrastructure is to interact with a vibrant and diverse community, and work on projects together. Reading blogs and books just doesn't cut it.

    What are you doing with LOPSA, and hope to in the future?

    I'm currently working on the chat.lopsa.org Mattermost instance which will hopefully make it easier for new people to communicate while keeping the IRC community intact. It's a work in progress but I hope that with the next deployment it will be production-ready for general use. There's a ton of things I would like to achieve in the future, including a local Croatian LOPSA chapter, a LOPSA booth at FOSDEM and an open learning platform for learning all things sysadmin. It is going to be a lot of work, but I do hope to achieve some impact in my local community and in the general IT community to make it easier to be a sysadmin.

    What is your background? 

    I went to the elite informatics high school MIOC in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and frankly I got spoiled by the high teaching standards there (We had better maths nd physics than the first/second semester of college). In my final year I considered going to college in the US, but ultimately it was financially impossible though my grades and SAT scores were good enough. After trying to combine my studies of medicine and computer engineering (I wanted to work on medical devices) I've stumbled upon ecole 42 in Paris and decided to give it a go. I've passed the piscine and frankly I've been left impressed by the whole school (more on that later). My medicine studies didn't pan out, but I got part-time work maintaining wordpress websites, so I decided to switch to a computer science college. But I wasn't impressed at all what I experienced there: cutthroat and hostile people, outdated corses which had nothing to do with the skills that earned me money, and general lack of depth in teaching. Compared to 42, to the IT industry, and the open source community, IT colleges seemed to be stuck in the stone age. I dropped out, took the money from the second semester and bought myself a system to work on a Kaby Lake optimized Funtoo Linux build. At that point, working on an open source project was the most fun I've had in months. I've never looked back from that point on. Now I am a system administrator thanks to all the work I did independently of my main education.

    What are you doing now in your career?

    I'm learning at my new job, since going from managing 40 to 4000 servers takes getting used to. Ideally, I'd like to work remotely while studying at 42 in Paris, since I learned more there in a month than I did 6 months in college. Regex, shell scripting, actually using git properly, and working with C/valgrind/gdb have proven to be invaluable skills, as did the code-reviews and the other "soft skills" that you develop while learning there.

    Do you have any grand achievements?

    I am proud to have a full-time job with the knowledge that I have accumulated over a decade of learning on my own. The work, though grueling sometimes, is much more interesting than being stuck in boring lectures. It just proves that being self-taught puts you at no disadvantage if you want to work in IT Other than that, I'm currently working on a smartphone application for monitoring/alerting servers, since I found the existing ones not to my tastes. If I can get it running, that will probably be my greatest achievement.

    How is the tech sector where you are?

    The tech sector here is mostly dominated by the Microsoft-centric universities which do a poor job of teaching any of the practical skills required by modern IT companies, much to their frustration. It's paradoxical however, that even Microsoft changed the way they operate, adopting more progressive views, but the universities seem to have stayed the same. Hopefully this will change in the future, as schools like 42 are going to be light-years ahead if universities don't change they approach soon.

    Florian Rossmark


    Tell us about yourself, what is your background? Any grand accomplishments?

    Thinking back, I must have been around 9 when I got my first computer, this was around 1991. I read my first book about MS-DOS before I even had a computer. From that point on forward I was hooked and learned a lot - often by experimenting around and for a big part reading magazines and books back then. 

    Down the road I started working in consulting and did so for many years. I grew up and started my career in Bavaria, Germany, while I now live in California, USA - my beloved wife and kids on my side. I decided to concentrate more on the enterprise sector rather then staying in consulting. 

    Now, you asked me about accomplishments, I think that knowledge is important and deep understanding of the matter someone talks about, but I am not all about certificates what some might see as accomplishments. I have a few but the truth is there are many people out there that have a lot of them while not fully understanding the matter and others that actually have the knowledge but never saw the reason to do all those certificates (that expire constantly). I see myself in the middle - if I think it helps me to gather a better understanding I might start studying, if I think I like the matter I might even do the certificate. In the end, all of what I really have accomplished is, that I worked and work with a great team of people that love IT. All of them did let me learn and grow and I hope I could to some point help them to accomplish the same. If it wasn't for all of them I wouldn't be where I am today. A big thank you to each and every single one of you - you are my biggest accomplishment.

    Where do you work, and what do you do there?

    Accriva Diagnostics, San Diego aka. Instrumentation Laboratory/Werfen - Sr. Systems Administrator

    How is the tech-sector where you are located?

    As for the company I work for, we are constantly updating our environment and as well migrating in to and adapting to the standards of the company that acquired us

    As for San Diego, it is a big city close to the so well known Silicon Valley - there are plenty of high tech companies around it - a lot of very smart people as well

    What made you decide to join LOPSA?

    Curiosity and the hope to find a group of professionals that are dedicated to their role, other then the countless newsgroups that are often overrun (to say the least)

    What do you hope to get from your LOPSA Membership?

    Asking others about their experience with certain products I might look in to or e.g. how they designed specific tasks in their network - like R&D requirements etc. - things that come up in the ever changing world of IT

    What do you hope to bring to your new LOPSA community?

    Share knowledge and ideas as well has support other system administrators with their daily challenges (as far as my time allows me to do so of course )

    "Having come across LOPSA quite a few years ago already, I always wondered what LOPSA is really about and why I should spend money to join "the club". In the hopes to grow further and help others to grow, I finally joined. Still, a bit confused about on how to access all the tools (forums, chats, meetings, etc.) LOPSA is all about, I got in contact with Roger Luedecke from LOPSA who helped me already out a lot. It seems to me that this is what I hoped to find, a growing community of dedicated professionals around the world. I am honored and happy to be a part of it and hope I can do my part to help it become even bigger while sharing my knowledge as well as accessing the communities knowledge."


    4. Volunteers Needed

    As should be no surprise, a volunteer-based organization needs volunteers! We want you to get involved in pressing the LOPSA mission into the future.


    We need your energy, creativity, and skills to strengthen our ability to execute our mission. Whether big or small, there is almost certainly something you can do for your LOPSA community.


    Perhaps you want to start a new Chapter, or just have a great idea. Whatever it is, your creativity can make a difference. Maybe you just have a contact for a potential sponsor or partner. No matter what your idea or ability is, we can use it. LOPSA first and foremost is about community and the empowerment of individuals within that community. Together we are stronger and more capable than we are on our own. There has never been a better time to make your mark on the direction and dynamism of your LOPSA community. Together, we can make LOPSA stronger and more useful for everybody.


    If you would heed this call contact the Board.

    board@lopsa.org 


    5. New Infrastructure

    Slack

    LOPSA has acquired Slack for non-profits. Slack is a very popular communication and collaboration tool. If you want to get involved with internal matters, or would just like to interface with your peers please feel free to join us. Our join link can be found at this page.


    We recommend using Slack with its native app for your platform such as Windows.


    Mattermost

    Mattermost is a free and opensource collaboration platform very similar to Slack. We have an instance running internally. We are beginning a staged rollout while we polish a couple remaining tasks. We expect to have this resource stable and available for use by our Local Groups and any committee or projects that would find it useful no later than mid-July.

    Besides making a fantastic resource available for your use, we are hoping that the adoption of Mattermost will enable more streamlined communication and planning for Local Groups. Beyond that, we hope that it will empower your groups to leverage LOPSA resources and more easily get help from the Community Manager.

    It is also our hope that by making resources such as this available we can begin to coalesce the ways that LOPSA and Local Groups communicate with one another and internally. Besides streamlining and assuring reliable communication this will also allow LOPSA to have greater oversight of Local Groups. This oversight can be vital if an administrator or organizer ceases to perform their duties and allows these groups to use the Community Manager to pick up the slack.

    Stay tuned for when this becomes available, and like Slack, we encourage the use of native applications for your preferred platform.

    Special thanks to Bruno Henc (see section 3. Memberr Spotlight) for doing this excellent work for us.

    6. Member Certificates and Cards

    Membership Cards


    LOPSA will be making Membership cards and certificates available upon request. We expect to be ready to receive requests by mid-July. The Membership cards will feature a more refined design than our virtual cards, and will be printed on high quality plastic. 




    Membership Certificates

    Certificates of Membership are also being made available and will be offered on demand. This design is not final and is pending feedback from the Board as well as the Membership. 


    Please send your feedback to community@lopsa.org


    7. Chapter News

    Los Angeles

    On Thu 6/28/18 5:30-9: 30 pm our Los Angeles chapter held a Free LPIC Beta Testing in Burbank 

    "The Linux Professional Institute, Vertical Sysadmin, and Coding Dojo are working together to give LOPSA-LA a very special opportunity this Thursday evening:  Free LPIC certification exams as beta testers for the brand new versions.

    Yes, the exams that are normally $400 will cost our members nothing!  LPI just needs our feedback.  Beta testers who pass will receive the exact same professional certifications as full price engagements. There's win all the way around in this."

    https://www.meetup.com/lopsala

    Kano Nigeria

    We are pleased and excited to announce the newest chapter of LOPSA in Kano Nigeria. The tremendous effort of the organizers have resulted in the approval of our first Chapter in the African continent and is merely the beginning of a tremendous expansion. So much more is on the way.


    The Kano Chapter has a web presence on Meetup and is the first Chapter to adopt LOPSA's Mattermost.


    https://www.meetup.com/LOPSA-of-Kano-NG/


    San Diego

    LOPSA SD has begun planning their monthly meeting typically held on the 4th Thursday of each month. A location and speakers have yet to be announced. Stay tuned for more information, or join their group on Meetup.


    https://www.meetup.com/LOPSA-SD


    East Tennessee

    Celebrate the 4th on the 3rd at the KTown Tavern. Hosted by Andy Cowell and Ben Taylor, happy hour starts at 6pm. Just ask for LOPSA at the front.


    https://www.meetup.com/LOPSA-ETENN/events/252289289/


    Thanks to our sponsors

    An apology from the Community Manager:

    It was brought to my awareness that I had neglected to keep our donors up to date. I offer my most sincere apologies.


    Thanks to our Lifetime Members: Benjamin Carrell, Philip Kizer, Greg Rose, Todd Taft, Jennine Townsend

    Thanks to our individual sponsors:

         
    Jennine Townsend
    Steve VanDevender
    Lee Fisher
    PreOS Security

    Andy Cowell
    Caskey Dickson
    Erward Osckar
    Ian Viemeister
    Scott Murphy
    Brian Globerman
    Lee Damon
    Ski Kacoroski



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  • 30 May 2018 4:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. A message from the Community Manager

    2. LOPSA Member spotlight

    3. Call for Volunteers

    4. 2018 LOPSA Board elections

    5. Certifications

    6. Chapter News

    7. Mentorship Program

    8. Events and Conferences

    7. Thanks to our sponsors

    8. Comments or suggestions?

    May 2018 LOPSAgram

    1. A message from the Community Manager

    I've been Community Manager for LOPSA for nearly two months now. When I took the contract, I wasn't quite sure what to expect beyond the defined tasks of my position. What I have found though has been surprising.


    Though there isn't a lot of visible activity among the Membership from the surface, nonetheless there is still a strong and vibrant community. LOPSA Members consistently surprise me with their true and strong sense of community and dedication to it. It is a relief and privilege to become acquainted with people of such rarefied quality.


    It's no secret that LOPSA has been running at a low idle for some time. I'm excited to be your Community Manager and look forward to revving things up. The board and I have been hard at work solving long-standing issues. More than that though, we are looking towards the future of what LOPSA can be. Particularly, we've been diligently moving forward with new services and partnerships to expand our Membership and increase the value of it.


    It's an exciting time to be involved with LOPSA, and I'm very grateful to be in a position to do so much good for so many. I hope you'll stay with us and work with us towards a new era for LOPSA.


    Sincerely,

    Roger Luedecke

    community@lopsa.org



    2. LOPSA Member Spotlight

    LOPSA Volunteer of the Month

    Mark Stenglein is a new Member of LOPSA. He's updated our page on Wikipedia.


    Mark is a student at George Mason University He also works for Bishop O'Connell High School as part of their IT team.


    We interviewed Mark, and we're happy to introduce you to him!


    Could you please briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

    I am a student at George Mason University's Engineering School currently working towards a degree in IT. I have been working for Bishop O'Connell High School the last year as a part of their small IT team. In the spare time I have, I enjoy working with new technology, contributing to free software projects I use, and operating amateur radio under the callsign KN4IJZ.

    How did you hear about LOPSA? Why did you join?

    There was a post or a comment on a Reddit thread which mentioned the LOPSA Code of Ethics and thought that was worth investigating a little further. There are very large professional organizations for the engineering fields, but I have not seen a strong emphasis on these so far in my time at school.

    How long have you been a member?

    I have been a member since mid-February, so about 3 months.

    What have you gotten out of your LOPSA membership so far? What would you like to get out of it?

    I have not actually had much opportunity to do much yet. Ultimately I'd like the opportunity to both learn from those more experienced than I am as well as be able to educate others in turn.

    How long have you been involved in system administration?

    I've only been working for about the last year, but have been tinkering with, breaking, and fixing linux systems on my own for the last eight years.

    What are your career plans when you finish school?

    With the size of the field, I have not pinned anything specific down yet. Ultimately, I want to be working in a place that allows me to spend time looking for solutions to complex problems. I've also got it in my head that working in the area of disaster response would be engaging, though I've struggled in finding any job descriptions in that area that would make sense.

    We understand you're an Eagle Scout. Was your final project IT-related by any chance? If not, could you tell us what you did?

    You would be correct! The Noland Trail, in Newport News VA, has several wooden footbridges which were in poor condition from poor maintenance over a long time. For my project I organized the process of procuring materials and coordinating volunteers to replace the surface structure and clean out the debris underneath and around one of these bridges (map.what3words.com/look.lock.saints).


    New Member from Nigeria, Omodolapo Victor Babalola

    We have a new Member from Nigeria who is working on establishing a new chapter in his city. Kano in Northern Nigeria is the commercial center for the region and host to the largest tech-sector in Africa. We interviewed the enthusiastic Mr. Babalola, and wish to introduce you to him.

    www.linkedin.com/in/omodolapovictorb

    How did you find out about LOPSA?

    I got to hear about LOPSA while I was researching for best practices in the System Administration field.

    What compelled you to join us?

    I must say the Professionalism and Objectives of this Noble organization

    What is the high-tech sector like in Nigeria?

    The high-tech sector in Nigeria is undoubtedly the largest in Africa and continually evolving.

    The IT industry is characterized by startups such as (Andela, Hotels.ng), Online Stores(Jumia and Konga), the Big 5 consulting Firms (KPMG, PWC, EY, DELOITTE & ACCENTURE), ISPs and Datacenters(MainOne, Glo1), Telecommunications Companies (MTN, 9mobile, Glo, Zain, IHS Towers, Huawei), Banks (GTB, UBA, SKYE BANK) and Fintechs (Interswitch, e-tranzact, remita)

    The high-tech sector here is continually evolving with more opportunities to harness

    Where are you working, and what do you do there?

    I work as IT Support at eHealth Systems Africa, Kano, where I handle setup and 2nd & 3rd level support for users’ computer system, servers, network printers, multimedia devices, photocopier machine and network devices (Routers, Access Points, Cameras). I support Network Engineers in network device configuration, Point to Point networking, surveillance and network monitoring and preventive maintenance in a Cisco, Mikrotik and Ubiquiti environment. I also support System Engineers in systems/server configuration, patch management, data center management, antivirus management, Backup management, system monitoring andpreventive maintenance in a Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Chromium, and Android environment.

    Could you tell us about your background?

    Omodolapo Victor Babalola is my name, I bagged a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Computer Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, an ITILv3 certificate in IT Service Management and a Project Management Professional, PMP certificate. My experience in the IT industry spans over 2 years as IT Support at eHealth Systems Africa, IT Analyst at Kano Electricity Distribution Company, Technical Manager at LS Crew, Ogbomoso, Google Apps Admin Intern at LAUTECH ICT Centre, Ogbomoso and IT Support Person at Digital Jewels Ltd, Ikoyi Lagos.

    During my leisure, I read, research and volunteer with the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

    What do you hope to accomplish as a Member of LOPSA?

    As a member of LOPSA, I hope to be mentored into a seasoned system administrator, contribute my quota to the establishment and running of the LOPSA chapter here in Nigeria and to uphold the ethics of our noble Organization.


    3. Call for Volunteers

    LOPSA needs volunteers to accomplish its mission. Visit https://lopsa.org/Volunteer for the many areas where we need help. Email board@lopsa.org to volunteer. Your ideas and energy are vitally needed. Get involved!


    4. 2018 LOPSA Board elections

    LOPSA-live was held on the 16th over the Freenode IRC network in the #lopsa-live channel. LOPSA-live gives everybody an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the Board candidates.

    As there are four candidates for the Board and five Board seats, the candidates are running without opposition and we will not be conducting a ballot for this election. The candidates will be, as they say in Canada, elected by "acclamation" (that means without opposition).


    5. Certifications

    LOPSA encouraged professional credentialing from industry recognized certification bodies. We've been researching some of the most sought-after certifications that employers look for, and have provided a page at https://lopsa.org/Certificates.


    As part of this new initiative, we are working towards sponsorships and partnership to allow us to offer discounted certification to our Members. 


    We would like your feedback on what certifications we should add to our page to promote for our Members. Send your recommendations to community@lopsa.org


    6. Chapter News

    General

    There has been a lot of activity among Chapters in the last month. Most encouragingly there are efforts to revive three dormant Chapters. Significant efforts are being made towards some new chapters, most notably a European and Nigerian Chapter.


    Chapters are one of the pillars of LOPSA, providing community networking and support in meat-space to Members. Many Members have forwarded their careers through participation and attendance in local groups. Whether through learning from one another and bringing their skills to a higher level, or finding job opportunities a LOPSA Chapter has been for many a key turning point in their careers.


    LOPSA is actively working towards ways to provide new services and incentives to Members in general, and local groups particularly. We have begun using Meetup Pro as a way to subsidize local groups efforts and promote LOPSA activities. We encourage your chapter to join our Global Network on Meetup. Whether you have an existing Meetup group to link to our Network or would like to take advantage of the platform with a new Meetup group, we want you to succeed in building more populous and powerful local communities.


    We need YOU to build the communities that we stand and are famous for. To elaborate we are working on ways to help local groups be empowered with better tools and services to minimize complexity and issues while affording local groups to leverage assistance from our Community Manager. Now is the best time to start a new Chapter, or resuscitate an old one. Please consider getting involved in building a local Chapter, knowing that you can count on us for assistance in your efforts. Without each of you, there is no community.


    General inquiries and assistance requests may be directed to the Community Manager.

    E-mail; community@lopsa.org


    Los Angeles

    Their next meeting will be in June, with Kirk Waingrow presenting on his tool KASM: "Operational Management Tools and IT KASM"


    See https://www.meetup.com/lopsala/events/250133706


    Columbus Ohio

    They met on April 30th. "Mining Ethereum Transactions". Good attendance, good food. Thanks for sponsoring from TEKsystems. 


    Next event tentatively scheduled for May 29. Working out final details with the speaker.


    East Tennessee ETENN

    ETENN met on May 1st for a presentation "Azure Automation: What is it and Why Do I Care?" by Benjamin Mitchell of Discovery, Inc. (21 attendees.) 

    Next meeting will be June 5th, Jesse Trucks presenting.

    Ottawa Canada OVSAGE

    met on April 19th, for the first in a series of microservices builds. Next meetup on May 17th.


    San Diego

    Chris McEniry and Tom Perrine are spearheading an effort to revive the San Diego LOPSA Chapter. You can find them on Meetup at https://www.meetup.com/LOPSA-SD. Contact Chris or Tom directly through Meetup to get involved!


    Seattle SASAG

    Our Seattle chapter, Seattle Area System Administrators Guild (SASAG) needs speakers. Plus if anyone in Seattle area is able to host (even occasional) meetings where they work, that would be most helpful. SASAG meets evenings the second Thursday of each month. www.sasag.org

    Their most recent meeting was on April 12th for a SCALE recap by Brian Globerman.

    7. Mentorship Program

    Our recently revamped Mentorship program is off to a strong start on stable footing! So far we have thirty proteges and nine mentors participating in the program. 


    We've also been getting a lot of wonderful feedback in excitement about the relaunch of our Mentorship Program. This has not only come from our Membership but from our well-wishing sponsors.


    One of the pillars of LOPSA is education. Towards that end, we hope that you will participate in the program as a Mentor or Mentee. Particularly, we are assessing best practices for effective implementation of the program and how to leverage our new technology and your participation can help us work out that formula quicker.


    Check out http://mentor.lopsa.org to get involved.


    Meet our Protégé, Ionut Cadariu

    To celebrate the successful relaunch of our esteemed Mentorship Program, we wanted to introduce you to Ionut Cadariu from Romania. Ionut is a Member of LOPSA who sought us out and joined specifically for the Mentorship Program. We interviewed Ionut and are proud to introduce you to him!


    Tell us a little about yourself. What is your background and how did you get involved with LOPSA?

    I'm currently an infrastructure & security engineer. I've started being a systems administrator back in 2008 and continued to learn and understand the basics of Linux systems since this is my passion for many years.

    How did you first hear about the LOPSA mentorship program?

    Searching over the internet for a mentorship program.

    What did you hope to get out of it?

    Have someone with higher experience guide me in my career.

    What did you actually get out of the mentorship program?

    Besides technical depth, I've met an awesome guy - Aleksey Tsalolikhin who helped me become a better person not just in my career but in life, so thank you again Aleksey for everything.

    Is there anything else you would like others to know about the mentorship program?

    I think having a mentor when you start your career will help you get better faster.


    8. Events and Conferences

    LISA 18

    LISA18 will take place October 29–31, 2018, at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, TN,USA.

    LISA is the premier conference for operations professionals, where sysadmins, systems engineers, IT operations professionals, SRE practitioners, developers, IT managers, and academic researchers share real-world knowledge about designing, building, securing, and maintaining the critical systems of our interconnected world.


    The LISA18 Call for Proposals is now open! The Conference Organizers invite both industry leaders and people on the front lines to propose topics that demonstrate the present and future of operations. Start preparing your proposals for talks, training, panels, and demonstrations. Submissions are due by Thursday, May 24.


    For more information about LISA 2018 visit https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa18


    If you'd like to participate as a speaker etc. navigate to https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa18/call-for-participation


    Big Data Day LA

    LOPSA is planning to have a table at Big Data Day LA in Los Angeles, California. We need volunteers to help us. The conference will be held on August 11th, 2018 at the University of Southern California.


    Big Data Day LA is the largest, of its kind, Big Data conference in Southern California. Spearheaded by Subash D’Souza and organized and supported by a community of volunteers, sponsors, and speakers, Big Data Day LA features the most vibrant gathering of data and technology enthusiasts in Los Angeles.


    For more information, or to register visit https://www.bigdatadayla.com/

    If you'd like to help LOPSA as a volunteer, e-mail rluedecke@lopsa.org


    9. Thanks to our sponsors

    Thanks to our Lifetime Members: Benjamin Carrell, Philip Kizer, Greg Rose, Todd Taft, Jennine Townsend

    Thanks to our individual sponsors:

    Platinum: Jennine Townsend, Dan Rich 
    Gold: Ski Kacoroski
    Silver: Matt Disney, Lee Damon, Scott Murphy, Ian Viemeister
    Bronze: Gary Studwell, PreOS Security

    Sponsor DataDog helps you monitor your entire stack. Graphing, alerting and correlation for all your systems. Sign up for a free 14-day trial.





    LOPSA's web content is hosted by DreamHost .




    10. Comments or suggestions?

    As we close out this month's LOPSAgram, we want to make sure we're giving you the information you want or need. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to communications@lopsa.org


  • 14 Apr 2018 4:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. LOPSA at LinuxFest Northwest

    2. Relaunch of the Mentorship Program

    3. New Community Manager

    4. 2018 LOPSA Board elections

    5. Launch of KnowledgePress LOPSA member blog syndication

    6. Locals

    7. Thanks to our sponsors

    8. Comments or suggestions?

    April 2018 LOPSAgram

    1. LOPSA at LinuxFest Northwest

    LOPSA will have a booth at the LinuxFest Northwest 2018. 

    LinuxFest Northwest is being held at the Bellingham Technical College April 28th and 29th. Registration is open until April 29th.

    https://linuxfestnorthwest.org/conferences/lfnw18


    2. Relaunch of Mentorship Program

    The LOPSA Board is pleased to restart our Mentorship program on a new platform!

    The previous system was a bit of a hodge podge of custom code and volunteer labor, which eventually fell apart last year.  Our new program will run on a SaaS product from Xinspire, and should operate in a much smoother manner.  Please check it out!

    https://mentor.lopsa.org/

    Our goal is not to make major changes in the operation of our Mentorship program, so there are not any changes into how the program is intended to operate.  Mentees will be able to browse possible Mentors now, though, and apply directly to them to start a relationship.  Mentor engagements are still limited in scope, as before.  Mentors are able to select how many Mentees they wish to allow at any time, and, once that limit is reached, no further applications will be received until their current engagements are finished.

    You must be a LOPSA member to sign up as a mentor and/or mentee. Join LOPSA if you're not already a member. Reminder: student membership is *free* with student ID.

    Mentors:

    * Register at https://mentor.lopsa.org and list your availability and a brief description of your skills and interests.

    * Once you are approved, new proteges will request mentors. You may approve and reject their requests.

    Mentees:

    * Register at https://mentor.lopsa.org/ as a Mentee.

    * Once your registration is approved, you will be able to browse mentors and request mentorship.

    * Once your request has been accepted by a mentor, you and your mentor should agree upon how often you will communicate how you will communicate if your proposal is project-based, a set of milestones and a timetable for achieving them


    If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail the LOPSA Mentorship Program Team at lmpt@lopsa.org.

    Our First Protégé!

    Sharing our excitement for the newly revamped Mentorship Program is our first Protégé! Adam Snetiker. We interviewed Adam, and hope to share our excitement with you as well.


    "What excites me the most about this program is the ability to interact with someone who is a currently practicing professional with experience in areas of IT in which I hope to build a successful career. What I hope to get out of it is specific feedback that will help me to establish a focused plan of action that includes careers I should target at the entry level and the most important skills for success. Eventually, I hope this feedback process will repeat itself as I work through my career so that as the specific skills and job titles change, the focus is still on making sure they are in sync so I can continue to advance and add value."

    Read more on the LOPSA Blog


    3. New Community Manager

    LOPSA is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Community Manager! As LOPSA Membership and programs expand, the need for a Community Manager has become important for dealing with the increased work and maintenance of the organization. 


    Roger Luedecke is a long time Member and volunteer of the openSUSE Project. He has served the Project in varying capacities and events since 2011.

    Roger may be reached at community@lopsa.org

    4. 2018 LOPSA Board elections

    Once again, it is time for the annual board elections with the 2018 Election process beginning on May 1st. The candidate slate and statements will be published at that time on lopsa.org and in the May LOPSAgram. We have two LOPSA-Live sessions tentatively planned for the second and third Wednesdays of May - the times and participation method will be communicated as the dates get closer and we get consensus from the candidates. The election will run from June 1 to June 21 with the voting system closing on June 22. The results of the election will be made public July 1st.

    We have five board positions opening up, so if anyone is interested in being a candidate for the board and having a direct impact on the governance of our organization, they should send an email to leadership@lopsa.org and indicate why they would like to be a board member. There are a few criteria that need to be met, all of which are available in the bylaws (http://governance.lopsa.org/LOPSA_Bylaws)



    5. Launch of KnowledgePress LOPSA member blog syndication


    Are you a blogger? Would you like your knowledge to reach a broader audience? Participate in our new KnowledgePress blog syndication program to get more exposure.


    KnowledgePress is a new initiative to feature our Member's blogs on LOPSA.org and through our social media outlets. Submissions will be reviewed by our Community Manager. Approved submissions will be indexed on LOPSA.org and sent out over our social media outlets.


    KnowledgePress can be found at https://lopsa.org/KnowledgePress


    Submissions should be sent to community@lopsa.org



    6. Locals

    LOPSA-LA 

    LOPSA LA is hosting a meetup on April 17th at CodingDojo in Burbank. The meetup features Asya Shklyar's presentation on Big Data in the life sciences: "From Raw Data To Usable Results, Build, Rinse and Repeat".  

    https://www.meetup.com/lopsala/events/248784796/


    Los Angeles chapter member Kelvin Vanderlip and LOPSA Treasurer Brian Globerman at the LOPSA booth at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) 16x March 2018


    Ottawa Valley SAGE

    LOPSA-Ottawa will be starting a series of introductory workshops on containers and micro-services this month (May 17th at the Kanata Dymon Storage Boardroom) that will be running for several months in order to get people new to the concepts a little hands experience on in a relaxed setting. 

    https://ovsage.org


    LOPSA Columbus

    Our very active Columbus chapter recently met up on the 28th of March. Jared Price gave a presentation on "From Sysadmin to CTO." 

    "Making the transition from a systems administration role to a technology leadership role is often challenging. Many sysadmins are talented and passionate about what they do and have perfected the art of expertly managing systems, automating key processes, and adapting to a constantly changing technology stack (virtualization, cloud, containerization). The move to a leadership role requires a strong foundation in technology, but also an understanding of business processes and people."

    LOPSA of Columbus Ohio can be reached at their website http://www.lopsacbus.org/


    East Tennessee LOPSA

    LOPSA of East Tennessee held an event on April 3rd. Hosted by TEKsystems in Knoxville, Matt Lindsey of ORNL spoke on 'IoT Hacking for Fun and Profit.'

    "The Internet of Things is an increasingly inescapable element of life on the information superhighway in 2018. While this plethora of low power, infrastructure-like devices can provide a lot of user convenience, it’s no secret that security is near the bottom of most vendor’s priorities. This talk will cover the state of IoT industry security in 2018, recent events that shape it, a primer on the unique security considerations of these devices and best practices for organizations that leverage them."

    LOPSA of East Tennessee can be found online at http://web.lopsaetenn.org/about-lopsa-etenn.html

    Call for Volunteers

    If you'd like to start a chapter or volunteer in some way, email board@lopsa.org


    7. Thanks to our sponsors

    Thanks to our Lifetime Members: Benjamin Carrell, Philip Kizer, Greg Rose, Todd Taft, Jennine Townsend

    Thanks to our individual sponsors:

    Platinum: Jennine Townsend, Dan Rich 
    Gold: Ski Kacoroski
    Silver: Matt Disney, Lee Damon, Scott Murphy, Ian Viemeister
    Bronze: Gary Studwell, PreOS Security

    Gold Sponsor Paessler AG

    Bronze Sponsor Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a unique approach to trading in the financial markets. Our company designs, builds and runs a global trading software platform. We take pride in our software craftsmanship and use Python, Cython and C on Linux to run our global trading operations. We also use open-source tools as much as possible - Python, PostgreSQL, numpy, git, Cobbler, Puppet and Ansible are all crucial to our business.

    Bronze Sponsor O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism. Check them out.

    Bronze Sponsor PreOS Security  offers software, consulting and training for firmware level security for your desktops, laptops and servers. Firmware is the new software, and persistent vulnerabilities and exploits have been growing steadily. Protect your firmware better with software and knowledge from PreOS Security. Sign up for our quarterly newsletter and get a free e-book.

    Sponsor DataDog helps you monitor your entire stack. Graphing, alerting and correlatoin for all your systems. Sign up for a free 14-day trial.

    LOPSA's web content is hosted by DreamHost .


    8. Comments or suggestions?

    As we close out this month's LOPSAgram, we want to make sure we're giving you the information you want or need. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to communications@lopsa.org 


  • 14 Feb 2017 1:36 PM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. Cascadia IT conference 2017: Register NOW for Early Bird

    2. Mentorship Program Needs Redesign With Your Help

    3. LOPSA-East Cancellation

    4. Free T-Shirt from Sponsor Datadog

    5. Locals

    6. Thanks to our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

    7. Comments or suggestions?

    February 2017 LOPSAgram

    1. Cascadia IT Conference 2017: Register NOW for Early Bird

    Cascadia IT Conference registration is open.. and the Early Bird discount ends February 15! So register NOW while you're thinking about it. Many of you will be able to simply expense it, as the conference is so affordable. But you might still need to have a conversation with your boss. If so, here are some highlights to bring up:
    1. Price/value - most other conferences cost much more, and at Cascadia, you can hear speakers who give Training/Talks at much larger more expensive conferences. Give a summary of your expected expenses - no hotel or flight if you're local!
    2. Look at the schedule, and list key Training & Talks that apply directly to your work and will produce immediate and longer term results: https://www.casitconf.org/casitconf17/schedule/
    3. Connections with local IT experts means they indirectly support from a more diverse group
    4. Friday and Saturday - only one day away from the office, and one day of personal time.
    5. Promise to give a post-conference report to other technical staff - particularly developers to facilitate DevOps. Perhaps even suggest that a developer attend?

    Register by February 15 to get the Early Bird discount, though of course the conference is still a bargain at full price:

    https://www.casitconf.org/casitconf17/register-now/

    2. Mentorship Program Chair Needed

    The mentorship program is one of our most exciting and successful programs. Over the years it has brought many new (often student) members to LOPSA for this program alone, and has provided us all with valuable teaching, learning and technical experience.

    We are currently looking for someone to chair the mentorship committee. If anyone is very passionate about helping other system administrators, and wants to help us get the Mentorship program back up and running please contact volunteers@lopsa.org


    3. LOPSA-East Cancellation

    The LOPSA-NJ Local is going to focus on growth for 2017, and postpone the large effort of hosting a conference to another year. LOPSA will focus on another Cascadia IT Conference, and supporting locals around the country.

    4. Free T-Shirt from Sponsor Datadog

    With Datadog all your infrastructure is in one place.

    Track & alert on the health and performance of every server, container, and app. Free t-shirt for LOPSA members. Click here:



    5. Locals

    SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

    SASAG's big event this month is the Cascadia IT Conference. Register now!


    https://www.casitconf.org/casitconf17/register-now/

    SASAG needs speakers. If you are interested in speaking, or have a vendor contact that can give a good technical presentation (no marketing please), contact the organizers through Meetup.com or the email list:  members@lists.sasag.org

    LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

    • Next Meeting: Shell Basics: Under the Hood II

    • Tuesday, February 21

      7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • 4th Floor
      Burbank, CA
    • Coding Dojo

      175 E Olive Ave 
      4th Floor
      Burbank, CA (map)

    • Consulting sysadmin Mike Weilgart returns to LOPSA LA with a presentation on UNIX/Linux Shell Basics.

      Description:

      We've all heard of the shell, and we've all used it at least a little bit. But what IS a shell, really? What makes shell scripting fundamentally different from any other programming language? What really happens when you type a command into your shell--and how does this relate to the mistake found in over 50% of Production shell scripts? Attend this talk, demystify the shell and learn to use it right!

    LOPSA-NJ: New Jersey

    LOPSA-NJ needs speakers. Contact the organizers through Meetup:

    https://www.meetup.com/LOPSA-NJ/

    6. Thanks to our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

    Thanks to our Lifetime Members: Benjamin Carrell, Philip Kizer, Greg Rose, Todd Taft, Jennine Townsend

    Thanks to our individual sponsors:

    Platinum: Jennine Townsend, Dan Rich 
    Gold: Ski Kacoroski
    Silver: Matt Disney, Lee Damon, Scott Murphy, Ian Viemeister
    Bronze: Gary Studwell

    Gold Sponsor Paessler AG

    Bronze Sponsor Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a unique approach to trading in the financial markets. Our company designs, builds and runs a global trading software platform. We take pride in our software craftsmanship and use Python, Cython and C on Linux to run our global trading operations. We also use open-source tools as much as possible - Python, PostgreSQL, numpy, git, Cobbler, Puppet and Ansible are all crucial to our business.

    Bronze Sponsor O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism. Check them out.

    Sponsor DataDog helps you monitor your entire stack. Graphing, alerting and correlatoin for all your systems. Sign up for a free 14-day trial.

    LOPSA's web content is hosted by DreamHost .

    7. Comments or suggestions?

    As we close out this month's LOPSAgram, we want to make sure we're giving you the information you want or need. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to communications@lopsa.org 

    Office: +1 (202) 567-7201, Fax: 609-219-6787, Address: PO Box 5161, Trenton, NJ 08638-0161

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  • 22 Jan 2017 1:34 PM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. Tribute to John Boris

    2. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Managers & Vendors

    3. LISA 2017 Preliminary Call for Participation

    4. 25% Discount with AC&NC Jetstor

    5. Locals

    6. Thanks to our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

    7. Comments or suggestions?

    January 2017 LOPSAgram

    1. Tribute to John Boris

    I was notified by John's son that he passed away on Jan 14th. John was not only a very active member of LOPSA, its board, and the system admin community, but he was also an incredible friend and a mentor to me. John was always optimistic, kind, considerate, and willing to help anyone who asked. 

    John passed on his knowledge via his stories of working both as a system admin and in his previous career as a machinist and by posting at http://blogs.lopsa.org. He was a typical system admin of his era with no formal training, just a fascination of computers and a talent for troubleshooting their problems. He was as master at making systems work long past their EOL date as evidenced by his work on keeping SCO systems running at his job. 

    Even though John had health issues, I was constantly amazed how he never let them slow him down. At the age most of us would be happy to retire he was still on the board, actively coaching football, and working. Many of you saw him at LISA in Boston. A few days after the conference he had open heart surgery to replace a blocked artery. I talked with John last week and he was so happy as he had more energy than he had in years and was looking forward to attending more conferences and keeping his "little hacker" of a granddaughter out of trouble. 

    John, I miss you very much. Peace be with you. 

    Ski


    2. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 - Managers & Vendors

    Cascadia IT Conferece schedule will be posted soon as we work out the last remaining details. We've got some fantastic talks and tutorials this year, including repeats of some well received content from previous years as well as an interesting variety of new talks. 

    Now is the time to start talking with your manager about attending. Cascadia IT conference is always excellent value for the money, and travel expenses are minimal if you are anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. We haven't made one for Cascadia IT conference yet, but here's a great template for an email to your boss from our LOPSA-East conference:

    http://lopsaeast.org/2016/convince-your-boss/

    We also need sponsors - and the best sponsors are your vendors. Ask your vendor to sponsor Cascadia IT Conference, and cc: casitconf-sponsorship@casitconf.org. You may need to talk to someone in Marketing, rather than Sales - but your salesperson has a good incentive to connect you to the right person! Your vendor will want to be convinced as well - and the sort of information they need is in our Sponsor Prospectus:

    https://www.casitconf.org/casitconf17/sponsorships/

    3. LISA 2017 Preliminary Call for Participation

    From the LISA 2017 Chairs: 

    We are excited to announce that the Preliminary Call for Participation (https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa17/call-for-participation) for LISA17 (https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa17) is now available. LISA17 will take place October 29-November 3, 2017, in San Francisco, CA. 

    LISA is the premier conference for operations professionals, where systems engineers, IT operations, SRE practitioners, and academic researchers share real-world knowledge about designing, building, and maintaining the critical systems of our interconnected world. 

    We invite both industry leaders and people on the front lines to propose topics that demonstrate the present and future of operations. LISA submissions should inspire and motivate attendees toward action that improves their day-to-day work as well as the tech industry as a whole. We are seeking proposals in the following topics: 

    • Architecture
      • Scalability and resiliency
      • Infrastructure design
      • Machine learning
      • Performance planning
      • Strategic vision
      • On the horizon 
    • Culture
      • Building DevOps relationships
      • Business communication
      • Standards and regulatory compliance
      • On-call challenges
      • Workplace diversity
      • Mentorship, education, and training
    • Engineering
      • Dynamic service implementation
      • Continuous delivery
      • Monitoring and instrumentation
      • Machine and service hardening
      • Analytics of system data
      • Release engineering

    LISA encourages submissions from people from a wide range of backgrounds. Our early proposal program allows first-time submitters and/or submitters of controversial topics to receive feedback and improve their chances for acceptance. Submit your early proposals by Monday, February 27, 2017. Standard proposals are due by Monday, April 24, 2017. 

    Please view the complete Preliminary Call for Participation (https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa17/call-for-participation) for additional details and submission instructions. We look forward to receiving your proposals. 

    On behalf of the LISA17 Organizers,

    Caskey Dickson, Microsoft Azure 

    Connie-Lynne Villani, Grilled Cheese Invitational 

    LISA17 Program Co-Chairs lisa17chairs@usenix.org 

    4. 25% Discount with AC&NC Jetstor

    Advanced Computer & Network Corporation / Jetstor is offering a LOPSA members a 25% discount on the new JetStor 826FXD all flash storage appliance. Offer runs for Q1 2017.



    5. Locals

    SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

    Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2017
    Time: 7pm
    Place:

    1111 3rd Ave #2500,

    Seattle, WA

    98101

    Directions:

    25th Floor, meet in the lobby
    Corner of Third and Seneca
    Subject: Systems Reliability Engineering – What Does It Mean to Be One?
    Presenters: Caskey Dickson
    Caskey L. Dickson is a Site Reliability Engineer at Microsoft where he is part of the leadership team reinventing operations at Azure. Before that he was at Google where he worked as an SRE/SWE writing and maintaining monitoring services that operate at "Google scale" as well as business intelligence pipelines. He has worked in online services since 1995 when he turned up his first web server and has been online ever since. Before working at Google, he was a senior developer at Symantec, wrote software for various Internet startups such as CitySearch and CarsDirect, ran a consulting company, and even taught undergraduate and graduate computer science at a University. He has a B.S. in Computer Science, a Masters in Systems Engineering, and an M.B.A from Loyola Marymount.

    Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

    SASAG needs speakers. If you are interested in speaking, or have a vendor contact that can give a good technical presentation (no marketing please), contact the organizers through Meetup.com or the email list:  members@lists.sasag.org

    LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

    • Next Meeting: Shell Basics: Under the Hood

    • Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (today!)

      7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • 4th Floor
      Burbank, CA
    • Coding Dojo

      175 E Olive Ave 
      4th Floor
      Burbank, CA (map)

    • Consulting sysadmin Mike Weilgart returns to LOPSA LA with a presentation on UNIX/Linux Shell Basics.

      Description:

      We've all heard of the shell, and we've all used it at least a little bit. But what IS a shell, really? What makes shell scripting fundamentally different from any other programming language? What really happens when you type a command into your shell--and how does this relate to the mistake found in over 50% of Production shell scripts? Attend this talk, demystify the shell and learn to use it right!

    LOPSA-NJ: New Jersey

    The February meeting will be held at Montclair State University. Please note that it will be held on Wednesday, not Thursday. More details will be coming for directions and parking.

    Topic: Stealing the Best Ideas from DevOps: A Guide for Sysadmins without Developers Speaker: Tom Limoncelli 

    Date: February 1st, 2017 

    Description: DevOps is not a set of tools, nor is it just automating deployments. It is a set of principles that benefit anyone trying to improve a complex process. This talk will present the DevOps principles in terms that apply to all system administrators, and use case studies to explore their use in non-developer environments. 

    Bio: Tom is an internationally recognized author, speaker, system administrator, and DevOps advocate. His latest book is the 3rd edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration (Addison-Wesley). He is also known for The Practice of Cloud System Administration (Addison-Wesley) and Time Management for System Administrators (O'Reilly). He works in New York City at StackOverflow.com. He's previously worked at Google, Bell Labs/Lucent, AT&T, and others. His blog is http://EverythingSysadmin.com and he tweets @YesThatTom. He lives in New Jersey.

    Please RSVP either to the Meetup page that will be updated soon or via email to younj@montclair.edu so we know how much pizza to get.

    Location: The Center for Environmental and Life Sciences CELS 110 1 Normal Ave Montclair, NJ 07043

    Announce mailing list Announce@lists.lopsanj.org http://lists.lopsanj.org/mailman/listinfo/announce

    6. Thanks to our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

    Thanks to our Lifetime Members: Benjamin Carrell, Philip Kizer, Greg Rose, Todd Taft, Jennine Townsend

    Thanks to our individual sponsors:

    Platinum: Jennine Townsend, Dan Rich 
    Gold: Ski Kacoroski
    Silver: Matt Disney, Lee Damon, Scott Murphy, Ian Viemeister
    Bronze: Gary Studwell

    Gold Sponsor Paessler AG

    Bronze Sponsor Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a unique approach to trading in the financial markets. Our company designs, builds and runs a global trading software platform. We take pride in our software craftsmanship and use Python, Cython and C on Linux to run our global trading operations. We also use open-source tools as much as possible - Python, PostgreSQL, numpy, git, Cobbler, Puppet and Ansible are all crucial to our business.

    Bronze Sponsor O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism. Check them out.

    Sponsor DataDog helps you monitor your entire stack. Graphing, alerting and correlatoin for all your systems. Sign up for a free 14-day trial.

    LOPSA's web content is hosted by DreamHost .

    7. Comments or suggestions?

    As we close out this month's LOPSAgram, we want to make sure we're giving you the information you want or need. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to communications@lopsa.org 

    Office: +1 (202) 567-7201, Fax: 609-219-6787, Address: PO Box 5161, Trenton, NJ 08638-0161

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  • 28 Dec 2016 12:17 PM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 CfP and Call for Sponsors

    2. 25% Discount with AC&NC Jetstor

    3. LOPSA at LISA 2016

    4. LISA 2016 Ski's Report

    5. LOPSA Members LISA 2016 Report

    6. Locals

    7. Thanks to our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

    8. Comments or suggestions?

    December 2016 LOPSAgram


    1. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 CfP and Call for Sponsors

    LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation is open, but only until January 1! We invite you to present a talk or Training at the 2017 LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference in Seattle

    LOPSA Cascadia is gathering of professionals from the diverse IT community in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. We gather to learn from each other, share ideas and meet new friends and peers. Whether you are paid to work with computers or just like to experiment with technology, your time is well spent at LOPSA Cascadia.

    To find out more read the full call for participation: https://www.casitconf.org/casitconf17/cfp/

    Then submit your talk or Tutorial: https://goo.gl/forms/yd7N0xNQPHLqeayh2


    We also need sponsors - and the best sponsors are your vendors. Ask your vendor to sponsor Cascadia IT Conference, and cc: casitconf-sponsorship@casitconf.org.

    2. 25% Discount with AC&NC Jetstor

    Advanced Computer & Network Corporation / Jetstor is offering a LOPSA members a 25% discount on the new JetStor 826FXD all flash storage appliance. Offer runs for Q1 2017.



    3. LOPSA at LISA 2016

    For the first time, LOPSA's booth was on the expo floor during LISA. We registered 19 new members and had great conversations with future members, sponsors, collaborators and volunteers. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

    See you in San Francisco at LISA 2017!

    LISA 2017:

    The Call for Participation will be available in January 2017.

    Early proposals deadline: Monday, February 27, 2017
    Standard proposals deadline: Monday, April 24, 2017

    4. LISA 2016 - Ski's Report

    I felt that LISA this year was rich with content that I could bring back to work and immediately use.  For me a few of the highlights were:

    • A VMware Infrastructure Design tutorial that has several great ideas for optimizing your vmware infrastructure.  This was much easier than digging through reams of documentation to find the information.
    •  A systemd tutorial that was very useful for getting me up to speed on the basics so I can not experiment with it on my own.
    •  A talk on the new features in Windows 2016 such as containers, native ssh, and Powershell V5.
    • A talk on the basic principles of DevOps and how they can be applied in non-dev environments.

    Finally there were several talks that stressed the future will be changing even more rapidly due to new technologies such as persistent memory, IoT security issues, and
    increasing complexity in all our systems.  As system admins, we will need to spend more time learning in order to keep up with the changing systems.

    cheers,

    ski

    5. LOPSA Members LISA 2016 Reports

    Tom Limoncelli, who donated a copy of his latest book for the LOPSA Annual Meeting Raffle, thanks Tom!

     http://everythingsysadmin.com/2016/12/lisa16-success.html

    Aleksey Tsalolikhin, who won our first issued LOPSA Challenge coin! Congratulations Aleksey.

    http://verticalsysadmin.com/blog/what-i-learned-at-lisa-2016-conference/

    6. Locals

    SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

    SASAG needs speakersIf you are interested in speaking, or have a vendor contact that can give a good technical presentation (no marketing please), contact the organizers through Meetup.com or the email list:  members@lists.sasag.org

    SASAG needs a regular place to meet. We've had generous hosts over the years, but now we need a new location. Ideally:

    • Downtown, or easy access from downtown and transit
    • Available nearby parking on a weeknight at ~6:30pm
    • Free!
    • Projector and meeting room for up to ~30 people

    On December 16  we had our LISA Wrapup and Holiday Party at the offices of Qumulo.

    Our next meeting is location & speaker TBA on Thursday January 12.

    Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

    LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

    LOPSA-LA in December was one of those fantastic nights with tasty food and free-flowing and stimulating conversation. Thank you to everyone who attended and special thanks to our guest of honor, DevOps Handbook co-author John Willis @botchagalupe


    LOPSA-NJ: New Jersey

    LOPSA-NJ is planning for their February Meeting. We are looking for Speakers for  February and future meetings. If you are interested please send an email with your talk description to jboris@lopsa.org.5. Thank You To Our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

    We'd like to thank our sponsors. We're deeply grateful for their continuing support of LOPSA. More information on how to become a sponsor.


    7. Thanks to our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

    Thanks to our Lifetime Members: Benjamin Carrell, Philip Kizer, Greg Rose, Todd Taft, Jennine Townsend

    Thanks to our individual sponsors:

    Platinum: Jennine Townsend, Dan Rich 
    Gold: Ski Kacoroski
    Silver: Matt Disney, Lee Damon, Scott Murphy, Ian Viemeister
    Bronze: Gary Studwell

    Gold Sponsor Paessler AG

    Bronze Sponsor Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a unique approach to trading in the financial markets. Our company designs, builds and runs a global trading software platform. We take pride in our software craftsmanship and use Python, Cython and C on Linux to run our global trading operations. We also use open-source tools as much as possible - Python, PostgreSQL, numpy, git, Cobbler, Puppet and Ansible are all crucial to our business.

    Bronze Sponsor O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism. Check them out.

    Sponsor DataDog helps you monitor your entire stack. Graphing, alerting and correlatoin for all your systems. Sign up for a free 14-day trial.

    LOPSA's web content is hosted by DreamHost .

    8. Comments or suggestions?

    As we close out this month's LOPSAgram, we want to make sure we're giving you the information you want or need. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to communications@lopsa.org 

    Office: +1 (202) 567-7201, Fax: 609-219-6787, Address: PO Box 5161, Trenton, NJ 08638-0161

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  • 15 Nov 2016 12:54 PM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 CfP and Call for Sponsors

    2. Monitor Your Stack With DataDog

    3. USENIX LISA 2016 Registration Discount

    4. USENIX LISA 2016 LOPSA Booth Help

    5. LOPSA Members Speak at USENIX LISA 2016

    6. LOPSA After Dark Party at USENIX LISA 2016

    7. LOPSA Annual Meeting Raffle Back Again This Year

    8. LOPSA Membership Renewal or Registration Discount During LISA

    9. Thanks to Tech Team for Dreamhost Migration Project

    10. Locals

    11. Thanks to our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

    12. Comments or suggestions?

    1. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 CfP and Call for Sponsors

    LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation is open. We invite you to present a talk or Training at the 2017 LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference in Seattle

    LOPSA Cascadia is gathering of professionals from the diverse IT community in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. We gather to learn from each other, share ideas and meet new friends and peers. Whether you are paid to work with computers or just like to experiment with technology, your time is well spent at LOPSA Cascadia.

    To find out more read the full call for participation: https://www.casitconf.org/casitconf17/cfp/

    Then submit your talk or Tutorial: https://goo.gl/forms/yd7N0xNQPHLqeayh2


    We also need sponsors - and the best sponsors are your vendors. Ask your vendor to sponsor Cascadia IT Conference, and cc: casitconf-sponsorship@casitconf.org.

    2. Monitor Your Stack With DataDog

    Monitor your entire stack. Graphing, alerting, and correlation for all your systems.
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    3. USENIX LISA 2016 Registration Discount

    Planning on attending USENIX LISA16? LOPSA members qualify for a $45 registration discount.  Get the discount code from https://lopsa.org/Member-Discounts (member login required) and enter it into the LISA16 registration form to receive the discount.

    4. USENIX LISA 2016 LOPSA Booth Help

    When you're at LISA16, look for the LOPSA table near the registration area on Tuesday and in the LISA16 Expo on Wednesday and Thursday. You can meet and talk to current members, and help us register new members by volunteering to staff the table. Sign up now:

    http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090B4CA8A92CAAFF2-lisa


    5. LOPSA members speak at USENIX LISA 2016

    Many LOPSA members will be speaking at LISA. Here is a schedule to help you catch their presentations:

    Branson Matheson - LISA Build Coordinator

    Lee Damon - Workshops Chair

    Wednesday, 9:00 am-9:15 am, Opening Remarks, Matt Simmons, SpaceX

    Wednesday, 11:00 am–12:30 pm, Mini Tutorial I, Git Crash Course, Thomas Uphill, Wells Fargo

    Wednesday, 2:00 pm–2:45 pm, Talks II, Capturing All of Stack Overflow's Logs, George Beech, Stack Overflow

    Wednesday, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm, Mini Tutorial I, S, M, and L Logstash Architectures: The Foundations, Jamie Riedesel, HelloSign

    Wednesday, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm, Mini Tutorial II, Quick Start to Pacemaker HA, Mike Diehn

    Wednesday, 2:00 pm–5:30 pm, LISA Lab, Core Skills: Scripting for Automation, Mike Ciavarella, Coffee Bean Software Pty Ltd

    Wednesday, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm, Mini Tutorial I, S, M, and L Logstash Architectures: Reaching For the Sky, Jamie Riedesel, HelloSign

    Thursday, 2:00 pm–2:45 pm, Talks I, Stealing the Best Ideas from DevOps: A Guide for Sysadmins without Developers, Thomas Limoncelli, StackOverflow.com, and Christina Hogan, Independent Consultant

    Thursday, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm, Mini Tutorial II, The 90-Minute Cassandra DBA, Chris McEniry, Sony Interactive Entertainment

    Thursday, 4:45 pm–5:30 pm, Talks III, From BOFH to Just Another Person in the Standup, Surviving the Move to DevOps, Jamie Riedesel, HelloSign

    Friday, 11:00 am–11:45 am, Talks I, Lost Treasures of the Ancient World, David Blank-Edelman, Apcera


    6. LOPSA After Dark Party at USENIX LISA 2016

    LOPSA will be holding its Annual After Dark party on Thursday at 9:30pm.  The party is sponsored by Silicon Mechanics who will be holding a special raffle at the party.  Stop
    by the LOPSA table to enter into this raffle and find out where the party will be held.

    7. LOPSA Annual Meeting Raffle Back Again This Year

    Thanks very much to these vendors who support LOPSA and its mission, we will be having another great raffle after the Annual Meeting on Thursday night.  The vendors who have
    already donated gifts are:
    Stop by the LOPSA table to see what the gifts are and attend our Annual meeting on Thursday at 8:30pm to be entered into the raffle.

    8. LOPSA Membership Renewal or Registration Discount

    We'd love to renew your membership in person at the LOPSA booth at LISA 2016 - so much that we're offering a great discount - renewal or new memberships will cost only $35 at the LOPSA booth during LISA.

    Be sure and bring over non-members to take advantage of this great deal and get to meet us face to face.

    We want your feedback, and in person at LISA is our best opportunity to get it - only once per year!

    If you can't make it to LISA, we're still offering you a discount - $40 renewal or registration during the week of LISA.

    In person or otherwise, we're also extending our offer of a free t-shirt as well.


    9. Thanks to Tech Team for DreamHost Migration Project

    Many thanks so much to our tech team, particularly Dan Rich for migrating our various websites and content from our old host ServerBeach to our new provider DreamHost. Much work over many months were required, and now we're running current versions of software and saving money on hosting. Thanks!

    10. Locals

    SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

    SASAG needs speakers. If you are interested in speaking, or have a vendor contact that can give a good technical presentation (no marketing please), contact the organizers through Meetup.com or the email listmembers@lists.sasag.org

    SASAG needs a regular place to meet. We've had generous hosts over the years, but now we need a new location. Ideally:

    • Downtown, or easy access from downtown and transit
    • Available nearby parking on a weeknight at ~6:30pm
    • Free!
    • Projector and meeting room for up to ~30 people

    On November 10 Lee Damon spoke on "A Rough Intro to ZFS." In December we'll have our LISA Wrapup and Holiday Party at the offices of Qumulo.

    Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

    Many thanks to our SASAG members Lee Whalen, Lee Damon, Carl Riches, Thomas Uphill and Brian Globermann for staffing our LOPSA booth at the Seattle Linuxfest SeaGL on Friday and Saturday.

    LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

    SoCalCodeCamp will feature LOPSA-LA's "Build a Cloud Workshop" on Saturday, Nov. 12th at USC https://www.meetup.com/lopsala/events/234896878/  Thanks to our presenter the dynamic expert Brian Bennett of Joyent.

    LOPSA-LA's "Data Science made Easy with Hadoop" meetup on October 18th at IBM had thirty attendees. Kudos to Thomas Liakos for organizing and presenting!

    LOPSA-NJ: New Jersey

    LOPSA-NJ is planning for their November Meeting. We are looking for Speakers for  November and future meetings. If you are interested please send an email with your talk description to jboris@lopsa.org.


    11. Thank You To Our Sponsors & Lifetime Members

    We'd like to thank our sponsors. We're deeply grateful for their continuing support of LOPSA. More information on how to become a sponsor.

    Thanks to our Lifetime Members: Benjamin Carrell, Philip Kizer, Greg Rose, Todd Taft

    Thanks to our individual sponsors:

    Platinum: Jennine Townsend, Dan Rich 
    Gold: Ski Kacoroski
    Silver: Matt Disney, Lee Damon, Scott Murphy, Ian Viemeister
    Bronze: Gary Studwell

    Gold Sponsor Paessler AG

    Bronze Sponsor Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a unique approach to trading in the financial markets. Our company designs, builds and runs a global trading software platform. We take pride in our software craftsmanship and use Python, Cython and C on Linux to run our global trading operations. We also use open-source tools as much as possible - Python, PostgreSQL, numpy, git, Cobbler, Puppet and Ansible are all crucial to our business.

    Bronze Sponsor O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism. Check them out.

    LOPSA's web content is hosted by DreamHost .

    12. Comments or suggestions?

    As we close out this month's LOPSAgram, we want to make sure we're giving you the information you want or need. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to communications@lopsa.org


  • 03 Oct 2016 8:55 AM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. President's Corner

    2. Monitor Your Stack With DataDog

    3. USENIX LISA 2016 - Discount & LOPSA Booth Help

    4. Call for Nominations for Yerkes Award

    5. Free LOPSA T-Shirt (offer ends Oct 31)

    6. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation Open

    7. Vertical Sysadmin Discounts

    7. Locals

    9. Thank you to our sponsors

    10. Comments or suggestions?

    October 2016 LOPSAgram

    1. President's Corner:

    I would like to first say a giant thank you to Ski for all of his service to the board. I have big shoes to fill and I hope that I can continue to move LOPSA forward. I am looking forward to this challenge and am very happy about the things to come.

    The new board is just starting to hit its stride; we are working hard to make sure that LOPSA is ready for the future, and continues to grow and be a great educational
    organization.

    I look forward to seeing LOPSA-East brought back this year, Cascadia-IT continue to be a strong conference and the new and improved mentorship program launched.
    As with everything else in a volunteer organization we cannot truly succeed without the help, and support of our membership. And, I am proud to say that we do have a very
    engaged, helpful group of people working hard on all of these projects.
    That said, we always are in need of more people to help us towards our goals. So, I am going to take a moment and ask our membership for a bit of help. If you have some time
    and you would like to help us continue to grow and put on great conference programs, please reach out to the board!

    I am very excited about the projects we are starting to work on and look forward to sharing them with everyone in the future.

    -George

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    3. USENIX LISA 2016 Discount & LOPSA Booth Help

    Thinking of attending USENIX LISA16? LOPSA members qualify for a $45 registration discount.  Get the discount code from https://lopsa.org/Member-Discounts (member login required) and enter it into the LISA16 registration form to receive the discount.

    When you're at LISA16, look for the LOPSA table near the registration area on Tuesday and in the LISA16 Expo on Wednesday and Thursday. You can meet and talk to current members, and help us register new members by volunteering to staff the table. Sign up now:

    http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090B4CA8A92CAAFF2-lisa

    4. Call for Nominations for Yerkes Award

    The Chuck Yerkes Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding individual contributions in online forums over the past year. It was created after Chuck Yerkes' untimely death in 2004 to memorialize the mentorship he provided countless system administrators through his helpful and accurate posts to system administration mailing lists. Each year, an awards committee selects someone who followed Chuck's example in the prior year in their contributions to system administration online forums—whether mailing lists, web forums, or chat rooms. From 2005–2008, the USENIX Association presented this award. Beginning in 2009, the Chuck Yerkes Award is presented by LOPSA.

    Help us find individuals deserving of this award by sending your submissions to:

    board@lopsa.org

    Please share the name, nick/handle and the forum(s) in which the individual has made their contributions.


    5. Free LOPSA T-Shirt With Referral or Renewal

    We've got a stockpile of great LOPSA t-shirts with our logo and name on the front and mission statement on the back. Would you like one of these classics? For a limited time, renew your LOPSA membership OR refer a new member to LOPSA and we'll send you one for free. Refer a few friends and you could get multiple colors!

    Referrals are a great way to build up our membership base and we'd like to encourage it with this limited time offer. Have your fellow sysadmin use your name in the registration field "How did you hear about LOPSA?"

    The free t-shirt offer expires October 31, 2016.

    6. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation Open

    LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation is open. We invite you to present a talk or Training at the 2017 LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference in Seattle

    LOPSA Cascadia is gathering of professionals from the diverse IT community in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. We gather to learn from each other, share ideas and meet new friends and peers. Whether you are paid to work with computers or just like to experiment with technology, your time is well spent at LOPSA Cascadia.

    To find out more read the full call for participation: https://www.casitconf.org/casitconf17/cfp/

    Then submit your talk or Tutorial: https://goo.gl/forms/yd7N0xNQPHLqeayh2

    7. Vertical Sysadmin Discounts

    Vertical Sysadmin, Inc. offers LOPSA members a 10% discount on GitLab Enterprise Edition and a 15% discount for on-site training on Git.  We present the materials such that
    real learning occurs.  

    "I have got by on minimum understanding of Git for a couple of years now--this really brought up my confidence in using Git. After I learned the Git internals, the esoteric commands really started falling into place."

    -- Nicholas Santucci, Monitoring and Performance Engineer

    Email Aleksey Tsalolikhin directly for your discount: aleksey@verticalsysadmin.com

    8. Locals

    SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

    On October 13 we had Lightning Talks. The topic for November will be announced on the website & meetup:

    Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

    LOPSA Columbus

    Over 40 folks registered to meet on September 29 to celebrate LOPSA Columbus' fifth anniversary! After a quick presentation going over some of the chapter's history, members shared some of their favorite experiences over the past five years. Big thanks to TekSystems for picking up the tab. Some stats from the past five years...

    • 19 meetings since we’ve missed one
    • Over 44 meetings
    • Four tech crawls, where we toured innovative Columbus tech businesses
    • Four data center tours, which ended with a tour of Nationwide's 100 million dollar tier IV data center
    • Over nine parties

    The next LOPSA Columbus meeting will be about FreeIPA on October 27 at CoverMyMeds. RSVP here: https://lopsacbus201610.eventbrite.com

    LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

    "Build a Cloud Workshop with Brian Bennett of Joyent" is going to be on Saturday, November 5, 2016 and is going to be spectacular!  (His "Running Containers in Production - No, Really" was a real hit.)  RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/lopsala/events/234896878/


    LOPSA-NJ: New Jersey

    LOPSA-NJ is planning for their November Meeting. We are looking for Speakers for  November and future meetings. If you are interested please send an email with your talk description to jboris@lopsa.org.


    9. Thank You To Our Sponsors

    We'd like to thank our sponsors. We're deeply grateful for their continuing support of LOPSA. More information on how to become a sponsor.

    Thanks to our individual sponsors:

    Platinum: Jennine Townsend, Dan Rich 
    Gold: Ski Kacoroski
    Silver: Matt Disney, Lee Damon, Scott Murphy, Ian Viemeister
    Bronze: Gary Studwell

    Gold Sponsor Paessler AG

    Bronze Sponsor Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a unique approach to trading in the financial markets. Our company designs, builds and runs a global trading software platform. We take pride in our software craftsmanship and use Python, Cython and C on Linux to run our global trading operations. We also use open-source tools as much as possible - Python, PostgreSQL, numpy, git, Cobbler, Puppet and Ansible are all crucial to our business.

    Bronze Sponsor O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism. Check them out.

    Some of LOPSA's web content is hosted by ServerBeach.

    10. Comments or suggestions?

    As we close out this month's LOPSAgram, we want to make sure we're giving you the information you want or need. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to communications@lopsa.org
  • 15 Sep 2016 9:56 AM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. President's Corner - Changes for LOPSA

    2. Call for Nominations for Yerkes Award

    3. Free LOPSA T-Shirt

    4. USENIX LISA 2016 Discount

    5. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation Open

    6. Ohio LinuxFest & DevOps Days

    7. Locals

    8. Thank you to our sponsors

    9. Comments or suggestions?

    September 2016 LOPSAgram: Welcome New Board
    1. President's Corner: Changes for LOPSA

    This is my last President's Corner as George is taking over the leadership of LOPSA.  While a lot has been accomplished in the last year, I feel that I no longer have the energy that LOPSA needs in its President to move forward. George has this energy and along with the board, some great ideas on how to make LOPSA a better organization for system admins.

    I have enjoyed my 7 years on the board - talking with people about system administration, mentoring folks, and seeing how LOPSA can make a difference in people's lives.  One experience that will always stay with me was talking to a LOPSA member who volunteered at the SCALE booth one year.  He told me how LOPSA's mentorship program was why he got his first system admin job and how thankful he was that LOPSA existed.  This is what LOPSA means to me - making a difference in people's lives.

    I am going to spend the next year focusing on documenting LOPSA's internal processes; cleaning up our board wiki, google doc space, and policies; and helping George as he takes over as President.  I also hope to see a few of you at conferences, volunteering for LOPSA, and giving the board ideas on how to make LOPSA your organization.

    cheers,

    ski

    2.Call for Nominations for Yerkes Award

    The Chuck Yerkes Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding individual contributions in online forums over the past year. It was created after Chuck Yerkes' untimely death in 2004 to memorialize the mentorship he provided countless system administrators through his helpful and accurate posts to system administration mailing lists. Each year, an awards committee selects someone who followed Chuck's example in the prior year in their contributions to system administration online forums—whether mailing lists, web forums, or chat rooms. From 2005–2008, the USENIX Association presented this award. Beginning in 2009, the Chuck Yerkes Award is presented by LOPSA.

    Help us find individuals deserving of this award by sending your submissions to:

    board@lopsa.org

    Please share the name, nick/handle and the forum(s) in which the individual has made their contributions.


    3. Free LOPSA T-Shirt With Referral or Renewal

    We've got a stockpile of great LOPSA t-shirts with our logo and name on the front and mission statement on the back. Would you like one of these classics? For a limited time, renew your LOPSA membership OR refer a new member to LOPSA and we'll send you one for free. Refer a few friends and you could get multiple colors!

    Referrals are a great way to build up our membership base and we'd like to encourage it with this limited time offer. Have your fellow sysadmin use your name in the registration field "How did you hear about LOPSA?"

    The free t-shirt offer starts today, September 15 and expires October 31, 2016.

    4. USENIX LISA 2016 Discount

    Thinking of attending USENIX LISA16? LOPSA members qualify for a $45 registration discount.  Get the discount code from https://lopsa.org/Member-Discounts (member login required) and enter it into the LISA16 registration form to receive the discount.

    When you're at LISA16, look for the LOPSA table near the registration area on Tuesday and in the LISA16 Expo on Wednesday and Thursday.

    5. Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation Open

    LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference 2017 Call for Participation is open. We invite you to present a talk or Training at the 2017 LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference in Seattle

    LOPSA Cascadia is gathering of professionals from the diverse IT community in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. We gather to learn from each other, share ideas and meet new friends and peers. Whether you are paid to work with computers or just like to experiment with technology, your time is well spent at LOPSA Cascadia.

    To find out more read the full call for participation: https://www.casitconf.org/casitconf17/cfp/

    Then submit your talk or Tutorial: https://goo.gl/forms/yd7N0xNQPHLqeayh2

    6. Ohio LinuxFest and Ohio DevOps Days

    Ohio LinuxFest is one of the largest Open Source conferences in the country and will be hosting its fourteenth event with the theme of innovation and entrepreneurship with Open Source. Ethan Gladsted the founder and creator of Nagios will be keynoting. OLF will also have professional training covering subjects like penetration testing, Ansible, OpenStack, and time management for System Administrators. The event will be on October 7 and 8!

    Register at https://ohiolinux.org

    Be sure and stop by the LOPSA booth when you're there.

    The second DevOps Days Ohio will be on October 31 and November 1 covering the broad subject area of DevOps culture and practices. Topics will include automation, soft skills, and the practices driving innovation in System Administrator. More information is available at:

    https://www.devopsdays.org/events/2016-ohio/welcome/

    7. Locals

    SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

    In September we had an 'expert office hours' for members. The topic for October will be announced on the website & meetup:
    https://SASAG.org
    https://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Area-Systems-Administrators-Guild-SASAG/
    Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

    LOPSA Columbus

    LOPSA Columbus missed an update last month but we certainly didn't slow down. We were up to our usual annual antics and threw a Sysadmin Day party with DevOps Columbus and the Central Ohio Linux User Group. Outside of T-shirts and Sysadmin swag from LOPSA, Chef generously stepped up and covered the bill for food and drink. We had over 50 RSVPs! Following, there was an after party that CoverMyMeds picked up the tab for. Sad you missed out on the fun? It's not quite Sysadmin Day but we are having an epic celebration, as it's our fifth year anniversary! Join us at Land Grant and RSVP here:

    https://lopsacbus201609.eventbrite.com
    Big thanks to TekSystems for sponsoring us again this year, they're picking up the tab.

    LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

    Keep up with the LOPSA community through http://www.meetup.com/lopsala


    LOPSA-NJ: New Jersey

    LOPSA-NJ is planning for their October Meeting. We are looking for Speakers for October and future meetings. If you are interested please send an email with your talk description to jboris@lopsa.org.


    8. Thank You To Our Sponsors

    We'd like to thank our sponsors. We're deeply grateful for their continuing support of LOPSA. More information on how to become a sponsor.

    Thanks to our individual sponsors:

    Platinum: Jennine Townsend, Dan Rich
    Gold: Ski Kacoroski
    Silver: Matt Disney, Lee Damon, Scott Murphy, Ian Viemeister
    Bronze: Gary Studwell

    Gold Sponsor Paessler AG

    Bronze Sponsor Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a unique approach to trading in the financial markets. Our company designs, builds and runs a global trading software platform. We take pride in our software craftsmanship and use Python, Cython and C on Linux to run our global trading operations. We also use open-source tools as much as possible - Python, PostgreSQL, numpy, git, Cobbler, Puppet and Ansible are all crucial to our business.

    Bronze Sponsor O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism. Check them out.

    Some of LOPSA's web content is hosted by ServerBeach.

    9. Comments or suggestions?

    As we close out this month's LOPSAgram, we want to make sure we're giving you the information you want or need. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to communications@lopsa.org

    Office: +1 (202) 567-7201, Fax: 609-219-6787, Address: PO Box 5161, Trenton, NJ 08638-0161

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  • 09 Aug 2016 10:59 AM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. President's Corner - The Specialization of System Administration

    2. Call for Nominations for Yerkes Award

    3. Start and Run a Local Chapter

    4. Upcoming Events of Interest

    5. Member Tech Blog Highlight

    6. Locals

    7. Thank you to our sponsors

    8. Comments or suggestions?

    August 2016 LOPSAgram: Specialization

    1. President's Corner: The Specialization of System Administration

    Like many careers, system administration has become a collection of specialized jobs all under the umbrella of system administration.  Back when I started in the career many years ago, a system admin was the person who did everything in support of computer systems.  This included understanding the requirements, choosing all the parts of the system, ordering, unpacking, installing, configuring, and maintaining the computers, networks, applications and their supporting power and cooling systems.  We were the folks that 'got things done'.

    While some of us still are generalists like this, many of us have specialized into one aspect of system administration.  This is an ongoing trend that was noted by Thomas Malone, et. al. in their article "The Big Idea: The Age of Hyperspecialization" (https://hbr.org/2011/07/the-big-idea-the-age-of-hyperspecialization).  For system admins this mean you may end up as a storage, network, configuration, monitoring, virtualization, forensic, security, Windows, UNIX, etc. and rarely if ever do any other kind of system admin work.

    Some of the advantages to specialization is that you become an expert in your area of specialization which will tend to increase your value and pay.  You will be more productive and may have more job security.  For example, Cobol programmers are in high demand now because there are very few people willing to work maintaining these legacy systems.

    However, there are many downsides to specialization that you need to be aware of.  You may become bored doing the same thing day after day.  You career opportunities may be less because companies are paying you for your existing knowledge, not to learn something else.  Your job may disappear as technology changes or be replaced by a computer (this happened to my cousin when Microsoft implemented network switch configuration management).  After years of doing one thing very well, you may have problems learning something else.

    So while specialization will probably make you more valuable in the workplace and increase your pay, be careful to make sure you are not trapped.  Make sure you keep earning new technologies even though they may not directly apply to your area.

    2.Call for Nominations for Yerkes Award

    The Chuck Yerkes Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding individual contributions in online forums over the past year. It was created after Chuck Yerkes' untimely death in 2004 to memorialize the mentorship he provided countless system administrators through his helpful and accurate posts to system administration mailing lists. Each year, an awards committee selects someone who followed Chuck's example in the prior year in their contributions to system administration online forums—whether mailing lists, web forums, or chat rooms. From 2005–2008, the USENIX Association presented this award. Beginning in 2009, the Chuck Yerkes Award is presented by LOPSA.

    Help us find individuals deserving of this award by sending your submissions to:

    board@lopsa.org

    Please share the name, nick/handle and the forum(s) in which the individual has made their contributions.

    3. Start and Run a Local Chapter

    Starting or running a LOPSA Chapter near you may seem like a daunting prospect, but it is much easier than you think. Of course LOPSA will support you as a distributed remote team via email, phone, IRC/Slack etc. We have a great deal of collective expertise on running successful local chapter meetings to share.

    Some of the work can only be done in person, here are the top needs:
    1. Meeting Location: Find a reliable, recurring meeting location, ideally for free, ideally with someone-not-you (delgation!) who is the point person responsible for ensure it is booked, available etc every month. By far the easiest solution is a member's workplace with a sufficiently large conference room, but other options include libraries and community centers, which can be free if the meeting is open to the public.
    2. Speakers: Speakers are by far the biggest draw for attendance. There are other options such as watching LISA videos, or round table discussions but attendance is always better with a scheduled speaker. A queue of people willing to speak, and scheduled for some months out, and listed on a website in advance boosts attendance a great deal. Coordinating speakers is another job that can be smoothly delegated to spread the work.
    3. Food Sponsor: With a free venue, food is the only thing that costs money, and a regular food sponsor can make coordination easy, and managing money can be avoided if the sponsor actually places the order themselves. Of course, food isn't a requirement but it is a big draw for attendance, particularly for a weeknight meeting starting approximately at dinner time! The best candidate for a food sponsor is a local technology vendor from which attendees are likely to make purchases. A mutually beneficial arrangement like this is quite affordable under the sponsor's marketing budget.

    4. Upcoming Events of Interest

    Just because it is summer doesn't mean everyone is on vacation. There are many events of interest to LOPSA members coming up.

    And it is never too early to mention USENIX LISA, December 4 - 9, Boston, MA. Early bird registration ends Thursday, November 10.

    https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa16/attend


    5. Member Tech Blog Highlight - John Boris

    LOPSA Board member John Boris blogs regularly at https://blogs.lopsa.org/author/jboris/

    A recent entry discusses RAID:

    WOW! RAID REALLY WORKS

    To some of you this may be a trivial thing but for me it is like finding that extra money in your wallet or even hitting the lottery. Some of you may know I am a single sysadmin shop. I do have other sysdmins in my Department but I am actually on my own to handle my legacy SCO Boxes as well as my LINUX boxes. My experience with RAID systems has not been favorable. The first one I ever dealt with was a RAID 5 system that had a drive go bad and when I replaced the drive (after a long search to find an exact replacement) found that it was never setup properly and did not automatically repair itself. So the next system I setup came in with the RAID system setup and two weeks after it was setup I had a Drive go south. I got a replacement the next morning, did the Hot Swap and the rebuild process kicked off. WOOT! that was great. Until recently when a Synology NAS unit decided to go belly up. I was struggling to quickly find a replacement as this device was not under any major support contract. The unit drove me nuts and I figured all was lost. It gave all signs the Motherboard was gone. Anyway I found a replacement drive and installed it. I expected the system to see it and kick off the repair but that wasn’t happening. All I saw was a Degraded notification and a constant beeping sound. If anyone has used a Synology they will know that documentation is not this company’s strong point. So as i fumbled through the many screens in the Manager I find that one little button that says to repair. I clicked it and it started doing its thing. Sad part it took almost 20 hours to rebuild a 2TB Raid system under Synology’s SHR Raid system. I wasn’t sure if I was going to even see my data. I was like a kid on Christmas that got that BB gun when I logged in this morning and saw all of my data restored.

    As a lesson learned I made sure I ordered a spare drive for a new system we spun up which means that by the time I need that drive as a replacement I will be replacing the unit due to age.

    I guess the moral to this story is that RAID will work but with the large amount of Data we store today you have to be very patient when rebuilding a system

    Do you have a technical blog you'd like featured in the LOPSAgram? Email: board@lopsa.org

    Don't have a blog yet? You can use your LOPSA blog at https://blogs.lopsa.org. Choose sysadmin-news as the category if it is recent news item for the https://lopsa.org front page.

    6. Locals

    SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

    On Thursday August 11th we'll hear from Brian Kraft on "Introduction to Ansible"

    Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

    LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

    aleksey@verticalsysadmin.com to get a copy of our catalog. \"The balance between theoretical and practical knowledge is just\nperfect. No bullshit.\" --Bernard Brandl, Administrateur Syst\u00e8me Linux"}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}" data-sheets-note="Responder updated this value.">LOPSA LA held a social dinner to celebrate Sysadmin Day on July 29th and met again on Thursday August 4, Joyent Sr. Cloud Operations Engineer Brian Bennett presented "Running Containers in Production, no really".  Keep up with the LOPSA community through http://www.meetup.com/lopsala


    LOPSA-NJ: New Jerseyjboris@lopsanj.org if you have a topic for the meeting.\n"}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">

    jboris@lopsanj.org if you have a topic for the meeting.\n"}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">LOPSA-NJ will be coming back from vacation on September 1st.

    Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library
    2751 Brunswick Pike
    Lawrenceville, 08648-4132

    Meeting time is 7 PM (Social time) 7:30 pm (discussion)

    The talk should be 45 -60 minutes in length which will allow time for discussion. The meeting ends at 9 PM.

    Please reply to jboris@lopsanj.org if you have a topic for the meeting.

    7. Thank You To Our Sponsors

    We'd like to thank our sponsors. We're deeply grateful for their continuing support of LOPSA. More information on how to become a sponsor.

    Thanks to our individual sponsors:

    Platinum: Jennine Townsend, Dan Rich 
    Gold: Ski Kacoroski
    Silver: Matt Disney, Lee Damon, Scott Murphy, Ian Viemeister
    Bronze: Gary Studwell

    Gold Sponsor Paessler AG

    Bronze Sponsor Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a unique approach to trading in the financial markets. Our company designs, builds and runs a global trading software platform. We take pride in our software craftsmanship and use Python, Cython and C on Linux to run our global trading operations. We also use open-source tools as much as possible - Python, PostgreSQL, numpy, git, Cobbler, Puppet and Ansible are all crucial to our business.

    Bronze Sponsor O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism. Check them out.

    Some of LOPSA's web content is hosted by ServerBeach.

    8. Comments or suggestions?

    As we close out this month's LOPSAgram, we want to make sure we're giving you the information you want or need. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to communications@lopsa.org 

    Office: +1 (202) 567-7201, Fax: 609-219-6787, Address: PO Box 5161, Trenton, NJ 08638-0161

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