LOPSAGrams

  • 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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  • 11 Jul 2016 10:55 AM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. President's Corner - Vendor Relations

    2. Happy Sysadmin Day - LOPSA Contest & Meetups

    3. Welcome New Sponsor DataDog

    4. Leadership Committee Update

    5. Member Tech Blog Highlight

    6. Locals

    7. Thank you to our sponsors

    8. Comments or suggestions?

    July 2016 LOPSAgram: Happy Sysadmin Day!


    1. President's Corner: Vendor Relations

    As system admins one of our joys is dealing with vendors. I am sure each of you have war stories about untrained support people, products that do not perform as advertised, and don't get me started on documentation. While it can be cathartic to share war stories over a few pints, we also need vendors as they enable us to provide services to our customers.  This column is about how we can improve our interactions with vendors.

    First, you when you talk with a vendor, let them know the what you like and dislike about their product/service.  The better vendors will take this feedback and improve their products/services to better meet your needs.  Take the time to find out how to submit enhancement requests and include in the request the business impact of the changes you request.  For problems with their product/service, let know what is the time and dollar cost of the problem to you and your business.  I find it very useful to mention how my users perceive the company and their product/service in order to increase their interest in fixing a problem.

    Second, take time to interact with vendors at conferences, via professional associations like LOPSA, and even attend a marketing presentation now and then to let them know what you need and do not need. I know some folks do not like to do this, but if we cannot tell the vendors what is working and what is not, how will we ever get the products that we need?  The vendors are subsidizing your tickets to the conferences and your membership at the professional associations so take a few minutes and stop by the booth or click the link to see what they have to offer.  Then take a few more minutes to let them know what you think about their product or service.  If you do not do this, then the price of conference attendance and professional association membership will increase.  

    Finally, take time to foster a professional relationship with the vendors and their VARs as this will encourage them to go the extra mile for you when you really need it. They are much more likely to fix a problem quicker and in your favor if you have that relationship.  So take time to talk with them when they call, at a marketing event, or at a conference.  The time you invest in the vendor will most likely pay off later on down the road when you need help.

    2. Happy Sysadmin Day - LOPSA Contest & Meetups

    Friday, July 29, 2016, is the 17th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. If you're a sysadmin, your boss might need a reminder that there is a special day to celebrate your often quiet accomplishments. Get this day on your boss's calendar and ensure that you and all future sysadmin hires get properly acknowledged each year. And if you manage system administrators, now is a time to show them your appreciation.

    Help us celebrate #sysadminday on the last Friday in July, July 29th 2016. Show us your top 10 pictures that showcase your day as a sysadmin, tweet to @lopsa with #SAtop10.  Contest closes at midnight July 27 (EDT).  Winners to be determined by retweets and favorites.

    Don't feel like posting pictures? Big brother won't let you? Tweet us your favorite Sysadmin tool or Online resource with #SAfaveTool.  Winners of the Favorite tool will be decided by a vote of the board.  Same deadline.  Good luck to all.

    Let us know if you are having a #sysadminday celebration and how you are celebrating. If you set up a meetup and 6 or more people sign up, send an email to communications@lopsa.org with the meetup link and LOPSA will send you 6 t-shirts to help celebrate SysAdmin day.

    LOPSA will maintain a list of System Administrator Appreciation Day meetups:

    https://lopsa.org/event-2275321


    3. Welcome New Sponsor DataDog

    See metrics from all your apps, tools, and services in one place. Begin your trial today, install the agent, and Datadog will send you a free t-shirt!


    "Datadog was attractive because of all the integration tools that allowed for 'out of the box' integration, even with more esoteric metrics from HAProxy and ElasticSearch" - Joel Barkaiuskas, Director of Platform, Blue State Digital

    4. Leadership Committee Update & Election Results

    The elections for the 2016 LOPSA Board of Directors have concluded. The winners are George Beech, Brian Globerman, Scott Suehle, Thomas Uphill, and Steven VanDevender.

    Big thanks to the Leadership Committee team and the candidates for their time. Without them, we would not have had an election.

    5. Member Tech Blog Highlight - Standalone Sysadmin

    Many will already be familiar with member Matt Simmons' blog at http://www.standalone-sysadmin.com/, but did you know about the handy Sysadmin Calendar feature? With events of interest to system administrators, in a handy Google Calendar to which you can subscribe, or submit your own events:

    http://www.standalone-sysadmin.com/blog/sysadmin-calendar/


    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 always 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 July 14th we'll hear from Brian Globermann on " Implementing Zabbix in Azure for network and server monitoring."

    Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

    LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

    The next LOPSA LA meetup will feature Brian Bennett of Joyent presenting "Running Containers in Production, no really" Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Q.  

    RSVP http://www.meetup.com/lopsala/events/231964739/


    LOPSA Columbus

    LOPSA Columbus met on June 21 and Bill Sempf presented about Why the Web is Broken. LOPSA Columbus is partnering with DevOpsDays Ohio for a Sysadmin Day celebration on July 29.

    RSVP here: https://sysadminday2016.eventbrite.com

    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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  • 20 Jun 2016 7:21 AM | Paul English (Administrator)

     1. President's Corner - Lessons Learned

     2. LOPSA Board Elections - Vote now!

     3. Welcome New Sponsor DataDog

     4. Member Tech Blog Highlight

     6. LISA Conversations

     7. Locals

     8. Thank you to our sponsors

     9. Comments or suggestions?

     June 2016 LOPSAgram: Vote!

    1. President's Corner: Lessons Learned
    I have been thinking a lot lately about a series of major system outages this year in my datacenter at the school district where I work.  They are all related to the switching infrastructure between my ESXi cluster and my SAN. What could I have done to avoid the outages and what lessons can I learn from the outages?

    My set up is a cluster of 4 switches of which 2 are redundant (1GB), while the other 2 are not (1 fiber and 1 10GB).  When connected together, they become one switching fabric.  The fiber switch is connected to storage and the 10GB copper switch to the ESXi servers.  In summary, over the past four months I have had four incidents that crashed the datacenter as the servers had no access to their storage:

    Incident #1: Cable installers cut power to fiber switch
    Incident #2: Switch VLAN reconfiguration causes switches to go offline
    Incident #3: Fiber switch completed failed
    Incident #4: Adding in replacement fiber switch caused SAN to have problems

    Lessons learned from all of these incidents are:

      Redundancy is necessary in a modern datacenter.  Incidents #1 and #3 could have been avoided if we had redundant fiber switches.  Our previous switches from this vendor never had any downtime in over 4 years so we were lulled into a false sense of safety.
     Make small changes and test them first.  For Incident #2 we thought that the new VLAN configuration would work fine so we pushed it out to all ports on that non-redundant fiber switch.  This summer when we try again, we are going to test it on a few of the redundant 1GB ports with a test ESXi server.  Once the new configuration is fully tested we will push it out to 1 of the fiber switches and then if it works to the redundant fiber switch.
     Make sure you have 7x24 support on all parts of your infrastructure. During Incident #4 we found out that while we had 7x24 support on the ESXi servers and the switches, we only had 5x9 support for the SAN.  So we had to wait overnight before we could verify the SAN was the problem (the symptom was iSCSI sessions being dropped).
     Just because something has failed in the past doesn't mean it failed again and if something has not failed before there is always a first time.  For incident #4 we were sure it was a switch problem again as that is what failed the previous 3 times.  It took a hours before we were really looking at the SAN which had never failed before as the possible cause of the failure.
     Make sure 7x24 actually means that there is someone who is available 7x24. For the switch vendor, when we called their support no one would pick up. This happened twice to us during Incident #4 and we are now discussing with them what happened and why.
     Rebuilding your datacenter while in production is asking for trouble.  It is just too easy for the installers, etc. to bump a power cord, patch cable, etc. and cause a problem.  I am actually a bit surprised we did not have more issues because of this.
     A supportive team is very helpful.  Many times as system admins we are responsible for systems that fail due to things out of our control.  In these cases, it is really nice to have a team around you that helps out to get services running without pointing fingers, but rather looking for ways to speed the recovery process and then figure out what could have been done to avoid the failure.
     That said, spend a few hours and document the risks you see in your datacenter so your management is aware of the risks.  This makes it a lot easier when a failure does happen as they will not feel totally blindsided by the failure.
    I would love to hear from you about some of your lessons learned.  Email me at
    ski@lopsa.org and I will put the best ones into next months column.

     2. LOPSA Board Elections - Vote now!
    The Leadership Committee is pleased to announce that they have opened the 2016 LOPSA board member elections.


    Before voting, please take a moment to review the first[1] and second[2] LOPSALive sessions, where the candidates answered LOPSA member questions. Finally, review all the candidate statements[3].

     Brian Globerman - Candidate Statement
    George Beech (Incumbent) - Candidate Statement
    Scott Suehle - Candidate Statement
    Steven VanDevender (Incumbent) - Candidate Statement
    Thomas Uphill (Incumbent) - Candidate Statement
    Trevor Thorpe - Candidate Statement
    Vote[4] before the LC closes the polls on June 23 at 12:00AM Eastern.


    [1] https://lopsa.org/blog/4025835
    [2] https://lopsa.org/blog/4041805
    [3] https://lopsa.org/blog/4014528
    [4] https://election.lopsa.org/lopsavote/

     3. Welcome New Sponsor DataDog

     See metrics from all your apps, tools, and services in one place. Begin your trial today, install the agent, and Datadog will send you a free t-shirt!


    "Datadog takes care of the complex task of managing a metrics back-end. Instead of figuring out how and where to store data, we get to focus on actually using the data to make better decisions." - Arup Chakrabarti - Head of Operations Engineering, Pagerduty

    4. Member Tech Blog Highlight - Vertical Sysadmin
    Member Mario Obejas provides a guest post on member Aleksey Tsalolikhin's blog Vertical Sysadmin on “a replacement for bash?” and on writing production-grade code in any language.

    http://verticalsysadmin.com/blog/mario-obejas-on-a-replacement-for-bash-and-on-writing-production-grade-code/

    Aleksey Tsalolikhin recently presented to educators from the California community college network at the Digital Media Educators Conference (http://ict-dm.net/tracks-2016/data-representation/item/infrastructure-administration-server-management-at-scale) on June 10th on what is a sysadmin and how to make one, with examples of working at scale from the world of CFEngine.  Many thanks to Ski Kacoroski for the presentation slides.

    Vertical Sysadmin is offering a 15% discount to LOPSA members on professional Git training http://www.verticalsysadmin.com/git/.   "I have got by on minimum understanding of git for a couple of years now--this really brought up my confidence. After I learned the git internals, the esoteric commands really started falling into place."
    -- Nicholas Santucci, Systems Administrator

    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 always 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. LISA Conversations - Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel
    Every month Lee Damon and Tom Limoncelli chat with a LISA conference presenter in LISA Conversations. In June they will be chatting with Russell Pavlicek about Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel.

    The conversation will be live at:

    https://plus.google.com/events/cn9jhevr8t2de55e8n4dr1va2rk

    on Tuesday, 28 June at 3:30pm PDT, 6:30PM EDT.

    Past LISA Conversations can be found at:

     https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa16/lisa-conversations

     7. Locals

     SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

     In June, new officers were elected:

     President: Thomas Uphill
     Vice-President: Brian Globermann
     Secretary: Curtis Elgin
    In July we'll hear from Brian Globermann on " Implementing Zabbix in Azure for network and server monitoring"

     Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

     CBUS: Columbus

     LOPSA Columbus met last on May 19 at CoverMyMeds. Rob Kinyon gave a presentation titled "Devs are from Mars, Ops are from Venus" where he empathized with and shared the perspectives of different disciplines of technology professionals. The next meeting will be on June 21 at 6:00PM. RSVP here: https://lopsacbus201606.eventbrite.com


    LOPSA-NJ: New Jersey

     The June Talk was given by Sujit Pal on IoT.

     History and Future of IoT (Commercial and Research)
    How is IoT going to impact us
     Some Example Applications of IoT
     Components of IoT infrastructure
     Challanges to be overcome for IoT go mainstream
     Some sample solutions
     There were 25 people present and Suji's talked sparked discussions on how the use of RFID chips has expanded as the devices shrunk in size. LOPSA-NJ will be on their Summer Break but Joe Youn and Mike Stoppay are the new Organizers for the group and will be working with help from John Boris of the Board of Directors and LOPSA-NJ member to learn the ropes on managing the group. The next meetup will be September 1st at the Mercer County Library Branch in Lawrenceville, NJ. They are actively looking for a speaker for September and October. If interested you can contact John Boris at jboris@lopsa.org.


    LOPSA-LA / UUASC: Los Angeles

     Thirty people attended the LOPSA-LA meeting on Thurs June 2, where Mike Weilgart presented on Git Basics.

     Mike Weilgart is going to repeat his popular "Taming the Git Filesystem" talk at LOPSA LA meeting in Burbank CA at Coding Dojo on Thursday, June 23rd, 7-9 PM.  RSVP  http://www.meetup.com/lopsala/events/23171720

     Keep with the LOPSA-LA community and upcoming meetings via the email list and website: http://www.lopsala.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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  • 17 May 2016 7:57 AM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. President's Corner - Community

    2. LOPSA Board Elections - Candidate Slate & LOPSA Live

    3. Call for Volunteers: Conference Organizers & Assistants

    4. William Bilancio Board Resignation

    5. Member Tech Blog Highlight

    6. Looking for Information on Sysadmin Education

    7. LISA Conversations

    8. Locals

    9. Thank you to our sponsors

    10. Comments or suggestions?

    May 2016 LOPSAgram: Community


    1. President's Corner: Community


    This month I would like to talk about community.  Over the last several months
    I have mentioned the LOPSA community several times, but never really defined it
    or what community means to me. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a
    community has these definitions that apply to LOPSA:

    1. "a group of people who live in the same area"
    2. "a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattere through a larger society

    LOPSA is a community of system admins through its locals (definition #1) and
    through the common interests of its members (definition #2).  LOPSA has core of
    around 450 paying members and another 200+ student members along with 5 - 8
    active locals.

    So what makes for a successful, healthy community?  Some of the characteristics
    of successful communities are:

    • A clear and realistic set of community goals.  LOPSA has a clear mission statement, but I feel that in the past has tried to do too much given our limited resources. We are changing that to focus on a more realistic set of goals going forward - professional development for existing system admins and helping new system administrators enter the field.
    • A definable and sustainable set of reasons for your community to participate. LOPSA's member participation right now is limited.  We have a few members who work on the board, running locals and conferences, and giving talks; but many folks have chosen to not participate with their time.  On the plus side we have the core group of members who believe in LOPSA mission through their memberships, but on the downside we need to figure out ways to get more people involved to avoid burning out the members who are giving time.  If you have any ideas, please let me know.
    • A solid and accessible set of community tools.  This has been a problem in the past, but I hope with the new website we have solved many of these issues.  We are still working to consolidate our social media accounts and improve our support of members who do give time to the community.  One way we plan to accomplish this is by hiring a part time staffer to help out.
    • A staff who are supported and understand their role in the community. LOPSA needs to do a better job of recognizing and support its members who give time to the community.  We recognize people who give money as individual sponsors, but not people who give time. Please contact the board anytime you see a member giving time to the community so we can recognize them.
    • A supportable economic model if the community needs to provide revenue to sustain itself.  This is difficult for all membership based communities as with all the options these days, most membership based communities are seeing their member numbers drop.  Many communities are evolving into conference communities (e.g.  https://www.usenix.org/blog/refocusing-lisa-community). The Board is very aware of this problem and looking at options for LOPSA. Please send any ideas, thoughts you may have to board@lopsa.org.
    • Listen and be flexible - be ready to change should your community require it. LOPSA needs to evolve to survive and we need to hear from you on how you would like to see LOPSA evolve.

    So please email board@lopsa.org with your ideas for how LOPSA can evolve to better support you, the system administrator.

    2. LOPSA Board Elections - Candidate Slate & LOPSA Live

    Your Leadership Committee (LC) has been hard at work preparing our candidates for the upcoming election. Incumbent Board Members John Boris and Matt Disney will not be running for re-election. 

    For this election, we have five seats to be filled and six candidates running. Our candidate slate follows:

    The LC actively sought candidates who have management and leadership experience as well as who bring new skills and experience to the team. We hope that you are as pleased with our candidates as we are!

    Please mark your calendars for our first LOPSA Live session on May 17 at 6:00PM PST / 9:00PM EST. We will hold a second session before the ballots open, watch for a later announcement.

    The ballots will open on June 9.

    3. Call for Volunteers: Conference Organizers & Assistants

    We want to continue to improve conference programming to ensure it meets the changing needs our membership. The success of our conferences relies on dedicated members and volunteers –– CascadiaIT is already gearing up for next year! We are in need of people to help organize, promote, and run all of our conferences. If you would like to help out with CascadiaIT, or are interested in organizing a LOPSA conference in your area, please email board@lopsa.org and let us know!

    4. William Bilancio Board Resignation


    William has resigned from the Board because of other commitments.  Being a board member is a great way to help out the system admin community.  If you are interested in helping out by being a board member, please contact the leadership committee at leadership@lopsa.org for more information.

    5. Member Tech Blog Highlight


    Member Warner Moore and fellow team members post to https://www.scriptscribe.org great technical content for sysadmins and our peers in QA and dev. For instance, this recent post from Jesse Throwe talks about challenges in Multi-Factor Authentication:

    https://www.scriptscribe.org/information-security/a-tale-of-two-factors-authentication/


    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 always 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. Looking for Information on Sysadmin Education


    The Education committee maintains the  Education and Training portion of the LOPSA Website.

    https://lopsa.org/System-Admin-Colleges

    If you know of a College/University that offers such a program send the information to educators@lopsa.org so we can add it to our list.

    We are also building a new page that we hope can be built into a one stop place for you to find the latest information on conferences and local training events. Again if you know of any send the info to educators@lopsa.org and we will add it to the page.


    7. LISA Conversations

    Every month Lee Damon and Tom Limoncelli chat with a LISA conference presenter in LISA Conversations. In May they will be chatting with Clay Caviness & Edward Eigerman from Google about Managing Macs at Google Scale.

    Are you responsible for making more than one computer work? Join us as we chat with Clay and Edward about how Google manages their fleet of Macs. This will not, by any means, be a Mac-centric conversation. Things done here will apply to any OS you might encounter in this kind of situation.

    The conversation will be live at:

    https://plus.google.com/events/cdiueoaaie266ejkv53jdtu818s

    on Tuesday, 31 MAY at 3:30pm PDT, 6:30PM EDT.

    Past LISA Conversations can be found at:

    https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa16/lisa-conversations

    8. Locals


    SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

    Officer elections for SASAG will be held next at our June meeting on Thursday June 8. Watch our website for a speaker and talk topic announcement: https://sasag.org

    Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

    CBUS: Columbus

    LOPSA Columbus met on April 28 at CoverMyMeds. Matt Williams presented about the 12 factors for application development. Following, there was lively discussion about the past way to scale technology platforms. The next meeting will be May 19. RSVP here: https://lopsacbus201605.eventbrite.com


    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
    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.

    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 

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

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  • 11 Apr 2016 9:55 PM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. President's Corner - Internships, Co-ops and Tech Assistants

    2. LOPSA-East - Register now!

    3. LOPSA Board Elections Approach

    4. Recent Sysadmin News tied to blogs.lopsa.org

    5. LinuxFest Northwest

    6. Locals

    7. Thank you to our sponsors

    8. Comments or suggestions?


    1. President's Corner: Internships, Co-ops and Tech Assistants

    At the end of last months column, I mentioned the idea of hiring college students who are aspiring to be system admins as a way to increase short staffed IT departments. In this column I will cover a few of the ways this can done and some of the other benefits with hiring them.

    First a few definitions. A Tech Assistant is where you hire someone at a low rate. An internship is the same, but you as the employer has to do extra paperwork because the student gets college credit for the work they do for you. They have to have a specific project and you have to track the student's work toward the project goal. In both of these cases the student typically works part time and continues their schooling while they are working for you. The final case is a co-op where the student leaves college for 3 - 6 months and works full time for you and you pay them an entry level salary. Drexel University's educational program is based on the co-op model.

    So, what can a college student do for you? Think of all the lower priority projects that you have that you will never have time to get done. College students are perfect for these projects. For your first one, pick one that is not 'customer facing' but where the results will only be used by your technology department. Start with the easier projects - the low hanging fruit and then work up to the more difficult ones. For example, I needed to write a script that would read an excel file and update an application via an API. It would only take me a few hours, but it was so low on the priority list, I would never get to it. Instead I gave it to a Tech Assistant and they were able to do the work. Sure it took longer, but this way the project was actually done and they learned a lot about scripting - a win - win solution.

    I also have the students work on tasks such as:

    • Screening and resolving helpdesk tickets
    • Patching and upgrading servers
    • All account management tasks
    • Creating VMs as needed
    • Managing and verifying backups
    • Imaging workstations
    • Documentation

    When you bring a college student on, you need to set clear expectations of what they will and will not be doing. In my case there are certain systems (email, payroll, student records) that they cannot get near. I also tell them ask lots of questions and give them a list of skills they need to work on. I usually start them with a review of our system documentation or backups as that will have them touch the majority of our systems so they get a good idea of our environment. I typically have them agree to stay at least a year with 2 years preferred for them and for me. After 2 years of part time work, they have enough experience to get the Junior System Admin job. The one downside with part time college students is that they will miss days for finals and large projects.

    So I encourage you to reach out to your local community college or 4 year college and talk with them about hiring some their students. It will be a win-win situation for you and for the students.

    2. LOPSA-East - Register now!

    http://lopsaeast.org/2016/register-for-lopsa-east-16/

    Get trained top caliber trainers, and hear our amazing keynote speaker:

    Tanya Reilly on

    Traps and Cookies

    Does technical debt turn your small changes into minefields? Does your production environment expect perfect humans? This talk highlights tools, configuration and documentation that set us up for failure. It advocates for removing traps, so that you don’t have to waste brain cycles on remembering where they are. And it offers practical advice for sending your future self (and future coworkers!) gifts, instead of post mortems that just say “human error :-(”.

    Includes stories of preventable outages. Bring your schadenfreude.

    Tanya Reilly has been a Site Reliability Engineer at Google since 2005, working on low level infrastructure like distributed locking, load balancing, bootstrapping and monitoring systems. Before Google, she worked as a Systems Administrator at eircom.net, Ireland’s largest ISP, and before that she was the entire IT Department for a small software house. She likes writing Go, building Lego spaceships, and predicting how things will break.

    3. LOPSA Board Elections Approach

    Elections are coming up in June and we will have five positions up for election. Please submit your interest or potential candidates to leadership@lopsa.org.

    4. Recent Sysadmin News tied to https://blogs.lopsa.org

    Thanks to member Adam Boulware, members can post URL's to their LOPSA blogs about interesting system admin news and have it show up on the front page of https://lopsa.org.  All you have to do is to log into https://blogs.lopsa.org, choose sysadmin-news as the category, then enter a title and URL. 

    So anytime you see read something interesting on the web, please take a minute or two
    to share it with the rest of LOPSA by doing a quick blog post.

    5. LinuxFest Northwest

    Meet other LOPSA members, and hear great talks on Linux and open source technology at LinuxFest Northwest, one of the largest FOSS events in the country at 1500 attendees.

    http://linuxfestnorthwest.org

    LOPSA will table at this event, and we could use some help staffing the table. Sign up here:


    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044ca5a72aa5fd0-lopsa

    6. Locals

    SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

    The topic this month is "A Practical Introduction to Cloud Services" by Ahmed El-Shimi, and we'll be at the usual location, the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences / Stam Lab: 2211 Elliot Ave, 1st Floor, Seattle WA

    Dinner will be sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.

    CBUS: Columbus

    LOPSA Columbus got together over pizza to discuss DevOps, technology strategy, and the local community. Big thanks to CoverMyMeds for pizza and drinks! We're meeting in April to review the twelve-factor app methodology. RSVP here: https://lopsacbus201604.eventbrite.com


    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
    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.

    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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  • 14 Mar 2016 4:18 PM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. President's Corner - Helping People Become System Admins

    2. LOPSA-East - Registration Opens - register now!

    3. LOPSA Cascadia - See you there

    4. USENIX LISA SIG being retired at end of 2016

    5. Job Opening - Wordpress / HTML Programmer

    6. Locals

    7. Thank you to our sponsors

    8. Comments or suggestions?

    February 2016 LOPSAgram

    1. President's Corner: Helping People Become System Admins

    Last month I wrote about how LOPSA and its members help existing system admins by providing professional development opportunities via organizing and speaking at conferences, chapter meetings, and being active in online communities. This month the focus is on how we can help out people who want to become system admins.

    Imagine you just finished secondary school and are interested in computers. You like playing with them and figuring out how they work. You are the person your family and friends come to when they are having computer and technology problems. You would love to do this for a career, but am not sure what that career is called. Does this sound familiar? Most of us did not start out to become system admins, but instead fell into the career. We played with technology and overtime became known as the person who makes technology work.

    So the first thing that LOPSA members can do is to go out to secondary schools and tell the kids about system administration as a career. I feel that many kids would start sooner in system administration if they knew it existed. If you are interested in doing this, contact your local secondary school career center and offer to give a talk about system administration. To get you started, check out the presentation at https://lopsa.org/resources/Documents/SystemAdminsWS.pdf.

    Now once a person has decided to become a system admin, they need to get training. There are many places in the US to get trained as a database or network admin, but very few that provide system admin training. See https://lopsa.org/System-Admin-Colleges  for a start of list of colleges with system admin degrees. Many schools offer 1 or possibly 2 courses as part of some other curriculum. If you know of a school in your area that offers degrees in system administration please email them to board@lopsa.org so we can add them to the list.

    The other option if you cannot go to school is to try and leverage your experience helping friends and family toward getting a system admin job. While possible, this is very difficult as companies these days want 2 or more years of experience as a full time system admin. One route to getting the experience is to work for a non-profit that needs computer help.

    LOPSA's Mentorship program is how LOPSA helps out students or people who are looking to gain experience and get a start as a system admin. One part of the Mentorship program matches up experienced system admins with people who want to become system admins. From personal experience, I can say it is very rewarding to help a person realize their dreams of becoming a system admin. I encourage you to help out the community by becoming a mentor. Seehttps://lopsa.org/become-lopsa-mentor for more details.

    Finally, we can help out at our own workplace, but hiring aspiring system admins as technical assistants or providing internships so they can gain more experience. For the last 8 years at my job we have been hiring technical assistants to leverage our short staffed IT department. For the 12 - 24 months they spend with us, they gain valuable experience in system administration and I get inexpensive labor ($10 - $12/hr) that helps out with my chronically understaffed department. If your job is in an area with a local college and you need more help, I encourage you to look into this solution. It is a win - win for your employeer, the student, and you.

    2. LOPSA-East - Registration is Open

    The “please fasten you seatbelt sign” is on and LOPSA-NJ is happy to announce that registration for the 2016 LOPSA-East conference is OPEN. Early Bird pricing is a great deal and will be available till March 25th. We have some great classes and talks this year and we hope you all can joinus. There are discounts that you can find out about at
    http://lopsaeast.org/2016/lopsa-east-costs/#dis

    We are in talks with a great Keynote speaker for the Friday Night Keynote given before we release you to the wilds of New Brunswick, New Jersey for dinner so stay tuned for that.

    We will be announcing some new things going on later as the conference gets closer. One of the things that was brought up in the feed back from the past few years is a get together on Thursday night for those in the area or arriving early so we will be opening up the bag stuffing party to all. More details on this will be added to the website as the time gets closer. Friday night we will have the Birds-Of-a-Feathers again this year as well as a Cards Against Humanity game for anyone who wants to join and a few more fun things that make LOPSA-East different from other area conferences.

    We are still looking for volunteers to help with promotion, manning the registration desk, and being room monitors on Saturday to help speakers get set up and to make sure they stay on time as well as some other duties. So to volunteer please fill out the questionnaire athttp://lopsaeast.org/2016/lopsa-east-16-volunteer-interest/ or send me an email with LOPSA-East volunteer in the subject line to wbilancio@lopsanj.org.

    We can’t wait to see you all in May at the LOPSA-East Conference. Remember to reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick at the group rate of $129 single/double plus tax. When the rooms in the LOPSA-East block are sold out, requests will be handled on a space-available basis at the hotel’s standard rate. Make your reservations early! To reserve your room on the web go to https://aws.passkey.com/g/51094713

    If you have any questions or ideas you would like to ask or discuses please email me atwbilancio@lopsanj.org.

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

    Conference schedule will be posted, and registration open soon at: http://lopsaeast.org/2016/

    3. LOPSA Cascadia - See you there

    If you're down to the last minute, you can still register at:http://casitconf.org/casitconf16/register-now/

    Instead of our usual monthly SASAG meeting, there will be a free Meetup at the Hotel Deca on Thursday March 10. RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Area-Systems-Administrators-Guild-SASAG/events/228073381/

    4. USENIX LISA SIG being retired at end of 2016

    USENIX has announced that they will be retiring the LISA SIG at the end of 2016. LOPSA has reached out to USENIX to see what we can do to make sure the materials and services of the LISA SIG are kept available and promoted to the system admin community. We will keep you posted as we find out more. For more information see:

    https://www.usenix.org/blog/refocusing-lisa-community


    5. Job Opening - Wordpress / HTML Programmer

    have a small project for a member who has experience with Wordpress sites. What I need is a html page on our Wordpress blog site that displays all Wordpress blog posts with a special tag on them. The idea is that this page can be embedded into our main website. This will allow members to post about current system admin events on their blogs and have it show up on the front page of our website. If you are interested, please contact ski@lopsa.org


    6. Locals

    LOPSA-NJ: April 7th, 7pm

    An introduction to no-sql databases

    April 7th 7pm

    RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/LOPSA-NJ/events/229343508/

    While many folks are familiar with relational databases, there are many exotic cousins that fall under the moniker of NoSql. This talk will give a overview of the concepts behind these unusual databases and explain the trade-offs that give these databases their unusual characteristics, flexibility and performance. Key-value databases, columnar databases, document databases and graph databases will be covered.

    SASAG: Seattle Area System Administrators Guild

    LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference Thursday Evening meetup will also be our monthly meeting at the Hotel Deca, instead of our usual location. Meet and chat with instructors and speakers from the conference! This event is free of charge.

    RSVP for Thurs, March 10, 7pm-9pm: http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Area-Systems-Administrators-Guild-SASAG/events/228073381/

    LOPSA Cbus

    While we've been behind on updates, we've had a busy few months at LOPSA Cbus.


    At the end of 2015, we collaborated with nearly 20 other local user groups. Our event sold out with 250 RSVPs. It was a social event with limited agenda and charity collection. Finally, we had quick pitches for community leaders and music from DJ Bobsan. An amazing party with an exceptional community! 

    In 2016, we resumed presentations. Beginning in January, David Mortman presented about Docker security. In February, JP O'Donnell presented about collaboration between database and development teams. We've stuck to our home base at CoverMyMeds and they've continued to be a gracious host! 

    On March 2, LOPSA Cbus collaborated with Pair Columbus and several other user groups to host a special event with Michael Feathers. Mike flew in from Miami and presented about technical debt. Warner Moore acted as MC. 

    Our next meeting will be on March 24 and be related to DevOps practices. Register here:https://lopsacbus201603.eventbrite.com


    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
    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.

    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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  • 14 Feb 2016 4:01 PM | Paul English (Administrator)

    1. President's Corner - Professional Development

    2. LOPSA-East - Schedule & Registration Soon

    3. LOPSA Cascadia Registration Opens!

    4. 2016 Budget Completed

    5. Thank you to our sponsors

    6. Comments or suggestions?

    February 2016 LOPSAgram

    1. President's Corner: Professional Development

    At the SCALE 14x conference a weekend ago, I was able to talk with over 100 people who either were system admins or are thinking about becoming system admins.  While talking with them, it became clear to me that LOPSA currently has two separate areas where it helps the system admin community.  This month I will talk about how LOPSA helps out current system admins by providing several opportunities for professional development.

    LOPSA runs two well regarded conferences for system admins - Cascadia on March 11th - 12th (http://casitconf.org) and LOPSA-East May 6th - 7th (http://lopsaeast.org). At these conferences, system admins can improve their professional skills in a variety of areas.  For example at Cascadia you can improve your skills in Time Management, Automation, Git, Network Troubleshooting, Wireshark, Vi, and more.  LOPSA-East will have a similar type of
    schedule.  If you are in the Pacific Northwest or the Northeast, I encourage you to attend
    these conferences.

    In addition LOPSA members are speakers at or help to organize other conferences providing
    professional development opportunities.  For example at LISA last year, 9 of our members were speaking or chairing workshops and another 9 members were involved in organizing the
    conference.  I know of members speaking at or involved with SCALE, LinuxfestNW, OLF.  If you are involved in a conference, please let board@lopsa.org know so we can help to advertise it.

    LOPSA members spend time organizing and speaking at chapter meetings where members can come together to learn about new technologies, ideas, and from each other.  A chapter meeting is also a great way to move your career forward as you will meet local system admins and make the connections that can lead to your next position.  Check if there is a chapter close to you at https://lopsa.org/Chapters.  If there is not one in your area, contact board@lopsa.org and we can help you to start one.

    The final way LOPSA offers professional development is via our online community of IRC and mail lists. It is here that you can often learn about new ideas on how to solve a problem, of opportunities for classes or training in your area, and what other people have done to solve the problem you are having.  For example, recent maillist threads covered the best way to layout a network with VLAN's and using 10GB copper in a data center.

    I encourage you to help with professional development for our system admin community by sharing what you have learned, helping to organize an event such as a conference or chapter meeting, and/or participating in our online IRC and  mail lists.

    Next month I will talk about how LOPSA helps out people wanting to become system admins.

    2. LOPSA-East - Schedule and Registration Soon

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

    Conference schedule will be posted, and registration open soon at: http://lopsaeast.org/2016/

    3. LOPSA Cascadia - Registration is open! Please retweet..

    ...or mention it to your co-workers, boss and local MeetUps, or upvote our post on https://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/

    Register at: http://casitconf.org/casitconf16/register-now/

    Your contact at your vendor is probably a sales person. Let them know that sponsoring events like LOPSA Cascadia gives them far more credibility than the much larger amounts they are spending on other advertising, and that sysadmins will favor their products and services. Ask for a strong positive referral to their marketing department, and send both sales and marketing our sponsor prospectus:

    http://casitconf.org/casitconf16/sponsorships/

    Any questions can be referred to: sponsorship@casitconf.org

    4. 2016 Budget Completed

    The board has approved LOPSA's 2016 budget.  Beyond the normal fixed expenses, this budget includes the following items:

    * A part time person to help out with marketing, communications, and member support.
    * A reserve that will cover our fixed expenses next year
    * $4K as a contingency fund
    * $10K for system admin scholarships.
    * $10K for marketing and communications
    * $16K for system professional development and training

    For more details check out https://lopsa.org/2016-Budget. Please write to board@lopsa.org with your ideas on how we should spend our dollars to have the greatest impact for our community.

    5. Paessler AG - Welcome New Gold Sponsor

    LOPSA welcomes Paessler AG as a new Gold Sponsor.  Paessler AG’s award winning PRTG Network Monitor is a powerful, affordable and easy-to-use Unified Monitoring solution. It is a highly flexible software for monitoring IT infrastructure, already in use at enterprises and organizations of all sizes and industries. Over 150,000 IT administrators in more than 170
    countries rely on PRTG and gain peace of mind, confidence and convenience. Founded in 1997 and based in Nuremberg, Germany, Paessler AG remains a privately held company that is recognized as both a member of the Cisco Solution Partner Program and a VMware Technology Alliance Partner.

    Learn more about Paessler and PRTG at www.paessler.com.

    Paessler Logo

    6. 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
    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.

    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.

    6. 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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  • 13 Jan 2016 10:20 PM | Anonymous

    1. President's Corner - 2016 - A New Year and a New LOPSA

    2. LOPSA-East - Call for Proposals

    3. LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference - Call for Proposals

    4. Mentorship - New Student LOPSA members need mentors

    5. Thank you to our sponsors

    6. Comments or suggestions?

    January 2016 LOPSAgram

    1. President's Corner: 2016 - A New Year and a New LOPSA

    Welcome to 2016. A new year and a new LOPSA. Now that LOPSA's new website is up and running, we are working on cleaning up our backend processes and providing improved training and educational opportunities for you, our members. We have a blogs site up at https://blogs.lopsa.org where you can blog about your system admin experiences. If you are interested, please email board@lopsa.org with the username you would like and we will get you set up on it.

    I will be at SCALE 14x in Pasadena, CA from Jan 22 - 24th and would love to see you there. If you are planning to attend SCALE, please consider signing up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B4FADAD2CA02-scale/6622545 to help out in the booth. It is a great way to meet people and learn more about LOPSA. In addition, the first 8 people that sign up get a free pass to SCALE 14x.

    Cascadia IT Conference is happening on March 11th - 12th in Seattle, WA. The conference schedule will be up soon. If you can make it this is a great way to improve your system admin skills, network with your peers, learn about new technologies, and even look for a new job. Registration will be open this month at http://casitconf.org.

    On May 6th - 7th, the LOPSA-East conference will take front stage in New Brunswick, NJ. Like Cascadia, this is a great way to improve your system admin skills, network with your peers, learn about new technologies, and look for a new job. Check out http://lopsaeast.org for the latest information on this conference.

    If you have ideas about ways LOPSA can provide more educational and training opportunities to its members and to the system admin community as a whole, please contact me at ski@lopsa.org


    2. LOPSA-East - Call for proposals

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

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

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

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

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

    Dates and Deadlines

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

    For the full CFP go to http://lopsaeast.org/2016/call-for-participation/

    3. LOPSA Cascadia - Call for sponsors: your vendors

    Proposals are being reviewed and registration will open soon. In order to have a successful conference, both this year and in the future we need sponsors.

    Sponsoring LOPSA Cascadia (or LOPSA-East, or LOPSA itself) is unique value to your vendors. They get direct exposure to an extremely savvy technical audience, who more often than not directly make purchase decisions.

    Your contact at your vendor is probably a sales person. Let them know that sponsoring events like LOPSA Cascadia gives them far more credibility than the much larger amounts they are spending on other advertising, and that sysadmins will favor their products and services. Ask for a strong positive referral to their marketing department, and send both sales and marketing our sponsor prospectus:

    http://casitconf.org/casitconf16/sponsorships/

    Any questions can be referred to: sponsorship@casitconf.org

    4. Mentorship - New Student LOPSA members need mentors

    We've had a large influx of new student members. Many of them are very excited about our Mentorship program, which is one of our most successful endeavors, providing great value to both mentors and protégés alike. Signing up couldn't be easier, and you manage the amount of time and energy you put into the program. Sign up to be a mentor and/or protégé here:

    https://lopsa.org/become-lopsa-protege

    https://lopsa.org/become-lopsa-mentor

    5. 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
    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 Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a

    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.

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

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

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