LOPSA announces classes and instructors for SCaLE training, February 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Los Angeles, CA, December, 11, 2008 - The League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA) is proud to announce the second year of partnering with the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) to present a day-long training program.

The tutorials will give SCaLE attendees a more intense and personal learning experience on Friday, February 20th. SCaLE will run from the 20th until Sunday, February 22nd.

LOPSA and SCaLE will offer four half-day classes for system administrators of all skill and experience levels. The instructors, Jesse Trucks (LOPSA Board of Directors) and Chris St. Pierre (Unix Systems Administrator at Nebraska Wesleyan University), are veteran LOPSA instructors who bring ample experience in the classroom and the server room to their classes.

Jesse Trucks will be teaching on Virtualized Storage and Disaster Recovery, while Chris St. Pierre will teach Documentation for Systems Administrators and Fedora Directory Server.

A full class schedule can be found at http://scale7x.socallinuxexpo.org/conference-info/scale-u

"The Linux community is very important to LOPSA, and working with SCaLE gives LOPSA a presence at one of the top Linux events in the country," said Trey Harris, President of LOPSA. "We're very happy to reprise and expand our work with them."

The SCaLE University Pass costs $300, and includes a full day of training and full access to all three days of SCaLE.

To register for SCaLE, please visit https://socallinuxexpo.org/reg7/

The League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA) is an independent nonprofit professional association dedicated to advancing the practice of system administration. The LOPSA training program is vital part of the LOPSA mission to serve the System Administration community and advance the profession.

LOPSA provides educational and networking opportunities, a forum for support and ideas, and an active community engaged in discussion of sysadmin issues. As a member driven organization, LOPSA's best ideas come from its membership; IT professionals looking to influence the field of IT can join LOPSA to find other IT professionals to collaborate on projects, advance the state of the art, and search for and share the best practices in IT.

Chris St. Pierre is the system administrator at Nebraska Wesleyan University, a small but growing liberal arts university. In his four and a half years there, he has lead a charge to document and modernize the computing infrastructure. He has taught widely on spam filtering and internal documentation, and has considerable experience and interest in issues of scalability, business continuity, and automation. Chris enjoys fighting spam in his spare time, and he maintains Fedora DS Graph, a graphing and statistics package for Fedora Directory Server.

Jesse Trucks has worked in a startup, as the lone IT guy, in enterprise environments, and managed teams. He has extensive security experience in incident handling, intrusion detection, policy development, and more, and he is well versed in Disaster Recovery planning and testing. Trucks has managed a wide array of NAS and SAN storage environments for many platforms. He is a Founding Member of the League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA), volunteers on their Tech Team, and serves as a member of the LOPSA Board of Directors. In addition, as part of the LOPSA Education Committee, he has taught a dozen sessions for conferences and training events. Trucks taught the GCUX course as a SANS Local Mentor, is currently GCIH and GCUX certified, and serves on the SANS Advisory Board. He resides on a farm in Black Earth, WI and is available for teaching or presentation engagements in any location.

For more information on LOPSA, visit www.lopsa.org, or contact the executive office: 15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054; Phone: 856-439-0500 or toll free at 800-285-2141; Fax: 856-439-0525; E-mail: info@lopsa.org.

SCaLE is the premier Open Source Community conference in the southwestern United States. Held annually in the LA area since 2002, SCaLE promotes Open Source software in a vendor- and distribution-neutral conference consisting of technical seminars, product display, software demonstrations, and tutorials. More information on SCaLE is available at http://scale7x.socallinuxexpo.org/.