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June 3rd Meet up with Speaker Ron Gula, CEO of Tenable Network Security

I am pleased to announce our June meeting will be with the CEO of Tenable Network Security, Ron Gula. He will discuss the state of the cyber security industry and how it impacts system administration. Government policy, advanced persistent threats, new types of endpoint and user monitoring technologies, and incident response will be discussed as they impact system administrator’s daily activities. As always be sure to tell your friends and colleagues to join us for free pizza and a great speaker on June 3rd at 7PM

Speaker Bio: Snippet From the Tenable site “Frequently sought out by media such as the New York Times, Bloomberg and Forbes, Ron Gula is one of the leading cybersecurity thinkers in the industry. Ron started his career in information security at the National Security Agency conducting penetration tests of government networks and performing advanced vulnerability research.”



March 4th Meetup with Tom Limoncelli discussing The Practice of Cloud System Administration

To kick of the 2015 year I am proud to announce Speaker Tom Limoncelli who will be discussing his new book “The Practice of Cloud System Administration” ( the-cloud-book.com).The book focuses on “distributed” or “cloud” computing and brings a DevOps/SRE sensibility to the practice of system administration. Unsatisfied with books that cover either design or operations in isolation, the authors created this new reference centered around a comprehensive approach.Tom will be highlighting many of the most radical ideas from his book including: improving uptime by using cheap unreliable hardware, why you should crashing servers at random times, and that you should make peace with outages. Please be sure to tell your friends and colleagues to join us for free pizza and a great speaker on March 4th at 7PM

(Note: Tom will not have books for sale at the talk, but he will sign books you bring, even ones he didn’t write.  Ebook purchasers will receive a sticker to put on their Kindle.)

Speaker Bio:  Tom Limoncelli’s newest book is The Practice of Cloud System Administration (the-cloud-book.com). Tom Limoncelli is best known for books like Time Management for System Administrators (O’Reilly) and The Practice of System and Network Administration (Addison-Wesley). He works in New York City at Stack Exchange, home of ServerFault.com and StackOverflow.com. He tweets @YesThatTom and blogs at http://everythingsysadmin.com


December 3rd Meeting- Software-defined storage and security with Mavenspire CEO Michael Tanenhaus

Software-defined storage and security is a broad topic that is a critical part of any infrastructure of scale. I am pleased to announce that for our last quarterly meeting of 2014, Michael Tanenhaus, President & CEO of Mavenspire has agreed to give us a technical breakdown of this topic and guide us through the various options and implementations of software-defined storage and security practices. Mavenspire provides datacenter solutions to large enterprises and mid-sized businesses all over the world. As usual I encourage everyone to bring a friend and enjoy free pizza and drinks as we listen to and ask questions about this very relevant topic with Michael Tanenhaus.

Speaker Bio: Over the last 15 years Michael has helped education, commercial, non-profit, Fortune 500, military, and medical organizations innovate and achieve. Since founding Mavenspire in 1999, Michael has served as the lead technical architect and Principal, leading his team to become experts in datacenter centric technologies such as virtualization, networking, storage and cloud computing architectures. Michael has become a key implementation partner for Dell’s enterprise technologies group and is currently a member of two exclusive Dell advisory councils including the Dell Premier Partner Advisory Council and the Dell Technical Advisory Council.

September Meeting- The Tech and Business Behind 3D Printing

3D printing is the future, 3D printing is growing rapidly, 3D printing is here! Every industry and corporation with a pulse is paying attention to, or investing in some form of 3D printing. The possibilities seem endless and the applications are astounding. Please join us for our quarterly meeting as we learn about the tech behind this emerging and exciting industry. Our speaker is Michael Raphael, President and CEO of Direct Dimensions, Inc. the largest 3D printing company on the east coast. You can visit his Maryland based company’s website here at www.directdimensions.com and feel free to check out his bio here. I encourage everyone to bring a friend and enjoy free soda and pizza as we pick the brain of Michael Raphael and listen to his is awesome presentation on 3D printing.

Speaker Bio:

3d.png Michael Raphael is President and CEO of Direct Dimensions, Inc a world leader in 3D printing. He has his Bachelors in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Engineering Administration from George  Washington University. He founded Direct Dimensions after leaving the Aerospace field in 1995 and has grown his company to 25 employees while becoming a leader in the field of 3D printing.




March Meeting – The Practical Gamemaster: Design & Execution of IT Emergency Operations Drills

Practical IT drill design brings together emergency response and operations, business continuity, disaster recovery, and IT architecture. During this talk, you will learn key concepts in emergency operations center and incident headquarters design, methods of introducing such concepts to your organization, and a sequence of basic-to-advanced drill designs.

Keeping IT folks engaged in a drill simulation can be very challenging. Become a practical gamemaster worthy of designing and executing drills on likely emergency scenarios and realistic function failures for your organization.

d10s included.

Speaker Bio:

Adele Shakal currently heads up project and knowledge management at Metacloud, Inc., a cloud solutions company providing Carbon|OS, non-stop private cloud based on OpenStack.  In her prior work in technical project management at USC ITS, she designed IT emergency operations and the ITS Great Shakeout 2011.  She has more than two decades of experience in IT project management, business process design and continuity, knowledge management, emergency operations and drill planning, service management and system administration, with Bachelor of Science in geochemistry from California Institute of Technology.  She has presented at CENIC, EDUCAUSE, APRU, USENIX LISA and CascadiaIT conferences.

February Meeting – Vagrant: Not Just for Developers

February’s meeting promises to be a good one as OmniTI’s own Mark Harrison will be giving a talk on Vagrant.


Vagrant’s tag line is ‘Development environments made easy’, and it is indeed a tool that vastly improves working with developer virtual machines. However, it can also make the life of a Systems Administrator much easier, providing throwaway test environments to help with troubleshooting, deploying new infrastructure, and playing with new technologies.

This talk will introduce you to the fundamentals of vagrant, what it provides over and above virtualbox/vmware alone, getting your first virtual machine running, setting up networking, and provisioning with configuration management tools.”


Mark Harrison is the Lead Site Reliability Engineer at OmniTI Computer Consulting, Inc and has been in Systems Administration for 8 years. At OmniTI he helps clients scale their web architectures as well as keeping OmniTI’s systems infrastructure running smoothly. He’s passionate about automation and operations tools, and has made several open source contributions to tools that assist with web operations.

December Meeting Update – HPC & 10GbE Networking (or How I Learned to Love Dell Networking)

Scott Roberts has volunteered to present at our December meeting! A description of what you can expect is below:

Background: Scott is an IT manager and professional system administrator with a proven track record of systems analysis and design, project management, information security, programming, and innovating solutions. He has a diverse background in computing, networking, and programming technologies, and is an engineer at heart.

Topic Summary: While there is a case to be made for Infiniband, not everyone has the time or a consultant budget when it comes to implementing high speed low latency networking.  Join Scott on the path down the rabbit hole where Scott and his staff found how to get such a network installed and configured in less than 8 hours, 7 hours of which was spent cabling.  He will show you step-by-step how they identified the problem and arrived at the solution for a small HPC environment.  You will also find out just how a fully fault-tolerant Clos network is obtainable on a limited budget.  Scott will also give a demonstration of Dell’s Active Fabric Manager which is the sauce (nay, FM!) behind their Force10 switch deployments.


With any time that may remain after Scott’s presentation we’ll do an end of year retrospective on things – discuss what happened in the world of sys admins in 2013, what the trends were, etc.


Looking forward to seeing everybody there!

December Meeting Announce

We’ve not been able to locate a speaker for our December meeting so I’m proposing one of two possible things for our December meeting:

  • One of you awesome people volunteer to come speak!
  • or

  • We have a roundtable discussion on some topics currently of interest in the sys admin community: data security? DevOps? Nothing is off limits!
No matter what we end up discussing we’ll be meeting Wednesday, December 4th at 7pm at the offices of OmniTI.


Looking forward to seeing you all there!

November Meeting – LISA is here!

Our November aligns with the annual LOPSA meeting at LISA so we’ll be converging our meeting into theirs for the month – everybody is invited to attend!


Full details of the meeting are available here.


In addition, there are some great free events you can take part in for those of you whose employers may not be willing to pay for you to attend. Greg Riedesel (aka SysAdmin1138) from LOPSA DC sent out some great information about these free events. I’ve provided the information he sent out below:
  • Data Storage Day: Something of a tradition, but several big storage vendors are putting together a day of nice presentations of large scale storage. This will be Wednesday, same as the first day of the technical sessions. Details here: https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa13/dsd


Hope to see you all there!

September Meeting – ZFS (Now Supported on Linux!)

Eric Sproul of OmniTI will be doing presenting a discussion on ZFS at our next meeting.

Date: Wednesday, September 4t
Time: 7-9pm

ZFS is a file system that is more than a file system.  It is a file system, volume manager and RAID controller all in one. It’s simple to administer and features transactional semantics, end-to-end data integrity and scalability as well as enough other goodies to make any hardened IT admin weep for joy.  Once you discover how amazing ZFSis, you’ll never want to use anything else.