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TUTORIALS

  • • F1: SRE Classroom

Caskey Dickson is a site reliability engineer/software engineer at Google where he works on infrastructure systems writing and maintaining monitoring services that operate at Google scale. Working in online service development and system administration since 1995, before coming to Google in 2010, he was a senior developer at Symantec, wrote software for various internet startups such as CitySearch, Cars Direct, WeddingChannel, ran a consulting company for several years and even spent a half decade teaching undergraduate and graduate computer science at Loyola Marymount University. He has an undergraduate degree in computer science, a master’s degree in Systems Engineering and an MBA from Loyola Marymount.


TUTORIALS

  • • F2: Advanced Puppet

Garrett Honeycutt has been hacking *nix based systems and spreading the merits of open source software for over fifteen years. He began using Puppet in 2007 while building out a national carrier grade VoIP system. Previously he has worked on such things as building core internet infrastructure for an ISP, creating mobile media distribution platforms, and was as a Professional Services Engineer with Puppet Labs working with customers around the world helping them with Puppet, DevOps processes, and project management. Currently he is Puppet Architect at Ericsson in Stockholm where he coordinates with and mentors those writing puppet code for their global R&D sites.

Regularly presenting on open source topics, Garrett has had the opportunity to speak at various user groups including GSLUG, CINLUG, Indy.rb, PuppetNYC, SFDevOps, and NYCDevOps. He has also presented at almost every US Linux Fest, LOAD, Cascadia IT Conf, OSCON, and Flourish and internationally in Russia, Belgium, Czech Republic, India, Switzerland and Australia.


TUTORIALS

  • • F3: Configuration Management on Windows Server – Desired State Configuration
  • • S2: PowerShell Fundamentals
  • • S4: Continuous Availability with Windows Server Failover Clusters

TUTORIALS

  • • F4: Fundamentals of Cisco ASA Security Appliance (Hands-On Workshop)

Don R. Crawley, Linux+ and IPv6 Silver Engineer, is a lifetime geek, plus speaker and author of six books ranging in subject from Cisco to Linux to Compassionate Communication. His focus is on helping IT and other technical staff to master the arts of customer service and communication. He is also President/Chief Technologist of the Seattle-based IT training company, soundtraining.net. He has more than four decades experience working with workplace technology and automation and holds multiple technical certifications. In addition to being a best-selling author, he has spoken before audiences in all 50 states and Canada, plus the United Kingdom and Australia. In his spare time, he plays the pipe organ, watches the ships on Puget Sound, and laughs with his family.


TUTORIALS

  • • F6: A Quick Introduction to System Tools Programming with Go

Chris “Mac” McEniry is a practicing sysadmin responsible for running a large ecommerce and gaming service. He’s been working and developing in an operational capacity for 15 years. In his free time, he builds tools and thinks about efficiency.


TUTORIALS

  • • F5: Team Time Management (aka Team Efficiency)
  • • F7: Evil Genius 101

Tom is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and system administrator. His best known books include Time Management for System Administrators (O’Reilly) and The Practice of System and Network Administration (Addison-Wesley). In 2005 he received the SAGE Outstanding Achievement Award. He works in New York City at Stack Exchange, home of ServerFault.com and StackOverflow.com. Previously he’s worked at small and large companies including Google, Bell Labs / Lucent, AT&T. http://EverythingSysadmin.com is his blog. He never tweets about IT or technology at @YesThatTom.


TUTORIALS

  • • F8: DNSSEC – Domain Name System Security Extensions

Alan was formerly the lead trainer at ISC. He moved to Infoblox then decided he wanted to be his own boss so he started his own company. He now sub-contracts his training and consulting to ISC and Men and Mice and is doing the “traveling road-show” of training and consulting.


TUTORIALS

  • • S1: The Practical Gamemaster: Design & Execution of IT Emergency Operation Drills

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.


TUTORIALS

  • • S3: Editing with vi: basics

Mario Obejas started as an Air Defense programmer in 1980, performing final acceptance tests in a war zone on his very first program. In the early 1990s he switched to sysadmin work. At the direction of a PHB, this included writing a “one-page installation instructions” document for an air traffic control system deployed in China. In the late 1990s he switched divisions and started supporting chip designers and cluster computing; he also started to promote “open source” use before the term was coined (we called it, “Get the source and compile it”). Eventually he landed in Information Security, where he works today. He is active in LOPSA (member #4) and USENIX. Decades ago, Mario earned a Bachelor of Arts in Math from Wabash College, and a Master of Science from the University of Southern California (USC). These days, Mario is a ravenous news junkie, and occasionally goes on hilly 80+ mile bike rides, but mostly he wants to master keeping up with his two adult sons.