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12TH SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE (LISA '98) - Dec 6-11, 1998 - Marriott Copley Place Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts

Technical Program     Wednesday through Friday, December 9-11, 1998
[Wednesday, Dec. 9]    [Thursday, Dec. 10]    [Friday, Dec. 11]

Friday, December 11   9:00 am - 10:30 am

Distributing Software Packages
Session Chair: E. Scott Menter, ESM Services, Inc.

mkpkg: A Software Packaging Tool
Carl Staelin, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

SEPP, Software Installation and Sharing System
Tobias Oetiker, Department of Electrical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Synctree For Single Point Installation, Upgrades and OS Patches
John Lockard, University of Michigan; and Jason Larke, ANS Communications


Overview of the LISA/NT Conference
Ian Reddy, Cisco Systems, Inc.

This session will present the highlights of the Large Installation System Administration of Windows NT Conference, held August 5-8, 1998.


Network Admin and Remote Computing
Network administration is a hot topic. This session will discuss network admin. and interfacing off-site workers to a central site. Discussions will include both technical and political issues.


Friday, December 11   10:30 am - 11:00 am   Break


Friday, December 11   11:00 am - 12:30 pm


New Thoughts and Evolution
Session Chair: Melissa D. Binde,, Inc.

The Evolution of the CMD Computing Environment: A Case Study in Rapid Growth
Lloyd Cha, Chris Motta, Syed Babar, Mukul Agarwal, Advanced Micro Devices; Jack Ma and Waseem Shaikh, Taos Mountain, Inc.; and Istvan Marko, Volt Services Group

Computer Immunology
Mark Burgess, Centre of Science and Technology, Oslo College, Norway

A Visual Approach for Monitoring Logs
Luc Girardin and Dominique Brodbeck, UBS, Ubilab


Security as Infrastructure
Tom Perrine, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Are you shooting rabbits or building fences? This talk will describe security architectures: reliable, robust, and comprehensive plans to incorporate security into your networks and hosts. Unlike "patch of the day" and other reactive methods, security architectures are implemented to prevent entire classes of security problems throughout your network.


Works-in-Progress (WIPs)
Do you have interesting work you would like to share, or a cool idea that is not yet ready to be published? The LISA audience provides valuable discussion and feedback. We are particularly interested in presentation of student work. To schedule your short report, send email to Peg Schafer,


Friday, December 11   12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
   Lunch (on your own)


Friday, December 11   2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Mailing Lists
Session Chair: Tim Hunter, KLA-Tencor Corporation

Mailman: The GNU Mailing List Manager
John Viega, Reliable Software Technologies; Barry Warsaw and Ken Manheimer, Corporation for National Research Initiatives

Drinking from the Fire(walls) Hose: Another Approach to Very Large Mailing Lists
Strata Rose Chalup, Christine Hogan, Greg Kulosa, Bryan McDonald, and Bryan Stansell, Global Networking and Computing, Inc.

Request v3: A Modular, Extensible Task Tracking Tool
Joe Rhett, Navigist


Panel Discussion: TCP/IP Futures
Moderator: Phil Scarr, Global Networking and Computing, Inc.

Is IPv6 really coming? What about IPSEC? And why do we need something new, anyway - what's wrong with IPv4? Our panel will discuss these topics, and muse about the future of networking.

Panelists: To Be Announced


Palm Pilot Magic
Palm Pilots: Share your business card with someone at a single touch of a button, categorize expense reports in real time, carry your rolodex around with you. This session will discuss not only interesting things to do with your Palm Pilot but also the system administration impacts of trying to synchronize it, e.g., company phone books, while on the road.


Friday, December 11   3:30 pm - 4:00 pm   Break


Friday, December 11   4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Joint Closing Session:
The LISA Quiz Show!
Hosted by Rob Kolstad

The LISA QUIZ SHOW debuted in Boston many years ago and now makes a triumphant return. Host Rob Kolstad promises new questions and categories. Come to Boston to win prizes and to match your wits with other administrators in the toughest quiz show in the industry.


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