LOPSA-U at SouthEast LinuxFest
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Friday, June 7 (FULL DAY, 9:00 AM, $100): "Puppet Tutorial: A One Day
Guide for Beginners" by Garrett Honeycutt
This full-day tutorial requires that attendees arrive with a laptop and
virtualization software (VMWare or VirtualBox) as we would actually be
writing Puppet code. The attendee would leave with:
* An understanding of how Puppet works
* A working Puppet Master and test node
* How to automate deploys in their infrastructure
* Best Practices
* How to implement common design patterns
* Use of Hiera to separate data from their code
Garrett Honeycutt has been hacking *nix based systems and spreading the
merits of open source software for 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/telco, 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 and mentors those writing
puppet code for their global R&D sites.
Regularly presenting on Linux related topics, Garrett has had the
opportunity to speak at various LUG’s including GSLUG, CINLUG,
PuppetNYC, 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, and Australia.
Sunday, June 9 (HALF DAY, 9:00 AM, $50): "Intro to Security Concepts for
Linux System Administrators" by Jesse Trucks
This half-day course is a primer for someone who has little or no security
training and/or experience and wants to either learn the basics in brief
enough to keep out of trouble or to fill in gaps in their
experience/knowledge. The audience for this course is any new or seasoned
system administrator of servers (or desktops) looking to build or fill in
the gaps of their foundational security toolkit.
The course will cover:
- Explanations of major types of security domains, like intrusion
detection, vulnerability sccanning (active and passive), vulnerability
analysis, compliance management, incident response, and event correlation.
- Technical descriptions of how to implement certain security controls on
Linux systems, with discussion covering the reasoning behind the controls.
- A list of resources to find more information, security news feeds, orgs
with education and training, standards and legal compliance
- A general overview of the process and methodology of hardening a server,
with some technical examples for Linux scattered throughout.
Sunday, June 9 (HALF DAY, 1:00 PM, $50): "Intro to Splunk for
Operations" by Jesse Trucks
This half-day course is a primer for someone implementing Splunk log and
data aggregation and analysis software for operational implementation,
automated alerting, and data analytics. The audience for this course is
any size organization looking to perform log aggregation and advanced
data analysis and alerting. Most features demonstrated will work on both
free and licensed versions of Splunk. The course will contain heavy use
of live demonstration.
The course will cover:
- A software agnostic discussion on log aggregation and central analysis
methodologies, including a short description of alternatives to Splunk.
- Quick overview of the well-documented Splunk installation process,
including a more detailed discusion of architecture design
considerations for distributed networks, large installations, and
- Basic Splunk usage, including simple to use tips and tricks for quick
practical implementation in daily use.
- Overview of alerting, graphing and charting options and methods, with
examples of practical implementation.
- Examples of dashboard construction and customization, and a brief
overview of some available apps available from the Splunk Base app
Jesse Trucks has extensive security experience in incident handling,
intrusion detection, policy development, monitoring, and implementation
management, and he is well versed in Disaster Recovery planning and
testing. Trucks advocates for extensive documentation, strong security,
change control, and professionalism. He has worked in a startup, at an
ISP, and supporting large-scale commercial and government infrastructures.
He now supports information security for the Oak Ridge National
Laboratory - home of the Titan supercomputer among others - where he
also supports logging infrastructure and generates business intelligence
from machine data.
Jesse has also served on the League of Professional System
Administrators (LOPSA) Board of Directors from 2007 to 2013; has taught
more than a dozen classes at various conferences; was a Local Mentor
Instructor for the SANS Securing Unix/Linux course; has held a GCIH
certification; and currently holds a GCUX Gold certification.
League of Professional System Administrators
To advance the practice of system administrations;to support, recognize,educate, and encourage its practitioners; and to serve the public througheducation and outreach on system administration issues