NordU2002 - The 4th NordU/USENIX Conference
February 18-22, 2002 in Helsinki, Finland



Issues in Unix Infrastructure Design

The instructor: Lee Damon

Who should attend:

Anyone who is designing, implementing or maintaining a heterogeneous (or homogeneous) Unix environment with 2 to 20,000+ hosts. Systems administrators, architects and managers who need to maintain multiple hosts with few admins.


This intermediate class will examine many of the background issues that need to be considered during the design and implementation of a mixed-architecture (or single-architecture) Unix environment. It will cover issues from authentication (single-signon) to the Holy Grail of Single System Images.

This class won't implement a "perfect solution," as each site has different needs. It will try to raise all of the questions you should ask (and answer) while designing the right solution to meet your needs. We will look at some free-ware and some commercial solutions, as well as many of the tools that exist to make a workable environment possible.



Lee Damon, University of Washington, has a B.S. in Speech Communication from Oregon State University. He has been a Unix Systems Administrator since 1985, and has been active in SAGE since its inception. He assisted in developing a mixed AIX/SunOS environment at IBM Watson Research, and has developed mixed environments for Gulfstream Aerospace and QUALCOMM. He is a member of the SAGE Ethics Working Group, and was one of the commentators on the SAGE Ethics document. He has championed awareness of Ethics in the Systems Administration community, including writing it into policy documents.