is a Senior System Manager with the IT Support Group of the Department of Information
Technology and Electrical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
in Zurich. He is an electrical engineer by education and a system manager by vocation.
His main area of interest is currently scalable system management concepts and
their implementation. In his spare time Tobi likes t o read, go to movies and
work on his Free (as in GNU) software projects such as MRTG, RRDTool or more recently
We automate the boring stuff to have more time for the fun part of the work!
A standard description of what system managers do. It sounds great, but how does
one automate system management? In this talk, I will tell you
about the solutions we found and implemented in our group. How we install a Solaris
workstation and half a day to configur e and setup a full custom Mail/Web/NFS
(you name it) server. I will also tell you how we provide our users with multiple
versions of 800 different application packages, available on all workstations.
And finally I will tell you why I think every well designed operating system file-system
layout should make it easy and straightforward to install five versions of KDE,
three versions of Emacs and eight versions of ImageMagic concurrently.