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Tutorials, February 9-10, 1999 
9.00 - 17.00 

T1 – Installing Linux and Free BSD – A Hands on  
Jan Säll & Simon Kenyon, Irial Ltd and Håkan Carlsson, ZzZ Konsult 

 
Who should attend: If you have a PC at home and have thought about installing one or another of the free Linux or FreeBSD versions out there but not yet have had the courage to go ahead to do it, this is the tutorial for you. Bring your own computer here and put our experienced teacher to the test and get it installed at the same time. And if you don’t want to do it on your own PC or if you cant bring it to the tutorial, we will  
provide you with the hardware, so that you will get a really nice HANDS ON practise of installing the operating system. 

After the tutorial the students will have knowledge about the different versions and distributions of Linux and of Free BSD, and knowledge how to install it. 

Topics Covered: 

• Linux and Free BSD – What’s the difference? 
• Getting the Operation system 
• CD Distribution 
• FTP 
• Selecting a Linux Distribution 
• SlackWare, RedHat, Debian, Caldera, S.u.S.E. and more 
• Starting The installation 
• Selecting media 
• FTP, NFS, Samba, CD 
• Installing and the hardware 
• Screens, Keyboards, Mouse, Hard disks, Network Cards 
• Installing additional software 

About the speakers: 

Jan Säll is a leading UNIX consultant operating both in Sweden and internationally. He is currently operating the company Irial Ltd together with Simon Kenyon. Irial Ltd provides advanced UNIX and network consultancy. He is currently the Chairman of the EurOpen.SE. Mr Säll has been working in the UNIX environment since 1983. Mr Säll has - among other things - designed and implemented purchasing system for a major Swedish Oil company, invoicing system for Pay TV channels, Wide area network for the Swedish LO for their main office in Stockholm as well as number of satellite systems all over Sweden. 

Simon Kenyon recently founded irial Ltd with Jan Säll. Simon is an expert in UNIX and internet related technologies. Simon has held a leading technical role in a number of development projects. These include: various banking applications, a system for analysing criminal intelligence data and numerous web and internet based systems. Simon was a founder member of the UK Unix User Group. 

Håkan Carlsson is a computer consultant since 1988 and a EurOpen.SE board member since 1996. He is specialized in these areas: Unix (FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris, HPUX – Administration, Software, development, Configuration, Performance. Web (CGI with Perl, LDAP, Management, Performance). Firewalls and security (Checkpoint FW-1, TIS Gauntlet, ipfilter, developing proxys, Configuration, Analyzes). 
 
 

T2 – Advanced Topics in DNS and BIND  
Paul Vixie, Internet Software Consortium             
 
Who should attend: Name server administrators and software developers who need a deeper understanding of the DNS protocol and of the internals of BIND. Participants should already be responsible for the operation of at least one name server, should be familiar with Internet protocols such as TCP and UDP, and should be able to recognize C source code when they see it.  

This tutorial will survey the DNS protocol and describe upcoming extensions to it, as well as implementation considerations in BIND. Topics will include: 
• DNS message format  
• DNS resource record format  
• Zone file format, and zone transfers  
• Incremental zone transfer  
• Dynamic update and deferred update  
• Real time change notification  
• DHCP interaction  
• BIND current status 
• DNS security  
• DNS politics  
• BIND Version 8  
After completing this tutorial, participants will know what the IETF has been up to lately, and what to expect in upcoming BIND releases. For attendees who have taken Paul's tutorials in the past, this tutorial will not be a rehearsal of prior material - new subjects will be covered. 

Paul Vixie is the current maintainer of the BIND software system. BIND is the Berkeley Internet Name Domain, and it includes the name server named, used everywhere on the Internet. Paul is also a coauthor of Sendmail: Theory and Practice, and the moderator of the ?comp.sources.unix? newsgroup. 

T3 – Advanced Solaris System Administration Topics 
Peter Galvin, Corporate Technologies,Inc. 
 
Who should attend: UNIX administrators who need more knowledge of Solaris administration.  

This course covers a variety of topics that are of importance to Solaris system administrators. We will discuss the new major features of recent Solaris releases, including which to use, which to avoid, and how to use them. This in depth course will provide the information a systems manager/administrator needs to effectively run a Solaris installation.  

Topics include:  

Installing and Upgrading  
• Planning your installation, filesystem layout, post-installation steps  
• Installing (and removing) patches and packages  

Advanced Features of Solaris 7  
• CacheFS - Configuring and using AutoFS  
• Software Manager  
• NIS+ features, differences between NIS+ and NIS, migration issues  
• Printing  
• Serial I/O - The Service Access Facility, enabling logins on a serial port, configuring a serial port for tip  

Networking and the Kernel  
• Virtual IP - Configuration and uses  
• PPP and alternatives  
• Kernel and performance tuning - New features,  
adding devices, tuning, debugging commands  
• Devices - Naming conventions, drivers  

Enhancing Solaris  
• High availability essentials - Disk failures and 
• recovery, RAID levels, uses and performance, 
• H/A products  
• Tools - Useful free tools, tool use strategies  
• Security - Locking down Solaris, system modifications, tools  
• Resources and references  

Peter Galvin is the Chief Technologist for Corporate Technologies, Inc. and used to be the systems manager for Brown University's computer science department. He has written articles for Byte and other magazines, is security columnist for SunWorld, and is the co-author of the Operating Systems Concepts texbook. As a consultant and trainer, Peter has taught tutorials in security and system administration and given talks at many conferences. 
 

W1 – Sendmail Configuration and Operation 
(Updated for Sendmail 8.9) 
Eric Allman, Sendmail, Inc. 
 

Who should attend: Systems administrators who want to learn more about the sendmail program, particularly details of configuration and operational issues (this tutorial will not cover mail front ends). This will be an intense, fast-paced, full-day tutorial intended for people who have already been exposed to sendmail. This tutorial describes the latest release of sendmail from Berkeley, version 8.9.  

After introducing a bit of the philosophy and history underlying sendmail, this tutorial covers: 

• The basic concepts of configuration: mailers, options, macros, classes, keyed files (databases), and rewriting rules and rulesets. 
• Configuring sendmail using the M4 macro package.  
• Day-to-day management issues, including alias and forward files, "special" recipients (files, programs, and include files), mailing lists, command line flags, tuning, and security. 
• How sendmail interacts with the Domain Name System. 

Eric Allman is the original author of sendmail. He was the chief programmer on the INGRES database management project and an early contributer to the UNIX effort at Berkeley, authoring syslog, tset, the -me troff macros, and trek. He designed database user and application interfaces at Britton Lee (later Sharebase), and contributed to the Ring Array Processor project for neural-network-based speech recognition at the International Computer Science Institute. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the USENIX Association. 
 

W2 – Administering Windows NT: 
A Course for UNIX People 
Aeleen Frisch, Exponential Consulting 
 

Who should attend: UNIX system administrators who are also responsible for Windows NT systems (or who may become responsible for them at some point in the future). Students attending this class should be comfortable with general system administration concepts (filesystems, processes, user accounts, backups, and the like) as well as the major tools and procedures used to manage them on UNIX systems. A sense of humor will also be beneficial when initially approaching Windows NT. 

The primary goal of this course is to help you apply what you already know about system administration under UNIX to the tasks and challenges of the Windows NT environment, in an effort to make the UNIX and NT environment co-exist as smoothly as possible. The course will include a variety of real-world examples and will focus on practical techniques and strategies for NT system administration. You can expect a very fast-paced, information-rich course. 

Topics Covered: 

A Walking Tour of a Windows NT Server  
• The NT world view (WNT = ? VMS++)  
• The Client-Server System Model and its implications  
• Filesystem layout and essential system files 
• Processes under NT  
• Don't forget that it's a PC  

Tools to Aid in NT System Administration  
• What NT supplies  
• Commercial products and freely-available software  
• Making NT act like UNIX 

Booting under Windows NT  
• Normal startup and shutdown  
• Troubleshooting hints and strategies  
• Multi-OS system configurations  

Managing User Accounts  
• Mechanisms and procedures  
• NT groups  
• Security and user accounts  

Disks and Filesystems on Windows NT systems  
• The NTFS filesystem  
• Spanning disk partitions  
• Fault tolerance capabilities  

Networking under NT: Connecting to UNIX and Other Systems  
• What NT provides  
• NT and UNIX networks  
• Connecting to Windows systems  
• Filling in what NT is missing  

Printing on and from Windows NT Systems  
• Local printing  
• Printers and networks  
• Going to/from UNIX systems  

Overview of Windows NT Security  
• NT's view of system and network security  
• Controlling access to system resources  
• System monitoring and security  

Aeleen Frisch has been a system administrator for over 15 years. She currently looks after a very heterogeneous network of UNIX and Windows NT systems. She is the author of several books, including Essential Windows NT System Administration.  

W3 – Sun Performance and Tuning- Java and the Internet 
Adrian Cockcroft, Sun Microsystems 
 
Who should attend: UNIX system administrators who are responsible for Sun Solaris Systems and wants to know how to tune and messure the systems. Students attending this class should be comfortable with general system administration concepts (filesystems, processes, user accounts, backups, and the like) as well as the major tools and procedures used to manage them on UNIX systems 

Topics covered: 

• Quick tips and Recipes, Performance Management 
• Performance Measurement, Internet Servers 
• Java Application Servers, Source Code Optimization 
• Applications, Disks, Networks, Processors 
• System Architectures, Caches, RAM, Virtual memory 
• Kernel tuning, Metric collection interfaces 
• SE toolkit Example Tools, Refernces 

About the speaker: 

Adrian Cockcroft has a physics degree, worked as a software engineer, then joined Sun in the United Kingdom in 1988. He relocated to the U.S. between 1993 and 1996, and now lives in the UK but tele-works to the U.S. based Enterprise Engineering group as Sun's performance management specialist. Since 1995 he has written a monthly Performance Q&A column for SunWorld Online. He's a widely acclaimed speaker and accepted world-wide as the expert on Sun performance tuning.