Sep 11th Mtg: Behavior Driven Infrastructure with Puppet

Date: Sep 11th, 2014
Time: 7pm
Place: NOTE: DIFFERENT LOCATION
Google in Fremont
You must register here before coming to the meeting.
Google recommends arriving by bus (Metro routes 26, 28, 31, 32, and 40 stop at N 34th and Fremont Ave, about 100 yards from the door to CotU) or parking on the street. Nearby U-Park lots are Lot 52, Lot 58, Lot 62, Lot 71, Lot 72, Fremont #81, and the Red Door Lower Garage #71B. http://www.u-parksystem.com/locations/default.asp#fremont_seattle
Directions: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zlXUoK9C-i7U.ksX8wSiUZjvY&authuser=0&hl=en
Subject: Behavior Driven Infrastructure with Puppet
Presenters: Atom Powers

With great power comes great responsibility and with centralized configuration management comes centralized system destruction. I will show you how I have tried to mitigate the damage of a bad configuration with manual and automatic testing of my CMS code. It will be a roller-coaster ride through Puppet roles and profiles, Git and git hooks, vagrant virtual hosts, and Jenkins projects. After it’s all over you should have some ideas and inspiration for building your own testing and continuous delivery system for your configuration management code.

Bio:
Atom is an information services professional with a passion for engineering simple solutions to difficult problems. He creates elegant, scaleable, automated, and high-performance systems for IT/MIS operations that support the tactical and strategic goals of the organization.

He strives to continue learning and to constantly improve hisself and the people he works with through coaching, training, and collaborating with peers in every industry. He invented the phrase “perfection is just a word I use occasionally with mustard” to express the idea that nothing is perfect. The idea of “perfection” is a condiment that adds no real value; there is
always room for improvement.

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As always, there will be dinner sponsored by Silicon Mechanics. Check them out at http://www.siliconmechanics.com/

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

Aug 14th Mtg: Short Topic Talks

Date: Aug 14th, 2014
Time: 7pm
Place: NOTE: DIFFERENT LOCATION
Rainier Tower, 1301 5th Ave, 17th Floor
Doors on West side (4th Ave) will be unlocked
Directions: http://rainiersquare.com/directions/
Subject: Short Topic Talks
Presenters: Multiple Speakers

Brian Haney talking on “WordPress, Served SRE Style”
Ski Kacoroski talking on “How to migrate a blackbox website using Apache proxy”
Q&A from the audience

The Agenda: http://goo.gl/LuiU7X

Thomas’ slides: http://goo.gl/dg5TVw

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Dinner for this meeting will be sponsored by WhitePages who is also providing the room. Many thanks to Michael Bradshaw at WhitePages for setting this up. Check them out at http://www.whitepages.com/

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

July 10th Mtg: Time Management for People who are Interrupted a Lot

Date: July 10th, 2014
Time: 7pm
Place: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
Room 303 (The new NORMAL room – 1 Floor down)
University of Washington Campus
Directions: http://www.ee.washington.edu/about/contact.html
Subject: Time Management for People who are Interrupted a Lot
Presenters: Ski Kacoroski

Based on the Tom Limoncelli’s book, this talk will cover techniques for managing your time in an interrupt driven environment. We will cover the key principles of managing your time and Tom’s Cycle system. These principles and techniques can greatly increase the efficiency of a single person shop and, when applied to a group, be a quantum shift in productivity. In addition, they will reduce your stress, provide greater peace of mind, and put you back in control of your life.

Bio:
Chris “Ski” Kacoroski has been a systems administrator since 1982, worked at the Northshore School District since 2002, and a member of LOPSA’s board since 2009. When not dealing with technology, he enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering for King County Search and Rescue.

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As always, there will be dinner sponsored by Silicon Mechanics. Check them out at http://www.siliconmechanics.com/

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

The meeting will be at the Electrical Engineering building on the University of Washington Campus, aka EE1. Directions are linked to the EE Department’s web site above. Parking is $5 after 5pm.

Seattle based special interest group for system and network administrators