An Introduction to BackupPC


A Linux/Unix solution for cross platform Disk to Disk backups.

BackupPC ( is a free, enterprise-grade backup software suite with a web-based frontend for backing up Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac OSX computers.

No client is necessary, as the server is itself a client for several protocols that are handled by other services native to the client OS. BackupPC is highly configurable and easy to install and maintain.

Topics Include:

Background, history, strengths, weaknesses of BackupPC


Home, Small Business, and Enterprise Scenarios

Scaling to several thousand machines

Performance and Troubleshooting Tips

Who should attend: System administrators who are interested in Disk to Disk backups for their servers or workstations: no prior experience with BackupPC is required, but a basic knowledge of Unix shell commands is helpful.

Take back to work: The strengths and weaknesses of BackupPC, capacity planning, configuration for various client machines, and how to design a BackupPC installation that will scale from a few up to several thousand machines.

Speaker: Ski Kacoroski

Advanced Security: A self-assessment study


Half Day Tutorial covering advanced security for SysAdmins.

This class takes an unconventional approach to advanced security for system administrators. The approach is based on the idea that we can usually figure out how to secure something once we know what needs securing, but the difficulty is usually in enumerating the things that require security.

In this class, you will learn how to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your workplace security. This encompasses any organizational policies, applicable government regulations effecting system administration, network topology, personnel involved, systems, and other areas requiring evaluation to understand the full spectrum of security issues at a particular workplace.

The goal is for you to take home a detailed list of questions to answer and risks to evaluate, as well as the tools to answer those questions, evaluate those risks, and propose solutions to meet the security needs of your organization.

Speaker: David Parter

Disaster Recovery: Will you survive?


Learn how to mitigate the risk of disaster through a variety of methods.

This class covers Disaster Recovery (DR) as a discipline and the low level mechanics of evaluating risks and developing mitigation or reactive disaster plans. All system administrators, regardless of the size or scope of their operation, will benefit from a more in depth understanding of DR taught in this class.

The goal is to provide skills and knowledge that allows immediate changes to the disaster readiness of your own operations back at the office.

Speaker: David Parter

Introduction to LDAP: Provisioning, Managing, and Integrating


Learn how to deploy and manage an enterprise-class LDAP service

This introductory class will give you the tools you need to competently deploy and manage an enterprise-class LDAP service. We will use extensive demos to cover the structure and vocabulary of the hierarchical LDAP database; standards and best practices for provisioning and integration; migration from other authentication systems, including NIS; integration with the Linux name service switch; and integration with several popular open source applications, including Apache, Samba, and Postfix.

Particular emphasis is given to understanding the concepts underlying LDAP, and translating those concepts into effective integration with client-facing network services.

Speaker: Chris St. Pierre
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