What : A lecture by Devdas (f3ew) Bhagat, who will be passing through
town and was coaxed into giving this talk.
Where : Dept of Physics, West Bengal State University, Berunanpukuria, Barasat.
When : At 12:30 PM on Saturday, 26th December 2009.
Lecture Synopsis - “Most people who end up being system administrators
are self taught. There is little formal theory in this field so far.
System administration also involves very different sets of tasks,
ranging from helpdesk issues to management reports, from wiring to
A very large number of people also start off with small numbers of
machines to run and few issues to troubleshoot. As the number of
machines grows, keeping pace with troubleshooting becomes impossible.
Sysadmins spend time firefighting, and then burn out. Hiring is often
very limited due to budgetary constraints or simply due to lack of
This talk deals with the constraints sysadmins work under, and how to
work around them so that they aren’t as big a bottleneck. We take a
look at the mindset required to do this work, and how to convince
management that the solutions you are implementing are cheaper than
the alternative. We also take a quick look at some of the solutions
available for sysadmins to reduce their workload.”
Devdas Bhagat is just another recovering sysadmin, and is currently
playing database administrator for a large domain registration system.
In his copious spare time, he works with other business units at his
workplace to help tune their systems, add business benchmarks and
other general monitoring stuff. He has spoken at the sysadmin miniconf
at LCA’09 (Linux Conference Australia) on system automation and on DNS
benchmarking. He has spoken at various network operator group (SANOG)
conferences on spam control, DNS, operational issues, large scale
email systems, etc. He has also been a speaker on databases at FOSS.IN
and it’s previous avatar, Linux-Bangalore. When not busy working with
computers, he spends time in the hills trekking and photographing.
Organised by : IOTA FOSS Resource Center, West Bengal University of
Technology in association with Kolkata Linux Users’ Group (ILUG-CAL)
Entry : Free. Just turn up at the venue by 12:30 PM. If anyone needs
driving directions to WBSU campus at Berunanpukuria please get in
touch with me over email or phone (+91-98300-20971