System Administration is both an art and a science. Scalable System Administration is a set of principals and techniques for making the most effective use of your time, getting work done quickly, efficiently, and reliably.
Operations work can be tedious, repetitive, and error-prone. Or it can be fast, efficient and reliable. In this talk I will touch on many aspects of Scalable System Administration from new server provisioning, ongoing system maintenance, and end-of-life decommissioning. I will show you how to create a scalable workflow and along the way I will share the tips, techniques, and tools I’ve gathered over the last 15 years to make the SysAdmin’s job easier and more productive.
A security focused system administrator and technical instructor, Joshua Hoffman has trained operations staff from the west coast to the far east in practical, efficient, and effecting system management techniques. Hoffman created major portions of Red Hat’s acclaimed System Administration training program, and certification exams.
Hoffman recently joined the team at Tumblr as a Systems Engineer where he works on infrastructure architecture, procedures, and large scale systems management. A few times a year he can also be found working on the ops team at BlackHat Technical Security conferences.
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