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System Configuration and LCFG Tutorial Workshop

The University of Edinburgh is holding a one day tutorial workshop on System Configuration and LCFG on 13 June 2007 in Edinburgh.

"System Configuration" is the process of transforming a collection of raw hardware and software into an integrated "system" which continuously and correctly serves a specific function - for example a computing "cluster" or a student laboratory. LCFG is one tool which helps to automate this process.

The workshop will introduce you to the underlying principles of system configuration, and will show you how LCFG can be used to help automate the process.

Throughout the day talks will be interspersed with hands-on sessions including the creation of new "components", as well as the configuration of real systems, using components provided with the LCFG distribution. You will also be shown how to extend LCFG for your own site and given some pointers on how to start your own LCFG installation.

To get the most from the day you should ideally have some experience of system administration and of scripting in either Shell or Perl.

The presenters will be Paul Anderson, Kenneth MacDonald, Stephen Quinney and Alastair Scobie.

Paul Anderson has been involved in system configuration for over 15 years and is the author of the SAGE system configuration booklet, as well as many other papers on the subject. He is the original author of the core LCFG framework.

Kenneth MacDonald has been creating configuration systems on MS Windows across the University of Edinburgh for ten years and has recently used LCFG to develop an institution-wide devolved service which configures Macs and Linux managed clients integrated into the University's MS Active Directory.

Stephen Quinney maintains and develops much of LCFG and has ported it to Fedora Core 6 and Fedora 64 bit platforms.

Alastair Scobie ported LCFG to Linux, is the author of its package management facilities and is heavily involved in its ongoing development.

The workshop will be run on 13 June 2007 in central Edinburgh by the University of Edinburgh.

The total cost for the day will be 50. Lunch will be included.

For more information see: http://www.lcfg.org/june07.

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