The Systems Administration Miniconf focuses on tips, tricks, tools, and best practices used to manage real-world Linux environments both large and small. Attendees of this Miniconf improve their ability to manage their Linux systems environment both now and in the future. The aim is to provide talks directly useful to professional Linux systems administrators.
The Miniconf has been held at the 2006 and 2008-2012 Linux.conf.au conferences, and will be run in a similar manner at Linux.Conf.au 2013. More information, including presentation slides and recordings from previous years, is available at the Miniconf website: http://sysadmin.miniconf.org/.
Ewen has been a regular attendee at Linux.Conf.Au since 2004. He works as a consulting sysadmin, network admin and developer specialising in network-related projects, primarily with the Internet industry in New Zealand. Ewen has been involved in production operations since running a dial-up BBS back in the days before anyone knew about the Internet. He has worked with Linux and other Unix-like OS for over 15 years, in a variety of production environments.
Simon Lyall and Ewen have run the Systems Administration miniconf at 6 previous Linux.Conf.Au conferences (2006, 2008-2012).
Simon is a Linux Sysadmin based in Auckland, New Zealand. He is currently team lead of a small operations team looking after one of New Zealand's largest websites.
Previous to that he worked for various ISPs where is learnt to dislike firewalls and "PCI requirements".
He spends he weekends getting beaten at Chess by 9 year old kids.