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The emergence of network and System Administration, during the latter quarter century, as a discipline of science and engineering, has culminated in a number of paradigms for managing networks of collaborating machines. These include automatic regulation, policy based management, computer immunology, quality control procedures and even the psychology of the user-system interaction. Techniques based on scripting, declarative languages, empirical measurements, and theoretical models, spanning psychology to game theory have been developed.
In this volume, key contributions to the discipline are presented through the words of the authors who contributed them. The forum for this thread of ideas has been the USENIX Association's LISA conferences, originally the "Large System Administration" conference. These conferences have played, and continue to play, a unique role in cementing a relationship between researchers and working network and system administrators.
Computer scientists,engineers, system administrators and students will each find something of permanent value here. No matter what developments the future brings, these words represent important conceptual foundations of the field. These papers are reprinted here for the first time in a convenient form, along with a commentary reflecting on their significance within the discipline as a whole.
Sub-cultures of System Administration.
Trust and delegation.
Key to Selected Papers.
About the Editors.
Permissions and Acknowledgements.
A Case Study of Network Management (M.K. Fenton).
Balancing Security and Convenience (V. Jones and D.Schrodel).
Creating an Environment for Novice Users (J.M. Smith).
Priv: An Exercise in Adminstrative Expansion (E. Heilman).
Experiences with Viruses on UNIX Systems (T. Duff).
Site: A Language and System for Configuring Many Computers as OneComputing Site (B. Hagemark and K. Zadeck).
Tools for System Administration in a Heterogeneous Environment (R.Finkel and B. Sturgill).
Disk Space Management Without Quotas (E.D. Zwicky).
spy: A Unix File System Security Monitor (B. Spence).
Uniqname Overview (W. Doster, et al.).
The Depot: A Framework for Sharing Software Installation AcrossOrganizational and UNIX Platform Boundaries (K. Mannheimer, etal.).
Using expect to Automate System Administration Tasks (D.Libes).
Policy as a System Administration Tool (E. D. Zwicky, etal.).
Managing Program Binaries in a Heterogeneous UNIX Network (P.Anderson).
We Have Met the Enemy, an informal Survey of Policy Practices inthe Internetworked Community (B. Howell and B. Satdeva).
Torture-testing backup and Archive Programs: Things You Ought toKnow but Probably Would Rather Not (E. D. Zwicky).
Is Centralized System Adminstration the Answer? (P. Schafer).
Customer Satisfaction Metrics and Measurement (C. Kubicki).
Majordomo: How I Manage 17 Mailing Lists Without Answering"request" Mail (D.B. Chapman).
Automated System Monitoring and Notification with Swatch (S.E.Hansen and E.T. Atkins).
Computer System Performance Problem Detection using Time SeriesModels (P. Hoogenboom and J. Lepreau).
Horses and Barn Doors: Evolution of Corporate Guidelines forInternet Usage (S. Hambridge and J.C. Sedayao).
Towards a POSIX Standard for Software Administration (B.Archer).
Open Systems Formal Evaluation Process (B.W. Keves).
Customization in a UNIX Computing Environment (C.E. Wills, etal.).
The Amanda Network Backup Manager (J. da Silva and O.Gudmundsson).
The System Administration Maturity Model -
SAMM (C. Kubicki).
Towards a High-Level Machine Confugration System (P.Anderson).
Monitoring Usage of Workstations with a Relational Database (J.Finke).
A Site Configuration Engine (M. Burgess).
Availability and Latency of World Wide Web Information Servers(C.L. Viles and J.C. French).
Metrics for Management (C. Hogan).
Decentralising Distributed Systems Administration (C. Hogan, etal.).
SLINK: Simple, Effective Filesystem Maintenance Abstractions forCommunity-Based Administration (A.L. Couch).
An Analysis of UNIX System Configuration (R. Evard).
Wide Area network Ecology (J.T. Meek, et al.).
Boostrapping an Infrastructure (S. Traugott and J.Huddleston).
Computer Immunology (M. Burgess).
A Visual Approach for Monitoring Logs (L. Girardin and D.Brodbeck).
Accountworks: Users Create Accounts on SQL, Notes, NT and UNIX (B.Arnold).
Deconstructing User Requests and the Nine Step Model (T.A.Limoncelli).
A Retrospective on twelve years of LISA Proceedings (E. Andersonand D. Patterson).
It's Elementary, Dear Watson: Applying Logic Programming toConvergent System Management Processes (A.L. Couch and M.Gilfix).
Theoretical System Administration (M. Burgess).
An Expectant Chat About Script Maturity (A.L. Couch).
Peep (The Network Auralizer): Monitoring Your Network With Sound M.Gilfix and A. Couch).
Tracing Anonymous Packets to Their Approximate Source (H. Burch andB. Cheswick).