EVENT - Building a network and system management open source tool - talk at BayLISA, Cupertino, California, USA, Thursday 16 Sept. 2004 19:30-21:00

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can join us for a talk I
am giving for the BayLISA (Bay Area Large Installations Systems
Administrators User Group).
and participate to a talk on the design and building of a new open
source system and network management tool.

Attendance is free, hosted in the luxurious Apple R&D building in
Quite often, water and fresh krispy-kremes are served.... a geek
No registration is required, free and open to the public.

September 16, 2004
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Apple Campus, Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, USA
Town Hall *BLDG 4*

Here is the event intro :

Forests and Trees://Building an Open Source Discovery & Management Tool
with XML
In a an ideal world everything on the network would have a simple
management interface, and every tool could access it. Well, in our real
world, large shops typically have at least one version of every major
network equipment, hardware, and software produced in the last ten

As sysadmins and network admins, we rely on a mixture of commercial and
open source network management tools and a lot of scripting and elbow
grease to accomplish our magic. What about an open source system where
all management data could be accessed remotely, without an agent to
install on your 1000 servers and all protocols could be used with a
friendly URL, and return standardized data that could queried and
combined together regardless of where they are coming from?

The recipe? Put a dose of ssh, sftp, http, nmap, smb, snmp, wbem, wmi,
nfs, webdav, dns, dhcp, smtp, wins, ldap, sql, mibs, mofs, ping, arp and
a couple other in a large pot. Stir well your alphabet soup, throw in a
couple RFCs for spice, then add a pinch of URI, XML, Xpath and Xquery,
some scripting, heat up to a gentle boil, and you get something that
might taste good, or at least different.

In this presentation, we will walk through design issues and trade-offs
for such an open source system, and show new ways to extend the web and
XML to network management, using existing tools, techniques, and skills.
Some live demo will be made of the kind of weird and funny capabilities
that are exposed.

In those network administration software it seems
configuration management, e.g. periodic backup,
integrity checking etc, is not covered. Is that
possible to include this ?


--- Philippe Ombredanne <pombredanne@nexb.com> wrote: