Systems Administration

Presented by Ewen McNeill


The Systems Administration Miniconf focuses on professional management of real-world Linux and open source environments, both large and small. The miniconf aims to include a diverse range of tools and techniques that will help keep your entire environment functioning smoothly, and accomplish more with less effort. An important goal will be to provide talks directly useful to professional Linux administrators.

Call for Presentations

The organisers of the Systems Administration Miniconf would like to invite proposals for presentations to be delivered at the LCA2017 Systems Administration Miniconf. Please forward this CFP to your colleagues, peers, social networks, and other relevant mailing lists. Please help by encouraging submissions from people you would like to hear present at this Miniconf.

This is the eleventh year that the Sysadmin Miniconf has featured at Linux.Conf.Au. More information, including presentation slides and recordings from previous years, is available at the Miniconf website (

Presentation Topics

We welcome talks on best current practice, new developments in Systems Administration, cutting edge techniques and technologies, and ways to better manage Linux environments large and small.

Topics for presentations could include (but are not limited to):

  • Systems Administration Best Practice
  • Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
  • Containers and orchestration
  • Sysadmin Administration in a "serverless" environment (FAAS)
  • TLS everywhere
  • Monitoring and metrics. Collection, storage and presentation
  • Infrastructure/Platform/Software as a Service (IAAS, PAAS, SAAS)
  • Networkng: IPv6, SDN (Software Defined Networking), performance
  • DevOps, Configuration Management and provisioning
  • Bootstrapping systems, Lifecycle Management
  • Dealing with BYOD
  • Backups in a virtual/distributed world
  • Troubleshooting techniques
  • Buying Decisions
  • Web and Email management
  • Keeping legacy systems functioning
  • War stories from the "Real World"

Presentations should be of a technical nature and speakers should assume that members of the audience have at least a couple of years experience in Unix/Linux administration.

Format of Presentations

We are now seeking proposals for presentations at the mini-conference. We have openings for:

  • 15-25 minute short presentations
  • 5-10 minute "lightning talks"

Please note, due to the single day available (and whole-LCA keynote before morning tea), we expect the majority of available timeslots to be 20 minutes or less, with possibly 1-2 slightly longer talks if there is space in the schdule. We have a general policy of accepting a high proportion of proposals but handing out relatively short timeslots. Please see previous years Miniconf schedules for examples of how the programme is organised.

Submitting Talks

Please note that in order to give a presentation or attend the Miniconf you must be registered (and paid up) for the main conference. Presenting at the Miniconf does not entitle you to discounted or free registration at the main conference nor to priority with registration. Unfortunately the Miniconf has no budget for sponsorship of speakers.

Please submit your presentation via the form at:


Dates and Deadlines

To encourage early submissions, priority (both of inclusion and scheduling) will be given to presentations submitted by 23:59 UTC on the 23rd of October 2016. If you have a good presentation idea, please let us know early, even if you need time to finalise the presentation abstract. Please indicate if you need an early confirmation to aid you in arranging time off work or travel; we will do our best to assist.

  • 2016-10-23 - Deadline for early submissions
  • 2016-11-01 - Early submissions confirmation
  • 2016-11-21 - Deadline for submissions
  • 2016-11-30 - Confirmation of all presentations
  • 2016-12-07 - Miniconf programme published
  • 2017-01-16 - Sysadmin Miniconf held.

Contact and Questions

Please see our website at for more information on the miniconf, past presentations, and presenting at it.

If you have any questions please feel free to email the organisers at:

lca2017 at

Presented by

Ewen McNeill

Ewen works as a consulting sysadmin, network admin and developer, which he finds these are all now just variations on the same design, development and automation skills. Ewen has been involved directly and indirectly with production operations since the early 1990s, mostly in Internet-related networks and organisations. He has been attending Linux.Conf.Au annually since 2004.

Simon Lyall and Ewen McNeill have run the Sysadmin Miniconf at ten previous Linux.Conf.Au (2006, 2008-2016).

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