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Subject: Sys Admin Newsletter January 2003
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 09:08:51 -0700

                   The Sys Admin Newsletter
                          News for the
          January 2003 issue of Sys Admin Magazine

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from everyone at 
Sys Admin magazine.

1. Note from the Editor
2. Highlights of the January issue 
3. Call for Papers
4. Subscription Information
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	The January 2003 issue contains:

Searching in Unusual Ways and Places by Æleen Frisch  
In contexts where grep can't be applied easily, Frisch turns to other 
tools (some open source, others vendor provided). This article looks 
at some of them.

Solstice DiskSuite Soft Partitions - Not Hard At All by Matthew Cheek
Cheek introduces DiskSuite Soft Partitions, a new feature that greatly 
extends the capabilities of the DiskSuite storage management product.

Improving SSH with Keychain by Todd A. Jacobs
Jacobs shows how keychain can simplify key management by allowing a 
to use a single authentication agent across virtual consoles and 
multiple logins.

Highlighting Linux Command Prompts with the PROMPT_COMMAND Variable 
by Kirk Becker  
Becker describes how to implement a colored command prompt that shows 
which terminal is visible and makes it easy to distinguish commands 
from output.

Autosniff - A Sniffer-Starting Daemon by Ed Ravin 
Autosniff will let your customers start a sniffer, record a trace of 
the problem, and mail you the results when the capture is complete.

Linux Kernel Debugging by Evan Sarmiento 
Sarmiento examines methods of debugging the Linux kernel, using actual 
kernel bugs as examples.

Recursive Use of SystemImager for Cloning Entire Clusters 
by Scott Delinger 
Delinger demonstrates how the SystemImager utility can be used to 
Linux installs in the construction of clusters.

Visual Cron 2.1 by Chip Castle 
Castle describes Visual Cron, a nifty little utility for handling 
job scheduling.

Bootprofile for Linux by Rajeev Kumar 
The "Bootprofile for Linux" tool manipulates configuration files very
early in the Linux boot process, making it useful for configuring 
in changing environments.

Usogres - The PostgreSQL Replication Tool by Tim Epkes  
Epkes explains how the Usogres tool can listen for updates then 
distribute those updates to multiple databases at the same time.

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Questions and Answers by Amy Rich

The Duct Tape of the Internet by Randal L. Schwartz

Cool Commands by Peter Baer Galvin

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	Performance Tuning -- May 2003
Proposals Due: January 1, 2003
Manuscripts Due: February 3, 2003

* BSD Performance Tuning Tips 
* Shareware and Freeware Tools for Tuning Up Linux Performance 
* Getting the Most from Limited Bandwidth 
* Undocumented Innovations for Improving Performance 
* Scripts for Tuning and Monitoring Performance

	Information Security -- June 2003

Proposals Due: February 3, 2003
Manuscripts Due: March 3, 2003

* Choosing an Encryption Algorithm
* New Solaris 9 Features for Securing Data
* Secret HIPAA Techniques
* They Said My Data Was Secure: How I Found Out It Wasn't and What I 
* Innovative Uses for Shareware or Freeware Encryption Tools 

	Networking -- July 2003

Proposals Due: March 3, 2003
Manuscripts Due: April 1, 2003

* Homegrown Network Management Tools
* Unusual and Interesting Case Studies in Network Configuration
* Weird (but Effective) Solutions for Multi-platform Connectivity
* Open Source Network-Troubleshooting Utilities
* Securing Wireless Networks

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