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Subject: Sys Admin Newsletter November 2003
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2003 14:45:05 -0700

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


1. Note from the Editor
2. Highlights of the November issue 
3. Call for Papers
4. Subscription Information
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The articles in this issue provide performance tuning tips. Dustin 
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with sysctl, Frank Wiles describes a setup for load balancing email 
servers for better performance, and Thirumalainambi Murugesh shares 
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	The November 2003 issue contains:

Linux Kernel Tuning Using System Control by Dustin Puryear
Some of the most notable performance improvements for Linux can be 
accomplished via system control (sysctl) in /proc/sys. Puryear 
covers several areas of sysctl that can result in large performance 

Load Balancing Email by Frank Wiles 
When administering a large email system, the ability to move the  
frequent users to faster hardware allows you to tailor load balancing 
to fit the user base as well as the hardware. Wiles describes his setup 
for accomplishing this task.

Review of sqlDESKTOP by Marcel Gagné  
Gagné reviews sqlDESKTOP, a program that is to your computer  desktop 
what a good filing system is to your physical office. With sqlDESKTOP, 
you can arrange and organize information into related areas just as 
you would in the real world. 

Unix Administration with Self-Parsing Shell Scripts by John Kozubik  
Kozubik provides specific code examples to show how a self-parsing 
shell script can dramatically simplify common Unix systems 
administration tasks.

Tuning NNM Servers by Thirumalainambi Murugesh  
Hewlett-Packard's OpenView Network Node Manager (NNM) is a tool for 
enterprise-wide IP network management based on SNMP standards. In this 
article, Murugesh shares some techniques for tuning NNM.

Mac OS X Administration -- Getting Started by Stephen Worotynec
For a Unix administrator to get the most functionality from Mac OS X,  
features such as GUI-less operation, single-user mode, firmware access, 
and serial console access must be explicitly activated. Worotynec shows 
how this is done.

Do It Yourself with the Shell by Ed Schaefer and Michael Wang  
The authors present several "do it yourself" shell scripting techniques 
using real-world examples. They demonstrate various shell techniques 
and examine contrasting solutions using other standard Unix tools.

Advanced SNMP Monitoring with RRDTool by Adam Denenberg 
RRDTool, in conjunction with MRTG, is valuable for presenting SNMP 
data in innovative ways. Denenberg focuses on using RRDTool's advanced 
features and expanding the functionality of the SNMP  package net-snmp.

Advanced Configuration of Nagios by Syed Ali 
In this follow-up to the Nagios article that appeared in the October 
issue of Sys Admin, Ali focuses on advanced configuration and  
performance tuning.


Speeding up Your Perl Programs by Randal L. Schwartz

Questions and Answers by Amy Rich

More Truth about Tapes, Backups, and Restores by Peter Baer Galvin

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