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UniForum NZ '98 Tutorials

Changes from printed brochure marked in red with an asterisk (*).


A Beginner's Guide to Serial Communications under Unix -- Installing Linux Hands On -- Solaris Performance Tuning -- Computing and the Year 2000 -- IPV6 -- Exploring the Impact of IT (cancelled)


System Crash Recovery -- Jumpstart into Perl -- SMB Networking -- VRML Show and Tell -- Where in the World is Technology Going?

Tuesday 19 May 1998

Tutorial 1 - Morning
Ian Soffe: A Beginner's Guide to Serial Communications under Unix

In this tutorial, Ian will explain for the beginner how serial comms should work, how Unix implements and controls serial communications, and how to make terminals, modems and printers work reliably with Unix. This also covers the basis for uucp and PPP connections. Examples will cover Sun Solaris and SCO UnixWare - other Unixes may be possible on request.

Tutorial 2 - Full Day
(Change of presenter) Philip Plane: Installing Linux Hands On

Philip Plane presents a chance to get to grips with Linux in this practical, hands-on tutorial. Bring a machine with 300Mb of hard disk space, 8 megs of memory, a 3.5 inch floppy and either a network card or a cd-rom drive - and then with expert help you will install a Linux distribution on your machine, including system utilities, the X Windowing system and networking. There will be more than one distribution available, so you can try a variety of different installs. Participants will be able to take home the distribution they installed from. There is no requirement for prior Unix experience.

Tutorial 3 - Full Day
Evan Lyon: Solaris Performance Tuning

This tutorial will be a fast-paced romp through performance issues for systems running Solaris on Sparc. Some of the tools and measurements are specific to Solaris, however the basic concepts translate well to other flavours of Unix. It is aimed at Unix system administrators, but database administrators and software developers will find much of the material useful.

Tutorial 4 - Afternoon
John Paynter: Computing and the Year 2000

The new Millennium is almost upon us. Whilst people may disagree on its actual date, the problem as it affects information systems is an issue that has recently received a large amount of attention from the business community. This half day tutorial details the causes of the problem, its scope and outlines the impact it has on organisations. A framework is proposed for approaching the problem and the complicated nature of solving the problem is emphasised. The importance of planning and management support is stressed.

Tutorial 5 - Afternoon
Peter Wilson, Wayne Knowles: IP Version 6

The explosive growth of the Internet highlighted deficiencies in IP v4. In 1994 the IETF recommended that the next generation of IP (IP v6) should include increased address space, new routing schemes, bandwidth reservation and security. In this tutorial a number of implementations now available will be demonstrated and issues with migrating to the next generation of IP will be highlighted.

Tutorial 6 - Evening
Exploring the Impact of IT


Wednesday 20 May 1998

Tutorial 7 - Full Day
Greg Calkin: System Crash Recovery

The intention of the tutorial is to show the techniques used to recover a crashed Solaris system and some of the tools involved in the recovery. Initially, we will cover the configuration of a jumpstart server, followed by the progressive destruction and recovery of a test machine, including recovering off backups, device tree corruptions and the impact of mirroring root (using Solstice Disk Suite). Also discussed will be techniques to increase the serviceability of the machine prior to failure.

Tutorial 8 - Full Day
Rob Kolstad: Jumpstart into Perl

PERL is the widely used interpreted programming language ideally suited to system administration and a myriad of other tasks. Its syntax includes all the best parts of C, awk, sed, and shell programming. This tutorial leverages your knowledge of C programming to get you up-to-speed in this vibrant new programming paradigm. You'll learn: how to write and run perl programs, perl's data structures, perl's flow control structures, input/output, text processing, file manipulation and much more.

Tutorial 9 - Full Day
John Terpstra: SMB Networking

This tutorial gives a comprehensive rundown on Samba, an alternative to MS Windows NT and an adjunct to Unix to provide natively transparent MS Windows desktop to backend Unix system file and print connectivity.

Tutorial 10 - Morning
Che Tamahori: VRML Show and Tell

This tutorial will provide a show and tell introduction to VRML, using a particular development application to show the flexibility and advantages of the VRML platform.

Tutorial 11 - Afternoon
Carl Cargill and Anne Buzbee: Where in the World is Technology Going?

Carl and Anne's review of emerging technologies and how to harness them (or not) in a business environment, starts with the "individual empowerment tools" that can snap your mind and goes all the way through the tools that will drive computing into the mid 21st Century. This half day review of current and emerging technologies will leave the participants as puzzled as when they arrived - but with a tremendously larger knowledge base of which they must make sense.