Announcements


May 2014 (Rockville)

posted May 21, 2014, 1:32 PM by Mike Erdely

This month, we are meeting at Jason's company's office in Rockville on Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 PM EDT.

Jason will give a talk on Heartbleed.

Please join us for the meeting and then for dinner and drinks afterwards at a place nearby.

Address to Jason's company's office:
600 Jefferson Plaza
Suite M5
Rockville, MD 20852
(https://goo.gl/maps/jS6uq)

It's basically right where Route 28 and Route 355 (Rockville Pike) intersect.
If you are coming from i270, use exit 6 and follow Route 28 until you hit Jefferson Plaza.
If you're coming from Baltimore area, you'd take Route 97 south and turn right onto Route 28, continue until you see the building. It's a little tricky coming from here because of how 355 and 28 intersect.

No April 2014 Meeting in Columbia

posted Apr 20, 2014, 5:44 AM by Michael Erdely

Due to hectic schedules and some long trips, we will not be holding a meeting in Columbia for April 2014.  Hope to see you guys again in May!

March 2014 (Columbia)

posted Mar 24, 2014, 7:57 AM by Michael Erdely   [ updated Mar 24, 2014, 7:58 AM ]

This month, we are meeting at Message Systems in Columbia on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 PM EDT.

We will have a general discussion about the many recent changes in OpenBSD (post-5.5) including the removal of Apache from base, creation of Apache 1.3 port, switch to OpenSMTPD as the default mail daemon in base, enabling of Unbound in base, removal of tcpwrappers, removal of RC4, ...

Patrick and Mike will also talk about our experience of using FLASHRD to upgrade an existing OpenBSD 4.5 FLASHRD system.

Please join us for the meeting at Message Systems and then for dinner and drinks afterwards at Victoria Gastro Pub.

February 2014 (Columbia)

posted Feb 25, 2014, 8:35 AM by Michael Erdely   [ updated Feb 25, 2014, 8:36 AM ]

This month, we are meeting at Message Systems in Columbia on Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 PM EDT.

Gareth will be giving a talk on using virtualization for teach forensics.  It's mostly OS X and Linux focused, but we could use it as a way to discuss using BSD in some scenarios.

Johan will give a free-form talk on Beets, a media library management tool.

Please join us for the meeting at Message Systems and then for dinner and drinks afterwards at Victoria Gastro Pub.

November/December 2013

posted Dec 16, 2013, 10:37 AM by Michael Erdely   [ updated Dec 16, 2013, 10:39 AM ]

This month, we are meeting at Message Systems in Columbia on Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 PM EDT.

Michael Dexter will give a demonstration of bhyve, the BSD hypervisor on FreeSBD. bhyve is a legacy-free hypervisor that relies on modern processor features such as Extended Page Tables and this is very small in size. bhyve can run any recent version of FreeBSD plus has experimental Linux and OpenBSD support. You can learn more about bhyve at: bhyve.org

Biography: Michael has used BSD Unix systems since January of 1991 and wrote his first FreeBSD jail management system in 2005. Michael is the Director of US Operations for the ScaleEngine content delivery network and in his spare time edits Call For Testing, a BSD technical journal. Michael lives with his wife, daughter and son in Portland, Oregon.

Please join us for the meeting at Message Systems and then for dinner and drinks afterwards at Victoria Gastro Pub.

October 2013 Columbia Meeting - SysAdmin Tricks

posted Oct 27, 2013, 9:32 PM by Michael Erdely

This month, we are meeting at Message Systems in Columbia on Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 PM EDT.

We will be having a round table discussions about Systems Administration tips and tricks.

Please join us for the meeting at Message Systems and then for dinner and drinks afterwards at Victoria Gastro Pub.

April 2013 Columbia Meeting: nsd/unbound & nginx/php

posted Apr 15, 2013, 11:32 AM by Michael Erdely

This month, we are meeting at Message Systems in Columbia on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 PM EDT.

I will be talking about migrating from a very simple BIND set up to using NSD & Unbound.  Then, I'll talk about how I migrated from using NSD/Unbound to only using Unbound.

Then, Johan will about migrating from apache+mod_php to nginx+php_fpm.  His is a simple set up, so NO FIREWORKS!

Please join us for the meeting at Message Systems and then for dinner and drinks afterwards at Victoria Gastro Pub.

March 2013 Meeting: BSD Systems User/Admin Tricks

posted Mar 22, 2013, 7:08 AM by Michael Erdely

This month, we are meeting at Message Systems in Columbia on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 PM EDT.

We will be having a round table discussion on general BSD Systems Administrator and User tricks to make using and managing BSD systems simpler.  We may delve a bit into scripting and show some examples of our personal scripts.

Please join us for the meeting at Message Systems and then for dinner and drinks afterwards at Victoria Gastro Pub.

February 2013 Meeting Slides

posted Mar 22, 2013, 7:04 AM by Michael Erdely

The slides from the January 2013 Meeting about Octopress, the framework for generating static pages for a blog, presented by Gareth Digby are available.

During the meeting we also discussed FreeNAS and Patrick Thomasson demonstrated how we're using it at Message Systems.

February 2013 Meeting: Octopress & FreeNAS

posted Feb 18, 2013, 8:26 AM by Michael Erdely

This month, we are meeting at Message Systems in Columbia on Thursday, February 28, at 6:30 PM.

Gareth will be talking about setting up and using Octopress on OpenBSD 5.2.  Then, Patrick (and I) will be talking about FreeNAS and how we're using it as Message Systems.

Please join us for the meeting and then for some food and drinks at VGP afterwards.

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