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Perl for System Administration: Network Power Hours
David N. Blank-Edelman, Director of Technology, Notheastern University CCS

Track: Linux
Date: Tuesday, July 27
Time: 8:45am - 12:15pm
Location: Salon I


After offering several successful survey courses on using Perl to make system administration easier, it is time to go deeper. In this course we'll take an hour per subject to probe how Perl can be used to work with three different network-related topics. We'll cover the necessary background material to get you jump-started and then dive into the approaches, tools, and methods you need to use your existing Perl skills to tame.

Topics include:

  • SNMP: The Simple Network Management Protocol isn't always so simple to use or understand, but it is ubiquitous. We'll learn how to use Perl to query and configure SNMP versions 1- and 3-capable devices such as switches, routers, and workstations.

  • LDAP: If you don't already have a directory service running in your environment, chances are you will soon. It is equally likely that this directory service will be built on or be accessible by the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. We'll see how to use Perl to perform common LDAP operations.

  • Potpourri: There are so many topics in the networking arena that we bend the one-topic-per-hour rule for the last hour. In this module we'll look at how to parse logs efficiently and effectively, roll your own daemons, and use encrypted transports from Perl.

  • Who should attend: System and network administrators with at least advanced-beginner to intermediate Perl skills (important prerequisite).

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