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  • 2010-11-12 - NYCBSDCon 2010, Various
  • 2010-10-06 - Cooper Students Present, Various
  • 2010-07-07 - The Go Programming Language, Mark Chu-Carroll
  • 2010-05-05 - Scapy, Kevin Figueroa
  • 2010-04-07 - Nepenthes, Marco Figueroa

  • 2010-03-03 - PFSense II, Rocking The Datacenter, Isaac ".ike" Levy
    18:45, Suspenders Bar and Restaurant

    In 2006, ike gave an overview on PFSense and it`s mother project
    m0n0wall, which were new and exciting router platforms back then.
    Quote from that first talk, (4 years ago):
      "throw your Linksys/SoHo/WiFi router in the garbage where it belongs";SUBM=10027
    Quote for this talk:
      "You might wanna` put your Sonicwall/Juniper/Cisco routers up on Ebay."
    pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD
    tailored for use as a firewall and router.
    pfSense has matured into a full-fledged routing platform which fits 
    right in at the datacenter.  As all the big router vendors now tout
    fully browser-based administration- (over IOS, I2J, etc...) so the
    stigma of using pfSense in the enterprise is gone.
    Our speaker has been using pfSense in datacenter deployments for over 4 
    years, and will be describing how pfSense was used to save and secure
    several "organically dysfunctional" corporate networks, and maintain
    business continuity.
    Throughout the talk, these points will be emphasized:
    - Deploys: "Performing an Oil Change at 80mph" (quoting Michael Lucas)
    - Corporate Office/Colo Life with pfSense
    - Quickly/Safely Training Junior/Senior Network Sysadmins on pfSense
    - Taking the Magic/Macho out of HA networking
    - Networking can be Reliable/Understood/Fun
    Half of this talk is a quick pfSense bootstrap:
    - What *is* pfSense? (A Terrific Routing Platform!)
    - Hardware (Embedded and Regular x86 Systems)
      - The reality of recycling servers, (Go Green! and other buzzwords)
    - Install, basic setup- focused on typical multi-zone networks
    The other half of the talk will go through the incredibly advanced tools 
    and features that make pfSense an excellent platform for
    High-Availability and Security at the datacenter:
    - CARP, Physical Redundancy, (and living with HSRP/VRRP/GLBP 
      from your ISP)
    - Fully Redundant Load Balancing, 2 common roles:
      - (inbound) Load Balancing to scale Web Servers
      - (outbound) Load Balancing for multi-wan redundant networking
    - "Deep Packet Inspection" and other infosec buzzwords, done the 
      PF/BSD way
    - Missing your IOS shell?  pfSense gives you a UNIX Shell- infinite 
      - pfSense/embedded shell specifics, (read-only filesysem on CF?)
        - NanoBSD/implementation notes...
      - Using pf from the shell
        - interacting with system firewall/traffic-shaping/etc..
        - dancing a tango with the GUI
    - Syslog, SNMP, and all fixin`s
    - Config Management for Network Scaling/Sanity

    Speaker Bio

    As Sr. Infrastructure Engineer at the emerging startup Proclivity Systems, Isaac ".ike" Levy is ob sessed with high-availability systems and transparent failover, mostly because he likes to sleep a t night. Standing on the shoulders of giants, his background includes partnering to run a Virtual Server ISP before there was ever a cloud in the sky, as well as having a long history hacking int ernet-facing applications on UNIX systems.

    .ike has been a part of NYC*BUG since it was first launched in January 2004. He was a long-time me mber of the Lower East Side Mac Unix User Group, and is still in denial that this group no longer exists. He has spoken frequently on a number of topics at various venues, particularly on the issue of FreeBSD`s jail (8).

  • 2010-02-07 - BSD Certifcation SME Session, None
  • 2010-02-07 - BSD Certification Exam, None
  • 2010-02-03 - Systems Programming On A System On A Chip, Aidan Cully
  • 2010-01-06 - Hadoop a Worldwind Tour, Edward Capriolo