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Sessions: Red Hat Network Satellite

Best Of Summit

Over the years, several session speakers have emerged as event celebrities and several subjects have emerged as must-see attractions, garnering standing-room-only crowds. This track serves as a home to their sessions.

Red Hat Network Satellite Power User Tips & Tricks: Part 1

Thomas Cameron — Manager, Solution Architects, Red Hat
Rick Spurgeon — Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

Red Hat Network Satellite Server is a powerful, flexible systems management solution for deploying, managing, monitoring, and redeploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers. Red Hat Network Satellite allows users to decrease administrative costs and increase time available for strategic tasks by performing single operations through the web user interface. These single operations can affect some or all of their servers.

This session, given by Thomas Cameron and Rick Spurgeon, explores the most useful Red Hat Network Satellite tips and tricks developed by the Red Hat Systems Management subject matter expert team. Topics will include:

  • Red Hat Network Satellite
  • Project Spacewalk
  • Configuration management (configuration macros, system grouping, an introduction to custom and cloned channels, activation keys, and kickstart)
  • Advanced channel management tips and tricks (e.g., how to deal with ISV requirements for systems locked at a specific update, how to deploy third-party or internally developed software with Red Hat Network Satellite, etc.)

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Thursday, May 5 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Network Satellite Power User Tips & Tricks: Part 2

Thomas Cameron — Manager, Solution Architects, Red Hat
Rick Spurgeon — Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

Red Hat Network Satellite Server is a powerful, flexible systems management solution for deploying, managing, monitoring, and redeploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers. Red Hat Network Satellite allows users to decrease administrative costs and increase time available for strategic tasks by performing single operations through the web user interface. These single operations can affect some or all of their servers.

This session, given by Thomas Cameron and Rick Spurgeon, explores the most useful Red Hat Network Satellite tips and tricks developed by the Red Hat Systems Management subject matter expert team. Thomas and Rick will cover how to deploy third-party or internally developed software with Red Hat Network Satellite.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Thursday, May 5 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Expert Forum - Red Hat Summit

Hosts:

David Egts — Principal Architect, Red Hat

Panelists:

Bryan Che — Manager, Product Management, Red Hat
Tim Burke — Vice President, Platform Engineering, Red Hat
Marco Bill-Peter — Vice President, Global Support, Red Hat
Gordon Haff — Cloud Evangelist, Red Hat
Andrew Cathrow — Senior Product Manager, Red Hat
Todd Warner — Product Manager, Red Hat

Join this product-oriented Q&A panel, hosted by David Egts, to help you make decisions on products and architectures to drive the next product or the next few years of enterprise developments. Panelist questions will be driven by the audience (using a walk-up mic) and David will pose questions that attendees have asked throughout the week using Twitter (#rhforum) and the question drop-boxes located on the Plaza Level.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise MRG, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, Red Hat Global Support Services (GSS), Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Friday, May 6 9:45 am - 10:45 am 2.0 / 5.0

Decoding the Code: Summit

Interested in optimizing your open source investment? Learn how to implement security policies, increase performance and scalability, meet service level agreements, and more effectively manage your deployments.

Red Hat Reference Architectures: An Overview

Vijay Trehan — Director, Solutions Architecture, Red Hat
Rachel Cassidy — Vice President, Global Professional Services, Red Hat

In this session, Vijay Trehan and Rachel Cassidy will answer several reference architecture questions, including:

  • What is a Red Hat reference architecture?
  • How does Red Hat provide the deep technical collateral for its major strategic initiatives, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Cloud Foundations?
  • Who writes them?
  • Who is the intended audience?

In addition to encouraging various Red Hat groups to author reference architectures, we actively seek collaboration with partners and customers to author/co-author reference architectures that showcase Red Hat working with our hardware / software partners to solve real customer problems.

For the benefit of our partners and customers this session will also cover:

  • A summary of the 50+ published reference architectures currently available on redhat.com
  • Examples of reference architectures developed with our partners and customers
  • How to use reference architectures and what they can do for you
  • How to provide feedback on reference architectures
  • How to propose a new reference architecture or the updating of an existing reference architecture
  • How to volunteer to work on a reference architecture
  • Annual awards for the best reference architectures

Vijay and Rachel will close this session with a brief discussion on “community”-developed reference architectures for business-critical use cases and solutions based on Red Hat solutions.

Topics: Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Consulting, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise MRG, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Decoding the Code: Summit Wednesday, May 4 10:20 am - 11:20 am 3.0 / 5.0

Enterprise Insights: Summit

This track will break down how open source can give your IT ecosystem a competitive edge. We'll show you why open source software is more secure, has a lower cost and higher value, is interoperable with thousands of ISVs, and is essential for the success and growth of your organization.

Real World Perspectives Panel: Red Hat Network Satellite / Compliance

Hosts:

Akash Chandrashekar — Solution Architect, Red Hat

Panelists:

Roy Bonser — Senior Systems Administrator, College of LSA, University of Michigan
David Glaser — Senior Systems Administrator, College of LSA, University of Michigan
Patrick Connolly — Senior Infrastructure Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton
Kevin Masaryk — Linux/UNIX Administrator, Server Management, Salt River Project

Join this panel session to learn about the advantages Red Hat customers are gaining with the use of the Red Hat Network Satellite systems management solution to complement their Red Hat deployments.

Enterprise businesses across a variety of industries and sectors rely on Red Hat products and solutions to address the critical business demands facing IT organizations today. Learn best practices and see how open source solutions can give your business a competitive advantage in the real world.

Topics: Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Thursday, May 5 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 2.0 / 5.0

Integrating User Community Content with Systems Management

Aaron Prayther — Senior Systems Analyst & Architect, LCE
James Labocki — Solution Architect, Red Hat

While the adoption of systems management by many organizations has reduced costs and increased administrator productivity, administrators may still perform maintenance of content that resides inside the systems management platform that is not provided by a vendor. By building a community and integrating it with a systems management platform, it is possible to further increase system administrator productivity and reduce duplication of effort.

In this session, LCE’s Aaron Prayther and Red Hat’s James Labocki will show attendees how the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) are solving this problem using Red Hat Network Satellite. Attendees will also learn about how a U.S. Federal Government customer reduced its post-installation configuration headache by using Red Hat Network Satellite.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Enterprise Insights: Summit Friday, May 6 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

In the Weeds: Summit

In this highly-technical, developer-focused track, you'll learn exactly how to leverage Red Hat solutions to drive your IT strategy and your enterprise to new heights. No details will be spared.

Take Control: Conquering Compliance Issues with Red Hat Network Satellite

Akash Chandrashekar — Solution Architect, Red Hat
Renaud Deraison — Chief Research Officer, Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Keeping an enterprise environment compliant with the numerous required standards, including PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, and FISMA, as well as potential internal requirements, like Six Sigma, can be daunting, expensive, and in some circumstances, virtually impossible. The constant deluge of patches and updates raises the likelihood of failing an audit.

However, organizations that implement best practices around Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Network Satellite can automate and manage the entire process and dramatically reduce the staff time needed to move toward achieving and maintaining compliance.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Wednesday, May 4 10:20 am - 11:20 am 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop at Red Hat

Mason Sanders — Manager, Desktop Systems, Red Hat

Come learn how Red Hat uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 internally to provide its employees with a stable and secure desktop.

In this session, Mason Sanders will provide an open and in-depth discussion about how Red Hat uses its own products and other open source software to keep the company moving forward. Mason will discuss all things desktop, and address how Red Hat deals with the challenges that arise from not being a Microsoft shop. It can be done, so come learn how.

Topics: Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Thursday, May 5 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Get Started Building Private Red Hat Clouds

Scott Collier — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Steve Reichard — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Vinny Valdez — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

Red Hat Cloud Foundations provides the infrastructure needed to build your own private IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) cloud. In this session, Scott Collier, Steve Reichard, and Vinny Valdez will show attendees how Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Cluster Suite, Red Hat Network Satellite, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization can be used to create your own private Iaas cloud. They will also discuss how Red Hat Enterprise MRG Grid and JBoss Operations Network extend the infrastructure enabling grid and middleware deployments on the established cloud.

Scott, Steve, and Vinny will provide information from the initial reference architectures on Red Hat Cloud Foundations. Come to this session to learn details about:

  • Differing infrastructure and virtualization clusters of Red Hat Cloud Foundations
  • Providing highly available management services to the cloud
  • Automating baremetal and virtualization provisioning the cloud
  • Deploying and monitoring applications
  • Scaling out to a hybrid cloud (grid)
  • Automating cloud deployments

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise MRG, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
In the Weeds: Summit Friday, May 6 9:45 am - 10:45 am 3.0 / 5.0

What's New: Summit

Linux in the enterprise is rapidly evolving. Learn about the latest in open source virtualization, middleware, infrastructure, security, desktop technology, messaging, storage, and more.

Red Hat Certification Focus Group

Randy Russell — Director of Certification, Red Hat

The Red Hat Certification team invites its certified community of Linux professionals to participate in its fourth annual Red Hat Summit focus group. Participants must be RHCEs, RHCTs, RHCSAs, or RHCVAs to attend. Focus group attendees will learn about new developments in the program and will be encouraged to provide feedback on the direction of the certification program.

With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat has announced some significant changes to its certification program. We will be discussing these changes, as well as ongoing and future initiatives to engage and benefit Red Hat certified professionals.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop, Red Hat Enterprise MRG, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's New: Summit Wednesday, May 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

What's Next: Summit

Be the first to know about what's on the horizon from Red Hat and industry partners. Learn about future innovations in virtualization, management, security, certifications, and more.

Tracking Your Subscriptions with Red Hat Subscription Manager

Bryan Kearney — Manager, Software Engineering, Red Hat
Chris Alfonso — Manager, Software Applications, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 will be released with a new Subscription Manager tool that will tell users exactly what products are installed on the machine, the exact subscription that is providing updates to the machine, and when that subscription expires. In addition, the subscription data is secure and enables authenticated connection to Red Hat’s new content delivery network (CDN). This new CDN will provide improved access to updates and errata.

In this session, Bryan Kearney and Chris Alfonso will:

  • Summarize the new Subscription Manager tooling
  • Demonstrate the new functionality available at redhat.com.
  • Outline how the CDN works
  • Describe how the subscription and product data is stored on the file system
  • Discuss how system administrators can use this new data, including integrating it with Assent Management Systems

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Wednesday, May 4 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

The Future of Red Hat Network Satellite: A New Architecture Enabling Traditional Datacenters & the Cloud

Todd Warner — Product Manager, Red Hat
Todd Sanders — Engineering Manager, Red Hat

Red Hat Network Satellite has been successfully managing Red Hat Enterprise Linux in traditional datacenters since 2002. In that time, Red Hat Network Satellite has been extremely popular, managing groups of systems that scale from small local deployments to vast global infrastructures.

Future versions of Red Hat Network Satellite will provide even greater tools and capabilities for customers to manage the machines both deployed within their datacenters and federated out to public clouds.

In this session, members of the Red Hat Network Satellite product leadership team will discuss and demonstrate the dramatic new direction that the product is taking. A sampling of what is covered includes:

  • Powerful content mirroring and deployment
  • Recipe-driven configuration management
  • Vastly improved and rearchitected subscription tracking and inventory management
  • New fine-grained user roles
  • Redesigned application and system lifecycle management architecture and workflow

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
What's Next: Summit Thursday, May 5 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0