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Note: the speaker's name is a link to his or her email address, and the talk title is a link to the powerpoint and/or postscript slides for the talk. Links to RealVideo archives of the talks will be added as they are recorded during the week. You may view the live broadcast using RealPlayer G2:

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Monday, April 3

8:00Registration
9:25Welcome
9:30 Christian Trachimow (DESY-HH) Status/Plans for the new HTASK Windows 2000 Coordination group [Powerpoint 
The HTASK commitee set up a new group called "windows 2000 coordination group" in order to coordinate the activities around windows2000 in the HEP community. The talk will give an overview about the status and plans of this group. The mandate will be presented and the activities will be discussed to get response from the open community.
10:00 Joel Surget (CEA - DAPNIA - SEI) User account creation [Powerpoint 
In WNT 4, we have written a procedure to create account/ profile/ directories with WI2 (CERN Windows Interpreter), perl and resource kits tools. With W2000, we have decided to written a similar procedure using the Microsoft tools: VBS (Visual Basic Script) + wsh (Windows Scripting Host) + ADSI (Active directory Service Interface) and resource kits tools. I will explain with some examples how using this new language.
10:30Coffee Break
11:00 Alberto Di Meglio (CERN) NICE 2000: An Overview of the CERN Windows 2000 Environment [Powerpoint 
CERN started a pilot project on Windows 2000 at the end of 1999 with the goal of investigating a new architecture for the NICE computing environment. In this talk I will outline the general Windows 2000 infrastructure (hardware and software) and report on the problem we encountered and how we tried to solve them using the new technology provided by Windows 2000 - the new domain model, DNS, DFS, replication, Group Policies and Active Directory
11:30 Alberto Di Meglio (CERN) Windows 2000 IntelliMirror: a new approach to software distribution and roaming users management [Powerpoint 
The CERN NICE 2000 project is investigating some new technology available in Windows 2000 that should make life easier when managing roaming users and portable computers and distributing software on the desktop without loosing control of the environment. In this talk I'll describe the work done in this area at CERN with special focus on Active Directory, Group Policies, redirection and offline folders.
12:00 Joel Surget (CEA - DAPNIA - SEI) A small W2K domain [Powerpoint 
We have decided to create a totally new pure W2000 domain to use the max. of the new functionality. I'll present the architecture we've decided and the new functionality we will use now: Policy, quota, DFS, W2000 DNS, MSI Package ...
12:30LunchStudent's MENSA II
14:00 Christian Trachimow (DESY-HH) Mail migration at DESY [Powerpoint 
As the central VMS cluster will be shutdown in June 2000 DESY has to migrate the mailboxes hosted on VMS as well as the central mail gateway functionality (PMDF from Innosoft) to another platform. Additionally, the NT mailserver (running the UW IMAP daemon) was replaced by an MS Exchange server. The talk will give an overview about the mail migration project:
- The web pages for the mail migration are based on tools from the University of Washington.
- The central mail gateway "PMDF" is ported to Unix.
- Results of an in-depth test of MS Exchange and the implementation of the server will be presented.
- first experiences after one month of production will be discussed.
14:30 Robert Cowles (SLAC) Denial of Service Attacks [Powerpoint 
How they are done and how they can be reduced in impact
15:30Coffee Break
16:00 Place_Holder_A (Place_Holder_B) Place_Holder_C [Powerpoint
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Tuesday, April 4

8:30Registration
09:00 Marco Ganz (CERN) Mail and Groupware @CERN [Powerpoint 
The messaging infrastracture at CERN is moving towards a groupware solution. The current status of the mail, listbox and ldap servers is presented together with future directions that are being investigated.
09:30 Lisa Giacchetti (FERMI-Labs) FARMS UPDATE [Powerpoint 
FERMI's venture into the deployment of LINUX farms started about 2 years ago. Much has changed since then and this talk will present an update on the status of the LINUX farms. It will include a short review of the last major purchase and problems encounteredi, a short review of the 3 farm computing models (Fixed Traget, CDF and D0) and an introduction into the tools we are developing to manage the growing number of LINUX Farms.
10:00 Lionel Cons (CERN) The Linux 2000 Programme at CERN (L2K) [Powerpoint 
This presentation will describe L2K, which goal is to "Enable and promote Linux on Intel based hardware as a fully functional computer platform for CERN usage. The targeted platforms include technical desktops (across all sectors) and high-performance server components such as data servers, interactive machines, computing farms, etc."
10:30Coffee Break
11:00 Knut Woller (DESY-HH) Automated Linux Installations at DESY [Powerpoint 
It is a little known fact that automated hands off installation of Linux boxes is possible with SuSE Linux distributions based on the YaSt installation tool. DESY has been running such an installation service since 1998 which currently provides full integration of Linux into the DESY network environment for more than 300 Linux servers, farm PCs and desktops. YaST version 1 has been tailored to DESY's needs by SuSE under business support contract, and we are starting cooperation on the development of its successor YaST 2. The goal is to have an end user interface for Linux PC configurations which allows for individual, yet fully reproducible system installations with minimal activity from the -IT- group.
11:30 Stephan Müller (SuSE-DE) Automatic Installation and Configuration with YaST2 [Powerpoint 
Topics:
1. YaST2 - A Technical Overview
2. The Approach of automatic Installation and Configuration
3. Benefits
12:30LunchStudent's MENSA II
14:00 Philippe Defert (CERN) LINUX WORKSHOP: Installation Management [Powerpoint 
Following the meeting held at CHEP with DESY, FNAL, CERN, etc. there is the feeling, that we could do an installation management system which could be used by the different sites, or by doing it ourselves, or by outsourcing it to a common company. Therefore we need to collect and unify the requirements for such a system. Later on, we could decide on the way to develop it.
Proposed Facilitator: Ph. Defert
15:30Coffee Break
16:00 Lionel Cons (CERN) LINUX WORKSHOP: Your worst problems with Linux and how you dealt with them [Powerpoint 
Trying to share problems and solutions met for HEP computing with the Linux operating system.
Proposed Facilitator: L. Cons.
18:30Reception by the City of Braunschweig at the Altstadtrathaus(DORNSE), Altstadtmarkt
19:45Workshop Dinner at the Gewandhaus, Altstadtmarkt

Wednesday, April 5

8:30Registration
9:00 Hermann Matthies (RZTUBS) Welcome/Computing at RZTUBS [Powerpoint 
Prof. Hermann Matthies, the Director of RZTUBS Computer Services, will
welcome the attendees to this joint meeting of HEPNT and HEPiX.
9:15Site Reports
Pierrick MICOUT DAPNIA [Powerpoint]  
Wojcik Wojciech CCIN2P3 [Powerpoint]  
Andrei Maslennikov CASPUR [Powerpoint]  
Lisa Giacchetti FERMI [Powerpoint]  
John Gordon CLRC/RAL [Powerpoint] [Powerpoint]  
10:30Coffee Break
11:00Site Reports
Michel Jouvin LAL [Powerpoint]  
Chuck Boeheim SLAC [Powerpoint]  
Sandy Philpott JLAB [Powerpoint]  
Knut Woller DESY-HH [Powerpoint]  
German Cancio CERN [Powerpoint]  
12:30LunchStudent's MENSA II
14:00 Michel Jouvin (LAL) LDAP in HEP [Powerpoint 
Where we are ?
14:30 Wolfgang Friebel (DESY-Zeuthen) Experiences with precompiled free software [Powerpoint 
A small company offers precompiled free software packages for the major UNIX platforms for an attractive price. I will discuss whether this can save manpower in providing users with required free software, which is presently built at DESY. Experiences during a one month testing period will be reported.
15:00 Philippe Defert (CERN) Software Distribution for the 2000's [Powerpoint 
ASIS, the Application Software Installation Server, does not entirely fit the future environment for HEP computing. It was first design to overcome the difficulty of heterogeneity without addressing some present important problems like scalability to big computing farms, nomadic computing, the predominance of Linux for scientific computing. Many possible improvements are possible but what is the easiest but efficient method to use.
15:30Coffee Break
16:00 Lisa Giacchetti (Fermilab) NGOP: Next Generations Operations [Powerpoint 
The rapid increase in the number of computers for Fixed Target experiments and changes for Run II computing add to the complexities of operating and managing of a large computing facility at Fermilab. The Next Generation Operations working group (NGOP) was created in summer of 1999 in order to gather the requirements for a distributed management system capable of efficiently running Fermilab's computing facility. We were looking for pro-active tools that provide self-management of different operating systems (OS) and mission-critical applications. The requirements have been finalized since September 1999 and the evaluation of available (commercial and freeware) products was fulfilled by December 1999. Based on product evaluation the decision to develop on site Distributed Management System has been made and the design discussions have been in progress since January 2OOO. This talk will review the decisions made so far and the design goals of the software product.
16:30 Robert Cowles (SLAC) Quickguide to a Computer Security Plan [Powerpoint 
The open research laboratories funded by the U. S. Department of Energy have all submitted Cyber Security Program Plans describing their security environment and including their risk assessments. These security plans can be abstracted to give a useful framework (we hesitate to use the word "architecture") for building your own Security Plan. For those of you not familiar with security plans, there will be a short motivational introduction on why you needed one yesterday.

Thursday, April 6

8:30Registration
9:00 Dane Skow (Fermilab) A Simple(minded) Costing Model [Powerpoint 
With the continued rapid drop in computing hardware costs and continued competition for skilled computer specialists, personnel and support costs are starting to dominate the total cost of computing solutions. I will present a working document for a taxonomy of computer service levels and operations responsibilities and the results of a (simple) empirical fitting exercise to supported Fermilab computing clusters. I'll compare the fits with experience with other clusters and would like to compare with experiences at other laboratories.
9:20 John O'Neall (CCIN2P3) Computing and data storage at the CCIN2P3 [Powerpoint 
I will present an overview of the Centre de Calcul de Physique Nucleaire, its mission, architecture and current status. A second paper, by W. Wojcik, will discuss services offered to specific experiments.
9:40 Philippe Olivero (CCIN2P3) Monitoring Applications at the CCIn2p3 [Powerpoint 
To make production secure, we have not only to detect machine crashes, but also to monitor applications and materials which are critical to production. This talk will present the current situation, with plenty of "individual" tools, then a first tentative to gather them in a single application, and finally what we plan to do in the future.
10:00 Wojciech Wojcik (CCIN2P3) Regional Center services for HEP experiments at CCIN2P3 [Powerpoint 
The IN2P3 Computer Center is acting now as "Regional Center" for different running and future experiments (BaBar, D0, STAR, EROS II, Auger Supernovea, Virgo, LHC experiments). The different solutions for mass store, databases, cpu, networking and access to the data will be presented.
10:15 Andrei Maslennikov (CASPUR) Deploying Fibre Channel: first insights [Powerpoint 
CASPUR's current FC setup will be presented, together with some conclusions and plans for the future.
10:30Coffee Break
11:00 Chuck Boeheim (SLAC) Console and Message Management at SLAC [Powerpoint 
As the number of nodes in the SLAC compute farm surpasses 600, we have needed new tools to manage these large numbers of machines. This talk will present some tools developed at SLAC for the purpose, and we would like to have some follow-on discussion of sharing monitoring tools among labs.
12:00 !!!LunchStudent's MENSA II
13:30 Tim Smith (CERN) LINUX WORKSHOP: PEM(Performance and monitoring) [Powerpoint 
There was also a pre-meeting at CHEP on that project. The need of collaboration was also felt essential. Proposed Facilitator: T. Smith.
Last minute change:
Alessandro MIOTTO and Javier JAEN-MARTINEZ will take over Tim's part.
15:00Coffee Break
15:30 Philippe Defert (CERN) LINUX Workshop summary & outlook [Powerpoint 
xx:yy Wolfgang Friebel (DESY-Zeuthen) Conference summary & closing remarks [Powerpoint 
xx:yyEnd of HEPiX / HEPNT + LINUX Workshop


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