Server and platform user groups

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Server and platform user groups

Server user groups bring together IT professionals who work with various types of servers. Although users may be using a variety of form factors, such as tower servers, rack servers and blade servers, server user groups are generally organized around the platform running on the machine. That can be operating system specific, such as Windows Server; database-focused on SQLServer or Oracle RAC, for example, or service specific, such as the Amazon Web Services group. Group members can find online and physical events for learning, networking and troubleshooting server issues. Server user groups may also maintain online discussion boards. Topics for discussion include specific server products, server migrations and upgrades, cloud services and more.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) user group
The UK AWS user group brings together IT professionals interested in Amazon's cloud-based infrastructure platform. The group maintains a Google group for online discussion, and schedules meetups throughout the year. Members also attend other events, like Amazon developer/architect days. Membership is free.

Contact: UK AWS Google Group

Upcoming events
None scheduled.

Edinburgh Linux user group
The Edinburgh Linux group meets once a month and was formed to debate Linux-related issues, run demonstrations, offer tutorials and classes and run Linux install days. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 19:30. Members stay in touch through a mailing list. Membership is free and donations of money, equipment and time are welcome.

Contact: Group administrator

Upcoming events
3 February 2011, 19:30
Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, St. Mary's Street, EH1
Marco Donnarumma of PureData will present at this meeting.

UNIX user group
This user group is a SIG of the Oracle user group, with the purpose of sharing knowledge around Oracle database and UNIX/Linux system administration. It is designed for those working with Oracle Database Server running on UNIX or Linux. The group hosts three full-day meetings per year (in London, the Southeast and Midlands) with presentations on user experiences and new or unfamiliar technology. The Oracle user group is sponsored by various organizations, and charges membership fees ranging from £155 to 2,900.

Contact: Aimee Kimerling

Upcoming events
UNIX SIG meeting
21 January 2011, 9:30-16:20
Royal Institute of British Architects, London
This meeting will cover topics such as how to reduce Oracle infrastructure costs, performance tuning of third-party apps, warehousing and search issues.

UNIX SIG meeting
25 May 2010, 9:30-16:20
Blythe Valley Park, West Midlands
This meeting will include information on using OTL to secure data, Oracle performance alternatives and business rules constraints. There will also be time for networking and presentations from Oracle reps.

UNIX SIG meeting
8 September 2010, 9:30-16:30
Oracle, Thames Valley Park, Reading
This event will cover topics including Linux on Intel, best practices on securing Oracle, IBM POWER7, and database and support information.

UNIX & Open Systems user group
The Unix and Open Systems user group offers a quarterly newsletter, regular briefings, training and conferences to advance its mission of education and understanding around open IT standards. Members come from IT, commercial and research/academic sectors. Smaller working groups include those for schools, regional groups, publicity, events and newsletter creation, and SIGS include those on Apple and government. The group offers member discounts on conferences, free evening meetings, book discounts and technical tutorials. The UKUUG is an independent nonprofit group supported by membership dues. Membership fees start at £20 per year for students and retirees and go up to £170 for institutions.

Contact: office@ukuug.org

Upcoming events
Intermediate Perl training
15-16 February 2011, 9:30-17:00
Royal National Hotel, London
This class will offer deeper knowledge of Perl for those who have only dabbled in Perl. Topics will include reusable code, templates, object orientation, sorting, testing and databases. Non-member cost £500; member discount rate £385 (including VAT).

Advanced Perl Techniques
17-18 February 2011, 9:30-17:00
Royal National Hotel, London
This course is for experienced Perl users and will explore the latest and most powerful Perl programming techniques. The class will discuss advanced testing, handling exceptions, profiling and benchmarking and web development with Plack, as well as any new techniques that arise.

Large Installation Systems Administration (LISA) Conference
22-24 March 2011
Albion Place, Leeds
This conference brings together system and network administrators for technical talks as well as opportunities for networking, learning and debates. Topics will likely include an Openstack tutorial and sessions on DNSSEC, digital forensics and automating workflows with BOSS.

Windows Server user group
This Windows server user group is a community project, with leaders blogging the latest news and events on the site. The site also includes links to reference materials and forums. Past events have included speakers on Windows crash dump analysis, BranchCache, Windows server migrations and social events. Membership is free.

Contact: Mark Parris, 01372 740373

Upcoming events
None scheduled.

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This was first published in January 2011

 

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