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Building Custom Linux Images for Amazon EC2 at UUASC-LA in El Segundo Thu. Sept. 3, plus an LA Puppet Master is needed.

From: Jordan S.
Sent on: Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:26 PM
Just wanted to clue the LACloud folks in to Eric Hammond's "Building
Custom Linux Images for Amazon EC2" presentation coming up on Thursday
Sept. 3rd at UUASC in El Segudo.

Details at and below.

Also for our October meeting we will be having a Configuration
Management Roundtable and we need someone to talk to puppet.  We have
speakers for cfengine and chef.   Let me know if you are interested.



Unix Users Association of Southern California
         Los Angeles County Chapter
             September 2009 Meeting


Custom Linux Images for Amazon EC2


         Thursday, Sep. 3, 7-9 pm

          Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     222 N. Sepulveda in El Segundo
      10th Floor -- Martinique Room


This month we will stick our heads back into the clouds, specifically
Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud EC2, which uses Xen based
virtualization to launch web facing servers on-demand.

At the September meeting of UUASC-LA, Eric Hammond, who hosted the EC2
BoF and the EC2 Linux for Beginners lab at SCALE7x, will expand on his
recent presentation at OSCON 2009. The talk covers customizing Amazon
Machine Images (AMIs) to create an Ubuntu or Debian machine image to
your specs with a process you can modify and reuse as your needs

This talk expects that audience members are comfortable running and
using a Linux system and have at least a basic familiarity with what
Amazon EC2 is. Attendees who have run an instance on EC2 and have an
understanding of shell scripting will get the most out of this
presentation. Experts in virtual machine building will still pick up
pointers for automating the process for EC2.

Eric Hammond is an Internet Startup Technologist who has been involved
in the architecture, development, and leadership of a number of
successful early stage startups including,,,, and

IMPORTANT: The building is locked at 7 pm and anyone who arrives after that
time will require a Sun employee to escort them to the meeting. For that
reason, everyone is highly encouraged to arrive before 7 pm so that our Sun
representative doesn't have to be in two places at once -- downstairs
escorting late arrivals and upstairs babysitting our meeting. It is also
highly probable that those who arrive after 7:30 may not be able to attend the

After the meeting, you are invited to mingle with many of the chapter members
at UUASC-LA's favorite dining and drinking spot. Details will be presented at
the meeting.

WARNING: People may take photographs of UUASC-LA meetings and social events.
If someone is absolutely opposed to having his or her photograph taken, that
person needs to please speak with the photographer.

Warning to photographers: You must have a person's permission to post
photographs in any public manner.


From the South via Interstate 405:

Exit at El Segundo Blvd. Turn left and proceed approximately three miles to
the intersection of El Segundo Blvd. and Sepulveda. Turn right (Northbound),
stay in the right lane. Skip to "Northbound on Sepulveda", below.

From the North via Interstate 405:

Exit at El Segundo Blvd. Turn left onto La Cienega Blvd. (get into the right
lane). Turn right at El Segundo Blvd and proceed approximately three miles
tothe intersection of El Segundo Blvd and Sepulveda. Turn right (Northbound),
stay in the right lane.

Northbound on Sepulveda:

You should now be proceeding nortbound, in the right lane along Sepulveda
Blvd. The signal at the next intersection (Sepulveda/Grand) is an important
landmark. The meeting venue is in the Oracle building (222 Sepulveda) on the
Southeast corner, just before the intersection, on the right. The Free Parking
is *across* the intersection, in the Northeast corner on the right.


Continue northbound across the intersection, turn into the first driveway on
the right, known as the LAX Business Park. Go through the raised gates, turn
right, find  a parking space close to the traffic signal.


Short stairs lead from the raised parking lot to the sidewalk. Walk across the
intersection heading south. The UUASC meeting venue (Sun Microsystems office)
is in the "Oracle" building, closest to the southeast corner of the
Sepulveda/Grand intersection. Entrances are located on the Oracle building's
North and South sides. However, after business hours, the North side is
closed; go to the South entrance.  If the doors are locked here, the security
guard can open it; politely knock on the door to get their attention.

Enter and sign in, inform the guard that you want to go to the Sun
Microsystems offices on the 10th floor. That means the elevators to the right,
and the guard will likely need to activate the elevator for you. The UUASC
meeting is in Sun's offices on the 10th floor.

For any questions on how to get there, call[masked]-2400. However, that number
won't be available after business hours (5:30). After that time, call

UUASC wants to especially thank member Justin Roth of Sun for his excellent
hospitality.  And, UUASC wants to thank our host, Sun Microsystems, for the
continued support of our meetings.


UUASC is for all persons using UNIX either personally or professionally, or
interested in learning more about UNIX. We recognize all varieties of UNIX,
including (without prejudice) SCO, Linux, SVr4, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, and BSD.
This is a good place to meet others with similar interests and broaden your
skills and knowledge.

There are two UUASC chapters serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Meeting
locations for each chapter are detailed at our web site, http://www.uuasc....­.
Please visit our web site.

There are no dues or other membership requirements. More than 300 persons
receive our monthly meeting announcements. Meeting attendance varies to as
high as 75. Hershel Remer serves as UUASC president and leads a team of
volunteers who together manage the club. More volunteers are always needed.

Los Angeles County Chapter meetings are normally held the first Thursday of
each month from 7 to 9 pm ( or whenever we feel like stopping ). Generally,
meetings include a technical presentation on a hardware or software topic of
current interest to the UNIX community and a round-table discussion of current
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