Git For System Admins

Speaker: Justin Elliott

Level: Foundational, Lecture

Excerpt: Git For System Admins

Description: Come and learn all about Git, the most popular and powerful distributed version control system! It’s not just for programmers, it’s one of the essential tools for any systems administrator that needs to keep track of scripts, server configs, network configuration files, and more.

This session will cover the basics of Git installation and how to use it in your everyday workflow. This in turn will greatly enhance your productivity since you will be liberated to know that your hard work is securely stored and you can take huge leaps of high potential changes and updates.

The session will wrap up with the basics of using GitHub and SourceTree, two of the most popular Git tools available for OS X today.

About the speaker

Justin Elliott – Penn State University (Twitter: justindelliott)

Justin is one of the founding members of He has enjoyed working on Macs and UNIX for over 20 years, and as a Mac/UNIX systems admin since 1995. He finished his master’s degree in computer science in 1999 because he loved the torture and compilers. Justin is also one of the founders of the annual Penn State MacAdmins Conference.

At Penn State, he is the IT Manager of the Mac and Linux Team for the Classroom and Lab Computing department in ITS at Penn State University.

He is also a software developer and recovering systems admin. He created and continues to develop “Blast Image Config,” a freeware OS X system image restore utility which is used to build and configure all of the 700+ student computing lab Macs at Penn State University.

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