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April 21, 2005 Meeting

Final Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM Architecting VM and Linux for WebSphere
An introduction to setting up an infrastructure that will allow WebSphere applications to run efficiently on Linux for zSeries. This infrastructure consists of LPARs running VM, running multiple Linux guests, each running WebSphere, running your applications. This presentation tells you how to start setting up such an architecture, how to make these parts work together optimally, and how to allocate memory between all of the systems involved.
The speaker will be Mr. Stephen Wehr of the IBM Corporation.
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM How to install WebSphere once and share it among many Linux guests
One of the strengths of zSeries as a platform for Linux is the ability to manage many Linux images centrally. But as the number of Linux images grows, some of the typical problems of large server farms emerge. Software installed on the Linux images must be serviced or updated, and there is no way to do this other than servicing each image as if it were a standalone server. But zSeries has the ability to share file systems as VM minidisks, so there ought to be a way to install WebSphere once and use that installation for many other Linux images. Attend and find out how.
The speaker will be Mr. Stephen Wehr of the IBM Corporation. -- Download Handout
12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:45 PM New IBM Systems and Storage Management Tools for z/VM
With the continued growth of z/VM and Linux on zSeries, the need for systems and storage management tools on z/VM grows as well. Come hear what IBM announced this year for tape management (including integration with DFSMSmm on z/OS) and backup and restore services. You'll also gain some insight into what might be coming soon. One of the developers will also be on hand to address technical questions.
The speaker will be Ms. Tracy Dean of the IBM Corporation.
3:15 PM Coffee Break
3:30 PM Planning for the Worst: Disaster Recovery for z/VM and Linux/390
The emergence of Linux/390 on z/VM has brought new interest to the z/VM platform. One of the first tools you need when deploying Linux on the mainframe is a reliable disaster recovery solution. Historically, z/VM installations have used expensive vendor solutions or complicated and difficult to maintain DDR implementations. This session covers why you need to have a disaster recovery plan, what needs to be in it, with options for implementation, including an overview of Safe Software's newest product: SafeDR. A cost effective, turnkey z/VM disaster recovery solution.
The speaker will be Mr. John Hall of Safe Software.
4:45 PM Free-for-All
Members will attempt to answer any reasonable VM or hardware related questions. If you are having a problem and want to find out if others are experiencing it, or you are installing new hardware or software and want to find out what types of problems others have experienced, here is the place to find out.
5:45 PM Annual CAVMEN Reunion
We will be holding the Annual (by popular demand) gathering of current and former CAVMEN members after the regular meeting.

We will once again meet at The Portofino Italian Bistro in Vernon Hills. It is located off of Route 60, just West of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21), approximately six miles from our meeting location. Cocktails, appetizers, and dinner will be available.

Click here to see Portofino's WEB site, which contains a map, and menu information.

If you are driving a long distance, there is a hotel within walking distance of Portofino's. The Hawthorn Suites Limited, 975 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-1442, (847) 367-8031. When you call for a reservation, be sure to mention that you are attending a function at Portofino's in order to get the best rate.

If you plan to attend the reunion at Portofino's, PLEASE send a SEPARATE E-Mail to CAVMEN@comcast.net with a Subject line of "Annual Reunion" so that we can anticipate the turnout.

Mark your calendar now!

Members are encouraged to bring ideas for future presentations and speakers to this meeting.

Meeting Location:

This quarter's meeting will be held at the Hewitt Associates 'East Campus' located at 100 Half Day Road, in Lincolnshire, IL. We will meet in Conference Room 100-M3, just off the Cafeteria.

If you have not attended a meeting at this location before, or you are not familiar with the area, Click here for additional information on directions, maps, lodging and dining.


Our host site has requested a count of expected attendees by the Monday before the meeting, so that they can plan appropriately for refreshments, etc. If you are planning to attend, PLEASE send an E-Mail by that date to CAVMEN@comcast.net with a subject line of "Meeting Attendance".

This is meant to be a facilities planning aid and should not be interpreted as a registration requirement. If you suddenly become available at the last minute, please feel free to attend even if you have not responded.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.