CAVMEN - Chicago Area
                      VM (and Linux) Enthusiasts

April 23, 2009 Meeting

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM Automating Operations on z/VM and Linux on System z using IBM Operations Manager for z/VM
In this session, we'll dive into the details of automation using Operations Manager for z/VM, including console viewing, console message trapping, scheduling, spool monitoring, system event monitoring, etc. Live demos will show:
  • How to automatically take action based on messages on z/VM service machines, on Linux guest consoles, and in Linux syslog data
  • How to view and interact with live consoles and the system log, for both monitoring and debugging purposes
  • How to monitor and manage spool file usage
  • How to respond to system events
  • How to schedule one-time or recurring events
The speaker will be Tracy Dean of the IBM Corporation.
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10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Backing Up and Restoring z/VM and Linux guest data using IBM Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM
In this session, we'll discuss and demo the various levels of backup and restore capabilities available in Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM. The speaker will cover product installation requirements, configuration tips, and overall product structure. In addition, live demos will show various options for backing up a z/VM system and its Linux guests, including automation of the process using Operations Manager for z/VM.
The speaker will be Tracy Dean of the IBM Corporation.
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12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:45 PM Mainframe Virtualization and Linux - CA's Strategy
This presentation covers CA's Strategy for Linux on System z and its development priorities. The presentation will also discuss common customer challenges and how they are being addressed by CA, as well as other virtualization and Linux topics.
The speaker will be Milt Whitham of CA, Inc.
3:15 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:30 PM VM:Operator r3 Update
This presentation will introduce new features provided with CA VM:Operator r3 (Beta Program under way). This release delivers many significant enhancements to VM:Operator, including infrastructure changes that permit use of TCP/IP. Two significant features that were added to VM:Operator and leverage this new capability are LINUX SYSLOGD and Remote VM:Operator Support. This session will also discuss several other enhancements which were made in response to customer requests.
The speaker will be Brian Jagos of CA, Inc.
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.
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 the Lower Level Conference Room in Building 98.

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.


We would like to request a count of expected attendees by the Monday before the meeting, so that we may plan appropriately for arranging the facilities, and for refreshments and lunch, should one of the vendors wish to provide them. 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.

Cell Phone Policy:

All electronic devices (cell phones, Blackberry's, etc.) if switched on must be kept in silent mode during the meeting. If you need to make or receive a call, you must quietly leave the meeting room to do so. There is a large quiet area outside of the meeting room that is ideal for this.

Any intentional or repeat violations of this policy will result in that individual being escorted from the premises and potentially excluded from future meetings.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.