CAVMEN - Chicago Area
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April 22, 2010 Meeting

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM Eliminating the Barriers: Bringing z/VM Administration to the 21st Century
The skills needed to administer a z/VM system are typically acquired over a period of many years. Bringing new people in to the fold can be challenging when all they think about when they hear 'mainframe' is green screen. Experienced admins from other platforms might be turned away by having to learn yet another set of commands and a terminal interface. Other virtualization platforms compete for mind share via sexy GUIs.

This presentation will slide-show/demo (depending upon network availability) a project that provides cloud enablement for z/VM and will allow the administration of a z/VM system from a web browser.

The speaker will be Rich Smrcina of Velocity Software.
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10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Managing Linux on z/VM
Managing Linux on the mainframe requires capacity planning, performance analysis, chargeback and operational support. This presentation discusses technologies that can be used to accomplish it all effectively.
The speaker will be Rich Smrcina of Velocity Software.
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12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:45 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
2:00 PM Linux on z Update
The speaker will present a brief update of recent developments in the Linux under z/VM area.
The speaker will be Hank Calzaretta of the IBM Corporation.
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2:30 PM SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP1 - Ready to Roll Out
Find out just what is cooking in the upcoming release of SLES 11 SP1. We'll spend some focused time on what is new, updated, and supported. Of course, the special emphasis will be on System z.
The speaker will be Don Vosburg of Novell, Inc.
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3:30 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:45 PM Run your ASP.NET applications on System z: A Closer look at how Mono on SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 can free you to fly
We will look at the architecture of running Mono - the Linux implementation of .NET. Then we will discuss some real-life situations where you might consider deploying these application servers on SLES 11 for System z, and hear about what others have done.
The speaker will be Don Vosburg of Novell, 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 Conference Room 100-M3, in Building 100, 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.


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.