CAVMEN - Chicago Area
                      VM (and Linux) Enthusiasts

January 20, 2005 Meeting

Final Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM Using z/VM in a SCSI Environment
This session will provide an overview of the new z/VM native support for SCSI disks and how it can be used to install, IPL, and run your z/VM system in a SCSI-only environment.

z/VM V5.1 supports SCSI FCP disk logical units (SCSI disks) for both system and guest use. SCSI disks can also be used as emulated 9336 Model 20 FBA disks. Guests that support FBA disks (such as CMS, GCS, and VSE) also can use SCSI disks through the emulated-FBA support, without requiring their own SCSI support. VM's SCSI support allows a Linux server farm to be deployed on z/VM in a configuration that includes only SCSI disks. ECKD disks are no longer required. Installation of z/VM from DVD to a SCSI disk, IPL from a SCSI disk using SAPL and z/VM system dumps to a SCSI disk are supported. DDR services using SCSI disks are supported when DDR is running under CMS.

The speaker will be Mr. Steve Wilkins of the IBM Corporation.
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM z/VM Device Support Overview
The speaker will provide an overview of current device support available on z/VM 5.1.0. This presentation will cover Channel, Disk, Tape, and OSA technologies available for VM system I/O and guest operating systems running under z/VM. This presentation is well suited for an audience new to z/VM.
The speaker will be Mr. Steve Wilkins of the IBM Corporation.
12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:45 PM Linux Update
The speaker will present a brief update of recent developments in the Linux under z/VM area.
The speaker will be Mr. James Savoie of the IBM Corporation.
2:00 PM Hidden Gems in VM: Great Tools You Never Knew You Had
Did you know that there are disks containing sample code that are included with your z/VM or VM/ESA installation?

These disks contain useful tools and utilities that are often overlooked. Jim will reveal these gems to you in this presentation which was voted "best session" at Share.

The speaker will be Mr. James Vincent of Nationwide Insurance.
3:15 PM Coffee Break
3:30 PM Technical Overview of FLEX-ES / zFrames
FLEX-ES and the zFrame family offer an attractive low-end S/390 and zSeries alternative for many customers. The speaker will introduce FLEX-ES at a technical level, discussing how it works and how it relates to other hardware and emulator based systems. Specific capabilities and limitations will be included. There will be a demonstration of a ThinkPad based zFrame system running z/OS and z/VM.
The speaker will be Mr. Mike Hammock of Cornerstone Systems.
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.

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