CAVMEN - Chicago Area
                      VM (and Linux) Enthusiasts

January 26, 2006 Meeting

Final Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM Provisioning Expert for Linux on zSeries
Provisioning Expert of Linux on zSeries helps facilitate server consolidation by enabling you to create, configure, update and remove Linux systems quickly and accurately. In addition to automating the cloning and configuration of Linux guests, Provisioning Expert minimizes the requirement for large amounts of DASD by sharing DASD between Linux systems. To find out more, visit Rocket Software, Inc. at http://www.rocketsoftware.com/portfolio/provisioningexpert
The speaker will be Mr. Ed MacKenty of Rocket Software, Inc.

Ed (MacK) MacKenty is a seasoned UNIX programmer who is applying his Linux expertise to z/VM. Before joining Rocket Software in 2002, MacK was principal of his own consulting company specializing in UNIX design and development. Before that, he worked for Kurzweil Applied Intelligence on speech recognition systems. As the author of Rocket Software's Provisioning Expert for Linux on zSeries, MacK hopes to "take the next step beyond cloning by combining and automating Linux guest creation, software provisioning and configuration."

Rocket Software will be providing an iPod Nano as the grand prize for the afternoon raffle. You must be present to win.
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM VM TCP/IP Routing - Part 1
The speaker will provide detailed information on TCP/IP routing, as implemented in z/VM TCP/IP. In Part 1, we focus on low-level LAN communication, ARP, proxy ARP, and IPv4 addressing and subnetting. This presentation is continued in z/VM TCP/IP Routing - Part 2.
The speaker will be Mr. Alan Altmark of the IBM Corporation.
12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:45 PM VM TCP/IP Routing - Part 2
The speaker will provide detailed information on how to configure and use z/VM TCP/IP's static and dynamic routing functions. In Part 2, we focus on packet routing, dynamic vs static routing, and Virtual IP Addressing (VIPA), and z/VM virtual network design. The mysteries of coding the Gateway and BsdRoutingParms statements for z/VM TCP/IP will be revealed! While the syntax may be VM, the concepts apply to all operating systems, including VSE, z/OS, and Linux. This presentation is a continuation of z/VM TCP/IP Routing - Part 1.
The speaker will be Mr. Alan Altmark of the IBM Corporation.
3:00 PM Coffee Break
3:15 PM High Availability and Automatic Network Failover using VSWITCH
z/VM V4.4 introduced significant new function. During this session we will look at one of those new functions, namely VSWITCH. VSWITCH allows you to do away with using a virtual router for your Linux farm and provides direct connection to physical LAN segments for all your guests. You can also design, configure, and operate your network using VSWITCH to provide High Availability and Automatic Network Failover. We will cover how to design and configure a network using VSWITCH that will survive a failover of a controller virtual machine and/or the failover of an OSA.
The speaker will be Mr. Alan Altmark of the IBM Corporation.
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.


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