CAVMEN - Chicago Area
                      VM (and Linux) Enthusiasts

January 25, 2007 Meeting

Final Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM Help! My (Virtual) Penguin is Sick!
So you've gotten Linux on the mainframe up and running, and perhaps even have some production Linux guests. But one of them isn't responding, or at least, someone says it isn't. What do you do now?

This session is designed for the VM system programmer or Linux administrator who must diagnose such problems. It will define and understand ways Linux can get sick, show techniques to decide what is wrong, and discuss how to gather debugging information for your supporting vendor (if any), the application owner, or just because you think you should gather some information before recycling the guest!

The speaker will be Mr. Phil Smith III of Velocity Software.
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Linux Performance Management on z/VM
Managing Linux on System z requires tools for capacity planning, performance analysis, chargeback, and operational support. This presentation discusses the evolution of z/Linux performance management, including strengths and weakenesses of various measurement infrastructure technologies; presents the Velocity Software solution; and discusses some common performance problems and cures.
The speaker will be Mr. Phil Smith III of Velocity Software.
12:30 PM Lunch Break
*** NOTE ***

There will be an informal meeting during lunch to discuss and finalize plans for the following:

  • Feedback Form - To be used at each meeting
  • Survey Form - To be used at the April meeting (and probably on an annual basis thereafter)
  • Raffle plans - Changes in how we conduct the raffle at each meeting - (with possible interaction with the Feedback Form)
Anyone interested may participate. A separate table in the dining area will be set aside for this group.

If the business at hand cannot be completed during the luncheon period, the informal meeting may continue at a nearby restaurant and watering hole after the formal meeting. That location will be designated at the formal meeting. If you are interested in participating, please plan to set aside time after the formal meeting for this.

1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
2:00 PM System Management on z/VM
As more customers discover the benefits of z/VM virtualization technology and begin to deploy tens to hundreds virtual images, they will need ways to easily manage their systems. This presentation gives a general overview of the various systems management options available on z/VM today, including systems management enhancements for z/VM's newest release.
The speaker will be Mr. Bill Bitner of the IBM Corporation.
3:15 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
During the afternoon break there will be a raffle for prizes provided by IBM and other vendors. Please remember to bring a business card or reasonable facsimile to enter. To enter and win, you must be present.
3:30 PM z/VM Resource Manager
The Virtual Machine Resource Manager (VMRM) provides functions to dynamically tune a z/VM system. This presentation discusses how the VMRM Service Virtual Machine can create a form of group scheduling by managing virtual machines into groups, or workloads, and how performance parameters are adjusted when there is contention for certain system resources. Learn about the latest enhancements and how you can use VMRM to help manage your z/VM system.
The speaker will be Mr. Bill Bitner 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.


The CAVMEN Tools presentation has been rescheduled to the April meeting. There will be more discussion about this during the administration period after lunch at 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.