CAVMEN - Chicago Area
                      VM (and Linux) Enthusiasts

January 27, 2011 Meeting

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM Welcome
The new CAVMEN Coordinator will be introduced and will address the group.
9:15 AM Velocity's Performance Suite for System z (zVPS 4.1) Update
This session will provide those attending with an overview of the latest release of zVPS (formerly ESALPS). It will include information about Velocity's new installer and how it simplifies the process of installing or updating Velocity's product suite. Other topics include our new Linux metrics, processor support, the zPRO portal, and our implementation plans for software keys.
The speaker will be Rich Smrcina of Velocity Software.
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10:45 AM Coffee Break
11:15 AM zPro Overview and Demo
Administering your z/VM systems may never be the same after this session. zPro is the newest product from Velocity Software and it will change the way VM systems professionals work with their mainframes. zPRO is an intuitive web based administrative tool that allows you to define and clone Linux and other servers using golden images. It also simplifies the task of managing RACF, SFS, RSCS, Spool Management, your documentation, and more. Most of the tasks that a Systems Programmer performs on a regular basis are available right from their web browser, without requiring a 3270 terminal session. zPRO will increase the productivity of anyone having to manage a z/VM system.
The speaker will be Rich Smrcina of Velocity Software.
12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:45 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 Paul Augustyniak of the IBM Corporation.
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2:00 PM Linux High Availability on System z
This presentation will include a discussion and live demo of SLES 11 SP1 High Availability Extension on System z and an exploration of filesystem choices.
The speaker will be Don Vosburg of Novell, Inc.
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3:15 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:30 PM IBM zEnterprise 196
This session will be an overview of the IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196), the System z server component of the IBM zEnterprise "System of Systems" just announced on July 22. The material presented will include considerable technical detail on z196 design and function: processor design including enhanced cache design and out of order instruction execution; memory design including redundant array of independent memory (RAIM) technology and memory offerings; and I/O subsystem structure including OSA-Express3 connectivity to the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX). The session also provides an introduction and roadmap to other zEnterprise System technical topics including aspects of the zBladeCenter extension (zBX).
The speaker will be Len Santalucia of Vicom Infinity, Inc.
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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 Aon Hewitt 'East Campus' located at 100 Half Day Road, in Lincolnshire, IL. Attendees are asked to enter through the "Security Link" between the 100 and 98 buildings.

If you have not attended a meeting at this location before and do not know the location of this entrance, please Click here You will also find 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.