CAVMEN - Chicago Area
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June 21, 2007 Meeting

Preliminary Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM The Latest and Greatest on z/VM Control Program (CP)
The newest releases of z/VM include many improvements to the z/VM Control Program. These include new support for Linux guests, virtual networks, and guest connectivity, as well as technological advances for IBM System z servers. Come to this session to hear about the recent innovations and enhancements to the z/VM Control Program.
The speaker will be Mr. John Franciscovich of the IBM Corporation.
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Configuring, Customizing, and Modifying your z/VM System without an IPL
Configuring your VM system is easier than it's ever been. Most changes to your VM system configuration may be done dynamically without requiring a system outage. This session will provide hints and tips on exploiting VM CP configuration capabilities, including creating the system configuration file, defining IPL parameters, and dynamically adding, redefining, and removing resources from your CP configuration.
The speaker will be Mr. John Franciscovich of the IBM Corporation.
12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
2:00 PM What's New with Linux from Novell: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 on zSeries Technical Overview
SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 is the only enterprise-class, next-generation Linux platform on the market today. From data center to desktop, SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 delivers the security, reliability and flexibility needed for a true enterprise. It is tightly integrated with Novell's cross-platform for systems management, identity management, and collaboration. SUSE Linux Enterprise is the best-engineered, lowest-cost and most interoperable platform for enterprise computing and has been through months of regression testing-including test cases with applications like Oracle and SAP, and hardware tests on all the major architectures.
The speaker will be Mr. Mark Post and Mr. Dirk Oppenkowski of Novell, Inc.
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3:15 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:30 PM Linux and Linux on System z Installation Planning
As with a lot of tasks, installing a Linux system can be pretty easy, once you know what you're doing. Stubbing your toes on all the gotchas along the way can be very frustrating. In this session, we'll be talking about the things you need to know and consider before you get started, including:
  • Deciding which architecture might be best for the applications you will be running
  • Laying out the system structure
  • Networking requirements for installation
  • Preparing the installation media
  • And more.
The speaker will be Mr. Mark Post of Novell, 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 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.

New Cell Phone Policy:

At the April 2007 meeting, there were several instances where attendees made and received cell phone calls with audible ring tones in the meeting room during a presentation. This type of behavior shows a complete disregard for others. It reflects poorly on the individual doing it, as well as the company that they represent. I was personally astonished by this.

I have, therefore, decided to implement a new Zero Tolerance policy regarding this that will be in effect during all future meetings:

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.

Anyone violating this policy will have their devices confiscated. Said devices to be returned only after the violating individuals manager has sent a letter of apology to the group on company letterhead. Said letters will be displayed at subsequent meetings. Repeat violations will result in that individual being escorted from the premises, and excluded from future meetings.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.