CAVMEN - Chicago Area
                      VM (and Linux) Enthusiasts

June 19, 2008 Meeting

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM z/VM Security Update
This session provides detailed information about the security enhancements in z/VM V5.3. We will discuss mixed-case passwords, password phrases, LDAP, directory commands and enhancements to the support for SSL/TLS in TN3270E, FTP and SMTP.
The speaker will be Mr. Alan Altmark of the IBM Corporation.
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Migrating to the z/VM Virtual Switch
Converting your existing point-to-point or z/VM Guest LAN configurations to the z/VM Virtual Switch can appear to be a daunting task, but it's easier than you think. Here we'll talk about how to move subnet routing off of your z/VM system and onto your networking hardware where it belongs. We'll even talk about how to create IEEE VLANs on a Cisco switch. This presentation is a great way to bridge the "buzzword gap" between you and your network administrators..
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 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 Khaylen Kingsley of the IBM Corporation.
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2:00 PM Provisioning Expert for Linux on zSeries - Version 1.4 Update
Using the automated instance management feature of Mainstar's "Provisioning Expert for Linux on zSeries" product, a non-Linux or non-z/VM expert can easily create, configure, and maintain many virtual Linux instances under z/VM. You can also:
  • Reduce management costs by eliminating physical footprints
  • Eliminate errors with accurate configuration of Linux instances
  • Centrally view and manage all Linux instances
  • Provide efficient and automated resource utilization
This session will include an overview of the new features in Version 1.4, an in-depth look at some of the advanced function, and some insight into possible future enhancements.
The speaker will be Ms. Shari Killion of Mainstar Software.
3:15 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:30 PM SOA: Selling it inside your organization
SOA is not a technology, it is a concept. This presentation assumes no knowledge of SOA, and works up to showing very basic code samples and prerecorded demonstrations of SOA in action. If you are beginner to SOA, or are struggling with convincing others in your organization to embrace SOA, come to the presentation. You will be equipped to describe SOA in simple terms that everyone in your organization will understand. This presentation is primarily animations and prerecorded demos, therefore there will be no handout.
The speaker will be Mr. Michael Potter of Replatform Technologies.
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.

Cell Phone Policy:

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.

Any intentional or repeat violations of this policy will result in that individual being escorted from the premises and potentially excluded from future meetings.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.