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October 20, 2005 Meeting

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM z/VM Platform Update - z/VM 5.2 Announced
Catch the latest breaking news on z/VM product enhancements. On July 27th, continuing the evolution of its premier and world-class virtualization technology, IBM announced a new release of z/VM, z/VM 5.2. Among the new features are: enhanced exploitation of large real memory providing 2 GB real storage constraint relief, enhanced performance assist for z/VM guests, improved problem determination for guest LANs and virtual switches, improved performance for SCSI disk I/O, and enhanced management functions for Linux and other virtual images. Come and hear about all of the new goodies in z/VM 5.2 before it becomes generally available on December 16th.
The speaker will be Mr. Alan Altmark of the IBM Corporation.
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10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM IBM Server Update - IBM System z9 109
In July, IBM announced a new family of mainframes. The IBM System z9 109 (machine type 2094) is the first member of this new family. The z9-109 is a 1 to 54-way system with up to 512GB of memory, 60 LPARs, faster FICON/FCP channels, 2 spare processors, from 2 to 8 SAPs, and much more. This session will provide an overview of the new System z9 architecture, with an emphasis on those features directly related to the z/VM operating system.
The speaker will be Mr. Alan Altmark of the IBM Corporation.
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12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:45 PM Bacula, No Silver Data Cartridges, Please...
In previous sessions, I've talked about Linux backups with Amanda, and integrating Amanda and HSM processing. Bacula is a rapidly developing open-source backup and recovery utility that is considerably more sophisticated than Amanda, bordering on being competitive with the commercial backup utilities, and has recently received a number of mainframe-specific enhancements that make it very attractive as a backup solution for Linux guests on VM and other systems throughout the enterprise. In this session, I'll give an overview of Bacula, the integration code SNA has contributed to add tape library support and ANSI label support, and how to set up a Bacula server using the tools provided.
The speaker will be Dr. David Boyes of Sine Nomine Associates.

Dr. David Boyes is CTO and President of Sine Nomine Associates, and has participated in operating systems and networking research for more than 20 years, working on design and deployment of systems and voice/data networks worldwide. David has designed scenarios and economic models for systems deployment on many platforms, and is currently involved in design and worldwide deployment of scalable system infrastructure for several Global 1000 companies.

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3:15 PM Coffee Break
3:30 PM Linux appliance to cross-communicate with z/OS or other Operating Systems
Bringing TCPNJE To The Rest of the World: Our Latest Research Widget

NJE services are deeply embedded in almost all the IBM operating systems, and there are many useful services that can be provided.... message logging, unattended file transfer, printing to open-systems printers... if only there were a way to allow open systems to play in the NJE world! Also, the z/OS folks are still stuck in the Dark Ages requiring SNA communications links and VM/VTAM just to play in the NJE world.

We've been working on a Linux-based NJE appliance to demonstrate some of the techniques required to build focused Linux systems that augment traditional mainframe applications, and a full-scale NJE implementation for open systems (including Linux Intel, Windows and Palm client/servers!) fell out of the solution to the problem.

I'll talk about some of the requirements for constructing a NJE appliance, the addition of a CTC driver to Linux on zSeries, outline some of the interesting system management and automation that is possible once NJE connectivity is present, and hopefully (network connection permitting) demonstrate a direct connection between RSCS and a Intel Linux system to show off our new toy.

The speaker will be Dr. David Boyes of Sine Nomine Associates.
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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 Conference Room 100-M3, just off the Cafeteria.

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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