CAVMEN - Chicago Area
                      VM (and Linux) Enthusiasts

October 19, 2006 Meeting

Preliminary Agenda:

9:00 AM z/VM Performance Update
The speaker will cover new developments in the z/VM performance area. Topics will include the latest z/VM releases and performance-related service. We will also look at some performance development in the area of Linux guest support.
The speaker will be Dr. Brian Wade of the IBM Corporation.
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10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Automating Application Startup under Linux
The creation of automatic startup scripts for applications on Linux is poorly-documented and fraught with some peril in the early SUSE and RedHat releases. In this presentation, we'll go over what happens during Linux startup, the SysV init script structure that is used by most Linux distributions, and how to create scripts that can be safely integrated into the Linux startup process to start your applications at boot time. We'll look at automating and transforming some vendor-supplied startup processes for Oracle and DB2, and providing a flexible framework for building easily configurable startup scripts for new applications.
The speaker will be Dr. David Boyes of Sine Nomine Associates.
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12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:45 PM Update on z/VM Systems and Storage Management Products from IBM
The focus of this session will be Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM V1.2, announced and available in August 2006. The speaker will also review anything new in Tape Manager and Operations Manager since their V1.2 releases in February 2006. A live demo will be included.
The speaker will be Ms. Tracy Dean of the IBM Corporation.
2:30 PM z/VM and Linux on System z Performance Monitoring - An Update on How and With What Products
z/VM is critical to the growing use of Linux on System z. Managing this environment requires insight into resource consumption at the z/VM level and at the Linux guest level. IBM's product offerings provide an integrated way to monitor (and manage) these performance characteristics. This presentation will discuss the current offerings and the new IBM OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux, which IBM preview announced in August 2006.
The speaker will be Mr. Mac Holloway of IBM/Tivoli.
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3:30 PM Coffee Break
3:45 PM Integrating IBM Solutions for System and Performance Management of z/VM and Linux on System z.
Management, including automation, often spans products and activities. These exist within a larger automation infrastructure and product set. This session will introduce scenarios that involve the integration of IBM z/VM system and performance management products, including IBM Operations Manager for z/VM and the recently announced IBM OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux.
The speakers will be Ms. Tracy Dean and Mr. Mac Holloway of IBM.
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.

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