CAVMEN - Chicago Area
                      VM (and Linux) Enthusiasts

October 18, 2007 Meeting

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM z/VM Device Support Overview
Come to this presentation to hear an overview of current device support available on z/VM Version 5. The speaker will discuss Disk, Tape, and OSA technologies available for VM system I/O and guest operating systems running under z/VM. This presentation is also well suited for an audience new to z/VM.
The speaker will be Mr. Eric Farman of the IBM Corporation.
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10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Introduction to the IBM System Storage DS6000
This presentation brings you up to date on the IBM System Storage DS6000, an affordable storage solution specifically designed to help medium and large enterprises simplify their storage infrastructures, support business continuity, and optimize information life cycle management. The DS6000 provides both SCSI and FICON attachment, enabling it to serve the needs of your z/OS, z/VSE, z/VM and Linux operating systems.
The speaker will be Mr. Eric Farman of the IBM Corporation.
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12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
2:00 PM A Starter System for Novell SLES
Almost a year ago, a discussion started on the Linux-390 mailing list about the difficulty of getting the first Linux system in a System Z environment working, and the complexity of coordinating all the CD/DVD, network and other resources to get a working system. After a long effort, SNA has collaborated with Novell to provide a supported starter system for SLES 10 SP1 that can be installed with CMS tools (no CD/DVD needed). The talk will describe the system, the assumptions and design decisions we made in the process of creating the starter system, and information on getting the system from the Novell web site.
The speaker will be Dr. David Boyes of Sine Nomine Associates.
3:15 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:30 PM Open Source Backup
As Linux moves into the production environment, the question of backup and restore capability for individual files and applications has become more critical; the full-volume dump tools available in z/OS and z/VM have a number of difficulties that make them unpleasant to use for backup of running systems in production. There are a few commercial solutions, but there are also sophisticated open source solutions available to provide file level and image level backup for running Linux systems in combination with a little help from CMS and z/VM. The talk will describe some of the commercial landscape options, and describe several of the open source options available. We'll look closely at Bacula and see how to implement it in a production environment.
The speaker will be Dr. David Boyes of Sine Nomine Associates.
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 100-M3 Conference Room, 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.


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.