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November 13, 2008 Meeting

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM z/VM Platform Update: Introducing z/VM 5.4
Advancing the Art of Server Virtualization.

This presentation will highlight the new functions available with z/VM V5.4, IBM's advanced server virtualization solution for IBM System z. z/VM V5.4, generally available since September 12, 2008, offers enhanced virtualization capabilities which include: dynamic memory upgrade, flexible specialty engine configuration support, and virtual server scalability enhancements. Find out how z/VM V5.4 can help clients further leverage their System z infrastructure for improved business results.

The speaker will be Rex Johnson of the IBM Corporation.
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10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Performance Management Solutions in the z/Linux Environment
IBM has greatly enhanced OMEGAMON's monitoring capability in the z/VM environment, in addition to providing full monitoring capability on z/Linux. In this session we will briefly discuss the current state of the product, touch on features added in the latest release, and provide a live demonstration of OMEGAMON. The demonstration will feature custom application views available using the Tivoli Enterprise Portal GUI, along with ability to automatically take action when problem conditions are found.
The speaker will be Wayne Bucek of the IBM Corporation.
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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 Red Hat System z Update
Red Hat will provide an update of the existing and planned RHEL exploitation of the System z hardware, provisioning & patch management. We will discuss current upstream development efforts, and time pending we will review the architecture of the Bank of New Zealand, which was the first production z10 in the Southern Hemisphere.
The speaker will be Shawn Wells of Red Hat.
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3:15 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:30 PM Installing a Novell SLES 10 Starter System without a Net(work)
Multiple customers wishing to install Linux on System z have been frustrated by their own network firewall security rules preventing access from a z/VM mainframe to a CD-drive from which to load a Linux installation CD. Other customers have been frustrated by difficulties coordinating access to a separate Linux or UNIX systems elsewhere on their site network. Still others fear the 'newness' of the Linux environment, not knowing how to answer installation questions.

This session will feature a live demonstration of a new Novell SLES 10 Starter System installation which requires nothing more than an existing z/VM system with a working 'FTPSERVE' server (supplied with z/VM), and a PC with internet access with which to download files from Novell.

The speaker will be Mike Walter of Hewitt 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 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.