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Updated: 16 December 2010
December 2010
2011 IBM Technical Conferences
Mark your calendars for 2011 IBM System z Technical Universities featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z
z/VM Required Service

IBM z/VSE WebCast (Live Virtual Class)

Date: Dec. 14, 2010

- Description and automatic replay

Title: IBM z/VSE V4.3 - More capacity for growth
Speaker:
Ingolf Salm, IBM Boeblingen - Linux on System z & z/VSE Development
Abstract:
This webcast will discuss details of the new z/VSE Version 4.3. It will provide a release overview and the latest news on z/VSE - starting with the z/VSE roadmap and strategy; followed by exploitation of IBM hardware; latest functional enhancements of z/VSE components; and VSE connector enhancements. It will also discuss the statement of direction made in the October announcement.
IBM Linux on System z WebCast (Live Virtual Class)

Date: Dec. 16, 2010

- Description and automatic replay

Title: What's new in RHEL 6 for Linux on System z
Speakers:
Brad Hinson, Worldwide System z Sales, Strategy, Marketing, Red Hat
Hans-Joachim Picht, Linux on System z Initiatives, IBM Germany
Abstract:
Red Hat released version 6 of its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution. Overall, RHEL 6 has more than 2,000 packages, and an 85 percent increase in the amount of code from the previous version.
What is in RHEL 6 for System z and which new features have been added since the latest update to RHEL 5? Which System z hardware platforms are supported? Is there new RHEL 6 on System z specific documentation available?
Join this webcast to find out more about what's in RHEL 6 for System z.


November 2010
z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 SDO October Update
We've updated our SDO information for z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 (10-2010)
(Thanks to Willian Rampazzo)
z/VM Required Service
  • View the updated service required in order for z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 to run on IBM zEnterprise System.

Mastering the Mainframe
  • Sixth annual IBM Master the Mainframe Contest is underway. Article in IBM Systems Magazine, Mastering the Mainframe
    November 2010, by Mike Todd (IBM)

User Group Presentations

LVC / IBM Linux WebCast
Description
Date: Nov. 17, 2010
Launch replay

Title: Introduction to the new Linux on System z Terminal Server Using IUCV
Speaker: Hendrik Brückner, IBM Boeblingen Programming Laboratory
Abstract: How often did you reconfigure your network setup using a line-mode terminal? Can you use "ed" to change and correct your configuration files? Why not using your favorite full screen editor? IBM introduced a new full-screen terminal access to Linux instances on the same z/VM system, using the Inter-User Communications Vehicle (IUCV). This feature is part the latest Enterprise Distributions for System z and provides an alternative terminal access to 3270 and 3215 line-mode terminals, especially for the Linux system administrator with basic z/VM skills only. Another use case is the system administration in a tight security environment, where sensitive Linux instances are isolated from the local IP networks. In this webcast you will learn how to set up a Linux instance as a terminal server for a virtual Linux server farm on z/VM.


October 2010
2010 IBM Technical Conference
Thank you attendees and exhibitors for participating in the 2010 IBM System z Technical University (formerly zExpo) featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z

The week was a great success and the new zEnterprise is met with much excitement. We're glad you came and we hope to see you at next year's "zExpo" in Miami the week of October 3-7, 2011.


LVC / IBM Linux WebCast
Register to listen
Date: Oct. 20, 2010
Time: Choice of two live calls: 9:00AM or 2:00PM EDT
Title: Introduction to SCSI over FCP for Linux on System z
Speaker: Christof Schmitt, IBM Boeblingen Programming Laboratory
Abstract: SCSI over FCP is an open, standard-based alternative and supplement to existing ESCON or FICON I/O connections. This session will provide an introduction to the storage attachment via the SCSI over FCP protocol. It includes setup considerations, related features in Linux on System z and troubleshooting basics.
User Groups for Oct. 2010
  • PDF HILLGANG - Oct. 13, 2010 in Herndon VA
  • MVMUA - Oct. 29, 2010 in Jersey City, NJ
  • CAVMEN - OCT 28, 2010 in Lincolnshire, IL
For other events, seminars and classes, see the Events Calendar.
z/VM Supported releases
  • z/VM V5.3 ended central service on Sept. 30, 2010.
  • z/VM V5.4 is planned to be supported until Sept. 30, 2013.
  • z/VM V6.1 is planned to be supported until April 30. 2013.

z/VM Support for XIV
  • View the updated z/VM Support for XIV which clarifies the support (and we hope eliminates any confusion there might have been).



September 2010
2010 IBM Technical Conference
Enroll today for 2010 IBM System z Technical University (formerly zExpo) featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z

IBM System z Technical University
Oct. 4-8, 2010
Boston MA (Marriott Copely Place)


z/VM Required Service
  • View the updated service required in order for z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 to run on IBM zEnterprise System.

LVC / IBM Linux WebCast
Register to listen
Date: Sept. 29, 2010
Time: Choice of two live calls: 9:00AM or 2:00PM EDT
Title: Linux Performance on zEnterprise 196
Speaker: Martin Kammerer, IBM Boeblingen Programming Laboratory
Abstract: This technical webcast is a Linux performance comparison between the zEnterprise 196 and z10 using CPU and memory intense workloads, using single process, multi process, multi processor, and scalability testcases. It also reviews how the new numbers compare to those of the migration from z9 to z10 two years ago.
User Groups for Sept. 2010
For other events, seminars and classes, see the Events Calendar.
IBM Announcements September 07, 2010

z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 SDO September Update
We've updated our SDO information for z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 (9-2010)
(Thanks to Willian Rampazzo)


August 2010
User Groups for Aug. 2010
For other events, seminars and classes, see the Events Calendar.
z/VM Required Service
  • View the service required in order for z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 to run on IBM zEnterprise System.

z/VM Red Alert August 2010
  • New Red Alert pertaining to z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 customers: SSL Server Performance and Scalability Enhancements - Packaging Updates (August 4, 2010)

LVC / IBM Linux WebCast
How to listen to this Adobe Webcast.


July 2010
2010 IBM Technical Conference
Enroll today for 2010 IBM System z Technical University (formerly zExpo) featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z

IBM System z Technical University
Oct. 4-8, 2010
Boston MA (Marriott Copely Place)


Articles and Magazines

LVC / IBM Linux WebCast
How to listen to this Adobe Webcast.
IBM Announcements July 22, 2010
Updated materials
IBM Virtual Event / WebCast

IBM System z - A New Dimension in Computing webcast
IBM invites you to join us to be the first to hear about a groundbreaking approach to computing by joining us on July 22 at this exclusive IBM virtual event. The event will open with a webcast with our top IBM executives who will present this groundbreaking approach to computing.
DATE: Thursday, July 22, 2010
TIME: 12:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
LOCATION: Meet us virtually at:
  http://events.unisfair.com/rt/ibm~wos
AUDIENCE: Customer IT Management and IT Professionals

During this virtual event, from the comfort of your office and computer you will have the opportunity to:

  • Be among the first to receive the latest technology breakthrough updates
  • Network with your peers and IBM subject matter experts
  • Participate in online discussions
  • Download the latest whitepapers and brochures
  • Take advantage of special offers
  • Have private one-on-ones with IBM representatives

The virtual event concludes with our IBM subject matter experts session which is open to all attendees. There will be live discussion with Q&A in the networking lounge following the webcast.

Every once in a while a technological breakthrough changes everything. One such breakthrough is coming. Register now to reserve your spot: http://events.unisfair.com/rt/ibm~wos


User Groups for July 2010
For other events, seminars and classes, see the Events Calendar.
Blooming Basics recorded presentations
Do you know someone who is new to z/VM and Linux on System z? Or perhaps know someone who is looking for a refresher? Suggest this series of recorded presentations, Blooming Basics, which includes an MP3 file and PDF of the charts.
Topics include:
  • Introduction to Virtualization: z/VM Basic Concepts and Terms
  • The Basics of Using z/VM
  • z/VM Control Program (CP) - Useful Things to Know
  • Introduction to Linux on System z
  • The Value of Open Source and Linux on the Mainframe
  • z/VM Order, Install and Service Overview
  • z/VM Performance Introduction
  • Introduction to Performance Toolkit for z/VM
  • Cloud Computing 101: What every z person must know

z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 SDO July Update
We've updated our SDO information for z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 (6-2010)
(Thanks to Willian Rampazzo)
LVC / IBM Linux WebCast
How to listen to this Adobe Webcast.


June 2010
z/VM Red Alert June 2010
  • New Red Alert pertaining to all z/VM customers running guest coupling support when they have both an IBM System z10 and the PTF for APAR VM64793 (June 2010)

User Groups for June 2010
For other events, seminars and classes, see the Events Calendar.
IBM ITSO Redbooks Workshops
  • Workshops about Virtualization and also a hardware update have been scheduled worldwide for later in the year. See the Workshops schedule and other Events.

z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 SDO Update
We've updated our SDO information for z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 (6-2010)
(Thanks to Willian Rampazzo)
z/Journal available
The June/July issue of PDF z/Journal is available. See articles about Linux on System z and its 10th anniversary.
Software withdrawal of IBM System z selected products
Withdrawal of IBM System z selected products, some replacements available (US 910-114, 06-2010)
SHARE early bird savings
The early bird savings for SHARE in Boston, August 1-5, 2010 are fast approaching. Register by June 11, 2010 to save $200 USD off your registration fee.


May 2010
IBM WebCast
Link to listen to replay of this Adobe Webcast.
  • z/VSE and IPv6/VSE Update
    Listen to an update on z/VSE-related developments and announcements during the last 12 months. The webcast will highlight "IPv6/VSE" announced on April 6, 2010.
    Replay link
    June 2, 2010
    10:00 AM EDT (NY)
    Duration: 75 Minutes
    View PDF Invitation/Abstract

2010 IBM Technical Conferences
Mark your calendar for 2010 IBM System z Technical Universities featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z

IBM System z Technical University
May 17- 21, 2010
Berlin - Hotel Berlin

IBM System z (Expo) Technical University
Oct. 4-8, 2010
Boston MA (Marriott Copely Place)


Replay Live Virtual Classes (LVC's)
An automatic replay is available for the Live Virtual Class (LVC) held on May 4, The Linux on System z toolchain in a nutshell .
Launch and Listen to the replay.
IBM Systems Magazine article
Green with Envy
Syracuse University's new data center is one to covet

by Natalie Boike (May 2010)


April 2010
IBM On Demand WebCast
Ready for listening now!
  • Smarter Virtualization with IBM System z
    Industry Leading Consolidation and Cloud Computing Solutions, featuring Karl Freund, IBM and Joe Clabby of Clabby Analytics
    Available on demand: Register/Listen
    Duration: 60 Minutes

Live Virtual Classes (LVC's) resume for 2010
LVC's, one hour webcasts for z/VM, z/VSE, and Linux on System z, will resume for 2010.
  • May 04, 2010
    The Linux on System z toolchainin a nutshell
    Speaker: Hans-Joachim Picht, IBM
    View the PDF Abstract/Description
    Duration: 60 Minutes
    Register for the session time you prefer.
    Register for the 1st session
    09:00 AM EDT (NY)
    08:00 AM CDT
    13:00 UTC
    Register for the 2nd session
    02:00 PM EDT (NY)
    01:00 PM CDT
    18:00 UTC
A replay is planned to be available shortly thereafter (for those who can't make the May 4 date, or who wish to hear it again).
z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 SDO Update
We've updated our SDO information for z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4. (Thanks to Willian Rampazzo)
User Groups for April 2010
Major user group and regionals are scheduled for April. For other additional events, seminars and classes, see the Events Calendar.
IBM Announcements: Software
April 13, 2010

z/VM and Linux in the Press

z/VM Site Notify function
The z/VM Site Notify function that was temporarily unavailable is now up and running again. (05/03/2010)
SHARE Webcast Recordings



March 2010
User Groups for March 2010
Major user group and regionals are scheduled for March.
IBM Academic Initiative
For a limited time, the Academic Initiative is offering the IBM System z Mastery Test (a $95 value) at no charge. This worldwide opportunity ends December 2010. Don't miss out! View details.
New Technical Papers and Redbooks


February 2010
2010 IBM Technical Conferences
Mark your calendar for 2010 IBM System z Technical Universities featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z

IBM System z Technical University
May 17- 21, 2010
Berlin - Hotel Berlin

IBM System z (Expo) Technical University
Oct. 4-8, 2010
Boston MA (Marriott Copely Place)


Register for the No charge (free!) Technology Summit
Check to see if the 5-track System z Technology Summit is coming to a city near you.
Updated Events Calendar for z/VM and Linux
See the many events, user groups, seminars, and classes that are scheduled -- View the Events Calendar
IBM Announcements: Software



January 2010
z/VM in the Press
New ITSO Redbook Drafts
One-day updates and User Groups
Consider spending a day with one of the regional user groups for z/VM and Linux updates and to connect with colleagues. Below are opportunities these valuable one-day events!
Linux on System z Executive Councils
View presentations from the December 2009 council meeting
Software withdrawal of IBM System z selected products
Withdrawal of IBM System z selected products, some replacements available (US 909-291, 12-2009)
Linux and z/VM classes from IBM in 2010
Several of the IBM Classes for z/VM and Linux on System z have been scheduled in cities around the US, and as Live Virtual Classes. See the events calendar for dates and locations.

See the new course has been added to the list of classes:
Performance Tuning for Linux (ZL200)




December 2009
z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4 SDO Update
We've updated our SDO information for z/VM V6.1 and z/VM V5.4. (Thanks to Willian Rampazzo)
VM Licensed Products (LP)
The VM LP Migration Matrix has been updated.
(Thanks to Denny Refsnider)
Interesting Articles
Enjoy a continuous flow of articles in the trade press that cover System z, z/VM and Linux on System z. For example:




Historical information
Link or view news or changes made during these years:
2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996.



 
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Oct. 3-7, 2011
Miami, FL

 
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