Unigroup's August 2004 Meeting Announcement

NOTICE: We found out that RSVP will NOT be required for this meeting.

Joint Meeting with NYeWIN (NY Windows Enterprise Windows Group):
Migrating From Windows NT 4.0: Linux or Windows Server?

Tony Iams, Vice President and Senior Analyst,
D.H. Brown Associates, Inc.

Thursday, August 26th, 2004      (**SPECIAL DAY**)

NYeWin Meeting at Microsoft
1290 Sixth Avenue   (at 51st Street)
Midtown, New York City

6:00 - 8:30 PM Joint Meeting and Presentation (** EARLIER THAN NORMAL! **)


Unigroup was invited by our friends at NYeWin, to participate in NYeWin's August meeting on "Migrating From Windows NT 4.0". The meeting will specifically discuss and compare migrations from Windows to Windows and from Windows to Linux. NYeWin is the NY Enterprise Windows User Group, and their regular meeting location is at Microsoft's Conference Facility in Midtown.

Why hold a joint meeting?

Attendees of the recent Unigroup Field Trip meeting to IBM will remember Tony Iams as the guest speaker who briefed us about the IBM AIX User Conference that he had just attended. Tony provided us with some insight as to the "feel" of the AIX community, and the operating system features that both IBM and their AIX user community were most interested in at this conference. Tony Iams, who works for a neutral third party research firm, will be the speaker at our August Joint Meeting with NYeWin.

This joint meeting will be free and open to the public!


   Correction: RSVPs will NOT be required for this location.

   Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and THIS page,
   for any last minute updates concerning this meeting.  If you
   registered for this meeting, please check your email for any
   last minute announcements as the meeting approaches.


	NYeWin Meeting at Microsoft
	1290 Sixth Avenue   (at 51st Street)
	Midtown, New York City

This building is one block south of the Hilton (and across the street), and is right across the street from the North side of Radio City Music Hall.


Extract from the NYeWin announcement:

Microsoft will end its full support for Windows NT 4.0 at the end of this year, forcing users to migrate to a new platform or risk depending on an unsupported platform. Some vendors are attempting to make the case that NT 4.0 users should migrate to a Linux-based operating system instead of migrating to Windows Server 2003. In attempting to make this case, the vendors are making claims of cost-savings and easy migration paths, which may lead some Windows NT 4.0 users to consider the Linux alternative. This session will provide an in-depth review of the issues with migrating from Windows NT 4.0 to Linux from the perspective of real users experiences, comparing the migration from NT 4.0 to Linux with the migration to Windows Server 2003.

Some of the questions that will be address include the following:

Web Resources:



From the D.H. Brown web site http://www.dhbrown.com/dhbrown/staffbios2.htm#tonyi:

Tony Iams is Vice President and Senior Analyst at D.H. Brown Associates, Inc., where he manages the Systems Software (SS) and Operating Environment for Industry Standard Servers (OEISS) research programs. With his team of DHBA analysts, he focuses on evaluating and contrasting the features and functions of the leading operating system and virtualization technologies in use today. By applying a detailed analysis methodology, the team identifies strengths and weaknesses of current products and guides IT decision makers on the most effective system software technology choices. In addition to building an in-depth understanding of the functional tradeoffs between UNIX, Windows, and Linux operating systems, the group's research focuses on the issues related to decoupling workloads from details about the underlying operating system (OS) and hardware (HW) platforms, so that resources can be matched with workloads more flexibly. The key virtualization technologies covered include logical partitions, resource management software, virtual machines, and Grid computing.

Before joining DHBA in 1992, Tony worked as a software engineer at Computer Graphics Laboratories, Inc., where he developed applications for UNIX and Windows platforms. During that time, he also served as adjunct instructor for introductory programming in the Computer Science Department at New York Institute of Technology. Tony graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics/Computer Science and a double major in German.


From the D.H. Brown web site http://www.dhbrown.com/dhbrown/aboutDHBA.cfm:

D.H. Brown Associates, Inc. (DHBA) is a leading research and consulting firm that provides strategic analysis, assessment, and evaluation of technologies, products, and market trends in the Information Industry. DHBA concentrates on thoroughly understanding and continuously updating its knowledge of the core technologies and trends underlying current and future products.


To be determined. We have a request for a software giveaway in place, but we have not heard back as yet.



         Unigroup Membership Information:
         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
         Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
         Cash, Check, American Express.


To be determined. So far we do NOT expect to have food/refreshments at this meeting... Please plan accordingly. We will let you know if things change.

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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