When:  THURSDAY, July 15th, 2004    (3rd Thursday)

     Where:  <<<< FIELD TRIP LOCATION >>>>
             Sun Microsystems
             101 Park Avenue, 4th Floor  (at 40th Street)
             Midtown, New York City
             ** RSVP Will Be Required for Entry! **

      Time:  6:15 PM - 6:25 PM  Registration
             6:25 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                Answers and Current Events
             6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
             7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

     Topic:  Solaris 10 Launch Event...
             Solaris 10 - The Next Generation Datacenter OS

  Speakers:  Ambreesh Khanna, Datacenter & Edge Technologies Lead for NY/NJ,
             Andrew Deally, OS Ambassador,
             Jarod Jenson, Consultant,
             Sun Microsystems 


   Unigroup has the following meetings planned over the next few
     - Tentative: Joint Meeting with NYeWin on Thursday, 26-AUG-2004.
         Topic:   Migrating From Windows NT 4.0: Linux or Windows Server?
         Speaker: Tony Iams from DH Brown.
     - OpenAFS - Jeff Altman  (followup to Kerberos presentation)
     - Zope / Web Development - Zope Corporation
     - Unix/Linux/BSD WiFi



   To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
   Registration Page:
   This will allow us to automate the registration process.
   (Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)

   Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting 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.

   Please RSVP by Wednesday, 14-JUL-2004, so we can have the proper
   amount of food and Solaris 10 CD-ROMs and white papers available.
   Please register as soon as possible.


   Outline of the Main Presentation:

   Solaris 10 is the latest UNIX OS from Sun Microsystems.  It is being
   billed as the Next Generation Datacenter OS, and is unique due to the
   number of key technologies that have sedimented into it.

   N1 Grid Containers gives customers the ability to virtualize the OS,
   allows hundreds of applications to run on a single instance of the OS,
   however giving the applications the illusion of their own OS instance.

   DTrace is the next generation observability tool that allows
   application developers to watch the interaction between their
   applications and the kernel.  Using DTrace, developers have managed to
   get anywhere from 40-2000% performance improvements on previous "well
   tuned" code.

   Solaris 10 also introduces a brand-new filesystem, codenamed ZFS.
   ZFS is a 128-bit "volume-manager less", corruption-free
   blazing-fast-performance filesystem.

   Solaris Fault Manager provides a predictive self-healing environment
   to applications.  And these are only the first 4 of 300 new features
   that have been introduced into Solaris 10.


   Web Resources:

     Sun Solaris 10

     Sun BigAdmin Portal

     Sun Microsystems


   Speaker Biography:

   Ambreesh Khanna has been at Sun for 7 years, and is currently the
   Datacenter and Edge Technologies Lead for NY/NJ.

   Andrew Deally has been at Sun for 5 years, and is an OS Ambassador.

   Jenson Jarod is a consultant currently employed by Sun, and has
   expertise in tuning applications.


   Company Biography:

   See http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/index.html for company information
   about Sun Microsystems.



   Sun will be providing us with Solaris 10 CD-ROMS for x86 and Sparc,
   along with copies of the white paper "Solaris 10 - Better By Design".


   Fee Schedule:
       Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
       Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
       Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
       Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
       Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.


   Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.

   Sun should be providing us with food and drinks.  We will let
   you know what we expect when things are finalized.



        Sun Microsystems
        101 Park Avenue, 4th Floor   (at 40th Street)
        Midtown, New York City

   The office of Sun Microsystems is 1-2 blocks South of Grand Central
   Station.  Enter the building at the corner of Park Avenue and 40th


   Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
   Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



   We have a series of meetings in the works:

   - Solaris 10 - Launch Event - Field Trip to Sun Microsystems
   - OpenAFS  - Jeff Altman - Planned
   - Zope / Web Page Development - Zope Corporation - Planned
   - Unix/Linux/BSD and Wireless Communications/Security
   - IPsec
   - DNS
   - Unix 30th Birthday Celebration
   - iSCSI, Serial ATA, and other new peripheral technologies
   - Unix Clusters and Clustered Databases
   - Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf version 2
   - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
   - High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
   - Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
   - PKI
   - GNU Development Environments
   - Meetings on a variety of Sun/Solaris/Java topics

   Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
   interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix related technology topics
   should contact the Unigroup board at uniboard@unigroup.org.



   May 2004: Unigroup would like to thank Jeff Altman of Secure Endpoints
             Inc. for his technical presentation on MIT Kerberos 5,
             Authentication and Cross-platform Interoperability.
             We learned about Kerberos setup, and implementation differences
             and got-chas between different Kerberos versions.
             A followup Unigroup presentation on OpenAFS is planned.



   NYSA has re-established a regular meeting schedule.  Their
   July 2004 meeting is next week...  (one day earlier than Unigroup,
   same location at Sun Microsystems).  This is their announcement...

   # We are pleased to announce that NYSA will be presenting a talk on Nagios
   # and monitoring on July 14th. We look forward to seeing you there.
   # DATE
   # Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
   # 6:30 pm to 6:45 pm - Announcements
   # 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm - Main Presentation
   # 7:45 pm to 9:00 pm - Open Floor
   # TOPIC
   # Nagios is a host and service monitoring system primarily used for
   # network monitoring and alerting. It is an open-source project that
   # incorporates:
   # - A plug-in architecture for configurable and highly customizable alerting
   # - Email and Pager alerting as well as escalation features
   # - A web-based GUI that serves as "tactical command center"
   # - A server backend that runs on most *nix variants and agents that run
   #   on many other platforms.
   # The NYSA talk will cover the following:
   # - An overview of the System.
   # - What Nagios looks like.
   # - An architectural discussion of Nagios core components and plugins
   # - Deployment Strategies
   # - Experience using Nagios
   # - Stated Future Directions of the project
   # - Conclusions
   # - Q&A
   # Keith Weinberg has spent the majority of his career as a programmer and
   # Unix Systems Administrator at financial firms on or near Wall Street. He
   # can be found installing systems and writing automation components at his
   # current employer, a prominent hedge fund in Connecticut.
   # During the dot-com implosion, Keith was immersed in the Linux/BSD
   # world and didn't emerge unscathed. Working as the head of digital
   # infrastructure for Clearchannel Communications and head of
   # infrastructure at Fulcrum Analytics (a database marketing and analytics
   # firm), he enjoyed a heavy dose of open-source philosophy and eventually,
   # business reality.
   # His primary professional computing interests include large-scale systems
   # architecture, automation and monitoring. Personally, he uses a Macintosh
   # at home and feels a little bit guilty.
   # Keith has a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University where he
   # was the founder of the Princeton ACM and recipient of the AT&T Engineer
   # of the year award.
   # ***NEW LOCATION***
   #       Sun Microsystems Inc
   #       Forth floor, Room 4140, "Grammercy Park"
   #       101 Park Ave
   #       New York, NY 10178-0001
   # RSVP
   # Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to rsvp (at) nysa.org with a subject line
   # of "AUTO RSVP NYSA firstname lastname". The RSVP list will be given to
   # building security. If you do not RSVP, you will not be able to attend
   # this event. Please RSVP now if you plan to attend.
   # Sun Microsystems, is two (small) blocks south of Grand Central, on the
   # corner of Park Ave and 40th St.



   Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
   the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.  Unigroup
   is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded volunteer
   organization.  Unigroup holds regular and special event meetings
   throughout the year on technical topics relating to Unix and the Unix
   User Community.  Unigroup is also the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate
   of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

   Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
   THURSDAY of Odd Months.  We generally try to hold Field Trip Meetings on
   the Even Months, although we will have the ability to hold monthly
   meetings at our new downtown meeting location.

   Planned meeting dates are: 7/15/2004, 8/26/2004 (joint), 9/16/2004...
   Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
   as well as "Field Trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
   software vendors.

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I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director

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