[kwlug-disc] Wanted: help in refining presentation

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Mon Jul 23 22:41:13 EDT 2012

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Personally, I'd like to see the ZFS/SAN/iSCSI target topic.  Maybe as
backend storage for ESX among other uses.

Cluster file systems are also interesting.

On 07/23/2012 10:01 PM, Paul Nijjar wrote:
> So I ran into Kiwi this weekend, and we got talking about KWLUG
> presentations.[0] He would like to give another presentation soon, but
> he is not sure what would be popular/appreciated, and he is too shy(!)
> to ask on the list himself.
> Context:
> - Kiwi works for VMware and knows a lot about that product (especially
> the storage side), and his tendency is present something in this
> area.
> - He wants to cater the presentation to the interests of members
> - He is aware that marketing heavy (and proprietary-heavy)
> presentations tend not to go over well in this group
> Here are some (although probably not all) of the ideas we threw
> around:
> 0. His experiences in putting together a lab of two virtual ESX hosts
> serving 20 or so thin clients.
> 1. A "deep dive" discussion of some aspect of virualization and/or
> VMware. Kiwi suggested looking through logs to diagnose common
> problems as one issue.
> 2. Implementing a lab in an open-source virtualization product (and
> maybe comparing it to VMware).
> 3. A discussion of cluster filesystems and what they have to offer.
> 4. His experiences in building a cheap but robust SAN using a chassis,
> a bunch of SATA drives, and the Nexenta OpenSolaris distro.
> 5. A discussion of the free (gratis) VMware products and how far you
> can get with them before you need to purchase components of the VMware
> ecosystem.
> I realize that it will be difficult to come to a consensus on which
> presentation Kiwi should give in this thread. But hopefully your
> responses can help guide him to choosing a topic or two. So what
> sounds interesting to you? What related topics would you like to see
> presented?
> - Paul
> [0] Lest this be interpreted as yet another reason to avoid
> associating with me, please be assured that I am not obsessed about
> this topic.

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