Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society
CACTUS Newsletter

Volume 14, Number 2 - February 1998


February 19th CACTUS Meeting

CACTUS Meeting Location: Applied Research Labs

CACTUS meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Applied Research Labs (ARL) in the JJ Jake Pickle Research Campus (JJ PRC). We'll meet in the main auditorium located directly behind the guard's desk and main lobby.

Please do not show up earlier than 6:20 pm on the specified day. Enter through the main entrance at 10000 Burnet Road for ARL:UT. Tell the guard that you are here for the CACTUS meeting. You will be required to sign a log book, but not required to wear a badge. The guards will direct you to the auditorium entrance. Limited parking in the front of the building is available, but more extensive parking is available in the large parking lot just north of the ARL building. After 6:30 pm, all entrances to JJ PRC, except for the Burnet Road entrance, are closed and locked. You can still enter the parking lot in front of the ARL building. No parking tags are necessary after 6:00 pm. See map for further details.

Online maps are available at:

As always, please leave the facility as you saw it when you arrived. So let's clean up all pizza and soda items before we leave. Thanks and hope to see all of you there.

Location for the Monthly CACTUS Meeting
Applied Research Laboratories (ARL)

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From The President

by Jack McKinney

The January meeting of course brought us some new officers and extended the sentence on some old ones. The updated officers list is presented later in the newsletter. Thanks to our visitors from Hummingbird Communications, Ltd. for their informative presentation of Exceed and NFS Maestro.

On a more personal note, I now have new employment. Specifically, I am now self-employed, running my own consulting business. This means that I will have lots more time to spend on CACTUS. I haven't quite found it, yet, but I know it is in there somewhere...

BTW... direct any system administration issues for the CACTUS machine towards Lindsay Haisley (membership [at] cactus <dot> org). He has volunteered to do some of the maintenance on the machine. Hopefully I'll be able to help out a lot more (now that I am un- er, uh, self-employed), and Lindsay and I will probably split the work between us.

CACTUS Officers Election Results

by Gil Kloepfer

At the January meeting we elected our officers as we do every year as required by our charter. This year brought some new faces as well as resurrecting some old. Below are the new officers and their positions. Please give them your support in helping to keep the CACTUS pizza and soft drinks, program schedules, and other things running smoothly.

About February's Presentation

The growth of distributed computing environments is making it painfully obvious that traditional backup utilities are no longer adequate to meet today's data protection requirements. Administrators face the daunting task of managing the backup needs of machines running Windows 95, OS/2, NT, Novell, OS/400, multiple flavors of UNIX, as well as others. If this sounds all too familiar, you won't want to miss the presentation on the ADSTAR Distributed Storage Manager (ADSM) by John Dawson of The Kernel Group. ADSM is used by over 300,000 customers to provide enterprise-wide data protection and can backup virtually any client platform to a wide range of backup servers and storage media. John will discuss how ADSM's lightning fast performance can be used to automate the data protection process and minimize human intervention.

Membership Report

by Luis Basto

We'd like to thank Tom Benjamin, Brett Larsen, Philip Wheatley, David Crow, and Rodger Hutchins for renewing their membership.

Please welcome Richard Kessler and Philip Lenz as new members to Cactus.

We'd like to thank O'Keefe and Associates for continuing their sponsorship with Cactus.


To renew your membership, please send check or money order payable to CACTUS ($25/yr for regular membership and $96/yr for corporate sponsorship):

PO BOX 9786
AUSTIN, TX 78766-9786

You can also pay in person at the general meetings. The date on the upper right hand of the newsletter mailing label indicates when your membership expires. Please direct any inquiries or address changes to membership [at] cactus <dot> org.

CACTUS Officers

Contact Information

CACTUS Sponsors