When:  Thursday, January 16th, 1997

     Where:  Chase/Chemical Bank
             55 Water Street (enter at Old Slip)
             South Tower
             13th Floor, Conference Rooms B + C

      Time:  6:00 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
             6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business & Elections
             7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation:

     Topic:  DISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING - What it is and Why You Need It?

   Speaker:  Martin Zam of Coopers & Lybrand

  Main Presentation:

  This month we turn our spotlight on the subject of Disaster Recovery
  Planning.  Today's Information Technology (IT) solutions often demand fast
  recovery from natural disaster or major vandalism.  The long term
  profitability, or even the survival of your business could someday depend
  on having a well considered disaster recovery plan in place.  This
  presentation will be well grounded in real world experiences, focusing on
  areas where the target audience of IT professionals are likely to make the
  greatest impact.

  Our presenter this month served as UniForum'96 Chairperson for the
  "Disaster Recovery Planning" discussion panel.  Martin Zam is an
  Infrastructure Consultant with Coopers & Lybrand and has done
  infrastructure planning for Wall Street, the Telecommunications, the
  Pharmaceutical and the Shipping industries over his seventeen year career.  

  Today's enterprise computing infrastructures include heterogeneous
  mixtures of host centered systems, distributed client/server systems and
  personal productivity PCs.  The question of how to plan for the recovery
  of such environments is on the mind of every IT professional.

  In traditional mainframe environments, IT professionals were assisted by
  mature disaster recovery planning tools and ready access to expert advice.
  Such tools and technical expertise are not as fully developed for the open
  systems "client-network-server" model.  This presents unique challenges to
  IT professionals, to plan for the business's disaster recovery needs in a
  new environment where the rules have been rewritten.

  This meeting's discussion will explore engineering techniques and
  available technologies that can greatly enhance your chances of surviving
  a disaster.  Subjects for discussion will include the blurring distinction
  between high availability and disaster recovery, remote site backup
  strategies, network cutover strategies and product categories that you
  need to be aware of.  

  The level of technical discussion should be mid to high level,
  appropriate for a target audience of IT professionals responsible for
  implementing and/or maintaining disaster recovery system configurations.
  This meeting will be approached in a conversational, interactive manner
  in an effort to promote general membership participation.  Attendee
  participation is both welcome and encouraged.


     55 Water Street is between Water Street & Front Streets at Old Slip...
     about 7 blocks south of Fulton St. and the South Street Seaport.
     Take 4 train to Bowling Green & Walk Due East;
     Take 2/3 trains to Wall Street, Walk East to Water St.
          then walk South 5 blocks;
     Take M/J trains to Broad St., Walk East to Water St.;
     Take N/R trains to Whitehall St., Walk North East to Water St.
     There is parking on the street and there is a lot right
          in the building, entrance on Old Slip.
     Walking from Wall St., follow William St. south which bends around
          and leads you to Hanover Sq. and Old Slip is across Water Street.

  Room Location Specifics:
     Enter the building at Old Slip.  To get to the South Tower of the
     complex, you enter the building at Old Slip at the "North Tower"
     doors.  This entrance is is immediately to the right of the main
     entrance, towards Water Street.  Go past the guard's desk (mentioning
     you are heading for Unigroup) to the elevator bank and go to the 13th
     floor.  When you get to the 13th floor, follow the signs leading you
     to the meeting room.

     The signs will lead you from the elevator, through a set of doors
     (soda machine will be on your left), then past the cafeteria.  If the
     entrance doors near the elevator on the 13th floor are locked (may
     happen after 6pm), call the security desk using the available
     telephone, and they will radio the guard on the 13th floor to let
     you in.  After the cafeteria, you see another "lobby" area.  Walk
     past the cash machines, make a left and look for a sign marking the
     meeting room.


  Fee Schedule:
         Yearly Membership:                              $ 50.00
         Single Meeting:                                 $ 20.00
         Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
         Student Single Meeting:                         $  5.00
    ==>  UniForum/Unigroup Joint Yearly Membership       $125.00
         Cash, Check, American Express.

    ==>  Unigroup is the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate
         of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.
         Our Joint Membership Program gives you FULL membership
         in both organizations for a discounted price.
         For information about UniForum visit http://www.uniforum.org.


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



Unigroup will be holding its annual Board of Director elections at our
January 1997 meeting.  Anyone who is interested in participating on the
board please contact us as soon as possible so we can put your name on
the ballot.  Unigroup members in attendance may vote for their favorite
candidates for our board which consists of 13 individuals.  Unigroup is
a volunteer organization - we need your ideas and participation!



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
not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded.  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.

Thanks to Chase/Chemical Bank, Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for
the Third THURSDAY of Odd Months at Chase/Chemical Bank, 55 Water Street, NYC.
Planned meeting dates are: 1/16/97, 3/20/97, 5/15/97, PC Expo, 7/17/97,...
Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC.

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To renew your dues, pay your yearly membership or for general information,
 contact Unigroup of NY by USmail:
        Unigroup of New York, Inc., G.P.O. Box 1931, New York, NY 10116-1931

For further information or to get on the Unigroup Electronic Mail Mailing List
 send an EMail message to:
        unilist@unigroup.org  or  uunet!unigroup.org!unilist

To contact the Board of Directors of Unigroup, send an EMail message to:

To contact the Newsletter Editor, send an EMail message to:



Unigroup is currently working on filling our 1997 meeting schedule.
We currently have the following topics in mind:

        - High Availability
        - Performance Benchmarking
        - Testing, Test Plans, Automated Testing Tools
        - Linux
        - Domain Name System (DNS)
        - Building Internet Servers
        - Internet/Network Security
        - Developing a Security Policy
        - Privacy and Encryption (including PGP)
        - Multimedia Enhanced EMail - MIME/Metamail
        - Publically Available Unix Tools (including GNU utilities)
        - Unix Administration Tools: crash & fsdb
        - Kerberos
        - Object Oriented Databases
        - Fault Tolerant Unix
        - How to "Build" a Unix Administrator

PLEASE let us know immediately if you:

        - Can give us a presentation on one of these topics
        - Know of a speaker for one of the these topics
        - Have another topic you think we should address
        - Can help us plan one or more meetings - be a meeting coordinator.



Unigroup's printed newsletter is sent out to people on our U.S. Mail mailing
list.  The newsletter contains information such as meeting announcements,
technical and non-technical articles and recent UNIX security advisories.
For 1997, Martin Zam has volunteered to take over the Newsletter Editor's
role from Ross Ziskind.  See the January 1997 issue for more details,
it is already arriving around N.Y.C by U.S. Mail.

To keep the newsletter going, the two biggest problems to overcome are:
        a) Volunteers to see that it gets out
        b) Content material

If you have any ideas or can help contribute to our newsletter, please make
them known at our meetings and/or let us know by EMail.  If you know anyone
who has experience in sending out a newsletter, we can always use some good

Our Newsletter Editor can be reached via EMail to editor@unigroup.org.


I hope to see you all at Unigroup's January 1997 meeting.

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director

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