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This course provides to the system manager who is going to manage an OpenVMS system or cluster the core information and essential skills needed to examine the system, the software and hardware configuration, and the administrative setup already in place, and make modifications to it.


OpenVMS Fundamentals or equivalent experience.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe and use OpenVMS commands to display information about the following key OpenVMS concepts: the hardware/software environment, processes, memory management, logical name translation, and the system disk structure
  • Manage public and private volumes on OpenVMS
  • Start up and shut down the system
  • Manage user accounts
  • Get the network up and running
  • Manage batch and print queues
  • Back up and restore system and user data

Course Audience

OpenVMS system managers
OpenVMS system programmers

Course Outline

  • OpenVMS cluster concepts
  • Logical names
  • Accessing data on disk
  • Understanding volumes
  • Displaying device information
  • Verifying the integrity of the file system
  • Disk fragmentation
  • Managing volume shadowing
  • System boot process
  • Console concepts
  • Conversational boot
  • System startup
  • Shutting down the system
  • Planning user accounts
  • Authorize utility
  • Account flags
  • Privileges and quotas
  • Managing accounts
  • System interactions
  • Security considerations for user management
  • User management aids
  • Process review
  • Overview of memory management
  • Managing processes
  • Displaying memory information
  • Networking environment
  • Using LANCP to view network information
  • TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS
  • Managing TCP/IP
  • Viewing network information
  • Starting and stopping TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS
  • The job control process
  • Queue manager
  • Batch queues
  • Managing print queues
  • Autostart queues
  • Managing batch and print jobs
  • Logical queues
  • Queue request communication
  • Backup concepts
  • Backup types
  • Managing tape volumes
  • Backup interfaces
  • Backup operations
  • Using the SYSMAN utility
  • Using the Accounting utility
  • Monitor utility
  • Device errors
  • Security audit reports
  • Communicating with users

Instructors in this course

Jim McLean

30+ years of OpenVMS experience in system management and support.
Languages: English

Homi Faris

31 years of VMS support and teaching experience, started at DEC teaching almost all VMS courses, now a member of the VSI support team and pre-sales in France.
Languages: French

Gerrit Woertman

38 years of OpenVMS support and teaching experience. Application support, Fortran programming, demo-center, consultancy, pre-sales. HP Certified OpenVMS Systems Engineer with extensive systems management and migration experience.
Languages: English, Dutch

Tom Wade

HP Certified OpenVMS Systems Engineer with 36 years of OpenVMS support and teaching experience; has lectured in UCD to degree level in computer science and computer networking.
Languages: English

Mark Jilson

20 years of VMS support and teaching experience.
Languages: English