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This course covers tasks to create new OpenVMS environments, which include the installation of the OpenVMS software and performing the post-installation tasks, such as registering licenses and configuring the network and cluster environment. It also covers installing layered products, setting up the security environment, and customizing the system.


OpenVMS System Management I or equivalent experience.

Course Objectives

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

  • Establish and configure an OpenVMS system (install the system and layered products, manage licenses, system parameters, perform other post-installation tasks)
  • Perform basic system configuration
  • Configure a VMS Cluster
  • Manage login, object, network, and physical security on the system
  • Use security auditing and intrusion detection
  • Design and implement a backup strategy

Course Audience

OpenVMS system managers
OpenVMS system programmers

Course Outline

  • OpenVMS packages
  • Installing OpenVMS overview
  • Upgrading the firmware
  • Installing the OpenVMS operating system
  • Web interface to an Integrity
  • Updating OpenVMS overview
  • License management overview
  • License types
  • OpenVMS Integrity license packages
  • Product Authorization Key (PAK)
  • License management utility
  • License example
  • Determining license requirements
  • Making volumes available
  • Managing volume characteristics
  • Using the $ DISMOUNT command
  • On-disk structure
  • Creating shadow sets
  • Decompressing the libraries
  • Ensuring procedures execute at startup
  • Ensuring procedures execute at shutdown
  • LAN Control Program (LANCP)
  • Logical LAN
  • TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS
  • SSL
  • System parameters
  • Modifying system parameters
  • The INSTALL utility
  • Paging and swapping files
  • System dump files
  • OpenVMS cluster overview
  • Connection manager
  • Cluster device naming conventions
  • Setting up cluster accessible devices
  • Single versus multiple system disks
  • Configuring OpenVMS clusters
  • Cluster over IP
  • SHOW CLUSTER utility
  • Special account types
  • Login security
  • Object security
  • Network security
  • Physical security
  • Security auditing
  • Intrusion and break-in detection
  • Devising a backup and restore strategy
  • Backup concepts
  • Backup types
  • Backup operations
  • Backing up the system disk
  • Backing up a shadow set
  • Using backup to revert from ODS-5 to ODS-2
  • Product installation guide and release notes
  • Licenses for layered products
  • Locating the distribution kit
  • Software installation (PCSI)
  • Engineering Change Orders (ECOs)
  • System interactions

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