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This course provides a system manager with information and skills needed to manage an existing OpenVMS system or build a system configuration from scratch. It covers all system management considerations from everyday tasks like user and queue management to system design, performance, and troubleshooting. This course is a mix of instructor-led System Management I and System Management II available as a self-paced course.


OpenVMS Fundamentals or equivalent knowledge.

Course Objectives

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

  • Install, upgrade, and configure an OpenVMS system and layered products
  • Install and manage licenses
  • Work in the console (MP, EFI Shell, SRM)
  • Understand and manage the queue mechanism
  • Configure and manage the storage subsystem
  • Design and implement a backup strategy
  • Configure basic networking
  • Implement login, object, network, and physical security, as well as security auditing
  • Maintain system management command procedures
  • Create and manage basic OpenVMS clusters

Course Audience

OpenVMS system managers
OpenVMS system programmers

Course Outline

  • Obtaining key system information
  • Navigating the system disk
  • Rooted and concealed logicals, logical search lists
  • File aliases
  • OpenVMS system requirements
  • Installing OpenVMS
  • VSI and HPE licensing schemes
  • Installing licenses
  • The License Management Utility
  • PCSI
  • ECO kits
  • Displaying and managing layered products
  • System Startup and Shutdown
  • Page, swap, and dump files
  • ILO
  • MP and EFI Shell
  • Crashing the system
  • Booting conversational, minimal, booting to OPA0:
  • Using AUTHORIZE to manage user records, privileges, and quotas
  • Managing rights identifiers
  • Maintaining system security with respect to user management
  • Managing intrusion attempts
  • Understanding process states and priorities
  • Managing processes
  • Using $ MONITOR and $ SHOW PROCESS/CONTINUOUS to analyze processes
  • Managing queue managers and queue database files
  • Managing print and batch queues
  • Managing jobs
  • Troubleshooting queue problems
  • Managing disks and tapes on OpenVMS
  • Initializing and mounting volumes
  • File systems (ODS-2 and ODS-5)
  • Reliable storage solutions
  • Volume Shadowing for OpenVMS
  • TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS: configuring, starting, and stopping the product and services
  • OpenVMS and Unix-style commands for network management
  • Managing network interfaces with LANCP
  • Creating and implementing a backup strategy
  • Backing up to tape
  • Physical, file, and image backup and restore
  • Encrypting backup savesets
  • Compressing backup savesets
  • Standalone backup of the system disk
  • Reverting from ODS-5 to ODS-2 using the BACKUP utility
  • Creating and maintaining default protection, creator, subsystem, audit, and alarm ACEs
  • Physical and network security standards
  • Maintaining login security
  • Managing security alarms and audit
  • Maintaining the order of startup tasks, startup and shutdown procedures
  • Writing command procedures to automate system administration
  • Upgrading an OpenVMS system
  • Creating and managing OpenVMS clusters
  • Quorum algorithm and disk
  • Taking a node out of a cluster
  • Shutting down a cluster safely
  • Changing a node name
  • Solving common cluster problems