Install OpenVMS

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We explain here how you can start the emulator to install OpenVMS.

Danger sign.png Remark: You first need to configure the SRM Firmware as explained here.

Start the emulator

Better run at lower priority to allow other host programs to use CPU time.

nice ./es40

serial0(serial): Waiting for connection on port 21264.

Start the console via telnet

Danger sign.png Remark: The port 21264 was choosen on purpose. Actually this was the first EV6 Alpha processor CPU model number.

telnet 0 21264
...
This is serial port #0 on AlphaSim

Boot the installation CDROM

We boot from the OpenVMS distribution CDROM (iso file).

Danger sign.png Remark: We prepared dka400 to contain an iso image of the OpenVMS installation CDROM. This allows us to boot from the virtual CDROM to install OpenVMS.

P00>>> boot dka400
(boot dka400.4.0.3.0 -flags 0)
block 0 of dka400.4.0.3.0 is a valid boot block
reading 936 blocks from dka400.4.0.3.0
bootstrap code read in
base = 200000, image_start = 0, image_bytes = 75000(479232)
initializing HWRPB at 2000
initializing page table at 3ff54000
initializing machine state
setting affinity to the primary CPU
jumping to bootstrap code

%SYSBOOT-I-GCTMINOR, GCT used with minor revision mismatch
   expected: 00000005.00000001  -  seen: 00000005.00000002

   OpenVMS (TM) Alpha Operating System, Version V7.3   

Please enter date and time (DD-MMM-YYYY  HH:MM)  29-DEC-2008 22:30
$!  Copyright 2001 Compaq Computer Corporation.

Example installation

After initial installation, you can add more components, or change system options.

   Installing required known files...
   Configuring devices...
   ****************************************************************

   You can install or upgrade the OpenVMS Alpha operating system
   or you can install or upgrade layered products that are included
   on the OpenVMS Alpha operating system CD-ROM.

   You can also execute DCL commands and procedures to perform
   "standalone" tasks, such as backing up the system disk.

   Please choose one of the following:

       1)  Upgrade, install or reconfigure OpenVMS Alpha Version V7.3
       2)  Display products and patches that this procedure can install
       3)  Install or upgrade layered products and patches
       4)  Show installed products
       5)  Reconfigure installed products
       6)  Remove installed products
       7)  Execute DCL commands and procedures
       8)  Shut down this system

Enter CHOICE or ? for help: (1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/?) 1

   The installation procedure will ask a series of questions.

         () - encloses acceptable answers
         [] - encloses default answers

   Type your response and press the <Return> key.  Type:

         ? - to repeat an explanation
         ^ - to change prior input (not always possible)
         Ctrl/Y - to exit the installation procedure

Choose the system disk

The es40.cfg configuration file allows to create a system disk of any size.

   There are two choices for installation/upgrade:

   Initialize - Removes all software and data files that were
       previously on the target disk and installs OpenVMS Alpha.

   Preserve -- Installs or Upgrades OpenVMS Alpha on the target disk
       and retains all other contents of the target disk.

  * Note: You cannot use preserve to install OpenVMS Alpha on a disk on
       which OpenVMS VAX or any other operating system is installed.

Do you want to INITIALIZE or to PRESERVE? [PRESERVE] INITIALIZE

   You must enter the device name for the target disk on which
   OpenVMS Alpha will be installed.

Enter device name for target disk: (? for choices) DKA0

Enter volume label for target system disk: [ALPHASYS]

   You have chosen to install OpenVMS Alpha on a new disk.

   The target system disk, DKA0:, will be initialized.
   It will be labeled ALPHASYS.
   Any data currently on the target system disk will be lost.

Is this OK? (Yes/No) y

   Initializing and mounting target....

   Creating page and swap files....

Choose the system password

   You must enter a password for the SYSTEM account.

   The password must be a minimum of 8 characters in length, and
   may not exceed 31 characters.  It will be checked and verified.
   The system will not accept passwords that can be guessed easily.

   The password will not be displayed as you enter it.

Password for SYSTEM account:
Re-enter SYSTEM password for verification:

Decide if you want a cluster

Will this system be a member of an OpenVMS Cluster? (Yes/No) n

Will this system be an instance in an OpenVMS Galaxy? (Yes/No) n

Select major network components

For the initial installation we do not install network components. They can be added later.

   You can install the following products along with the OpenVMS
   operating system:

       o DECwindows Motif for OpenVMS Alpha
       o DECnet-Plus for OpenVMS Alpha
       o DECnet Phase IV for OpenVMS Alpha
       o Digital TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS

   If you want to change your selections, you can do so later in the
   installation by answering "NO" to the following question:

       "Do you want the defaults for all product options?"

   For your system to operate properly, you must set two parameters:
   SCSNODE and SCSSYSTEMID.

   SCSNODE can be from 1 to 6 letters or numbers.  It must contain at
   least one letter.

   If you plan to use DECnet, SCSNODE must be the DECnet Phase IV
   node name, or the DECnet-Plus (Phase V) node synonym.

   If you have multiple OpenVMS systems, the SCSNODE on each system
   must be unique.

Enter SCSNODE: vmsemu

   If you plan to use DECnet, SCSSYSTEMID must be set based on the
   DECnet Phase IV address.

Do you plan to use DECnet (Yes/No) [Yes]: n

   Please choose an SCSSYSTEMID between 1 and 65535.  If you have multiple
   OpenVMS systems, the SCSSYSTEMID on each system must be unique.

Enter SCSSYSTEMID [65534]:

Setting the time zone

 Configuring the Local Time Zone

Is Daylight Savings time in effect? (Yes/No): n

Enter the Time Differential Factor [1:00]:

   NEW SYSTEM TIME DIFFERENTIAL FACTOR = 1:00

Is this correct? [Y]:

Register system licenses

   If you have Product Authorization Keys (PAKs) to register,
   you can register them now.

Do you want to register any Product Authorization Keys? (Yes/No) [Yes] n

   The installation operation can provide brief or detailed descriptions.
   In either case, you can request the detailed descriptions by typing "?".

Installation options

Do you always want detailed descriptions? (Yes/No) [No]

The following product has been selected:
   DEC AXPVMS OPENVMS V7.3                Platform (product suite)

Configuration phase starting ...

You will be asked to choose options, if any, for each selected product and for
any products that may be installed to satisfy software dependency requirements.
The following product has been selected:
   DEC AXPVMS OPENVMS V7.3                Platform (product suite)

Configuration phase starting ...

You will be asked to choose options, if any, for each selected product and for
any products that may be installed to satisfy software dependency requirements.

DEC AXPVMS OPENVMS V7.3: OpenVMS and related products Platform

   COPYRIGHT  4-APR-2001 -- All rights reserved

   Compaq Computer Corporation

Do you want the defaults for all options? [YES]

Do you want to review the options? [NO] n

Configuring the system

Execution phase starting ...

The following products will be installed to destinations:
   DEC AXPVMS OPENVMS V7.3                DISK$ALPHASYS:[VMS$COMMON.]
   DEC AXPVMS VMS V7.3                    DISK$ALPHASYS:[VMS$COMMON.]

Portion done: 0%...10%...20%...30%...40%...50%...60%...70%...80%...90%...100%

The following products have been installed:
   DEC AXPVMS OPENVMS V7.3                Platform (product suite)
   DEC AXPVMS VMS V7.3                    Operating System

   The installation is now complete.

   When the newly installed system is first booted, a special
   startup procedure will be run.  This procedure will:

       o  Configure the system for standalone or OpenVMS Cluster operation.
       o  Run AUTOGEN to set system parameters.
       o  Reboot the system with the newly set parameters.

   You may shut down now or continue with other operations.

 Process AXPVMS_INSTALL logged out at 30-DEC-2008 00:53:13.23

Known problems

Access Violation

During the installation of OpenVMS, you may run into an Access violation.

%PCSI-I-PRCOUTPUT, output from subprocess follows ...
%SYSTEM-F-ACCVIO, access violation, reason mask=00,
virtual address=000000000021C08C, PC=000000007FE9A010, PS=0000001B