Personally I would prefer you use FreeAXP. That said, if the download is in ISO format, then you should be able to mount the ISO file as a disk and boot it. If the download is a backup save set, then you are going to need an existing VMS system to facilitate things.
The Itanium boot disk is dual format ISO and VMS native. If you use an ISO copy tool, it can only see a small part of the disk.
Most disk burning or virtual disk software will treat disk images and ISO files identically.
The Windows 7 option to create an ISO file from a VMS CD/DVD does not work. I have used the free tools from the site that also provided MagicDisk.
And make sure that you used IMAGE mode to download the disk images, not ASCII or course.
I also have used MagicDisk to mount the VMS disk images for the FreeAXP alpha emulator.
Update: After a e-mail conversation with Bruce, I do not think I used Magic Disk to mount VMS disk images for the emulator. I run the FreeAxp under VirtualBox and Virtualbox will present the VMS disk image files as CD-ROM images. This means that I would not ever need MagicDisk.
On Windows for copying VMS format CD-ROMs, I think I used the cygwin utility to copy a disk and I did the same on the Mac. I may have only used MagicISO to burn physical CDROMs or DVDs.
I uses FreeAxp because it has dual ethernet, and I have multiple Virtualbox VMs on a host which allow me to make a VMS cluster, where one ethernet is used for the internal communications and one is used for external access.
Edited by malmberg on February 24 2012 05:49
I took your advice and took a look at FreeAXP! Interesting! Such a difference and now I'm up and running. Can't believe how easy it was! I'm sitting here with a silly grin my my face plowing through the contents of sys$system....! It's been a LOT of years since I had a VMS box to play with!
Now I've proved it all works on my laptop I have an old desktop sitting gathering dust. I have the perfect excuse now to resurect it.
Now I have to see if I have PROMIS media somewhere, I'm now fascinated by the concept of a clustered pair of servers in Primary/Secondary mode......!
I'm not anti-PC but I definitely prefer Mac's for my real 'other' job!
malmberg December 12 2017 HPE only makes the most current version of OpenVMS Alpha / IA64 /VAX available to hobbyists. When I had access to the Alliance 1 program it was the same. No public downloads are allowed by HPE.
nmbonao December 08 2017 Is anybody knows OpenVMS 8.2 version downloadable version? or CD copy? Thank you very much
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malmberg September 10 2017 https://sourceforge.net/p /vms-ports/wiki/VMSInstal lation/ For the most part just use VMS 6.1 media instead of 7.3. But why run the older release?
DoeveR August 07 2017 Where can I find the write up on running VMS 6.1 using the simh emulator?
Bart March 20 2017 Happy to have found my password again!