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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyists and OpenVMS | Introduction Forum
Author Where to start?
mistermax
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Joined: 26.08.11
Posted on August 26 2011 12:16
Hello there,

I recently came across VMS, although I had previously worked with it without knowing (DOORS defect system on VAX). Anyway, I'm looking for the following:

quick and dirty guide
the canonical
emulators, if available
books

much appreciated,

Max
Author RE: Where to start?
brad
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Location: Hopedale, MA USA
Joined: 15.12.05
Posted on August 26 2011 14:09
mistermax wrote:
Hello there,

I recently came across VMS, although I had previously worked with it without knowing (DOORS defect system on VAX). Anyway, I'm looking for the following:

quick and dirty guide
the canonical
emulators, if available
books

much appreciated,

Max


Welcome!

The "Web Links" in the navigation section will point you to some important sources of information.

The OpenVMS User's Manual is a tutorial of sorts, best used if you have a running system in front of you:

http://rabbit.dnsalias.org/user1/odl/opsys/vmsos731/vmsos731/6489/6489pro.html

Free VMS accounts are available at:

https://decuserve.org/

and

https://deathrow.vistech.net/

Others will certainly chime in with their favorite links to emulators, books, etc. Happy hunting!
http://www.turquoisewitch.com/~bradh
Author RE: Where to start?
Bruce Claremont
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Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on August 27 2011 19:04
Free Alpha emulator upon which to run VMS: www.freeaxp.com

These links may be out of date:

OpenVMS Beginner resources: http://www.openvmshobbyist.com/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=163&thread_id=1537&pid=4635#post_4635

Getting Started with OpenVMS by Mike Duffy: http://books.google.com/

OpenVMS Beginners FAQ: http://alpha.mike-r.com/VMS_beginners_faq.html

OpenVMS Introduction: http://labs.hoffmanlabs.com/node/5

OpenVMS Beginners page: http://www.openvms.org/pages.php?page=Beginner
Edited by Bruce Claremont on August 27 2011 19:05
Author RE: Where to start?
R Price
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Posts: 36
Location: Canada
Joined: 09.12.10
Posted on August 28 2011 12:38
You can download a FREE PDF of Bob DuCharme's book "The Operating System Handbook, or, Fake Your Way Through Minis and Mainframes". It is pretty basic but enough to get you started. Individual chapters or the entire book are available. For free I recommend the entire book. You may never need to know how to work with an IBM 360 or AS/400 but it is interesting to see how some of the available OSes compare, both to each other and to OpenVMS and UNIX.

I also found "OpenVMS System Management Guide" quite helpful. It covers more advanced stuff, a lot of it just not relevant for hobbyist use but there is enough in there to make it worthwhile if you can find an inexpensive used copy.
Edited by R Price on August 28 2011 12:39
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