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
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
aarommes December 02 2017 Bitcoin and Blockchain enthusiasts ( plus distributed computing ) please connec / reply: http://www.openvmshobbyis t.com/forum/viewthread.ph p?forum_id=130&thread_id= 2991
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!