Hi! I go by commodorejohn most everywhere on the 'net, and I've been a retrocomputing enthusiast for a long time. I just came into possession of a VAXStation 4000/60 with either 32MB or 104MB of RAM (it's still en route, so I'm not sure which yet.) No hard drive, but I have a spare 1GB SCSI drive that (I gather) should work for the purpose.
I've registered here partly for general assistance, as I have no working familiarity with the VAX at this point (my only experience with DEC systems thus far has been my PDP-11, which I've owned since early this summer,) but also because I'm trying to figure out the steps involved in getting a VMS hobbyist license, and I'm hoping people who know their way around the process can help me out.
I've found the OpenVMS.org registration page and submitted it, and it seemed fairly straightforward, though I had to figure out to register with DECUServe first. Is that all I need to do? I've read that install media can be purchased, but is there a download option so I can simply burn a CD? Will the VAXStation boot the CD automatically, or am I going to need to fake a tape drive over the serial port as I've seen some PDP-11 users do?
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!