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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyists and OpenVMS | Introduction Forum
Author Brief intro and bootcamp question

Posts: 6
Location: US, Massachusetts
Joined: 25.06.11
Posted on January 14 2013 15:59
Hello Everyone,

Brief intro...

I've had an interest in operating systems and the hardware they run on ever since getting exposed to Unix back in the late 90's working for Sun Microsystems. Over the years I've been exposed to a number of OS's but never VMS. It wasn't until 2011 that I finally got my chance and I knew I was in for something special when none of my Unix commands did anything but spit back errors...

%DCL-W-IVVERB, unrecognized command verb - check validity and spelling \PWD\

“dir” and “help” were the first commands that stated getting me somewhere. I got a copy of 8.3, a hobbyist license, CHARON for VMWare from Stromasys and got started. I now own a couple of Alpha DS10's running 8.4 and making my first post.

My question...

I've been playing around with OpenVMS, when time permits, for a little over a year and a half now but I don't feel my skills have advanced to the level I had hoped. So I thought about putting myself thru one of the upcoming OpenVMS bootcamps hosted by CONNECT and wondered if anyone had any opinions about the event. Is it worth going to? And are there any good certification programs out there?

Edited by anton on January 14 2013 16:09
Author RE: Brief intro and bootcamp question

Posts: 91
Joined: 12.03.10
Posted on January 15 2013 01:00
Welcome to the OpenVMS community. There are at least 2 of us in Mass in addition to you. Where in Mass are you? Feel free to post any questions you have in this forum. There are many here that are willing to assist.

Dan (also in Mass)
Author RE: Brief intro and bootcamp question

Posts: 6
Location: US, Massachusetts
Joined: 25.06.11
Posted on January 15 2013 03:44
Thanks Dan. I'm happy to be here. I currently reside in Auburn... Worcester area. I do have some questions about attaching a couple of BA356's JBODs to my DS10's and setting up a cluster with shared storage, but I'll post my question under one of the other discussion forums. Any experience with or know anything about Connect and the bootcamps they run? There is one coming up in March which I'm thinking about attending.

- Anton
Edited by anton on January 15 2013 03:45
Author RE: Brief intro and bootcamp question

Posts: 91
Joined: 12.03.10
Posted on January 15 2013 06:38
Bootcamps are very informative and are a good place to meet other OpenVMS professionals. I had planned on delivering a talk last year, but a death in the family prevented that. I don't have the time to attend this year. The cost is a bit much if you don't get your company to pay for it although it should be worth the cost.

Auburn is not too far from me. Send me a private message with your Email and we'll get together. I have a number of DS10s clustered at clients with shared storage in differing configurations.

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