I thought I had registered here before, but apparently I hadn't, so now that's been taken care of...
I just this morning switched off my Alpha server at home. I had already migrated most of my services off to my Solaris x86 box, and as of last night, I finished the migration of all of my data to a virtual VAX (SIMH) running on the Solaris system.
I ran into a few issues getting SIMH to work for me, but after getting 64-bit support working so that I could have virtual hard drives larger than 2 GB and still get my networking support working, I was able to create a virtual drive holding all ~25 GB of data from my Alpha. Once that was done, I rebooted my Alpha using the OpenVMS installation CD and made use of the INIT/ERASE command. I hope I can find a good home for the Alpha.
I haven't used VMS "seriously" since back in the days I worked on PMDF development, but it had been a good server for our home domain for many years following. Although I have no practical use for VMS these days, it's nice to have a virtual VMS system lying around so I can access those files I still have from the years in which I did use VMS, including all the way back to high school (1982-84) on a VAX-11/750.
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!