I posted this question on the HP OpenVMS forums but I should probably have posted here since it involves the interaction of FreeAXP/PuTTy and Windows:
I have succeeded in installing openVMS 8.4 in FreeAXP. I now have a file named 'openvms_alpha_8_4_update500.zip' on my Windows 7 laptop. This zip file contains 'VMS84A_UPDATE-V0500.ZIPEXE' and 'VMS84A_PCSI_V0200.ZIPEXE'
How do I go about applying these updates? I believe that I have to load my OS CD and choose the upgrade option, but then how do I get these .ZIP files into OpenVMS via Putty so that the upgrade can take place?
Apparently i don't need the OS CD Upgrade option - it's a question of transferring the ZIPEXE files into OpenVMS from Windows and running the ZIPEXEs.
I tried cut'n'paste but this did not seem to work. Advice appreciated.
Bruce: I think I have configured TCPIP in OpenVMS by using the 'Automatic Configuration of TCP/IP Services Using DHCP Client'.
So assuming TCP/IP is set up in OpenVMS, my next question is how to transfer the files from my Windows laptop. I have FreeAXP/PuTTy running on the Windows laptop - I'm not clear on how I would set up a link between Windows and FreeAXP to do the transfer.
Sorry these are noob questions - I've never done this sort of thing before
Use something like Filezilla to FTP files between Windows and VMS. This is straight forward assuming you have two NICs on the FreeAXP host system and have turned off all Windows services on the NIC assigned to FreeAXP.
Bruce: I'm afraid this is all too difficult for me. I can assign 2 NICs in FreeAXP using thepci11 and pci12 tabs. After that I'm stumped.
I used 127.0.0.1 as the host address, added the system username and password and port 9000. I get a "connection established, waiting for welcome message..."
There is a "Response :"<.. garbage..> (B Virtual serial0)"
then "Error: could not connect to server"
I have chosen the option to force UTF-8 as the character set (as Autodetect gives a message "Invalid character sequence received...select Force UTF-8 ..."
The fact that I got "(B Virtual serial0)" seems reasonably optimistic but where I go from here I have no idea.
You don't have TCP/IP configured correctly or you don't have a DCHP server handing out addresses. Run TCPIP$CONFIG.COM. If you don't understand what the configuration procedure is asking for, it is time to hit the books.
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