FreeAXP and Avanti 435 are now available. FreeAXP 435 includes the 32-bit disk corruption fix that was released as FreeAXP 422. This patch applied to the 32-bit version of FreeAXP only. The problem did not impact 64-bit FreeAXP or Avanti.
The big news for Avanti users is virtual tape and Avanti as a service updates. Avanti now supports virtual tapes devices. The virtual tape format is compatible with the SimH tape format, allowing easy exchange of tapes between the two emulators. Avanti 435 also provides the /INSTALL and /UNINSTALL qualifiers, which allow Avanti to be installed and de-installed as a Windows service.
The Avanti and FreeAXP kits include updated documentation. Review the current Virtual Alpha Release Notes and User Guide for full details on the new features. Both documents can be downloaded from the FreeAXP page (www.FreeAXP.com)
For those of you considering deployment of FreeAXP or Avanti under Microsoft Hyper-V, the following change first appeared in FreeAXP 453 and has been incorporated into FreeAXP and Avanti 2.3. In the past, the Virtual Alpha Configuration Utility has filtered non-NIC Microsoft network device entries from the NIC list. In order to support Hyper-V virtual NICs, we have had to remove this feature. Devices that are not technically NIC's, such as the Tunnel Adapters, may now show up in the Configuration Utility NIC list.
The FreeAXP User Guide and Release Notes have been updated. The update covers the use of end point security products on systems running FreeAXP. MCSa has reported that the Tanium (https://www.tanium.com/) security product appears to block programs using a CPU at 100% for an extended period of time, as FreeAXP does. We recommend that the FreeAXP program (freeaxp.exe) be put on security and anti-virus exclusion lists. We also recommend that virtual disk and tape container files be put on anti-virus exclusion lists.
You can download the updated User Guide and Release Notes at these links:
Microsoft updates to Windows 10 Version 1709 have an additional security requirement that Microsoft countersign the MSI signing certificate used on the Avanti msipcap network driver. Avanti and FreeAXP 614 and 617 may loose network access after a Windows 10 update beyond Build 16299.309. The following solutions address this issue:
1) Install the updated FreeAXP/Avanti 617e kit. This kit contains an updated msipcap driver using a certificate accepted by the current release of Windows 10. www.freeaxp.com
2) Fall back to FreeAXP/Avanti 598. The signing certificate used in this version is exempt from the new Windows checks.
3) Turn off Windows Secure Boot and disable driver signature enforcement. There are many articles on the Internet that describe how to do this. However, doing so allows installation of unsigned drivers, so we do not recommend this option without a full understanding of your system’s security and vulnerabilities.
To our knowledge, this change does not impact Windows Server 2016 or any other Windows releases. Avanti 617 installs and runs without issue under Windows 7, 8.1, 2008 R2, 2012 Std & R2, and 2016 Standard, 10.0.14393 Build 14393. However, we expect Microsoft will add similar restrictions to Server 2016 going forward. If Avanti network services stop working after a Windows update, install the 617e kit.
To determine the version of Windows being run, open a Command Prompt or the run box and execute winver. To check on msipcap, open a Command Prompt as Administrator and execute the following command:
C:\WINDOWS\system32> net start msipcap
If msipcap is installed, a message will display saying it has already been started. If Windows is blocking it, a message to that effect will be displayed.
Avanti allows serial numbers to be assigned to each disk or CD drive in the advance disk options. OpenVMS and Tru64 UNIX 3.x and 4.x ignore the disk serial numbers. Tru64 UNIX 5.x requires them. If a serial number is not present, Avanti generates one for each disk.
Versions of Avant prior to 220.127.116.110 had three potential problem with disk serial numbers.
1. User defined CD device serial numbers are ignored. The Avanti generated serial number is always used.
2. Avanti generated serial numbers for disk devices are not unique across SCSI adapters. A disk on adapter 0 and a disk on adapter 1 may receive the same generated serial number. The workaround is to manual set the serial numbers.
3. The generated serial numbers for all HSZ22 disks was the same, resulting in system hangs under Tru64 UNIX 5.x. The workaround is to manual set the serial numbers.
These problems have been corrected in Avanti 18.104.22.1680.
Windows 10 Pcap Signature
Windows 10 Version 1709 Build 16299.371 and higher object to the msipcap signature in Avanti 614 and 617 and will not install Pcap, leaving Avanti without network access. Avanti 598 installs and runs without issue. Windows 10 Version 1709 Build 16299.309 and older do not have this problem.
The issue came about because Windows 10 now requires registration of kernel mode drivers with Microsoft. Avanti 22.214.171.1240 addresses the problem. If you encounter the pcap license error, downgrade to Avanti 598 or upgrade to Avanti 620.
Avanti 3.0 is built using the latest Windows Visual Studio and Intel C++ compiler. This development environment does not support the following legacy Windows O/S:
· Windows XP
· Windows Vista
· Windows Server 2003
· Windows Server 2008 Std
Migration Specialties maintains a legacy development environment to support customers with software support contracts running under these retired Windows O/S. See the current Virtual Alpha Release Notes for additional details.
jiml November 09 2018 Thank you , Malmberg ! Exactly what I was hoping for . Reset key & all is well . JImL
malmberg November 09 2018 Eisner was upgraded to the current Multinet Release. As part of that a new host key was generated. The old key was incompatible with newer Linux.
jiml November 02 2018 ssh to eisner is now giving (on linux) "WARNING: REMOTE HOST IDENTIFICATION HAS CHANGED!" , Has the server key in fact changed ?
malmberg June 26 2018 https://www.openvmshobbyi st.com/forum/viewthread.p hp?forum_id=10&thread_id= 2363
bhamakripa June 24 2018 I am trying OpenVMS via SIMH. Need to get OS binaries for v7.3. Registered here but don't have any membership number yet which is needed to get license. Pls suggest what to do. I hardly know anyth
basilh June 05 2018 Any other forum members in Perth, Australia?
malmberg March 24 2018 Probably. More people hang out on the comp.os.vms newsgroup.
vaxpert March 23 2018 I have a PE42A and other Alpha system stuff for sale. I'm in So California. Any interest out there?
goodbyespy February 27 2018 To Prohorenko. Please, visit group OpenVMS in the ok.ru
peteherrera February 24 2018 How much does it cost to buy a complete OpenVMS hardcopy documentation set of the latest version
prohorenko February 17 2018 Please help to obtain the license on OpenVMS
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