There is some information at http://sourceforge.net/p/vms-ports/wiki/Home/ that will be useful for getting started at system configuration and administration.
There is quite a bit of information available about VMS on the wild wild web. There is a lot at encompasserve.org, and hoffmanlabs.com.
There are also several books available.
The good news is that VMS really does not take much in the way of baby sitting to keep it running if it is properly set up.
VMS is also one of the best documented platforms available and one of the easiest to learn to use and program.
The bad news is that a VMS system that is very poorly set up will still be able to to useful work, but may be a nightmare to understand what is really going on.
I have seen many VMS systems in working production environments that are so mis-configured that I am amazed that they function at all, and if the same configuration errors were made on other operating systems, they probably would not even boot.
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!