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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyist Licensing | Alpha License PAK's
Author Need a little help... new to openVMS and need to learn quickly

Posts: 2
Joined: 05.12.12
Posted on December 05 2012 13:55
Long story short, I'm the new site VMS admin (not by choice) and need to obtain a hobbyist license so I can learn on my own.

How does one obtain a hobbyist license?

My webs searches haven't yielded many results... any help is appreciated.
Author RE: Need a little help... new to openVMS and need to learn quickly

Posts: 2
Joined: 05.12.12
Posted on December 05 2012 14:19
A little more searching and was able to find the answer.

Hope this helps other that are looking for the hobbyist license.

I signed up with DECUSERVE.

obtained a membership ID

signed up for a hobbyist license at openvms.org.
Author RE: Need a little help... new to openVMS and need to learn quickly

Posts: 530
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on December 06 2012 03:11
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.
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