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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyist Licensing | Alpha License PAK's
Author Need Help Please

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Joined: 05.01.13
Posted on January 05 2013 05:42
Never installed Open Vms before I'm trying to install 8.4 Hobbyist. I have registration paks but don't know how to install the paks. Any help would be appreciated. Oh using Charon-AxP AS400 emulator. I've tried creating a document with the same name within 8.4 and doing a copy paste but I must be doing something wrong.

I'm new to open VMS Any help and an explanation of how the license process works and what the paks actually do would be appreciated. I notice the default installation limits the number of hours the OS will function without the license paks installed. Unfortunately my time has expired and the only way I can get Open Vms to run is by back dating my PC time date

Edited by mritchie90 on January 05 2013 05:47
Author RE: Need Help Please

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Posted on January 09 2013 12:15
First off, I am not aware of any VMS media that is time-bombed or limited in the number of hours.

With out valid license keys, you only have serial terminal access through logging into the OPA0: device, but from there you can do all operations on a single node.

The license packs are delivered as a command procedure. The file may have e-mail information on it that needs to be edited out before DCL will accept it.

For an existing install where the keys have expired, set the clock back to get the access to the system, and then FTP the license command procedure as ASCII to the box. Before (or after) you may want to edit it to remove the E-MAIL lines at the top that may be present.

After running the command procedure, set the time back to normal.

For the initial install of VMS, you boot the CD-IMAGE on the emulator and then go through the install procedure. There is a documentation link off of www.hp.com/go/openvms that will take you to the VMS installation manual.

As some point in the install, it will ask for licenses. At that time, find in the license e-mail the licenses for OPENVMS-ALPHA and UCX and enter them. If your Alpha or emulator has VMS compatible graphics hardware, then also input the DW-MOTIF license.

Then after the install, you can configure TCP/IP and SSH so that you can use a terminal emulator to access the system. You can then FTP the license command procedure as ASCII and run it to get everything licensed.

When you install VMS, you will want to install Decnet Phase IV even if you do not plan to set up other VMS systems. DECNET Phase IV can be used for some local system stuff.
Author RE: May be talking about His emulator...
John Manger

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Posted on January 15 2013 04:12
> ..time-bombed or limited in the number of hours


> .... I notice the default installation limits the number of
> hours the OS will function

I wonder if mrichie90 is referring to his Alpha emulator being time-limited rather than VMS itself ?

Not all Alpha emulators are created equal, and some run a lot longer than others ;-)

John M
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