And check out part where is says "In addition, the OpenVMS Hobbyist Program offers kits containing OpenVMS Base O/S software and selected Layered Products via download." I know this is something that's been asked about on several occasions, and HP has finally taken it to heart. This should also allow the Hobbyist Program to provide a lot more Layered Products that previously available.
HP has decided to take ownership of delivering licenses for Hobbyist users, making it an official Customer Engagement function. As such, Hobby Licenses will no longer be available through this site. Details of the HP's delivery of licenses to Hobbyist Users is still under development and I hope that they will have an announcement soon.
I've been involved and hosting licensing for the Hobbyist Program for nearly 15 years. Hard to believe that it's been that long. And many of you have been around since the beginning. Few products in this industry have that kind of customer retention.
I'd really like to thank Pat Jankowiak and Mark Gorham for making the Hobbyist Program possible. Sue Skonetski and Stephen Hoffman for all their technical assistance over the years. Ian Miller, Bruce Claremont, and John Malmberg for helping admin the site. Thanks to all the various Chapters from around the world for their support. And of course, all the Hobbyists who have enjoyed the program.
And of finally, I would like to thank my colleague, my friend, and the Best Man at my wedding, John Wisniewski. He spent a lot of time convincing the Digital VP's that this was a good thing.
Here's to another 15 years!
David Cathey aka HobbyistOne
Welcome to V16 of the OpenVMS Technical Journal. It is indeed a great pleasure in bringing this edition of the Technical Journal to all the VMS enthusiasts around the world. We trust that you will find all the articles informative and useful.
In VTJ v16, I am sure you will find all articles will be of interest to you. We have enlisted the articles in VTJ v16 below :
· Archive Backup System and Data Protector: Leading OpenVMS Backup Solutions, Deepa R Shenoy
· MIKADO, a Virtual VAX based on a Real-time Operating System, Dr. Robert Boers, CEO & Founder Stromasys
· OpenVMS Guest Troubleshooting, Bhadresh Udani
· OpenVMS RAD Support on Integrity Systems, Shyamalendu Sarkar, Durga Prasad and Narayanan
· Data Encryption Using Archive Backup System, Nagendra Shastry
Got pointed to this recent DEFCON presentation on OpenVMS. We're glad to see after all this time, there's still references to OpenVMS at DEFCON. The foray into the Lions Den by a group of Dallas folks is even mentioned in the talk. But, it's an excellent example that even one of the most secure operating systems can still be compromised by bad coding. And even from within OpenVMS Engineering. In particular, the TCP/IP team. Which managed to be bug-compatible with other similar functions. A very interesting talk.
My only critique of the session is "People still run 'finger' on OpenVMS?" Apparently so. A tip o' the hat to Dave Smith from the UK for letting me know about this.
It is with great sadness that I heard that Ken Olsen has passed away at age 84. He was surrounded by family and friends in Indiana. Ken Olsen started a revolution in the computer industry producing some of the finest and innovative products on the market. Even today, products built while he was at the helm of Digital Equipment Corporation are still running and functional. An era gone by of quality and durability which now seems all but a memory.
A memorial service is being planned at Gordon College in May to celebrate his life.
One of my favourite quotes attributed to Ken was when a reporter asked how many people worked at Digital, and Ken said "About half".
Hello everyone! We're back online! Sorry for the outage, but here in North Texas we've had a little bit of bad weather. Okay, you Canadians would call it "Fall", but it's pretty unusual here in Texas. Ordinarily it should be no problem. However the power grid folks (ERCOT) decided to have a series of blackouts because they were having problems. We got 4 of them. They were just long enough to test the limits of the UPS's, and frequent enough to cause havoc on our systems. You should always have a backup, but unfortunately, both the primary and secondary DS10L systems suffered a CPU fan failure. Part #74-60847-01. The same fan on both, so I couldn't even trade parts between them to get a working system.
However, thanks to a rapid shipment from Island Computers, I was able to get everything back up and running quickly.
It is with much regret that we have to announce the sad news that Alistair King died after a short illness on 6th May 2010.
Alistair was the Chairman of DECUS in the UK for many years and latterly was the Chairman of INTEREX-EMEA. He was also involved with the Advocacy Programme and was known widely in the HP User Community. He leaves behind a devoted wife and son. He will be sadly missed in his family and business life.
His funeral will take place on Friday 14th at 14:30 at Westall Park, Hollberrow Green, Worcestershire. B96 6JY. No flowers, donations to Cancer Research.
The Call For Papers for the 2010 Connect OpenVMS Bootcamp will close 1 June 2010. All proposed sessions need to be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT.
This week long event, 12/17 September 2010, will be the most comprehensive technical education and training event dedicated exclusively to the HP OpenVMS Community with information driven by users for users that will be available in 2010.
Here are the topics we are at looking for sessions:
- Storage HW
- Storage SW
- OpenVMS Futures
- Hardware Roadmap with Blades
- Oracle (Rdb/Codasyl/Classic)
- Hands-on demo/learning sessions
- Disaster avoidance/High Availability/Mission Critical
- Open Source
- Software Development
- T4 w/ EVAperf
- WEBES/SEA/ELMC/SIM - maybe hands on
- Advanced Systems Concepts (ActiveBatch job scheduler)
- Beginner's OpenVMS
- Evolution of OpenVMS
- System Management
Some of the session titles already submitted include:
- Introduction to modern runtime environments and languages
- OpenVMS and Web Services: myth or reality?
- To queue or not to queue?
- Integration Technologies and Products for OpenVMS
- Lessons Learned from Porting Software to OpenVMS
- Tutorial on implementing Web Services using gSOAP
- OpenVMS File System Performance Topics
- OpenVMS Dynamic Volume Expansion
- Achieving the Highest Possible Availability
- Using Shadowsets with More than 3 Members
- Using IP Networks as an OpenVMS Cluster Interconnect
- Who Survives Disasters and Why, Part 1: People
- Who Survives Disasters and Why, Part 2: Organizations
- Principles of Troubleshooting and Problem Solving
- Case Studies of Disaster Tolerance and Disaster Recovery
- Using OpenVMS Technologies to Build an Agile Computing Base
- C7000 "Virtual Connect" for OpenVMS
- Using Perl to manage VMS systems
- 60 minutes that could save you from disaster
- Extreme Heritage Solutions for VAX and Alpha
As can be seen there are some great presentations planned. We are looking for MORE! In the past there have been upwards of 100+ different sessions. We know the OpenVMS User Community and the Partners as well as the HP Office of OpenVMS Programs want to make this a very successful event. We encourage you to submit your sessions now!
By the way, speakers get a reduction in the registration fee! A $700.00 discount for speakers, $795 for the week versus $1,495. There are no fees for speakers who are only presenting sessions and not attending the Bootcamp.
You do NOT need to be a Connect Worldwide member to speak at the OpenVMS Bootcamp. Connect would love to have you as a member so you show your support for OpenVMS in their community, but we want anyone interested in presenting a technical session to attend!
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your session submissions.
CCSS Interactive Learning OpenVMS Basic Program with Certificate
CCSS - Computer Consulting System Services in pleased to announce the availability of the "CCSS Interactive Learning OpenVMS Basic Program" an introductory level web-based training program for OpenVMS. The program includes four courses along with tutorial assistance; automated, on-line testing; OpenVMS laboratory systems (VAX and Alpha) and certificates for course completion and program completion.
The coursed included in the CCSS Interactive Learning OpenVMS Basic Program
* Introduction to OpenVMS
* Introduction to OpenVMS Editors
* Introduction to DCL - Interactive Commands
* Introduction to DCL - Command Procedures
Three levels of certificates are available:
Certificate of Completion - finish a course with a score of 85%
or better with an average time of 30 seconds or less.
Certificate of Accomplishment - finish a course with a score of 95%
or better and an average time of 20 seconds or less.
Certificate of Achievement - finish a course with a score of 100%
and an average time of 15 seconds or less.
There is no time limit on the courses nor any limit to the number of times a student can take the test.
The training offered at CCSS Interactive Learning is offered at NO CHARGE. Additionally there is no charge for access to any of the course resources and OpenVMS laboratory systems available as part of the course.
Additional courses are under development by CCSS and will be announced as they become available.
For more information about CCSS Interactive Learning and to sign up for a course visit www.ccsscorp.com.