Hobbyist VMS (was: Got a DEC 2000 Alpha server, need help)

From: Fred N. van Kempen <waltje_at_pdp11.nl>
Date: Wed Feb 18 05:00:23 2004

On 17 Feb 2004, R. D. Davis wrote:

> Presently I've got 5.x on my VAX 4000-200, but no way to back it up
> (still haven't found a cheap SCSI board and don't have mounting
> hardware for the TK50), so I avoid using it, not wanting to put any
> more hours on the old DSSI disks.
Those "old disks" are tougher than anything that's out there
of the modern day. Dunno what their manuf. process was, but
damn, these are like concrete bricks. Just let em spin, they'll
be all happy (and noisy).

The TK50 can be used without the rubbery mounting thinger just
fine... I ran one for months just sitting atop a BA23, just
cos I didnt have the space to mount it in ;-) I ended up enclosing
it in a bit of cardboard, so keep dirt out, but other than that..
it was fine.

> After getting to the right Encompass form, I filled it out, and will
> see what happens. Still, not sure if I want to install the new OS
> version if I do get it though. Has anyone tried installing OpenVMS by
> copying parts of it, from a CD on another (non DEC) machine via a
> network connection, to an unused disk on the VAX?
Yeah, you can copy the CD to a disk, and then just boot the disk,
since the CD contains "just" an ODS2 volume. So, create a CDROM
image with a copying program (or "dd" under Unix) and then copy
that to the disk, in raw (sector) mode.

Of, for any DEC hobbyist goes.. get a hold of an InfoServer.. they
make (VMS) life so much easier :)

Fred N. van Kempen, DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) Collector/Archivist
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