VAX 4000 Model 300 - OS installation Questions

From: Dan Williams <>
Date: Sun Sep 5 09:02:27 2004

On Thu, 2 Sep 2004 14:58:37 -0400, Philippe Vachon <> wrote:
> Hello again.
> I managed to jury rig a null modem cable for my "new" VAX (using a
> phone cable, some resources I found on Google, mere hours before Jochen
> posted a link to the same Google search I did :) ), using a phone cable
> and an old RS232 cable. It ain't pretty, but it works.
> My next problem is how to get an OS onto this thing. I can easily
> enough get the distribution CD from Encompass for Hobbyists, however, I
> lack a means of getting VMS onto the machine, since it only has a TK70
> drive, 3 DSSI hard disks, and no SCSI adaptor. I am quite comfortable
> with setting up over a network (having done many installs of IRIX using
> Linux as a server), however, I have not found any resources on how to
> do this with VMS, only with NetBSD. So, what should I do? Has anybody
> successfully installed VMS using Linux as a server? Or should I invest
> in a KZQSA controller and use a SUN CD-ROM drive with it (can this be
> done)? Or perhaps should I invest in a DSSI CD-ROM drive? Does such a
> beast exist for the VAX 4000/300, even?
> I'm relatively new to the VAX platform from an administrative
> perspective, so please bear with me!
> Thanks!
> Phil.

I would say the easiest way would be to get a vaxstation and install
vms on that. Then if you set the 300 as a cluster member you can boot
it and copy the image across.

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