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OpenVMS VAX Version 7.2 Upgrade and Installation Manual

Version 7.2 Upgrade and
Installation Manual

Order Number: AA--QSBQC--TE

January 1999

This manual provides step-by-step instructions for upgrading and installing the OpenVMS VAX operating system.

Revision/Update Information: This is a new manual.

Software Version: OpenVMS VAX Version 7.2

Compaq Computer Corporation
Houston, Texas

January 1999

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Intended Audience

This manual is intended for anyone responsible for installing or upgrading the OpenVMS VAX operating system and for the startup, shutdown, and backup operations required on VAX computers running this software.

When to Use This Manual

If you received factory-installed software (FIS) with your VAX computer, refer to that user documentation to start up your system for the first time. Use this manual if you need to install or upgrade the OpenVMS VAX operating system software yourself or if you need to perform certain startup, shutdown, or backup operations. When the instructions in this manual direct you to do so, refer to the upgrade and installation supplement for information specific to your VAX computer.

Document Structure

This manual is organized as follows:

Related Documents

The following documents contain information associated with performing an upgrade or installation:

For additional information on the Open Systems Software Group (OSSG) products and services, access the following OpenVMS World Wide Web address: 

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In this manual, any reference to OpenVMS is synonymous with DIGITAL OpenVMS.

Every use of OpenVMS VAX means the OpenVMS VAX operating system.

Every use of DECwindows and DECwindows Motif refers to DECwindows Motif for OpenVMS software.

The following conventions are also used in this manual:
Ctrl/ x A sequence such as Ctrl/ x indicates that you must hold down the key labeled Ctrl while you press another key or a pointing device button.
PF1 x A sequence such as PF1 x indicates that you must first press and release the key labeled PF1 and then press and release another key or a pointing device button.
[Return] In examples, a key name enclosed in a box indicates that you press a key on the keyboard. (In text, a key name is not enclosed in a box.)

In the HTML version of this document, this convention appears as brackets, rather than a box.

... A horizontal ellipsis in examples indicate one of the following possibilities:
  • Additional optional arguments in a statement have been omitted.
  • The preceding item or items can be repeated one or more times.
  • Additional parameters, values, or other information can be entered.
A vertical ellipsis indicate the omission of items from a code example or command format; the items are omitted because they are not important to the topic being discussed.
( ) In command format descriptions, parentheses indicate that you must enclose the options in parentheses if you choose more than one.
[ ] In command format descriptions, brackets indicate optional elements. You can choose one, none, or all of the options. (Brackets are not optional, however, in the syntax of a directory name in an OpenVMS file specification or in the syntax of a substring specification in an assignment statement.)
{ } In command format descriptions, braces indicate required elements; you must choose one of the options listed.
bold text This text style represents the introduction of a new term or the name of an argument, an attribute, or a reason.

In the HTML version of this Conventions table, this convention appears as italic text.

italic text Italic text indicates important information, complete titles of manuals, or variables. Variables include information that varies in system output (Internal error number), in command lines (/PRODUCER= name), and in command parameters in text (where dd represents the predefined code for the device type).
UPPERCASE TEXT Uppercase text indicates a command, the name of a routine, the name of a file, or the abbreviation for a system privilege.
Monospace text Monospace type indicates code examples and interactive screen displays.

In the C programming language, monospace type in text identifies the following elements: keywords, the names of independently compiled external functions and files, syntax summaries, and references to variables or identifiers introduced in an example.

- A hyphen at the end of a command format description, command line, or code line indicates that the command or statement continues on the following line.
numbers All numbers in text are assumed to be decimal unless otherwise noted. Nondecimal radixes --- binary, octal, or hexadecimal --- are explicitly indicated.

This manual often refers to products by their abbreviated names. For example, the VAX 8200, VAX 8250, VAX 8300, and VAX 8350 computers are referred to as the VAX 8200, 8250, 8300, 8350. The MicroVAX 2000 computer is referred to as the MicroVAX 2000, and so on.

Chapter 1
Getting Started

This chapter provides a general description of what happens during the installation and upgrade procedures, including information you should know before you install or upgrade to the OpenVMS VAX Version 7.2 operating system.

This chapter also describes the contents of the distribution kit, tells you whether you should do an installation or an upgrade, and refers you to the appropriate documentation.

1.1 Important Information

Before you install or upgrade to OpenVMS VAX Version 7.2, review the information in this section.

1.1.1 DIGITAL TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS VAX

DIGITAL TCP/IP Services Version 5.0 is available with the OpenVMS Alpha and VAX Version 7.2 operating system.

If you are using previous versions of TCP/IP Services, Compaq recommends that you upgrade to TCP/IP Version 5.0. Refer to the OpenVMS and TCP/IP release notes for additional information.

1.1.2 DECnet for OpenVMS VAX Software

From the OpenVMS VAX Version 7.2 operating system installation menu, you can choose either the DECnet-Plus or DECnet Phase IV networking software. Both DECnet products cannot run at the same time on your system. You must choose to install one or the other.

If you install or reinstall DECnet Phase IV, support is only available under Compaq's Prior Version Support Program. Contact your local Compaq support representative for additional information.

Documentation for DECnet Phase IV and DECnet-Plus is included on the OpenVMS Online Documentation CD-ROM. Hardcopy documentation for these products must be purchased separately. For more information about DECnet-Plus for OpenVMS, refer to the DECnet-Plus for OpenVMS Release Notes and DECnet-Plus for OpenVMS Installation and Basic Configuration.

1.1.3 DECwindows Motif for OpenVMS --- Minimum Version

For OpenVMS VAX Version 7.2, the minimum supported version of DECwindows Motif for OpenVMS is 1.2--3.

1.1.4 MACRO32.EXE and Standalone BACKUP

To build standalone BACKUP onto tape, you must have the image MACRO32.EXE on your system disk. Do not tailor off (remove) the Macro libraries before building standalone BACKUP onto tape.

1.1.5 Layered Product Availability

The most current information about layered product support is available in the Software Public Rollout Reports for OpenVMS. These reports are available from the OpenVMS World Wide Web site in the "Publications" section. Use the following URL: 

If you do not have access to the Internet, you can find the operating system support information on any of the quarterly Software Products Libraries, in the following directory:


1.1.6 Restrictions

Restrictions for OpenVMS VAX Version 7.2 include:

For more information about these restrictions, refer to the OpenVMS Operating System for VAX and Alpha, Version 7.2 Software Product Description (SPD).

1.2 Key Terms

You need to know the following key terms before you install or upgrade the system:
Term Definition
Distribution media The media containing the OpenVMS VAX operating system software.
System disk The disk that contains (or will contain) the OpenVMS VAX operating system. The installation or upgrade procedure transfers the OpenVMS operating system from the operating system CD-ROM on the source drive to the system disk.
Local drive A drive that is connected directly to a VAX computer. For example, a magnetic tape drive connected directly to a VAX computer is referred to as a local tape drive. If you have a standalone VAX computer, it is likely all the drives connected to your system are local drives.
InfoServer A general-purpose disk storage server that allows you to use the distribution compact disc to install the operating system on remote client systems connected to the same LAN (local area network).
Source drive The drive that holds the distribution media during the upgrade or installation.
Target drive The drive that holds the system disk---or, for some files, the alternate disk---during the upgrade or installation.
HS x device A self-contained, intelligent, mass storage subsystem that lets computers in a VAXcluster environment share disks. The disk on which you install or upgrade the operating system can be connected to one of these systems (for example, an HSC or HSD).

For definitions of other specialized terms used in this manual, see the Glossary at the end of this book.

1.3 Locating Files on the Distribution Media

The OpenVMS VAX files are stored on the distribution media as the following save sets:
Save-Set Name Description
VMS072.A Used for upgrades
VMS072.B Required
VMS072.C Library (optional)
VMS072.D Optional (optional)
VMS072.E Help Message (optional)
VMS072.F OpenVMS Management Station software PC files (optional)

See Appendix D for descriptions of the file subclasses contained in the optional save sets.

The optional DECwindows support files are stored on the distribution media as the following save sets:
Save-Set Name Description
DECW072.C Base support files
DECW072.D Workstation support files
DECW072.E 75 dots-per-inch (dpi) font files
DECW072.F 100 dpi font files

1.3.1 On CD-ROM

The OpenVMS VAX Version 7.2 CD-ROM contains all the save sets and DECwindows base and workstation support files on one compact disc. You can install or upgrade the operating system from a local compact disc drive as well as from an InfoServer device. (For more information, refer to the Guide to OpenVMS Version 7.2 CD--ROMs.)

The CD-ROM is labeled similar to the following:
CD-ROM Label: OpenVMS VAX Operating
System 7.2
Volume Label: VAXVMS072


The volume label is the machine-readable name that the OpenVMS VAX operating system and InfoServer systems use to access the CD-ROM.

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