HP OpenVMS Systems Documentation
Compaq Advanced Server for OpenVMS
The Advanced Server V7.3 for OpenVMS Release Notes document contains important information you should
know before you install the product. Compaq recommends that you
read the release notes before starting the installation.
1.5.1 How to Access the Release Notes Before Installation
If you want to print the release notes before the installation, do the
following to extract the release notes to a text file:
$ PRODUCT EXTRACT RELEASE_NOTES ADVANCEDSERVER/FILE=file_name.txt- _$ /SOURCE=directory-path
If you want to see the release notes after the installation completes,
you can read them on line or print the file from
1.6 Using the Installation Checklist
Appendix A, Installation and Upgrade Checklist, provides an installation and configuration checklist.
You can photocopy the checklist and use it to track the completion of
the installation and configuration tasks described in this guide.
1.7 Requirements for Installing Advanced Server for OpenVMS Software
The following sections describe the hardware and software you need when
you install Advanced Server for OpenVMS software.
1.7.1 Hardware Requirements
All Alpha processors supported by the OpenVMS Operating System V7.2-1
are also supported by the Advanced Server for OpenVMS. For the latest information on
the hardware that the server supports, refer to the Software Product
1.7.2 Software Requirements
To install Advanced Server for OpenVMS software successfully, you must have the following software properly installed and configured on your system:
Advanced Server for OpenVMS supports connections from the following types of clients:
The minimum amount of physical memory required to run the Advanced Server
on OpenVMS Alpha systems is 64 MB.
1.8 Preinstallation Tasks
Use the checklist in Table 1-1 to complete the preinstallation tasks that are described later in this section.
|||1.||Check the part listing.|
|||2.||Make sure that the network hardware is installed and connected.|
|||3.||Log in to the SYSTEM account (or another account that has all privileges enabled to run the installation procedure).|
|||4.||Make sure that the required software is installed.|
|||5.||Start the OpenVMS Registry Server.|
|||6.||Read the release notes.|
|||7.||Check system parameters.|
|||8.||Back up the system disks.|
|||9.||Make sure that you have adequate disk space for installation.|
|||10.||Check the queue manager.|
|||11.||Check the time zone configuration.|
|||12.||Make sure that DECnet or DECnet-Plus is running, if you are planning to use the DECnet transport.|
|||13.||Make sure that TCP/IP is running, if you are planning to use the TCP/IP transport.|
|||14.||Check for existing Compaq OpenVMS server images and files.|
|||15.||Check the OpenVMS Cluster configuration, if you are installing the Advanced Server on a cluster.|
Perform the following steps before you install Advanced Server for OpenVMS software.
All the steps except the last apply to both standalone and cluster Advanced Servers. The last step delineates what needs to be done for installing the Advanced Server on a cluster.
The software part listing specifies the contents of the kit you
receive. Check the contents of your kit against that information. If
parts are missing or your kit is damaged, contact your Compaq
1.8.2 Step 2: Check the Network Hardware
Advanced Server for OpenVMS runs on OpenVMS Alpha systems that meet the software requirements. The PC local area network (LAN) requires:
Before you install Advanced Server for OpenVMS software, log in to the SYSTEM account, or another account that has all privileges enabled to run the installation procedure.
To log in to the SYSTEM account:
Advanced Server for OpenVMS software requires:
The OpenVMS Registry is installed as part of the OpenVMS installation. To provide registry services, you must complete the following steps:
$ DEFINE/SYSTEM SYS$REGISTRY DKA100:[SYS$REGISTRY]
For complete information about managing the OpenVMS Registry, refer to
the OpenVMS System Manager's Manual or the OpenVMS Connectivity Developer's Guide (included in the OpenVMS
1.8.6 Step 6: Print and Read the Release Notes
If you have not already read the release notes, you should do so before
installing the software. If you choose to back up the system, as
recommended in Section 1.8.8, Step 8: Back Up the System, you can read the release notes during the
backup. For more information, see Section 1.5, About the Release Notes.
1.8.7 Step 7: Check System Parameters
Most systems have adequate system resources readily available to include the Advanced Server for OpenVMS software. However, make sure that the following OpenVMS system parameters are set properly. Make any necessary changes to the MODPARAMS.DAT file, then run AUTOGEN, and reboot your system. You can delay this reboot until the first reboot required for backing up your system disks (a backup is recommended in Section 1.8.8, Step 8: Back Up the System).
Make sure all other software that will be running on your system is indeed running. Note that if the PATHWORKS for OpenVMS (Advanced Server) or Advanced Server for OpenVMS is already running, your system is likely to have sufficient resources to support the new version of the Advanced Server for OpenVMS.
If these parameters are not set properly, you cannot configure the server after you complete the installation procedure.
The Advanced Server for OpenVMS requires that the value of the GBLPAGES parameter be at least 7500 pages.
To ensure that your system has enough free global pages, do the following while the Advanced Server is not running:
$ WRITE SYS$OUTPUT F$GETSYI("FREE_GBLPAGES")
MIN_GBLPAGES = 7500
If you are installing the standalone License Server only, the value must be at least 50.
To ensure that your system has enough free global sections, do the following while the Advanced Server is not running:
$ WRITE SYS$OUTPUT F$GETSYI("FREE_GBLSECTS")
MIN_GBLSECTIONS = 75
If you are going to install the Advanced Server, the value of the PROCSECTCNT parameter should be at least 40.
If you are installing the standalone License Server only, the value must be at least 32.
To ensure that the value of the system parameter PROCSECTCNT is adequate:
$ WRITE SYS$OUTPUT F$GETSYI("PROCSECTCNT")
MIN_PROCSECTCNT = 40
The SCSNODE parameter must be defined as your system's computer name. If you are running DECnet, the SCSNODE name should be the same as the DECnet node name.
The SCSNODE parameter's preinstallation status affects what happens after you install, as follows:
|If SCSNODE is...||And you...||Then the server...|
|Not defined||Do not define it||Does not start.|
|Already defined||Do not define it||Starts.|
|Not defined||Define it||Starts, but the OpenVMS system renames print and batch queues to include the new computer name. Therefore, you must requeue any existing print or batch jobs to the new queues. You may also have to rebuild the queue database. For information on these system management tasks, refer to the OpenVMS System Manager's Manual.|
$ SCSNODE = F$GETSYI("SCSNODE") $ SHOW SYMBOL SCSNODE
As a result, one of the following occurs:
$ SHOW SYMBOL SCSNODE SPEEDY
If SCSNODE is not defined, edit the file SYS$SYSTEM:MODPARAMS.DAT and define the parameter. For example, if your system's computer name is SPEEDY, edit the file so that it contains the following line:
SCSNODE = "SPEEDY"
$ @SYS$UPDATE:AUTOGEN GETDATA REBOOT NOFEEDBACK
For more information about using the AUTOGEN utility, refer to the
OpenVMS System Management Utilities Reference Manual.
1.8.8 Step 8: Back Up the System
To safeguard against the loss of valuable data, Compaq recommends that you back up all disks on your system (or at least the system disk) before you install any layered product.
To do a system backup, use the OpenVMS BACKUP command. For information
about the BACKUP command, refer to the OpenVMS System Management Utilities Reference Manual.
1.8.9 Step 9: Check Disk Space Requirements
$ SHOW DEVICE SYS$SYSDEVICE
The OpenVMS system displays information about the system disk, including the number of free blocks. For example:
Device Device Error Volume Free Trans Mnt Name Status Count Label Blocks Count Cnt DUA0: Mounted 0 AXP072 724856 280 1
It is not necessary to have the queue manager running during installation, but it must be running when you configure the server. You can enter the SHOW QUEUE/MANAGER command to check whether the queue manager is running:
$ SHOW QUEUE/MANAGER
If the queue manager is running, the OpenVMS system displays a message similar to the following:
Queue manager SYS$QUEUE_MANAGER, running, on SPEEDY::
For more information about the OpenVMS DCL commands, refer to the
OpenVMS DCL Dictionary.
1.8.11 Step 11: Check Time Zone and TDF
The Advanced Server's internal time management uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). To synchronize with a common time format among computers in different time zones, the OpenVMS Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) system services may be used. The Advanced Server system implements default date/time support using the UTC standard. UTC is similar to GMT. Under the UTC time standard, zero hours occurs when the Greenwich Meridian is at midnight. Unlike local time, which can go backward and forward depending on daylight savings time, UTC always increases.
Local times can be up to 12 hours behind GMT or 13 hours ahead of it.
Because UTC is independent of time zones, you can use UTC around the world; for example, it is 2:00 UTC at the same moment in Paris as well as in Tokyo. You can examine data that is time-stamped with UTC values in Paris and Tokyo without complicated conversions to deal with local time zones.
To properly represent the time in your local server environment: