HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS
Server Administrator's Guide
This guide presents step-by-step procedures for managing and
maintaining the Advanced Server. It explains how to complete common tasks,
such as managing files and directories, printing, and administering the
This manual supersedes the Server Administrator's Guide,
OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-2, 8.2 and 8.3
Advanced Server V7.3B for OpenVMS
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Welcome to the HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Server Administrator's
Guide. For the purpose of this text, the Advanced Server for OpenVMS software is
referred to as the Advanced Server. The Advanced Server and its associated
OpenVMS system platform provide a powerful, reliable, and open
operating environment that meets the demands of client/server computing.
The HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Server Administrator's Guide presents step-by-step procedures for managing and
maintaining the Advanced Server. It explains how to complete common tasks,
such as managing files and directories, printing, and administering the
network. Unless otherwise noted, commands used in procedures and
examples are Advanced Server ADMINISTER commands.
This guide is for the OpenVMS network administrator. As the network
administrator, you must be familiar with the HP OpenVMS
operating system to support the server, and with other operating
systems to support clients. It is also expected that you have had
experience managing an OpenVMS system and doing network administration,
and that you are familiar with the specific network configuration being
You are assumed to have read the following product manuals:
- HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Concepts and Planning Guide
- HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Server Installation and Configuration Guide
- HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Guide to Managing Advanced Server Licenses
You are assumed to have access to the following documentation:
- HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Commands Reference Manual
- Documentation for any clients or servers running other operating
systems in the domain
This guide addresses use of the Advanced Server for OpenVMS only.
The following table lists the chapters in this guide:
Provides an overview of the responsibilities of a network
administrator, the features of an Advanced Server network, the principles
of resource sharing, and the network administration interfaces for
administering the Advanced Server.
Explains how to manage servers and domains with the Advanced Server for OpenVMS
Explains how to manage users and groups in the Advanced Server environment
Explains how to manage shared disk resources, including directories and
Explains how to share printer resources, including printers and print
Explains how to monitor events and troubleshoot your server
Describes the Configuration Manager tool and how to use it to configure
and tune your server, and explains how to manage server configuration
parameters in the OpenVMS Registry
Describes the server configuration parameters in the OpenVMS Registry
Describes each of the supported network protocols
The following table lists Advanced Server documents:
HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Commands Reference Manual
Provides command syntax descriptions for all ADMINISTER commands and
NET command equivalents
HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Server Installation and Configuration Guide
Explains how to install and configure Advanced Server software
HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Concepts and Planning Guide
Provides an overview of and introduction to the Advanced Server software
and associated networking concepts for system administrators and
HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Guide to Managing Advanced Server Licenses
Describes the License Server software and how to manage Advanced Server
The following table lists related OpenVMS documents:
HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 New Features and Documentation Overview Manual
Describes the new features of the OpenVMS software and provides an
overview of the documentation that supports it
HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 Upgrade and Installation Manual
Explains how to install the OpenVMS Alpha Version system software, and
how to set up the required system services
HP OpenVMS System Manager's Manual
A task-oriented guide (in two volumes) to managing an OpenVMS system;
explains how to set up the required system services
HP OpenVMS System Management Utilities Reference Manual
A reference guide (in two volumes) to the utilities and tools used in
managing an OpenVMS system
HP OpenVMS License Management Utility Manual
Explains how to load and manage license Product Authorization Keys
OpenVMS Guide to Extended File Specifications
Describes Extended File Specifications on OpenVMS, including how to set
up and enable the ODS-5 file system
HP OpenVMS Guide to System Security
Describes OpenVMS security features, including procedures for enabling
HP C Run-Time Library Utilities Reference Manual
Describes utilities that help you manage localization and time zone
data for international software applications
COM, Registry, and Events for OpenVMS Developer's Guide
Contains COM for OpenVMS, OpenVMS Registry, and OpenVMS Events
For additional information about the OpenVMS products and services,
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How To Order Additional Documentation
Use the following World Wide Web address to order additional
If you need help deciding which documentation best meets your needs,
The following conventions are used in the Advanced Server documentation
Indicates the file and print server installed from the Advanced Server
for OpenVMS software kit.
Italic text indicates a place holder for information or parameters that
you must provide. For example, if the procedure asks you to type
file-name, you must type the actual name of a file.
Italic text also indicates path names, new terms, and the titles of
Bold text indicates a server configuration parameter name, a command
button name, or a menu item.
Monospace text indicates the actual commands, words, or characters that
you type in a dialog box or at a command prompt or system output.
Uppercase text indicates names of OpenVMS and Advanced Server for OpenVMS commands and
qualifiers. You can enter commands and qualifiers in any combination of
uppercase and lowercase letters, unless otherwise noted.
A forward slash in command descriptions indicates that a command
An equal sign (=) in command descriptions indicates you must provide
In command format descriptions, brackets indicate optional elements.
Multiple elements are separated by vertical bars (|). You can enter as
many as you want.
In command format descriptions, braces indicate you must enter at least
one listed element. The elements are separated by bars (|).
A horizontal ellipsis following an entry in a command line indicates
that the entry or a similar entry can be repeated any number of times.
An ellipsis following a file name indicates that additional parameters,
values, or information can be entered.
A vertical ellipsis in an example indicates that not all the data is
The use of
Note indicates information of special importance.
The use of
Caution indicates information to avoid damaging
hardware or software.
While you hold down the Ctrl key, press another key or a pointing
Return or Enter
In text, Return or Enter indicates where you should press the Return or
Enter key to execute a command or terminate a sequence. This key is
labeled Return or Enter, depending on your keyboard.
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 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
The Advanced Server is an OpenVMS-based network operating system (NOS)
compatible with Microsoft networking technology. The Advanced Server
software provides a flexible system for managing wide area networks
(WANs) and local area networks (LANs). The software lets you use
Hewlett-Packard Company computers as servers to share network resources with
supported clients and is compatible with Windows NT, Windows 2000, and
Windows 2003 servers running in the same network.
As a server for computers in a network, the Advanced Server provides file
and print services that enable the efficient sharing of computing
resources among a community of desktop users. It can function as a file
and print server for a small, isolated community of users or as the
foundation of a large network distributed over a wide geographical area.
You can perform Advanced Server management tasks from any client or server
that is running Windows NT server administration tools, and from any
Advanced Server using the Advanced Server ADMINISTER commands. This
document shows you how to manage your servers using Advanced Server
This overview of Advanced Server describes the role of the network
administrator, and the features available with Advanced Server, in the
- Section 1.1, The Role of the Administrator, describes what you do, as the server administrator,
and what tasks you perform to administer the network.
- Section 1.2, The Advanced Server Network, describes the components of the network, its
features, and services.
- Section 1.3, Resource Sharing, describes the resources you can share, such as
directories and print queues, and how to share them.
- Section 1.4, Monitoring Events and Troubleshooting, describes the tools you use to track resource use and
to modify your network configurations.
- Section 1.5, Network Administration Interfaces, describes the server and client software interfaces
with which you manage your servers, including the Advanced Server
ADMINISTER command-line interface.
- Section 1.6, The Advanced Server ADMINISTER Command-Line Interface, describes the Advanced Server ADMINISTER command-line
1.1 The Role of the Administrator
When you administer any network, you plan, set up, and maintain that
network. For information on planning and design, refer to the
HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Concepts and Planning Guide.
To plan a network, complete the following tasks:
- Organize the network into domains.
- Decide how to configure each server in a domain.
- Evaluate new applications and peripherals.
After planning your network and putting all hardware and connecting
links in place, you install and configure Advanced Server software. You
can then use the instructions in this document to customize and manage
1.1.1 Setting Up the Advanced Server Environment
As part of the installation, described in the HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Server Installation and Configuration Guide, you specify
parameters to establish your network. After installation, you can
modify server configuration parameters in the OpenVMS Registry. For
more information, see Section 7.3, Managing Server Configuration Parameters Stored in the OpenVMS Registry.
The Advanced Server Configuration Manager allows you to modify server
parameter values, such as client capacity, OpenVMS process priority,
and network transports. The Configuration Manager can be invoked by the
PWRK$CONFIG.COM procedure when you configure the Advanced Server, or you
can invoke it manually with the
ADMINISTER/CONFIGURATION command. For more information, see
Section 7.2, Managing File Server Parameters Affecting System Resources.
Initial server configuration is performed when you install and
configure the server software. The initial configuration command
procedure, PWRK$CONFIG.COM, allows you to invoke the Configuration
Manager so you can specify server parameters during initial
configuration. The initial configuration procedure is described in the
HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Server Installation and Configuration Guide. After you complete the initial installation and
configuration, you can run the Configuration Manager to modify certain
server configuration parameters, and you can modify the server
configuration parameters in the OpenVMS Registry.
1.1.2 Administering the Network
Once you have planned and set up your overall network configuration,
you support it by performing the following tasks:
- Maintaining user accounts, shares, and other resources, such as
- Monitoring events and troubleshooting server problems
126.96.36.199 Maintaining User Accounts, Shares, and Resources
Performing this maintenance includes:
- Keeping records of the network configuration
- Adding new users who need access to server resources
- Removing users who no longer need access to server resources
- Setting up and controlling shared directories
- Setting up and controlling shared print queues
- Controlling server disk storage space
- Backing up and restoring server files
188.8.131.52 Monitoring Events and Troubleshooting Server Problems
You may need to perform certain infrequently used procedures to resolve
network problems caused by unexpected conditions; for example, faulty
wiring, faulty hardware, or overloaded servers or printers.
Advanced Server provides commands and diagnostic tools to help you isolate
and fix such problems.
Chapter 6, Monitoring Events and Troubleshooting, describes some ways to monitor and troubleshoot your
1.2 The Advanced Server Network
An Advanced Server network consists of computers, both servers and
clients. Servers control resources that client systems on the network
can use. Clients are typically PC-based systems that need access to
resources on the server. Workstations and other computers running
networking software that can access network resources can be clients.
Supported client operating systems include Windows NT, Windows 2000,
Windows XP, and Windows 2003. HP PATHWORKS 32 client software is
supported but not required.
Servers in the network can run the following software:
- Advanced Server for OpenVMS, V7.3-2 (or higher)
- PATHWORKS V6 for OpenVMS (Advanced Server)
- PATHWORKS V5 for OpenVMS (LAN Manager)
- Advanced Server for UNIX (Tru64 UNIX)
- Windows NT Server V4
- Windows 2000
- Windows 2003
To help you manage a large and diverse network, Advanced Server software
lets you divide the network into domains, or administrative groups of
servers and clients. With domains, control of user access to the
network and its resources is centralized and simplified, and you can
establish exactly which servers a specific user can access.
A domain is a collection of computers that share a common security
database and security policy. You create a domain when you install and
configure a primary domain controller. To enable users to access
resources in domains where they have no user accounts, you can
establish trust relationships between domains. This provides
flexibility when configuring large networks with multiple domains. For
more information about planning domains, refer to the HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS Concepts and Planning Guide. For
more information on managing domains, see Chapter 2, Managing Domains and Servers.
Advanced Server provides two security models:
- Advanced Server Only security model
- Advanced Server and OpenVMS security model
The Advanced Server Only security model provides access based on
Advanced Server user account security policies and user access rights on
shared resources. The Advanced Server and OpenVMS security model
provides access based on both Advanced Server and OpenVMS security
policies. The Advanced Server and OpenVMS security model is never
necessary to control user access to resources, but is provided to allow
administrators of systems with complex OpenVMS security controls
already in place to use those same controls to restrict access by
client users. Note that use of the Advanced Server and OpenVMS security
model results in the extra overhead of validating both the Advanced
Server and OpenVMS settings.
A user who needs access to resources shared on a server must have
access to one of the following:
- An Advanced Server user account established on that server. A user
account contains all the information that the Advanced Server needs to
define a user, including the user name, a description, and a password.
- A server that provides Guest access to resources.
- A server that provides access based on domain trust relationships.
The user account, with its associated password, identifies the user to
the Advanced Server software. You can enable logon restrictions for each
user account; for example, limiting the hours during which the user can
access server resources.
By default, a shared resource is available to all users. You can assign
access permissions to users for resources, specifying the type of
access each user can have to a given resource. You can assign a
different set of permissions for each user and for each shared
resource. If you use the Advanced Server Only security model, access
permissions grant access to OpenVMS files and directories on the
server, regardless of the OpenVMS file protections. For more
information on the interaction of these two access permissions, see
Section 4.1.2,Advanced Server Security Models.
If a trust relationship has been established between two domains, you
can grant access to resources for users from the trusted domain. To
grant permissions to a user from a trusted domain, include the domain
name when you specify the user name. For more information on trust
relationships, see Section 2.1.8, Managing Trust Relationships.