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HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS

Installation and Configuration

Order Number: BA548--90005

July 2006

This manual explains how to install and configure the HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS product on your OpenVMS system.

Revision Information: This guide supersedes HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Installation and Configuration, Version 5.5.

Software Version: HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Version 5.6

Operating Systems: OpenVMS I64 Version 8.2-1 OpenVMS I64 Version 8.3 OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.2 OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.3

Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, California

© Copyright 2006 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

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The HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS product is the HP implementation of the TCP/IP networking protocol suite and internet services for OpenVMS Alpha and I64 systems.

TCP/IP Services provides a comprehensive suite of functions and applications that support industry-standard protocols for heterogeneous network communications and resource sharing.

This manual explains how to install and configure the HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS (TCP/IP Services) networking software on an OpenVMS system. This manual reflects the installation and configuration procedures for Version 5.6 of the TCP/IP Services product. For information about last-minute changes to these procedures, refer to the HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Release Notes.

Intended Audience

This manual is for experienced OpenVMS and UNIX system managers and assumes a working knowledge of OpenVMS system management, TCP/IP networking, and TCP/IP terminology.

Document Structure

This manual contains three chapters and one appendix:

  • Chapter 1 explains how to prepare for installing and configuring TCP/IP Services.
  • Chapter 2 describes how to install TCP/IP Services on an OpenVMS system using the POLYCENTER Software Installation utility.
  • Chapter 3 provides guidelines on how to configure the TCP/IP Services components after installation.
  • Chapter 4 explains how to configure the IPv6 software.
  • Appendix A provides a sample installation and configuration display as might appear on an OpenVMS system upon which TCP/IP Services has not been installed previously. The display examples in Chapter 3 show what might be seen when you upgrade TCP/IP Services software.

Related Documents

Table 1 lists the documents available with this version of TCP/IP Services.

Table 1 TCP/IP Services Documentation
Manual Contents
Compaq TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Concepts and Planning This manual provides conceptual information about TCP/IP networking on OpenVMS systems, including general planning issues to consider before configuring your system to use the TCP/IP Services software.

This manual also describes the manuals in the TCP/IP Services documentation set and provides a glossary of terms and acronyms for the TCP/IP Services software product.

HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Release Notes The release notes provide version-specific information that supersedes the information in the documentation set. The features, restrictions, and corrections in this version of the software are described in the release notes. Always read the release notes before installing the software.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Installation and Configuration This manual explains how to install and configure the TCP/IP Services product.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS User's Guide This manual describes how to use the applications available with TCP/IP Services such as remote file operations, email, TELNET, TN3270, and network printing.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Management This manual describes how to configure and manage the TCP/IP Services product.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Management Command Reference This manual describes the TCP/IP Services management commands.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Management Command Quick Reference Card This reference card lists the TCP/IP management commands by component and describes the purpose of each command.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS UNIX Command Equivalents Reference Card This reference card contains information about commonly performed network management tasks and their corresponding TCP/IP management and UNIX command formats.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS ONC RPC Programming This manual presents an overview of high-level programming using open network computing remote procedure calls (ONC RPCs). This manual also describes the RPC programming interface and how to use the RPCGEN protocol compiler to create applications.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Guide to SSH This manual describes how to configure, set up, use, and manage the SSH for OpenVMS software.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Sockets API and System Services Programming This manual describes how to use the Berkeley Sockets API and OpenVMS system services to develop network applications.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS SNMP Programming and Reference This manual describes the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and the SNMP application programming interface (eSNMP). It describes the subagents provided with TCP/IP Services, utilities provided for managing subagents, and how to build your own subagents.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Tuning and Troubleshooting This manual provides information about how to isolate the causes of network problems and how to tune the TCP/IP Services software for the best performance.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Guide to IPv6 This manual describes the IPv6 environment, the roles of systems in this environment, the types and function of the different IPv6 addresses, and how to configure TCP/IP Services to access the IPv6 network. Note that the configuration information in HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Guide to IPv6 is superseded by the IPv6 configuration information now provided in Chapter 4 of the HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Installation and Configuration.

For additional information about HP OpenVMS products and services, visit the following World Wide Web address:


For a comprehensive overview of the TCP/IP protocol suite, refer to the book Internetworking with TCP/IP: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture, by Douglas Comer.

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The name TCP/IP Services means:

  • HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Alpha
  • HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS I64
  • HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS VAX

The following conventions are used in this manual. In addition, please note that all IP addresses are fictitious.

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Chapter 1
Preparing to Install and Configure TCP/IP Services

This chapter explains how to prepare for installing and configuring HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS software.

1.1 Understanding the Major Tasks

Installing the TCP/IP Services software takes just a few minutes to complete. You can install the software during the OpenVMS operating system installation procedure or as a layered product.

After you install TCP/IP Services, you need to enable the services and verify the configuration through the menu-driven TCPIP$CONFIG configuration procedure. This step may take about 15 minutes to complete.

Table 1-1 lists the major tasks involved in installing and configuring TCP/IP Services and the sections that describe these tasks.

Table 1-1 Major Tasks: Installing and Configuring
Step Task to perform... Described in...
1 Prepare for installation and configuration. Sections 1.2 and 1.3
2 Shut down any previous versions of TCP/IP Services running on the system. Section 2.1
3 Install TCP/IP Services. Chapter 2
4 Configure TCP/IP Services according to your network needs. Chapter 3
5 Start TCP/IP Services. Section 3.6
6 Verify the configuration. Section 3.9
7 Complete additional configuration and setup tasks, as appropriate. Section 3.10
8 Configure the system as an IPv6 host or IPv6 router. Chapter 4

1.2 Preinstallation Tasks

Table 1-2 lists the tasks you should complete before you install TCP/IP Services on your system, and the sections that describe these tasks.

Table 1-2 Preinstallation Tasks
Step Task to perform... Described in...
1 Inspect the distribution kit. Section 1.2.1
2 Extract and read the TCP/IP Services release notes. Section 1.2.2
3 Back up the system disk. Section 1.2.3
4 Perform an OpenVMS operating system upgrade, if applicable. Section 1.2.3
5 Register the TCP/IP Services license PAK. Section 1.2.4
6 Check the disk space, memory, and system parameters. Sections 1.2.5 through 1.2.7
7 Assign a user identification code (UIC), if necessary. Section 1.2.8
8 Assemble information for configuration. Section 1.3
9 Remove any Version 5.0 IPv6 and Version 5.3 SSH or failSAFE Early Adopters Kits (EAKs). Section 1.2.9

1.2.1 Inspecting the Distribution Kit

Make sure you have a complete software distribution kit. If you have the OpenVMS consolidated distribution CD kit, also known as the Software Products Library (SPL), check the CD master index for the location of the TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS kit. If you have an individual CD, supply the device name (such as DKAn) for the media when you issue the command to install TCP/IP Services.

Check that the kit contains everything listed on the Bill of Materials (BOM). If anything is missing or damaged, contact your HP representative.

1.2.2 Extracting the Release Notes

The HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Release Notes document contains important information you should know before you install the product.

You can have the POLYCENTER Software Installation utility extract the release notes as either a text file or a PostScript file. To extract the release notes as a text file, enter the following POLYCENTER Software Installation utility command:


To extract the release notes as a PostScript file, enter the following:


1.2.3 Backing Up the System Disk and Upgrading OpenVMS

Before you install TCP/IP Services, HP recommends that you back up the system disk using the backup procedures established at your site. After the backup operation is complete, you should upgrade the OpenVMS operating system, if applicable.

For information about backing up a system disk, refer to the HP OpenVMS System Manager's Manual: Essentials.

For information about how to upgrade OpenVMS, refer to the appropriate OpenVMS upgrade and installation manual.

1.2.4 Registering the License Product Authorization Key

Before you install TCP/IP Services on a newly licensed node or cluster, you must register a License Product Authorization Key (PAK) using the OpenVMS License Management Facility (LMF). Without a PAK, you can use only DECwindows TCP/IP Transport software.

On OpenVMS I64 systems, an OpenVMS Operating Environment (OE) PAK must be installed. The license for TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS is contained within each of the OE licenses.

If you are upgrading TCP/IP Services on a node or cluster that is licensed for this software, you have already completed the License PAK registration requirements.

If you ordered the license and the media together, the PAK is included with your distribution kit. Otherwise, the PAK is shipped separately to the location specified on the license order.

If you are also installing prerequisite or optional software, review the PAK status and install the PAKs for any prerequisite or optional software before you install TCP/IP Services.

To register a license, log in to the SYSTEM account and do one of the following:

  • Run the SYS$UPDATE:VMSLICENSE.COM file and enter the data from your License PAK.
  • At the DCL prompt, enter the LICENSE REGISTER command and the appropriate qualifiers.

You must register a license for each node in an OpenVMS Cluster.

For complete information about LMF, refer to the OpenVMS License Management Utility Manual.

1.2.5 Checking the Disk Space

Make sure your system has at least 150,000 blocks of disk space available. The actual disk space needed varies depending on the system environment, configuration, and software options.

To find out how many free blocks exist on the system disk, enter:


1.2.6 Checking the Physical Memory

The minimum physical memory required for TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS is the same as that required for the OpenVMS operating system. For OpenVMS physical memory requirements, refer to the the Software Product Description for the OpenVMS operating system (SPD 82.35.xx).

To check the memory on your system, enter:


1.2.7 Checking the System Parameters

Most systems have adequate system resources readily available to include the TCP/IP Services software. However, you should check the system parameters outlined in the following sections. Make any necessary changes to the MODPARAMS.DAT file, then run AUTOGEN, and reboot your system.


Booting OpenVMS with MIN, INST, or UPGRADE is not supported. The product configuration and startup command procedures (TCPIP$CONFIG.COM and TCPIP$STARTUP.COM) fail if you perform any kind of boot other than a full boot.

The following recommendations apply to minimal configurations. Requirements will increase as you add services and inbound or outbound connections.

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