HP OpenVMS Systems Documentation

Content starts here

HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 New Features and Documentation Overview

Order Number: BA322-90046

July 2006

This manual describes the new features associated with the OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS for Integrity servers Version 8.3 operating systems and provides an overview of the documentation that supports this software.

Software Version: OpenVMS I64 Version 8.3 and OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.3

Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, California

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

Confidential computer software. Valid license from HP required for possession, use or copying. Consistent with FAR 12.211 and 12.212, Commercial Computer Software, Computer Software Documentation, and Technical Data for Commercial Items are licensed to the U.S. Government under vendor's standard commercial license.

The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

Adobe and Acrobat are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

Intel and Itanium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

Java is a U.S. trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Kerberos is a trademark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Linux is a U.S registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Corporation.

Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Group.


The HP OpenVMS documentation set is available on CD.

Contents Index


Intended Audience

This manual is intended for general users, system managers, and programmers who use the HP OpenVMS operating system.

This document describes the new features related to Version 8.3 of the OpenVMS operating system. For information about how some of the new features might affect your system, read the release notes before you install, upgrade, or use Version 8.3.

Document Structure

This manual contains the following parts and chapters:

  • Part I, OpenVMS Version 8.3 New Features
    • Chapter 1 summarizes the new OpenVMS software features.
    • Chapter 2 describes new features of interest to general users of the OpenVMS operating system.
    • Chapter 3 describes new features that are applicable to the tasks performed by system managers.
    • Chapter 4 introduces the COPY/RECORDABLE_MEDIA (CDDVD) utility.
    • Chapter 5 describes new features that support programming tasks.
    • Chapter 6 describes the InfoServer utility, which is now supported on OpenVMS Alpha as well as OpenVMS for Integrity servers.
    • Chapter 7 describes significant layered product new features.
  • Part II, OpenVMS Documentation
    • Chapter 8 describes the OpenVMS documentation changes from the previous version.
    • Chapter 9 describes how the documentation is delivered.
    • Chapter 10 describes each manual in the OpenVMS documentation set.

Related Documents

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


Reader's Comments

HP welcomes your comments on this manual. Please send comments to either of the following addresses:

Internet openvmsdoc@hp.com
Postal Mail Hewlett-Packard Company
OSSG Documentation Group, ZKO3-4/U08
110 Spit Brook Rd.
Nashua, NH 03062-2698

How to Order Additional Documentation

For information about how to order additional documentation, visit the following Web site:



The following conventions may be 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 indicates 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 indicates 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 choices in parentheses if you specify more than one.
[ ] In command format descriptions, brackets indicate optional choices. You can choose one or more items or no items. Do not type the brackets on the command line. However, you must include the brackets in the syntax for OpenVMS directory specifications and for a substring specification in an assignment statement.
| In command format descriptions, vertical bars separate choices within brackets or braces. Within brackets, the choices are optional; within braces, at least one choice is required. Do not type the vertical bars on the command line.
{ } In command format descriptions, braces indicate required choices; you must choose at least one of the items listed. Do not type the braces on the command line.
bold type Bold type represents the introduction of a new term. It also represents the name of an argument, an attribute, or a reason.
italic type Italic type 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 TYPE Uppercase type indicates a command, the name of a routine, the name of a file, or the abbreviation for a system privilege.
Example This typeface indicates code examples, command examples, and interactive screen displays. In text, this type also identifies URLs, UNIX commands and pathnames, PC-based commands and folders, and certain elements of the C programming language.
- 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.

Part 1
OpenVMS Version 8.3 New Features

Chapter 1
Summary of HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 New Features

OpenVMS Version 8.3 delivers the highest possible levels of availability, scalability, flexibility, performance, and security that are required for operating in a 24x365 environment. OpenVMS continues to enhance its availability and performance by including new technology in the base operating system and in the OpenVMS Cluster software environment, as well as support for new HP Integrity servers.

1.1 Summary Table

OpenVMS Version 8.3 includes all the capabilities of OpenVMS Version 8.2 and Version 8.2--1 as well as the new features added to the OpenVMS operating system. Table 1-1 summarizes each feature provided by OpenVMS Version 8.3 and presents these features according to their functional component (general user, system management, programming, and associated products).

Table 1-1 Summary of OpenVMS Version 8.3 Software Features
General User Features
Features Description
New supported Integrity server systems Support for new entry-level, mid-range, and high-end Integrity servers.
Batch queue maximum increased Job limit increased to 65535.
Ctrl/T support for remote process Ability to define new symbol DCL$CTRLT_PID to point to a remote process ID.
Customized output of Ctrl/T Ability to define new symbol DCL$CTRLT.
DCL commands and lexical functions New and changed DCL commands, qualifiers, and lexical functions.
DCL permanent symbols Two new symbols added to $FACILITY and $IDENT.
DCL prompt size increased Maximum prompt size increased from 32 to 64 characters.
Keyword added to /SINCE qualifier JOB_LOGIN keyword added.
Hyper-Threading (I64 only) Allows processors to create a second virtual core that allows additional efficiencies of processing.
HP Instant Capacity (iCAP) and HP Temporary Instant Capacity (TiCAP) (I64 only) New HP pricing solutions products for cell-based Integrity servers.
I/O size limit increased Maximum block size limit increased for COPY command.
LMF enhancement Ability to change location of target compliance report.
HP nPartition Provider (I64 only) Now ported to OpenVMS Version 8.3
HP Pay per use (PPU) (I64 only) HP On Demand Solutions product for cell-based Integrity servers.
HP Superdome servers support (I64 only) Based on HP sx1000 chipset, OpenVMS can support configurations with both PA-RISC nPartitions and Intel® Itanium® 2 nPartitions in the same server.
Web-Based Enterprise Management Services for OpenVMS (WBEM) Industry-standard enterprise management framework.
System Management Features
Features Description
BACKUP Ctrl/T message Expanded to include more information during an interactive backup operation
BACKUP /IO_LOAD qualifier Provides the ability to increase or decrease the number of simultaneous read I/Os on your system
BACKUP /PROGRESS_REPORT qualifier Sends backup information to the current output device
BACKUP save-set encryption With the addition of the ENCRYPT and DECRYPT commands, uses an AES encryption algorithm and a user-specified key to encrypt and decrypt a BACKUP save set.
CD and DVD optical media tools New tools for recording CD and DVD optical media.
Cluster interconnect Provides data compression and multi-gigabit line speed.
Cluster satellite boot Cluster satellite boot support is now available in OpenVMS for Integrity servers, as well as OpenVMS Alpha.
Dynamic lock remastering The method by which decisions are made to remaster lock trees has been updated.
Dynamic volume expansion (DVE) support Added to the BACKUP utility.
Encryption The Encryption for OpenVMS layered product functionality has been integrated into the operating system.
InfoServer utility Now supported on OpenVMS Alpha as well as OpenVMS for Integrity servers. Provides features of the InfoServer hardware product on AlphaServers and Integrity servers running OpenVMS. The InfoServer utility can be used to upgrade or install the OpenVMS operating system on AlphaServers or Integrity servers.
MONITOR ALIGN command (I64 only) New command added to the Monitor utility.
MONITOR class name qualifiers for PROCESSES class Used to monitor per-process-based modes usage.
Multipath enhancement New active-active feature of EVA and MSA controllers added.
Patch-related menu option OpenVMS operating system distribution media main menu now includes a new option to perform patch-related operations.
PCSI utility enhancements New features include manual verification, automatic verification, full ODS-5 support, and validation of signed product kits.
SANCP utility Allows you to limit the number of active I/Os a host may have across all paths to logical unit numbers (LUN) on a given Fibre Channel storage port.
SAS utility (I64 only) Configures Integrated RAID (IR) functionality for the HP 8 Internal Port Serial Attached SCSI Host Bus Adapter (SAS Controller)
SCACP data compression SET VC/COMPRESSION (or /NOCOMPRESSION) commands enable or disable sending compressed data by specified virtual circuits (VCs).
SCACP multi-gigabit scaling Allows use of /WINDOW=RECEIVE_SIZE and /WINDOW=TRANSMIT_SIZE qualifiers to override the automatically calculated receive and transmit window sizes.
HP OpenVMS I64 Serial Multiplexer (MUX) Support for Integrity servers (I64 only) Allows use of USB to add serial lines to Integrity servers.
Spinlock Trace Utility Display enhanced.
HP System Analysis Tools utilities System Dump Debugger is now available on OpenVMS for Integrity servers. Several new System Dump Analyzer commands and qualifiers have been added.
System parameters Several new system parameters have been added to this release:
System Service Logging SSLOG has been enhanced.
Time zones Additional time zones now supported by adding them to the database.
UCM changes for device management Automatically configures devices that you plug into the system.
Virtual LAN (VLAN) support in OpenVMS Adds support for IEEE 802.1Q (VLAN) in OpenVMS.
HP Volume Shadowing for OpenVMS enhancements Addition of these new features:
  • Automatic bitmap creation on volume processing
  • New SET SHADOW qualifier /RESET
Programming Features
Features Description
Common Data Security Architecture (CDSA) New features include Secure Delivery and support for Human Recognition Service Standard (HRS).
HP C Run-Time Library (CRTL) enhancements The following enhancements have been added:
  • Symbolic link and POSIX-compliant pathnames
  • Byte-range locking
  • New functions
  • TCP/IP header file updates
Deadlock wait New item code, PPROP$C_DEADLOCK_WAIT, provides the ability to use sub-second deadlock wait for the lock manager.
Items codes Addition of these new item codes:
HP Kerberos for OpenVMS enhancements New features added to Kerberos for OpenVMS. Kerberos Version 3.0 for OpenVMS is based on MIT Kerberos V5 Release 1.4.1.
Library utility enhancement (I64 only) Ability to list demangled and mangled names.
Linker utility enhancement /DNI qualifier and DEMANGLED_SYMBOLS keyword for /FULL qualifier.
HP MACRO Compiler for OpenVMS Alpha systems enhancements Upgraded to use the latest GEM backend for Alpha systems, added a new /ARCHITECTURE DCL qualifier, and other enhancements.
Record Management System (RMS) enhancements Several enhancements made to RMS.
HP Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for OpenVMS enhancements New features added to SSL. HP SSL Version 1.3 is based on OpenSSL 0.9.7e
USB generic driver Provides a $QIO-based API for users to add support for USB devices.
Associated Products Features
Features Description
HP Distributed NetBeans for OpenVMS Allows running the NetBeans IDE on desktop system.
HP OpenVMS Management Station Version 3.3 OpenVMS Management Station Version 3.3 is included with OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.3.
HP Secure Web Browser for OpenVMS Version 1.7-13 provided with OpenVMS Version 8.3.
HP Secure Web Server for OpenVMS Version 2.1 provided with OpenVMS Version 8.3.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Version 5.6 supported on OpenVMS Version 8.3.
HP Web Services Integration Toolkit for OpenVMS Provides a set of individual tools.

Prior to getting started with OpenVMS Version 8.3, see the HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 Release Notes and the HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 Upgrade and Installation Manual.

Next Contents Index