The OpenVMS operating system is now supported on a wide variety
of HP Integrity servers, including the following:
Entry-class servers (for
example, the rx1600 or rx4600 series)
Midrange servers (for example,
the rx7620 and rx8620)
High-end servers (Superdome)
For an up-to-date list of servers supported by the current
release of OpenVMS, see the HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 for
Alpha and Integrity Servers Software Product Description (SPD
The hardware, firmware, and software supported might vary
significantly from system to system. Integrity servers are available
in many different configurations. The hardware, utilities, and
hardware configuration procedures might differ significantly across
models, and even across versions of the same model. This manual provides
basic information about the firmware, hardware, and utilities offered
on Integrity servers. This information is not meant to replace
the hardware documentation. For the most up-to-date and relevant information
for your particular model, see the hardware documentation for your
Integrity server. The hardware documentation includes model-specific
illustrations to guide you. The latest version of documentation
for your server can be found online at:
For the latest information about firmware and software requirements
and for considerations for your Integrity server, see also the HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 Release Notes.
Commands at Integrity Server Console Interfaces
When entering commands for the Integrity server, if you press Delete on a VTxxx terminal (or press the
key you have mapped to send the DEL/RUBOUT character code in your
terminal emulator), the last character typed is not deleted, as
would be expected on an OpenVMS Alpha system. Integrity server
facilities use Ctrl/H to delete the last character typed. For information about
how to remap a terminal to use Ctrl/H instead of DEL/RUBOUT, see “Using the Delete
or Backspace Key with Integrity Server Utilities”.
Integrity servers include multiple interfaces for working
with various aspects of the server or server complex.
The Management Processor (MP), which is
also known on entry-class Integrity servers as Integrated
Lights-Out (iLO), is available on most systems. It
provides a service interface that allows access to all hardware
and, in a complex, all nPartitions. MP is
always available, even when the main power source is turned off
(MP can operate on standby power). On cell-based servers (such
as rx7620, rx8620, and Superdome), MP is available whether or not
nPartitions are configured or booted in the server complex. You can
navigate from MP to and from the operating system (if it is booted).
The Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) provides
support for operating system loaders and allows you to configure
the firmware and control the booting environment. EFI is accessible
only when the operating system is not booted. On cell-based servers,
each nPartition has a separate EFI console interface. EFI provides
support for managing nPartitions. The EFI interface is available
from an nPartition console only when the nPartition is in an active
state but has not booted an operating system.
You can move from the EFI interface to MP and back again.
Similarly, you can move from MP to the operating system and back.
A cell-based server—such as the HP rx7620, rx8720,
or Superdome server—is a hardware complex that can run
one or more operating systems and that supports dividing hardware
resources into nPartitions. Thus, it enables you to configure a
complex into one large system or into several smaller systems.
All processors and memory are contained in cells, each of
which can be assigned for exclusive use by an nPartition. An nPartition
defines a subset of the server hardware resources that is used as
an independent system environment. An nPartition has its own EFI
system boot interface and each nPartition boots and reboots independently.
Each nPartition provides both hardware and software isolation so
that hardware or software faults in one nPartition do not affect
other nPartitions within the same server complex.
By using HP software-based nPartition management tools, you
can configure nPartition definitions for a server without physically
modifying the server hardware configuration. The main administration
tools for nPartitions are the Partition Manager, which provides
a graphical interface, and the nPartition Commands, which provides
a command-line interface. Versions of these interfaces are provided
on HP-UX and Microsoft® Windows® systems. nPartition Commands
is also available on Linux® systems.
MP and EFI can also perform nPartition administrative tasks. Slightly
different tool sets and capabilities are available on different
server models. For more information, see your hardware documentation.
In addition, see the HP System Partitions Guide: Administration
Started: Main Steps After You Unpack Your Integrity Server
When you unpack your Integrity server, the main steps for
getting OpenVMS up and running are those listed in Table 1-2 “Getting OpenVMS Started on Integrity Servers”. As indicated in the third column,
some of the instructions are provided in this manual. However,
for the most up-to-date information specific to your Integrity server
model and version, always resort to the hardware documentation provided
for your Integrity server.
Table 1-2 Getting OpenVMS Started on Integrity Servers
|Connect your console cable to the serial port;
if MP is present on your server, connect to the MP serial port||“Selecting Your OpenVMS Console for the Integrity
|Optionally, configure MP to accept connections
over TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS||Hardware manual|
|Set the EFI console input, output, and error
devices||“Selecting Your OpenVMS Console for the Integrity
Server System”; if you ordered your server preinstalled, console selections
are already made but you might need to change them|
|Power on your Integrity server, insert the
OpenVMS I64 distribution media (DVD) into the drive, cycle power,
and then use the EFI boot menu to boot from the DVD||For how to power on and recycle power, see
the hardware documentation; for instructions on booting the DVD,
the OpenVMS I64 OE DVD”|
After this, you need not use EFI to configure boot options.
You can configure EFI boot options while OpenVMS is running by using
the OpenVMS I64 Boot Manager (SYS$MANAGER:BOOT_OPTIONS.COM), as explained
Boot Options for Your System Disk”. This utility
is easier to use than EFI and allows you to configure the most pertinent
options for your system. In addition, the OpenVMS installation
(and upgrade) procedure can assist you in establishing and validating
boot options for your system disk.