This chapter explains how to install the OpenVMS Alpha and
I64 operating systems. It includes sample output similar to what
you might see during an installation and explains how to respond
to the prompts.
If you purchased a system with the operating system preinstalled,
then most of the information in this chapter does not apply. The
first time you power up your preinstalled system, you are prompted
to enter only the information necessary to customize your installation.
See the documentation provided with your system.
This chapter includes the procedures for booting the OpenVMS
operating system kit. The boot procedures differ significantly
between Alpha and Itanium-based systems. For additional information
about booting Alpha systems, see Appendix A “Booting and Shutting Down Your OpenVMS Alpha
System”. Information about setting up and booting Itanium-based
systems is located in Appendix B “Configuring OpenVMS I64 Hardware Operation
and Boot Operations, and Booting and Shutting Down Your System”.
If you are installing OpenVMS for the first time, see the appropriate
Once the system kit is booted, the procedures for installing
OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS I64 are very similar.
This chapter is organized into sections and steps that describe
the major tasks for installing OpenVMS, in the order in which these
tasks must be performed. “Installation Tasks” includes a checklist that you can use to make sure you
perform all the installation tasks described in this chapter.