HP OpenVMS Version 8.3--1H1
New Features and Release Notes
This manual describes the new features and release notes for OpenVMS
Version 8.3--1H1 for Integrity servers.
This is a new manual.
OpenVMS Version 8.3--1H1 for Integrity servers
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About This Guide
This manual describes the new features and release notes for OpenVMS
Version 8.3--1H1 for Integrity servers. It also includes information on
the MSA utility and updated Linker information. This edition supersedes
the version dated October 2007.
This manual is intended for all users of the HP OpenVMS Version
8.3--1H1 operating system for Integrity servers. Read this manual
before you install, upgrade, or use OpenVMS Version 8.3--1H1.
Please check the Cover Letter for HP OpenVMS Version 8.3-1H1 for Integrity Servers for release notes and late-breaking
information that was not available at the time this manual went to
production. You can access the cover letter on the OpenVMS
documentation web site:
This manual contains the following chapters:
- Chapter 1 provides an overview of the release, discusses the HP
technical support policy, and networking options.
- Chapter 2 describes the new features provided in OpenVMS Version
8.3--1H1 for Integrity servers.
- Chapter 3 contains release notes pertaining to OpenVMS Version
8.3--1H1. Notes are organized by facility or product name when
- Chapter 4 describes the MSA Utility.
- Chapter 5 provides the directory names and locations of the
products on the Operating Environment (OE) DVD and other media included
in the OpenVMS Version 8.3--1H1 media kit.
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This chapter introduces the HP OpenVMS Version 8.3--1H1 for Integrity
servers product and information that you need to know before installing
or upgrading to Version 8.3--1H1.
HP recommends that you read all of the following documents before
installing or upgrading to OpenVMS Version 8.3--1H1:
- HP OpenVMS Version 8.3-1H1 for Integrity Servers New Features and Release Notes (this manual)
- HP OpenVMS Version 8.3-1H1 for Integrity Servers Upgrade and Installation Manual
- Cover Letter for HP OpenVMS Version 8.3-1H1 for Integrity Servers
- HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 Release Notes
1.1 Overview of OpenVMS Version 8.3--1H1 for Integrity Servers
OpenVMS Version 8.3--1H1 for Integrity servers (also known as OpenVMS
I64) is a follow-on release that replaces OpenVMS Version 8.3 for
Integrity servers. OpenVMS Version 8.3--1H1 includes all the
capabilities of its predecessor and introduces new features and
Major new features include:
- Support for HP BladeSystems c-Class, including new function codes
in system services.
With the introduction of HP BladeSystems
c-Class, HP has revamped the server blade. This effort encompasses
Integrity and ProLiant server blades, as well as storage blades,
enclosures, and power and cooling solutions.
Server blades are
built with a modular architecture, in which pieces are added to an
enclosure to meet the computing needs of the customer.
enclosure is the metal box that houses the pieces. These enclosures can
consist of the following:
- Server blades
- Power supplies
- Storage blades
- Onboard administrators
- Interconnect modules
These new server blades are designed to reduce the cost of
ownership. You can accomplish this in three primary areas:
- Energy savings
- Configuration and space
- Ease of system management
- Support for the latest Itanium dual-core processors
release supports the latest Intel Itanium 9100-based systems.
- Support for Virtual Connect
Virtual Connect is a set of
interconnect modules and embedded software for HP BladeSystem c-Class
enclosures; it simplifies the setup and administration of server
connections. HP Virtual Connect includes the HP 1/10Gb Virtual Connect
Ethernet Module for HP BladeSystem c-Class, the HP 4Gb Virtual Connect
Fibre Channel Module for HP BladesSystem c-Class, and the HP Virtual
For more information, see
- Support for iSCSI Initiator
The iSCSI standard is an emerging
Internet Protocol-based storage interconnect standard developed by the
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Like Fibre Channel, it is one
of a number of standards developed to map the SCSI protocol over a
particular transport mechanism.
- System management, including provisioning, providers, and WBEM
HP Systems Insight Manager (HP SIM) runs as a
management server on ProLiant servers running Windows®. OpenVMS can
be managed from HP SIM on any of the supported management servers.
OpenVMS provides software support in the following management areas
so that OpenVMS looks and feels similar to server blades running on
Provisioning is the automatic configuration (or
reconfiguration) of BladeSystems. Using HP SIM with the network
services provided by the InfoServer utility and TCP/IP Services for
OpenVMS (BOOTP), you can install or upgrade up to eight servers
simultaneously. You can also use HP SIM with the vMedia feature
provided with your Integrity server firmware, in which case you can
install or upgrade OpenVMS on one server at a time.
- WBEM Infrastructure
This release supports Web Based Enterprise
Management (WBEM), whose infrastructure is currently based on
OpenPegasus Version 2.5.0.
For more information on WBEM Services,
, which is installed with OpenVMS Version 8.3-1H1.
- WBEM Providers (Instance and Method)
WBEM Services for OpenVMS
Version 2.0 is a component of the base operating system in OpenVMS
Version 8.3. The WBEM providers comprise the operating system, computer
system, process, CPU, memory, fan and power supply, as well as
management processor and enclosure. To be managed by HP SIM, your
Integrity server requires HP WBEM (Web-Based Enterprise Management)
Services for OpenVMS and the HP WBEM Providers for OpenVMS. For more
information, see HP OpenVMS Version 8.3-1H1 for Integrity Servers Upgrade and Installation Manual.
- Services support (WEBES)
- Support for high-speed USB
This release of OpenVMS includes
High Speed, which increases the data transfer rate from the
USB-attached DVDs in the 3600/6600 and 2660 systems as well as on
future platforms. High Speed allows data to be read from those DVDs
more than ten times faster than from USB 1.0/1.1 speeds.
For this release, because the firmware does not yet support High Speed
when installing from a DVD, the early stages of the boot are still
restricted to USB 1.1 speeds. Until the operating system assumes
control of the device, it will run at classic speeds.
For systems using USB keyboards and mouse devices, HP strongly
recommends that the keyboards and mouse devices be directly connected
to the system and not plugged into a high-speed hub. If a hub is needed
for other reasons, HP strongly encourages that it is a FULL-speed hub.
Plugging low-speed devices like keyboards and mouse devices can have a
major performance impact on the performance of the high-speed hub.
- Support for vMedia
vMedia is the first in a series of
virtual-disk capabilities included in the current generation of
management-processor hardware. The first platforms that supported
vMedia were the rx3600 and rx6600 followed by the rx2660 and finally
the c-Class server blades. vMedia consists of two primary components:
firmware in MP hardware that emulates a USB DVD, and Java® code
that runs on a remote PC that performs I/O to the PC's local CD/DVD
vMedia can be used to do initial system installation on a
system without a built-in DVD, or remote installation on a system
physically located elsewhere. It also allows the installation of
layered products, either remotely or on systems without a built-in DVD.
HP recommends installing vMedia from the ISO file instead of directly
installing from the DVD.
- Support for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) tape blade
Version 8.3-1H1 supports the HP Storageworks Ultrium 488c and Ultrium
920c tape blade for the C-Class Integrity BladeSystem.
SAS tapes must be configured by using the same SYSMAN commands for
configuring Fibre Channel tapes (SYSMAN IO FIND_WWID and SYSMAN IO
AUTOCONFIGURE). For details, see Section 7.5 of Guidelines for OpenVMS Cluster Configurations.
- Support for VGA Console
This release provides a method to boot
Integrity systems using a VGA display and a USB keyboard and mouse.
The following restrictions apply to VGA Console support for this
- This release does not include XDELTA support or conversational boot
support. You must set the graphics as a primary console and one serial
line as secondary.
- This release has not been tested on and does not support Keyboard
Video Mouse (KVM) switches with VGA.
- VGA Console is supported only for a directly connected monitor and
does not support the VGA display available in the Integrated Lights-Out
2 (iLO 2) Web interface.
- When using a VGA console and installing from vMedia or a USB DVD
drive with the keyboard plugged into a hub, the keyboard might not be
configured. In that event, unplug the hub into which the keyboard is
plugged and plug it back in. This should be a rare occurrence and HP
plans a correction in the next release.
- Installing from an InfoServer is not supported using VGA Console.
- HP recommends that you do not perform a SYSMAN IO AUTO command on
systems with a VGA console. If you have booted either minimum or with
the SYSGEN parameter NOAUTOCONFIGURE set and need to configure devices
HP recommends that you use the /SELECT qualifier and configure a single
device at a time. HP hopes to remove this restriction in a future
- If you select "no reboot" when executing the shutdown command
procedure, the system still reboots. This restriction will be corrected
in a future release. If you do not want the system to reboot, you have
the following options:
- Wait at the console and intercept the system before it executes
your default boot option.
- Use the boot_options command procedure in sys$manager. With this
you can perform the following actions:
- Change the TIMEOUT to 0 (never time out) or to a large value to
provide time to intercept the reboot.
- Make the EFI Shell the first boot option.
- Create a boot option that does not actually boot the system.
- Installation Utility
On all Itanium-based systems, the install
utility can install Alpha images. Especially in a mixed-architecture
environment, the system manager should be aware of this feature to
avoid installing an incorrect image.
Beginning with OpenVMS Version
8.3, the INSTALL LIST commmand flags such images with the "A*" prefix
when displaying the file name of the known image.
- Smart Array P-800 Lite Support
OpenVMS Version 8.3-1H1 supports
the Smart Array P-800 Lite P800 (AD335A) 16-port Serial Attached SCSI
(SAS) RAID controller PCI Express.
- 4-GB Fibre Channel PCIe Adapter Support
OpenVMS Version 8.3-1H1
supports 1-port 4Gb Fibre Channel Adapter (AD299A) and 2-port 4-GB
Fibre Channel Adapter (AD355A) PCI Express based on the Emulex LPe11002
- Graceful Shutdown
This capability allows you to initiate a
"graceful shutdown" from the MP console. OpenVMS then institutes a
shutdown, which ends with
Primary halted with code HWRPB_HALT$K_POWEROFF
. Depending on the platform, this leaves the MP running or actually
powers off the system.
- Edgeport/8 and EdgePort/416 Multiplexer Support
and Edgeport/416 (8- and 16-line serial multiplexers) from InsideOut
Networks (a Digi International Company) have been replaced to meet RoHS
(Reduction of Hazardous Substances) directive of the European Union.
- MSA utility
MSA utility is an OpenVMS system management tool
used for configuring and managing the following controllers:
- HP StorageWorks SmartArray Family of Storage Host Bus Adapters
(5300 series, 6400 series, P400, and P800 Lite)
- HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array Family of Storage Controllers
(MSA1000 and MSA1500)
These controllers connect to HP StorageWorks
Modular Smart Array storage array systems and to Integrity server
internal SCSI or SAS drives.
You must have the following privileges to use this utility:
NETMBX, TMPMBX, SYSPRV, DIAGNOSE, PHY_IO
The new devices look identical to the old devices and have the same
order numbers; however, the old devices use an ION930 chip while the
new devices use the TI (Texas Instruments) TUSB5152 chip. The TUSB5152
is incompatible with the existing OpenVMS device driver. A new device
driver provides support for the new devices in a relatively transparent
The new terminal devices will continue to be named TXD and
will provide the same performance and capabilities of the old Edgeport
devices. New and old Edgeport devices can be mixed in the same system;
however, users of the Edgeport/416 might need to check the naming order
of TXD devices and rename them if they do not meet their needs.
1.2 HP Software Technical Support Policy
Unless otherwise agreed to by Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), HP provides
HP Services support for only the current and immediately preceding
versions of HP software, and only when the software is used with
hardware that is included in HP-specified configurations. A version is
defined as a release of a software product that contains new features,
enhancements, or maintenance updates.
Current version-level support (Standard Support, or SS) and Prior
Version Support (PVS) for OpenVMS operating system software is provided
for OpenVMS versions in accordance with these guidelines. The current
level of support for recent versions of OpenVMS I64, as well as for
Alpha and OpenVMS VAX, is kept up to date on this website:
The following OpenVMS core products are supported at the same level (SS
or PVS) and duration as the operating system version on which they ship:
- HP Advanced Server for OpenVMS
- HP DECnet (Phase IV)
- HP DECnet-Plus for OpenVMS
- HP OpenVMS Cluster Client Software
- HP OpenVMS Cluster Software for OpenVMS
- HP RMS Journaling for OpenVMS
- HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS
- HP Volume Shadowing for OpenVMS
These products must be listed as line items on an HP software support
agreement in order for you to receive software support on these
products. The DECnet Phase IV product requires a Prior Version Support