HP OpenVMS Systems Documentation
HP OpenVMS Version 8.4 Release Notes
%DCL-W-INVRANGE, field specification is out of bounds - check sign and size %SYSTEM-F-IVLOGNAM, invalid logical name
The workaround for this problem is to set the working directory to a system disk and then install the kit.
$ SET DEF SYS$SYSTEM $ PROD INST /SOURCE=VM141$DKA1:[000000.DCPS_I64027.KIT] *
This will be fixed in a future release of HP DECprint Supervisor (DCPS).
1.6 Networking Options
OpenVMS provides customers with the flexibility to choose the network protocol of their choice. Whether you require DECnet or TCP/IP, OpenVMS allows you to choose the protocol or combination of protocols that works best for your network. OpenVMS can operate with both HP and third-party networking products.
During the main installation procedure for OpenVMS Version 8.4, you have the option of installing the following supported HP networking software:
For information about configuring and managing your HP networking
software after installation, see the TCP/IP, DECnet-Plus, or DECnet
documentation. The manuals are available in online format on the
OpenVMS Documentation website. You must use the HP TCP/IP Services for
OpenVMS Version 5.7 after upgrading to OpenVMS Version 8.4.
1.7 Disk Incompatibility with Older Versions of OpenVMS
The OpenVMS Version installation procedure initializes the target disk with volume expansion (INITIALIZE/LIMIT). This renders the disk incompatible with versions of OpenVMS prior to Version 7.2. In most cases, this does not present a problem. If you intend to mount the new disk on a version of OpenVMS before Version 7.2, ensure that the disk is compatible for that operating system version. For more information, see the HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 Upgrade and Installation Manual.
Note that by taking these steps, your new system disk might include a relatively large minimum allocation size (as defined by /CLUSTER_SIZE). As a result, small files will use more space than required. Therefore, perform these steps only for system disks that must be mounted on versions of OpenVMS prior to Version 7.2.
ODS-5 disks are also incompatible with versions of OpenVMS earlier than Version 7.2.
The following table lists the versions of DECwindows Motif supported on various platforms of OpenVMS Version 8.4 operating system.
|OpenVMS Version||DECwindows Motif Version|
|OpenVMS Integrity servers Version 8.4||DECwindows Motif for OpenVMS Integrity servers Version 1.7|
|OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.4||DECwindows Motif for OpenVMS Alpha Version 1.7|
The DECwindows Motif software relies on specific versions of the OpenVMS server and device driver images. Ensure that you install or upgrade to the version of DECwindows Motif that is appropriate for your operating system environment, as listed in Table 1-1.
For information on support for earlier versions of DECwindows Motif, see the HP DECwindows Motif for OpenVMS Release Notes.
For information about installing the DECwindows Motif software, see the
HP DECwindows Motif for OpenVMS Installation Guide.
1.9 Upgrade Paths
You can upgrade directly to OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.4 from the following versions of OpenVMS Alpha.
Version 7.3-2 to V8.4
Version 8.2 to V8.4
Version 8.3 to V8.4
For Integrity servers:
Version 8.2-1 to V8.3
Version 8.3 to V8.4
Version 8.3-1H1 to V8.4
If you are currently running OpenVMS Alpha Version 6.2x through 7.3, inclusive, you must first upgrade to Version 7.3-2, and then to Version 8.4. For more information about the OpenVMS operating system support, see the support chart on the following website:
If you are running other versions of OpenVMS that are no longer supported, you must do multiple upgrades in accordance with the upgrade paths that were documented for earlier versions.
During a concurrent upgrade, you must shut down the entire cluster and upgrade each system disk. The cluster cannot be used until you upgrade and reboot each computer. Once you reboot, each computer will run the upgraded version of the operating system.
During a cluster rolling upgrade, upgrade each system disk individually, allowing the old and new versions of the operating system to run together in the same cluster (a mixed-version cluster). There must be more than one system disk. The systems that are not being upgraded remain available.
Only the following OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS VAX versions are supported in mixed-version clusters that include OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.4:
Version 7.3-2 (Alpha)
Version 7.3 (VAX)
If you are upgrading in a cluster environment, rolling upgrades are supported from Version 7.3-2 of the OpenVMS Alpha operating system. If you have other versions in a cluster, you cannot perform a rolling upgrade until those versions are upgraded to a supported version.
To use a mixed-version support for these versions, you must install one or more remedial kits. For more information, see Section 4.37.1.
HP currently supports only two versions of OpenVMS (regardless of architecture) running in a cluster at the same time. Only two architectures are supported in the same OpenVMS Cluster. Warranted support is available for pairings with the OpenVMS Integrity servers Version 8.4. For more information, see the HP OpenVMS Version 8.4 Upgrade and Installation Manual.
For information about the warranted pairs and migration pairs of the
OpenVMS operating systems, for complete instructions to install or
upgrade to OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.4, and for instructions on
installing OpenVMS Integrity servers Version 8.4, see the HP
OpenVMS Version 8.4 Upgrade and Installation Manual.
1.10 OpenVMS Integrity server Users
The following notes are for users of the OpenVMS Integrity servers.
1.10.1 Storage Controllers
For HP Integrity servers such as rx7620, rx8620, and HP Integrity Superdome servers, the HP sx1000 chipset provides the CPU, memory, and I/O subsystem. The cell controller is combined with four CPU chips into the computing cell in the sx1000 chipset architecture. The cell controller chip also provides paths to the I/O devices and off-cell memory.
These servers provide a varying number of sx1000 chipset cells. The rx7620 provides up to 2 cells (8 CPUs), the rx8620 provides up to 4 cells (16 CPUs), and the Superdome provides up to 16 cells (64 CPUs).
OpenVMS Integrity servers Version 8.3 supports two primary storage interconnects:
Support for SAS-based storage is provided by the OpenVMS Integrity servers Version 8.3-1H1 and later.
If you are using earlier versions of OpenVMS, the following are some important considerations:
HP Integrity servers such as the rx7620 and rx8620 systems have an
internal U160 (SCSI), which is included in the system as core I/O. The
internal connections from these SCSI controllers to the racks of
internal SCSI disks (which appear on the front of the system box) are
supported by OpenVMS. The internal box also has two external ports. HP
does not support attaching them (using cables) to an external SCSI rack.
1.10.3 Clearing the System Event Log on Integrity servers
HP Integrity servers maintain a System Event Log (SEL) within the system console storage. The OpenVMS Integrity servers automatically transfer the contents of the SEL to the OpenVMS error log. If you are operating from the console during a successful boot operation, you might see a message indicating that the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) SEL is full. You can continue the operation by following the prompts; OpenVMS processes the contents of the SEL. To clear the SEL manually, enter the following command at the EFI Shell prompt:
Shell> clearlogs SEL
The clearlogs SEL command deletes the contents of the SEL. The command is available with the current system firmware versions.
If your Integrity server is configured with a Management Processor (MP) and you see a BMC event log warning while connected to the MP console, you can clear the BMC event log by using MP. Press Ctrl/B to drop to the MP> prompt. At the MP> prompt, enter SL (from the main menu) and use the C option to clear the log.
HP recommends that you load and use the most current system firmware.
For more information about updating the system firmware, see the
HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 Upgrade and Installation Manual.
1.10.4 Firmware for Integrity Servers
The OpenVMS Integrity servers Version 8.4 was tested with the latest firmware for each of the supported Integrity servers.
For the entry-class Integrity servers, HP recommends that you use the most current system firmware. For information about updating the system firmware for entry-class Integrity servers, see the HP OpenVMS Version 8.4 Upgrade and Installation Manual. (For rx7620, rx8620, and Superdome servers, call HP Customer Support to update your firmware.)
Table 1-2 lists the recommended firmware versions for entry-class Integrity servers:
*If you have Intel Itanium 9100 processors on your rx2660, rx3600, or rx660, you need firmware that is at least one version greater than the ones listed in Table 1-2.
For cell-based servers, you must access the MP Command Menu and issue the sysrev command to list the MP firmware revision level. The sysrev command is available on all the HP Integrity servers that have an MP. Note the EFI info fw command does not display the Management Processor (MP) firmware version on cell-based Integrity servers.
To check the firmware version information on an entry-class Integrity server that does not have the MP, enter the info fw command at the EFI prompt:
Shell> INFO FW FIRMWARE INFORMATION Firmware Revision: 2.13  (1) PAL_A Revision: 7.31/5.37 PAL_B Revision: 5.65 HI Revision: 1.02 SAL Spec Revision: 3.01 SAL_A Revision: 2.00 SAL_B Revision: 2.13 EFI Spec Revision: 1.10 EFI Intel Drop Revision: 14.61 EFI Build Revision: 2.10 POSSE Revision: 0.10 ACPI Revision: 7.00 BMC Revision: 2.35 (2) IPMI Revision: 1.00 SMBIOS Revision: 2.3.2a Management Processor Revision: E.02.29 (3)
The HP Integrity rx4640 server contains the Dual Hot Plug Controller (DHPC) hardware with upgradeable firmware. To check the current version of your DHPC firmware, use the EFI command INFO CHIPREV , as shown in the following example. The hot-plug controller version will be displayed. A display of 0100 indicates version 1.0; a display of 0110 means version 1.1.
Shell> INFO CHIPREV CHIP REVISION INFORMATION Chip Logical Device Chip Type ID ID Revision ------------------- ------- ------ -------- Memory Controller 0 122b 0023 Root Bridge 0 1229 0023 Host Bridge 0000 122e 0032 Host Bridge 0001 122e 0032 Host Bridge 0002 122e 0032 Host Bridge 0004 122e 0032 HotPlug Controller 0 0 0110 Host Bridge 0005 122e 0032 HotPlug Controller 0 0 0110 Host Bridge 0006 122e 0032 Other Bridge 0 0 0002 Other Bridge 0 0 0008 Baseboard MC 0 0 0235
For information on accessing and using EFI, see the HP OpenVMS Version 8.4 Upgrade and Installation Manual. For
more information, see the hardware documentation that is provided with
1.10.5 Booting from the Installation DVD
On Integrity servers that have a minimum supported memory (512 MB), the following message appears when booting from the installation DVD:
********* XFC-W-MemmgtInit Misconfigure Detected ******** XFC-E-MemMisconfigure MPW_HILIM + FREEGOAL > Physical Memory and no reserved memory for XFC XFC-I-RECONFIG Setting MPW$GL_HILIM to no more than 25% of physical memory XFC-I-RECONFIG Setting FREEGOAL to no more than 10% of physical memory ********* XFC-W-MemMisconfigure AUTOGEN should be run to correct configuration ******** ********* XFC-I-MemmgtInit Bootstrap continuing ********
The message means that the system cache (XFC) initialization has
successfully adjusted the SYSGEN parameters, MPW_HILIM and FREEGOAL, to
allow caching to be effective during the installation. You can continue
with the installation.
1.10.6 Booting from USB or vMedia Devices
The %SYSTEM-I-MOUNTVER messages and the Universal Serial Bus Configuration Manager message are new to OpenVMS Version 8.4 and are seen when using USB or vMedia devices for booting the Integrity servers.
This is an informational message and can be ignored.
1.10.7 Small Memory Configurations Error Message
When booting OpenVMS Integrity server systems over the network or while booting OpenVMS as a Guest Operating System on Integrity VM, it allocates a memory disk from the main memory.
On OpenVMS Version 8.4, the size of this memory disk defaults to 256 MB. However, for some of the older systems with relatively small memory configurations, this size cannot be allocated, and the following error message is displayed:
ERROR: Unable to allocate aligned memory %VMS_LOADER-I-Cannot allocate 256Meg for memory disk. Falling back to 64Meg. %VMS_LOADER-I-Memorydisk allocated at:0x0000000010000000
After this message is displayed, OpenVMS adopts a fallback strategy by
allocating only 64 MB and excludes some newer drivers from the initial
boot. The fallback message indicates that the action was performed. If
the fallback message is printed with no further error message, the
initial error message can be ignored.
1.10.8 HP DECwindows Motif Release Notes
The following DECwindows Motif release notes are for the users of the
OpenVMS Integrity server.
126.96.36.199 Keyboard Support
The only model keyboard supported on HP DECwindows Motif for OpenVMS
Integrity servers is the LK463 (AB552A for Integrity servers) keyboard.
Although other types of keyboards may function in the OpenVMS Integrity
servers environment, HP does not currently support them.
1.11 OpenVMS Alpha Users
The following notes are for users of the OpenVMS Alpha systems.
1.11.1 Firmware for OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.4
OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.4 was tested with the platform-specific firmware included on Alpha Systems Firmware CD Version 7.3. For older platforms no longer included on the Firmware CD, OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.4 was tested with the latest released firmware version. HP recommends that you upgrade to the latest firmware before upgrading OpenVMS.
Read the firmware release notes before installing the firmware. For Version 7.3 and the latest firmware information, see:
Before configuring or starting Kerberos, check the HP TCP/IP local host database to determine whether your hostname definition is the short name (for example, node1) or the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) (for example, node1.hp.com).
If your host name definition is the short name, run TCPIP$CONFIG to change the definition to the fully qualified name.
The following example shows that the hostname is the short name:
$ TCPIP SHOW HOST/LOCAL NODE1 LOCAL database Host address Host name 188.8.131.52 node1
The following log is an example of how to change the host name definition to the FQDN.
$ @SYS$STARTUP:TCPIP$CONFIG TCP/IP Network Configuration Procedure This procedure helps you define the parameters required to run HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS on this system. Checking TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS configuration database files. HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Configuration Menu Configuration options: 1 - Core environment 2 - Client components 3 - Server components 4 - Optional components 5 - Shutdown HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS 6 - Startup HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS 7 - Run tests A - Configure options 1 - 4 [E] - Exit configuration procedure Enter configuration option: 1 HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Core Environment Configuration Menu Configuration options: 1 - Domain 2 - Interfaces 3 - Routing 4 - BIND Resolver 5 - Time Zone A - Configure options 1 - 5 [E] - Exit menu Enter configuration option: 2 HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Interface & Address Configuration Menu Hostname Details: Configured=node1, Active=node1 Configuration options: 1 - WE0 Menu (EWA0: TwistedPair 1000mbps) 2 - 184.108.40.206/21 node1 Configured,Active 3 - IE0 Menu (EIA0: TwistedPair 100mbps) I - Information about your configuration [E] - Exit menu Enter configuration option: 2 HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Address Configuration Menu WE0 220.127.116.11/21 node1 Configured,Active WE0 Configuration options: 1 - Change address 2 - Set "node1" as the default hostname 3 - Delete from configuration database 4 - Remove from live system 5 - Add standby aliases to configuration database (for failSAFE IP) [E] - Exit menu Enter configuration option: 1 IPv4 Address may be entered with CIDR bits suffix. E.g. For a 16-bit netmask enter 10.0.1.1/16 Enter IPv4 Address [18.104.22.168/21]: Enter hostname [node1]: node1.hp.com Requested configuration: Address : 22.214.171.124/21 Netmask : 255.255.248.0 (CIDR bits: 21) Hostname : node1.hp.com * Is this correct [YES]: "node1" is currently associated with address "126.96.36.199". Continuing will associate "node1.hp.com" with "188.8.131.52". * Continue [NO]: YES Deleted host node1 from host database Added hostname node1.hp.com (184.108.40.206) to host database * Update the address in the configuration database [NO]: YES Updated address WE0:220.127.116.11 in configuration database * Update the active address [NO]: YES WE0: delete active inet address node1.hp.com Updated active address to be WE0:18.104.22.168
To exit the TCP/IP Services configuration menus and to return to the DCL ($) prompt, type E three times.
To verify the change, enter the following command:
$ TCPIP SHOW HOST/LOCAL NODE1 LOCAL database Host address Host name 22.214.171.124 node1.hp.com
If you have not configured an earlier version of Kerberos on your system, or if you changed your TCP/IP hostname definition to the FQDN as shown in the example, run the Kerberos configuration program before you start Kerberos.
To reconfigure Kerberos, enter the following command:
After you have a valid configuration, start Kerberos with the following command:
For more information, see the Kerberos for OpenVMS Installation
Guide and Release Notes.
1.13 Modifying SYSTARTUP_VMS.COM
The startup command procedures for Encrypt and SSL are now called from
the VMS$LPBEGIN-050_STARTUP.COM procedure. If you are upgrading from a
previous version of OpenVMS that had the Encrypt and SSL products
installed, edit SYS$MANAGER:SYSTARTUP_VMS.COM to remove the calls to
SYS$STARTUP:ENCRYPT_ START.COM and SYS$STARTUP:SSL$STARTUP.COM. This
will prevent these command procedures from executing twice.
1.14 Encryption for OpenVMS
When you install or upgrade OpenVMS, Encryption for OpenVMS creates its own ENCRYPT and DECRYPT commands. Encryption for OpenVMS starts automatically (after SSL for OpenVMS, which also starts automatically). For more information about Encryption for OpenVMS, see HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 New Features and Documentation Overview.
With Version 8.3 of OpenVMS, the DCL command DECRAM is removed because it conflicts with the new DECRYPT command (DECRYPT overwrites the default definition of DECRAM, which you might have been using to start DECram). You must update any command procedures that use the DECRAM command so that they use the foreign command style of DCL. For example:
This change affects the use of the DCL command only; all other aspects of the DECram product remain the same. If you have older versions of DECram on your OpenVMS Alpha system, remove them before upgrading. See Section 1.15.
Starting with the OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS Integrity servers Version 8.2, DECram ships with the OpenVMS operating system as a System Integrated Product (SIP). If you want to upgrade to Version 8.3 on an OpenVMS Alpha system from OpenVMS Version 7.3-2, you must remove any old versions of DECram. For more information, see the HP OpenVMS Version 8.4 Upgrade and Installation Manual for details.
When you upgrade to OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.3 from OpenVMS Version 7.3-2, you might need to convert the LAN device database to the Version 8.3 format if this is not automatically done by LANACP when LANACP is first run after the upgrade.
To convert the database, issue the following LANCP commands to convert the device database and to stop LANACP so that it can be restarted to use the new database:
$ LANCP LANCP> CONVERT DEVICE_DATABASE LANCP> SET ACP/STOP LANCP> EXIT $ @SYS$STARTUP:LAN$STARTUP
When you install or upgrade to OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-2 or later, you must also install a new version of DECnet-Plus. One of the reasons that make this necessary is a change in the AUTOGEN behavior that was introduced in Version 7.3-2.
Unlike the behavior of previous versions, DECnet-Plus for OpenVMS Version 7.3-2 and later versions now provide product information in the NEWPARAMS.DAT records, as required by AUTOGEN. AUTOGEN anticipates this change in DECnet-Plus, so that it does not print any warnings when it removes "bad" records from CLU$PARAMS.DAT; AUTOGEN presumes these records are made by an older DECnet-Plus kit and are be replaced by the new DECnet-Plus kit. So, under normal conditions, there will not be any striking differences in behavior during an OpenVMS Version 7.3-2 or later installation or upgrade.
However, if other products do not provide product information in the NEWPARAMS.DAT records, as now required by AUTOGEN, AUTOGEN prints warning messages to both the report and the user's SYS$OUTPUT device. The warnings state that AUTOGEN cannot accept the parameter assignment found in NEWPARAMS.DAT (because no product name is attached) and that no records will be added to CLU$PARAMS.DAT. Because no records are added, the expected additions or other alterations to the SYSGEN parameters will not be made, which could lead to resource exhaustion. Developers and testers of software products should be aware of this requirement; it may also be of interest to system managers.
This new behavior is intended to protect both the users and providers of layered products.
A description of NEWPARAMS.DAT and CLU$PARAMS.DAT is included in the
AUTOGEN chapter of the HP OpenVMS System Management Utilities Reference Manual.
1.18 Remove TIE Kit Before Upgrade
The Translated Image Environment (TIE) is integrated into OpenVMS Integrity servers Version 8.2--1. For more information, see the HP OpenVMS Systems Migration Software website:
If you have installed any version of the TIE PCSI kit (HP-I64VMS-TIE) on OpenVMS Integrity servers Version 8.2 or Version 8.2-1, you must manually remove the TIE kit before you upgrade to OpenVMS Integrity servers Version 8.3.
Use the following command to remove the TIE product kit:
$ PRODUCT REMOVE TIE
Do not install the TIE product kit, HP I64VMS TIE V1.0, on OpenVMS
Integrity servers Version 8.2-1 or later.
1.19 Installation Failure of Layered Products on Alternate Devices or Directories
By default, the PRODUCT INSTALL command installs a layered product on the system device in the SYS$COMMON directory tree. If you choose to install a layered product to an alternate device or directory using the /DESTINATION=dev:[dir] qualifier (or by defining the logical name PCSI$DESTINATION ), the installation might fail with an error message stating that one of the following files cannot be found: [SYSLIB]DCLTABLES.EXE , [SYSHLP]HELPLIB.HLB , or [SYSLIB]STARLET*.* . If this happens, answer YES to the question, "Do you want to terminate? [YES]," and then retry the installation using the /NORECOVERY_MODE qualifier.