The OpenVMS operating system includes procedures that
allow you to easily upgrade the operating system using the PCSI utility. These tools are available once you boot the system properly. To boot the OpenVMS Alpha system CD, see Section 6.2.1. To boot the
OpenVMS Integrity servers OE DVD, see Section 6.2.2.
You can use a VGA graphics device (except
on an rx2600 Integrity servers or other servers that lack the firmware
capabilities), serial device, or network interface for the console. For information about configuring your system console, see Section B.2.
using a VGA console and upgrading from vMedia or a USB DVD drive with
the keyboard plugged into a USB hub, if the keyboard is not responding,
simply unplug the hub and plug it back in.
6.2.1 Booting the OpenVMS Alpha Operating System CD
To get started, boot the OpenVMS Alpha operating
system CD either from your local CD drive or from a CD drive served
by the InfoServer, as described in Section 18.104.22.168 and Section 22.214.171.124. First,
you need to identify the name of the CD drive, as explained in Section 126.96.36.199. For more information
about booting operations, see Section A.1.
188.8.131.52 Determining the Boot Device
To boot the operating system CD, you need to determine
the identity of the CD drive. Follow these steps:
the operating system CD into the local CD drive.
the SHOW DEVICE command at the console prompt (>>>) and look for the
correct drive listed in the output (for example, DKA400). If you
are booting from the InfoServer, look for a device listed with its
hardware address, as in the last line of the following example (EWA0):
For additional information, see the HP OpenVMS Version 8.4 for Alpha and Integrity Servers Software Product
Description (SPD 82.35.xx)
and the hardware manuals that you received with your Alpha computer.
184.108.40.206 Booting from the Local Drive
To boot the operating system CD from the local CD drive,
enter the boot command in the following format:
BOOT -FLAGS 0,0 source-drive
Substitute the device name of the CD drive for source-drive, such as DKA400, as listed in the SHOW
DEVICE display example in Section 220.127.116.11. In this case, you would enter the following
command and press Enter:
>>> BOOT -FLAGS 0,0 DKA400
18.104.22.168 Booting from the InfoServer
boot the operating system CD using either the InfoServer hardware
or the InfoServer utility, follow these steps. To use the InfoServer
utility, certain configuration steps are required initially (one time
only), as described in Appendix C; note that the operating system CD must
be mounted systemwide.
the console prompt, enter the boot command in the following format:
>>> BOOT -FLAGS 0,0 -FILE APB_084 lan-device-name
Substitute the name of the local area network
device for lan-device-name, such as EWA0,
as listed in the SHOW DEVICE display example in Section 22.214.171.124.
The APB file name is the unique file name that
was assigned to the APB.EXE file when it was copied from the operating
system CD to the InfoServer. This file is the name of the APB program
used for the initial system load (ISL) boot program.
NOTE: If you are using a DEC 3000 or 4000 series system,
note the following:
On DEC 3000 series systems,
you can boot through the InfoServer using an alternate TURBOchannel
device, such as a PMAD (Ethernet) or DEFTA (FDDI), by specifying the
device name as n/ESA0. The value for n is the TURBOchannel slot number, which you can obtain
by entering the SHOW CONFIGURATION command at the console prompt (>>>)
and examining the display. For more information, see Section A.1.8 in Appendix A.
On DEC 4000 series systems,
you must specify the ISL file name in uppercase (APB_084).
InfoServer ISL program then displays the following menu:
Network Initial System Load Function
1 - Display Menu
2 - Help
3 - Choose Service
4 - Select Options
5 - Stop
Enter a function ID value:
to the prompts as follows, pressing Enter after each
3 for the function ID.
2 for the option ID.
the service name (ALPHA084 is the default service name for the InfoServer
hardware; for the InfoServer utility, ask your system or network manager
for the service name).
A sample display follows:
Enter a function ID value: 3 OPTION OPTION
1 - Find Services
2 - Enter known Service Name
Enter an Option ID value: 2 Enter a Known Service Name: ALPHA084
NOTE: If you boot the OpenVMS Alpha operating system CD from
an InfoServer system but lose your connection during the upgrade procedure
(the system is unresponsive and pressing Ctrl/Y does not return you to the menu), do the following:
Boot the OpenVMS Alpha
operating system CD again from the network.
Enter the DCL environment
by choosing option 8 on the menu.
Mount the device containing
your backup copy of the target disk and the device that is your target
Restore the backup copy
of your target disk by entering the appropriate BACKUP commands. (See Appendix F for complete information
about using MOUNT and BACKUP commands to restore a system disk.)
Log out from the DCL environment.
Perform the upgrade again
by choosing the upgrade option (1) on the menu and following the procedures
described in this chapter.
6.2.2 Booting the OpenVMS Integrity servers OE DVD
You can boot
the OpenVMS Integrity servers OE DVD in any of the following ways.
This section gives detailed instructions on booting from the local
DVD drive. Detailed instructions on the other methods are available
in the appendixes, as noted in the corresponding sections that follow.
From a virtual DVD drive
served over the network by the InfoServer utility (Section 126.96.36.199)
From an image on a PC
or Windows server in the network accessed through the HP SIM interface
From an image on a PC
or Windows server in the network using vMedia through a browser connected
to your Integrity servers iLO 2 MP port (Section 188.8.131.52)
The latter two options can be used for entry-class
Integrity servers that support such means; they can be used when a
local DVD drive is not available. For more information about booting
operations, see Section B.6.
184.108.40.206 Booting from the Local Drive
To boot a local OpenVMS Integrity servers OE DVD,
follow these steps. To boot the DVD on a cell-based server, a DVD
device must be accessible by the nPartition that OpenVMS is being
sure your Integrity servers is powered on. If your system has an
attached external device, make sure it is turned on and operational.
the DVD into the drive you want to use.
the main EFI boot menu (for cell-based servers, this must be the EFI
boot menu for the nPartition on which OpenVMS is to be booted), select
the appropriate item from the boot options list. Note that the EFI
boot menu is timed; press any key to stop the countdown timer.
For some systems, the boot option to select is
the Internal Bootable DVD option. If that option is not listed in
your EFI boot menu, move to the Boot From a File menu and select the
Removable Media Boot option, if present.
Alternatively (and this method is recommended
for cell-based servers), boot the DVD drive from the EFI Shell prompt
by entering the command shown in the following example, where fsn: corresponds to the Integrity servers DVD drive (such
as fs0:). Note that if you have navigated to a particular file system,
the EFI Shell prompt would reflect that file system; for example,
if the current file system is fs0:, the EFI Shell prompt would be
To determine which device is the bootable DVD
drive, examine the list of mapped devices and look for an fs device
listing that includes the letters “CDROM”, as in the
following line, where fsn is the file system
associated with the drive, which is usually fs0: (instead of "fsn", you might see something similar to "V8.4"; instead
of Ata, you might see Scsi, depending on the server model):
You can use the following command to display the
mapping of various EFI device names to OpenVMS device names, where
fsn is the device you want to check (such as
Shell> fsn:\efi\vms\ms_show dev -fs
On most Integrity servers, the DVD drive is DQA0: (IDE) or DNA0: (USB). On systems that include a SCSI
bus, such as the Superdome server, the DVD drive is DKA0:. For more
information about the vms_show command, see the HP OpenVMS System Management Utilities Reference Manual.
NOTE: By default, certain versions of EFI might interpret the Delete (or Backspace) key differently than
do OpenVMS Alpha systems or Microsoft Windows computers. In such cases,
press Ctrl/H to delete the last
character entered. For more information, see Section B.1.3.
When the DVD boots properly, the OpenVMS operating
system banner appears, followed by the operating system menu. You
can now upgrade your OpenVMS Integrity servers operating system on
the target disk (see Section 6.3). If the methods documented in this section
do not succeed in booting the DVD, see Section B.6.2.1.
NOTE: When booting OpenVMS from the installation DVD for the first
time on any OpenVMS Integrity servers system with a SAN storage device,
you might experience a delay in EFI initialization because the entire
SAN is scanned. Depending on the size of the SAN, this delay might
range from several seconds to several minutes.
220.127.116.11 Booting Over the Network Using the InfoServer Utility
To use the InfoServer utility to boot from the network,
certain configuration steps are required initially (one time only);
see Appendix C. The instructions
on booting over the network from a virtual DVD drive are also included
in Appendix C.
18.104.22.168 Booting Using HP SIM Provisioning
To use HP SIM provisioning to boot an image
of the OpenVMS OE DVD, certain configuration steps are required initially
(one time only). For these steps and the booting instructions, see Appendix D. For upgrades, your
OpenVMS boot flags must be set to (0,0).
22.214.171.124 Booting Using vMedia
To use vMedia to boot an image of the OpenVMS OE DVD, certain configuration
steps are required initially (one time only); see Section D.1.4. For instructions
on booting with vMedia, see Section D.2.