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Effective December 1st, 2014, some OpenVMS products will undergo a support status change from Standard Support to Mature Product Support without Sustaining Engineering. The following table lists the affected products and their replacements and workarounds.

Affected Product Replacement and workaround
Distributed Queuing Service (DQS) – Alpha and Integrity
  • Standard OpenVMS PRINT commands, such as lpr and lpq. With the availability of DECNET over IP, the PRINT command is more comprehensive than DQS.
  • If you do not want to use DECnet, you can use the telnet Symbiont to access remote queues in addition to lpd. The equivalent commands for telnet Symbiont queues are the standard OpenVMS commands.
Software RAID – Alpha and Integrity Controller RAID or Shadowing
Debug Clients for Windows (also known as Windex) – Alpha and Integrity DECwindows Motif client interface offers similar features as the Windex.
OpenView Operations (OVO) DCE Agent – Alpha and Integrity HP OpenVMS Operations Manager HTTPS Agent and SPI
Management Station (also known as Argus) – Alpha and Integrity DCL syntax or command procedures
Enterprise Capacity and Performance (ECP) – Alpha and Integrity
  • You can replace ECP Data Collector with Performance Data Collector (TDC)
  • You can replace ECP Performance Analyzer with TLViz and T4

As a result of the support status change, the affected products will no longer have active engineering development to produce subsequent versions. This change will affect all the supported versions of the product on both OpenVMS for Alpha and OpenVMS for Integrity servers.
For more information on the support available, see http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA2-5741ENW.


HP OpenVMS Operating Environments

HP simplifies software procurement, installation, and management for OpenVMS on HP Integrity servers with Operating Environment (OE) bundles. Each OE bundle includes products that create a complete environment designed for increasing levels of management, availability, and disaster tolerance.

Operating Environments on Integrity from version 8.4: Starting from OpenVMS Version 8.4, the three-tier Operating Environment model, which consists of Foundation Operating Environment (FOE), Enterprise Operating Environment (EOE), and Mission Critical Operating Environment (MCOE) is replaced with a two-tier Operating Environment model consisting of Base Operating Environment (BOE) and High Availability Operating Environment (HA-OE).

  • Base Operating Environment (BOE): BOE bundle includes all the components of FOE, which includes the operating system, along with networking and infrastructure software and two components from EOE. The following component products that were formerly part of the EOE are now part of the BOE:
    • DECram for OpenVMS
    • HP OpenVMS Management Station
  • High Availability Operating Environment (HA-OE): HA-OE bundle includes all components of Mission Critical Operating Environment (MCOE) including Clusters and HP Reliable Transaction Router, four components of Enterprise Operating Environment (EOE) and Global Work Load Manager (gWLM) agent for OpenVMS. The following products that were formerly part of the EOE are now part of the HA-OE:
    • HP Availability Manager
    • OpenView Performance Agent (OVPA) for OpenVMS
    • RMS Journaling for OpenVMS
    • HP Volume Shadowing for OpenVMS

HA-OE component products are not included in the BOE and can be ordered separately.

Operating Environments on Integrity for version 8.3-1H1 and earlier:

  • The Foundation Operating Environment (FOE) is a fully featured operating environment. It delivers the base OpenVMS operating system with single-system reliability, security, serviceability, manageability, and interoperability features.
  • The Enterprise Operating Environment (EOE) includes all of the components of the FOE, plus tools to enhance the user experience in the areas of manageability, single-system availability, and performance.
  • The premium Mission Critical Operating Environment (MCOE) bundle delivers the ultimate user experience in terms of multisystem availability and workload management. This package includes everything in the FOE and EOE.
In addition, OpenVMS version 8.3-1H1 and earlier on HP Integrity servers is available in localized versions for Japan, Korea (Hangul), and China (Hanzi). Also, note that individual products can be purchased a la carte to meet specialized requirements.

OE Bundle Summary

HP OpenVMS Operating Environment bundles offer the following advantages:
  • Ordering is easier
  • License management is easier because only a single key is required
  • OE installation is easier from a single DVD
  • Support contracts are simpler; a single contract entry is provided for all components in the operating environment selected

For additional information about OpenVMS OE bundles, please refer to these documents: