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Compatibility of SYSUAF files?

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The Question is:

I am working on my first VMS migration from VAX
(VAX 7760, OVMS V6.2) to Alpha (Alpha 8400,
OVMS V7.1/7.2).
What is the easiest way to migrate the Authorize
info (I've already found that the SYSUAF.DAT
files have different formats)?
What is the easiest way to migrate the print
and batch queue defintions?
(I haven't been able to find anything in the
VMS literature about this - am I looking in
the wrong place?)
Thank you.

The Answer is :

  The supported approach typically involves upgrading all nodes to the
  same OpenVMS version, or to versions that are supported in the same
  OpenVMS Cluster.  That specific OpenVMS versions can coexist in a
  cluster requires that the core file organizations of these files --
  and contents themselves -- are entirely- or upward-compatible, or that
  some form of tool exists in OpenVMS to track the old and the new files.
  In this case, the Wizard would generally recommend configuring and
  using a mixed-architecture cluster for the duration of the migration.
  This configuration can share application and system files, including
  the SYSUAF, RIGHTSLIST, NET*PROXY, and associated system files.
  If you choose to not use a cluster, you can simply copy the files over
  to the new node -- the procedure is effectively the same as for merging
  nodes into a cluster, and the information on this topic is included
  in an appendix of the cluster manual.  (Given that you will have few
  entries in the database on the new OpenVMS Alpha nodes, the merging
  process is simple.)
  At V6.1 on OpenVMS VAX and at V6.2 on OpenVMS Alpha, the format of the
  proxy database changed -- the old NETPROXY database is typically still
  present, and the new NET$PROXY database is populated from the older
  NETPROXY file using the provided SYS$SYSTEM:CONVERT_PROXY.EXE tool.
  NB: When an OpenVMS VAX V6.1 node was present in a cluster with an
  OpenVMS Alpha node running V6.1 or earlier, all proxy database management
  was performed only from the OpenVMS VAX V6.1 node.  When an OpenVMS Alpha
  V6.2 node was present in a cluster with an OpenVMS VAX node running
  an OpenVMS version prior to V6.1, all proxy management was performed
  from the OpenVMS Alpha node.
  The following topics are related: (60), (203), (767), (915), (961), (1201),
  (1861), (6106), (6735), (6982), and (6982).

answer written or last revised on ( 31-AUG-2001 )

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