The Question is:
How do I force my Alpha XP1000 to boot to the SRM instead of going into the VMS
The Answer is :
You must set the SRM console variable AUTO_ACTION to "HALT".
This will cause the console to stop at the console prompt (which,
the OpenVMS Wizard presumes, is what you mean by "boot to the SRM"),
when the system powers on.
This is done at the console prompt, as follows:
>>> set auto_action halt
You can get to the console prompt by typing the command SHUTDOWN at
the operator console, after logging into the system account. Or, you
can use the brute force method, and type control/p (pressing the control
key and the "P" key simultaneously) or press the BREAK key.
If, instead, you wish the machine to stop at the console prompt instead
of rebooting when it crashes, then you must set the system parameter
BUGREBOOT to zero. You do this using SYSGEN, as follows:
$ run sys$system:sysgen
SYSGEN> set bugreboot 0
SYSGEN> write active
SYSGEN> write current
The "write active" command forces the change to take effect immediately
in the currently running instance of OpenVMS. The "write current"
command will write the new state of the parameter to the parameter file
on disk, and it will take effect on the next reboot of OpenVMS.
Be sure to follow the procedures to update MODPARAMS.DAT, as described in
Chapter 14 of the System Manager's Manual, to ensure that the new setting
of BUGREBOOT is maintained after running AUTOGEN.