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OpenVMS distributions, standalone BACKUP, CD?

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The Question is:

I have a DEC3000 which has only a RZ26L disk drive and a TLZ07 tape drive. I
 would like to build a standalone backup tape on the 4mm cart. but apparently
 S/A backup creation is no longer supported on the Alpha machines. What would
 be the mechanism of rebu
ilding a system disk on this machine if when I put on a brand new, blank disk?

The Answer is :

  Standalone BACKUP was removed with OpenVMS Alpha V6.1 and later,
  and CD-ROM media is the expected (and required) distribution media
  for all OpenVMS Alpha systems.
  Please acquire a CD-ROM reader.  If you require a reinstallation of
  OpenVMS, you will require access to a CD-ROM reader or potentially
  to a (transferable) magnetic disk containing the OpenVMS kits.
  CD-ROM media will also likely be the only available distribution media
  for OpenVMS VAX releases starting sometime after the OpenVMS VAX V7.3

answer written or last revised on ( 13-JUL-2000 )

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