The Question is:
Is it possible to copy the entire alpha systems firmware update cd to a
The Answer is :
One- or two-line questions are exceedingly difficult to answer.
Logically, yes, what you seek is possible. You can most certainly copy
the contents of most any non-copy-protected medium over to another
storage device and other storage medium, within the restrictions of
any applicable agreements and/or licenses and/or legislation.
Whether or not the results of such a replication will be useful for
your (unstated) goal(s) -- the OpenVMS Wizard would assume you seek
to upgrade using this copy as a resource for subsequent upgrades of
SRM firmware among various systems -- is another matter entirely.
The mechanisms for performing SRM upgrades are discussed in web sites
referenced by the OpenVMS FAQ, and you will want to start there if
this is a case of seeking to perform a number of SRM upgrades.
Most commonly, distributed upgrades involve configuring a bootp or
MOP server to serve the firmware, as discussed in the SRM firmware
upgrade documentation. (OpenVMS can be configured to offer both
bootp and MOP downloads.) This does not particularly require the
contents of the SRM medium to be moved to other storage, but that
is certainly feasible, again assuming such data replication is
legally and contractually permitted.