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Masters Education Program

PARSEC’s Masters Education Program (MEP) isn't your typical online technical seminar.

What if each month you could be a part of a seminar that is geared towards creating best practices for legacy and state-of-art systems with topics such as OpenVMS Crash-Dump Analysis or IP Filtering on UNIX? Would it impress your boss if you learned new methods to ensure current relevance and utility for your company? Would it elevate your job performance, or help you solve a vexing problem? If so, save your seat now in PARSEC's next MEP!

Every month you will learn information inspired by actual case studies that you can apply on-the-spot. We pack technical and practical material into a comfortable 2 hour online session that tops off with ample time for Q&A and valued feedback. Bonus! You get exclusive access to download our extensive documentation at the time of each seminar. Here's a sample list of some of our past seminars:

  • Road Trip! VMS Bootcamp 2016 Conference Report
  • Bare-Metal System Recovery
  • Cleaning Out the Cruft on OpenVMS
  • Systemd and Other Major Changes in Redhat Linux 7
  • Monitoring OpenVMS with Open-Source SNMP Tools
  • Turning Ruby Scripts into Commands
  • OpenVMS Performance Tools
  • IP Filtering on Unix

As a perk of being a much appreciated PARSEC support customer, each session is free. If your company is not yet benefiting from PARSEC’s support, you can join any MEP for a modest cost per person. Furthermore, if you sign up for a telephone support contract with us, within 30 days of attending the MEP, we will credit the seminar cost to your support invoice. For as long as you’re a support customer, you will not only enjoy the peace of mind in knowing you’re support needs are covered, but future seminars will be free as well.


What's Wrong With Your OpenVMS Backups?

The purpose of this session is to critically examine and evaluate a selection of production backup scripts, specifically BACKUP commands found in representative DCL command files, with an eye for what's wrong, and what's right, with them.

You will want to join us for this MEP session if you can answer "yes" to any of these questions:

  • You have nightly, weekly or other periodic System Backup jobs in your system's batch queue?
  • Another system manager (your predecessor) wrote/implemented those Backup scripts?
  • You wrote those scripts "a long time ago," but haven't reviewed them recently?
  • Your scripts' BACKUP command uses any of these command qualifiers: /ALIAS, /BLOCK_SIZE, /BUFFER_COUNT, /[NO]CRC, /GROUP_SIZE, /IGNORE, /MEDIA_FORMAT?
  • You haven't recently restored a file, or an entire disk, from any of your backup media?
  • You really are unsure if your backups are viable -- that is, they can be actually used to recover from a disaster scenario?

Here at PARSEC, we see and review a lot of customer systems' Backup scripts, and we see a recurring pattern of "myths and sins" about the BACKUP command and how it works, especially for mission-critical system and data backup operations. For example, one of these myths is "how to make BACKUP go faster...", and we'll examine the tradeoffs involved in doing exactly that!

In this session, we'll review, explain and perhaps explode most of these "myths and sins," and will provide you with concrete information that you can use to review -- and likely correct -- your own backup scripts and procedures.

This session is aimed at system administrators who would like to know more about the OpenVMS BACKUP command and utility, and how to better use it to create complete and correct system and data backups.

  • What is the state of your site/system's backups?
  • What are your goals for backup?
  • A review of the VMS BACKUP command and its qualifiers; best practices and recommendations
  • What does BACKUP do?
  • BACKUP qualifiers of note
  • The canonical BACKUP command for system and datsa disk backups
  • How do you know that you can restore your data and system?
  • What have we learned?
  • Resources: texts and websites
  • Q&A

This training session is scheduled - 1:00pm MST. We link to www.worldtimeserver.com to convert to your local time. Note that this is planned as a 2 hour presentation to provide sufficient time to cover all of the topics. To register or to ask any questions, please contact us via e-mail to experts@parsec.com or fill out the inquiry page.


Worry-Free Delivery

PARSEC Group uses gotomeeting.com to deliver our e-Learning to our customers. GoToMeeting provides several options for connecting to the seminar.

  • Join from the desktop app on Windows 7 - Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.9 or later
  • Join from a web browser on Windows, Mac, Linux or Chromebook
  • Join from iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or later
  • Join from Android device running Android 4.0 or later
  • Join from Windows Phone 8 or later

Audio is provided via Voice over IP (VoIP) and requires speakers, or a USB headset.