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
  • 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.

Interesting Free Software for OpenVMS, part 2

Compared to Windows, it may seem like there are no free software packages on OpenVMS. You may be confused on why this is labeled part 2 when there was no part 1. Part 1 was the MEP on "Useful OpenVMS Tools in SYS$EXAMPLES or SYS$ETC", which was presented about 18 months earlier. Part 3 will be presented in the 'near future' regarding various open source tools.  This MEP will be on freeware applications.

As astute reader will ask "what's the difference between 'freeware' and 'open source'?" For the sake of this discussion, the "freeware" ones are the ones available on the HP provided CDs.

This will not be an exhaustive list, but rather some highlighted ones available for your benefit. After the seminar you'll have a better sense of what is available to you, what is considered "safe" and where to find these software products.

  Location of the CDs
  V7 CDs
    Ask the Wizard
    Bliss Kit
    CDRECORD to Write CDs
    EMACS Text Editor
    FTSV for DECnet Transfers on bad Networks
    FTSO for TCPIP Transfers on bad Networks
    INFO-ZIP, the original ZIP on OpenVMS
    LD - Logical Disk
    MINESEEK - Old Mine Seeker game from DOS 3.50 days
    MMK - MadGoat Make Utility
    NOTES - OpenVMS Bulletin Board
    Spider Solatire
    UNRAR for OpenVMS and VMSTAR
    USB Freeware for Alpha
    VMSFAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
    Xvmsutils - Port UNIX program to OpenVMS

  V8 CDs
    A2PS - Convert Ascii to PostScript  
    ADV_PIPE - PIPE command on VAX or Alpha
    ANTIWORD - Read MS Word on OpenVMS
    AUTO - Command completion
    CD-ROM - Allow VAX to read CDs
    CD_Player - Allow music to play on Alpha
    CLUE$SDA_VAX - Brings the CLUE command from Alpha back to VAX
    CMPDIR - Compare directories, similar to Differences command
    CRON - VMS port of CRON utility
    Curl - transfer files with URL syntax
    CVTLIS - Convert compiler listings back to source code
    DECNET - DECnet programming examples
    DELTREE - Delete directory tree on VAX or Alpha
    EMACS - EMACS for OpenVMS
    FDEL - Fast Delete in Large Directories
    FLORIAN - File Undelete on VAX and Alpha
    FTP_MIRROR - Ensure this directory matches another and do FTP
    HOFFMAN - Steve Hoffman's example C Programs
    INVISIBLE - Hide Interactive process from SHOW USERS
    LAST - Generate last login reports from UAF
    LD - Logical Disk
    MWAIT - Help diagnose why a process is in MWAIT state
    NOTICE - Display notices upon login to VAX or Alpha
    ODS2 - Read VMS ODS-2 disks on VMS, Windows, and UNIX9
    PAKGEN - Create your own licenses for your products
    PERL - PERL on Alpha OpenVMS
    REMOTE - Execute DECnet commands on remote nodes
    SPELL - Spell checker on OpenVMS VAX or Alpha
    SYSLOGD - OpenVMS port of syslogd and logger on VAX and Alpha
    VMSFAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
    WATCHER - Idle process monitor and timeout tool
    ZZZzzz - Have you fallen asleep yet?

This training session is scheduled - 1:00pm MDT. We link to 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 or fill out the inquiry page.

Worry-Free Delivery

PARSEC Group uses Zoom to deliver our e-Learning to our customers. Zoom provides several options for connecting to the class.

View system requirements here.

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

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