OpenVMS Academy System Administration

Course Code: VM210
Length: 5 days

Schedule and Registration

Course Description

This course provides the system manager who is going to manage an OpenVMS system or cluster the core information and essential skills needed to examine the system, the software and hardware configuration, and the administrative setup already in place. System managers who take over existing systems must first concern themselves with knowing how to find out what devices exist, what the system resources are, what programs run, who the users are, and what kind of overall administrative processes and procedures exist. Then they must be able to assess what they find and make modifications.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for system managers who are new to OpenVMS or OpenVMS system management and who need the skills to manage an existing system.

This course was great. It connected all the missing links for me.


We strongly recommend that students taking this course have the following credentials. (The instructor will deliver this course under the assumption that students have attained this level of experience.)

Benefits of Attending this Class

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe and use OpenVMS commands to display information about the following key OpenVMS concepts: the hardware/software environment, processes, memory management, logical name translation, and the system disk structure
  • Manage public and private volumes on OpenVMS
  • Start up and shut down the system
  • Manage user accounts
  • Get the network up and running
  • Manage batch and print queues
  • Back up and restore system and user data
  • Perform various other day-to-day management tasks, including managing system time, controlling processes, communicating with users, and monitoring security

Great "real world" application and discussion of core concepts presented. The course was excellent.

Course Contents

System and Process Concepts
  • Overview
  • Process Environment
  • System Environment
  • OpenVMS Clusters
  • Networking
Logical Names
  • Overview
  • Review of the Basics
  • Logical Name Tables
  • Defining the Search Order
SYSMAN Utility
  • Overview
  • Environment
  • Profile
  • Initialization
  • SYSMAN Commands
Managing User Accounts
  • Overview
  • Planning User Accounts
  • AUTHORIZE Utility
  • Passwords and Policies
  • Privileges
  • Quotas
  • Priorities
  • Access Restrictions
  • Setting up User Environment
  • Disk Quotas
  • Example Account Addition
  • ADDUSER.COM Procedure
  • Account Recommendations
  • Retiring Accounts
  • Managing Identifiers
  • Proxy Access
Managing Processes
  • Overview of a Process
  • Working with Other Processes
  • Managing Privileges
  • Viewing Process Information
  • Managing an Interfering Process
  • Troubleshooting
Batch and Print Queues
  • Overview
  • Viewing All Queues
  • Batch Queues
  • Print Queues
  • Logical Queues
  • Print Formatting
  • Autostart Queues
  • General Queue Management
  • Queue Security
  • Managing Jobs
  • Troubleshooting Queue Problems
  • Supporting All Queue Features
  • Deleting a Queue
Resource Monitoring
  • Memory Management
  • Show Cluster
  • Monitor Utility
  • Accounting
  • Disk Utilization
  • Login Security
  • Object Security
  • Disk Scavenging
  • Security Auditing
  • Troubleshooting File Access
Volume Management
  • Overview
  • Mounting Volumes
  • Volume Characteristics
  • Accessing Files
  • File Aliases
  • System Disk Structure
  • Verifying File System Integrity
  • Fragmentation
  • Disk Quotas
System Startup and Shutdown
  • System Startup
  • Managing Boot Options from OpenVMS
  • Booting
  • Conversational Boot
  • Customizing System Startup
  • Logging System Startup
  • System Shutdown
  • Overview
  • Performance vs. Reliability
  • Types of Backup
  • Backup Policy
  • Backup Utility Overview
  • Backup Save Operation
  • Backup Restore Operation
  • Backup Copy Operation
  • Incremental and Differential Backups
  • Backup Lists
  • Tape Label Processing
  • Special Restore Options
  • Getting a Consistent Backup
  • Other Features
  • Testing
System Operators
  • Operator Communication
  • Types of Operators
  • Logical Names
  • REQUEST Command
  • REPLY Command
Device Errors
  • Overview
  • Monitor for Hardware Errors
  • Review the Error Log File
  • Managing Error Logging
  • Overview
  • TCP/IP Services
  • DECnet
  • Managing DECnet Phase IV
  • Managing DECnet Plus

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