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OpenVMS Academy Fast Track System Administration

Course Code: VM280
Length: 5 days

Schedule and Registration

Course Description

This course is designed for students who need a fast-track to performing the tasks required to manage an OpenVMS system, and who have enough previous experience with system management that they can grasp concepts quickly. Students learn how OpenVMS is structured, how to perform security, DCL, and utility procedures, how to install software applications, and how to set up and configure an OpenVMS cluster. The course incorporates our Lab+Lecture format.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for Systems Administrators who will assist in the management of existing OpenVMS systems, and who need to become proficient in the shortest possible timeframe.

Excellent instructor! Course content was spot-on for what I needed. I'm anxious to review the materials again once I'm back in the office. Excellent!!


Prior systems management experience. This class benefits students with previous, in-depth computer experience who grasp concepts quickly and who need to become proficient in OpenVMS in a short period of time. This is a how-to course; concepts are not explained.

Alternative Courses

If you do not have significant prior experience with other operating systems, please refer to the following courses:

The material flow was presented very well by our instructor. I can truely say that I have never attended a class where the instructor was so completely competent. Good job Paul!

Benefits of Attending this Class

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to log in and out of an OpenVMS system, execute commands and interpret resultant error messages. They will be able to communicate with other users with the mail and phone utilities. Students will be able to get help on commands and use the documentation set for additional information.

I found the instructor able to relate real world solutions. This has helped me from day one. Very good class.

Course Overview

Overview of OpenVMS
  • Overview
  • Process Environment
  • System Environment
  • OpenVMS Clusters
  • Network
Getting Started
  • Logging In
  • Terminal Emulators
  • Initial Environment
  • Logging Out
  • Overview of DCL
  • Command Syntax
  • Command Parsing
  • Interactive Input
  • Changing Your Password
  • Convenience Features
  • Online Help
  • System Messages
Files and Directories
  • Overview
  • File Specification
  • Directory Structure
  • Default Directory
  • Creating Directories
  • Wildcard Processing
  • ODS-2 vs. ODS-5
  • Commands to Manage Files
  • Multiple File Versions
  • Disk Quotas
  • Logical Names
  • Characteristics of Logical Names
  • System Defined Process Logical Names
  • Working with Logical Names
  • Logical Name Search Lists
  • Comparison of Logical Names and Symbols
  • Creating Files
  • Making Copies
  • Viewing File Contents
  • Searching in Files
  • Comparing Files
Managing Volumes
  • Overview
  • Mounting Volumes
  • Volume Characteristics
  • File Aliases
  • System Disk Structure
  • Verifying File System Integrity
  • Login Security
  • File Security
  • Disk Scavenging
  • Security Auditing
  • Troubleshooting File Access
Managing Users
  • Accounts
  • Planning User Accounts
  • AUTHORIZE Utility
  • Overview of a Process
  • Viewing Process Information
  • Working with Other Processes
  • Passwords and Policies
  • Privileges
  • Quotas
  • Priorities
  • Setting up User Environment
  • Disk Quotas
  • Example Account Addition
  • Retiring Accounts
  • Managing Identifiers
  • Managing an Interfering Process
  • Troubleshooting
  • Operator Communication
  • Overview
  • Text Editing Process
  • EDT
  • EVE
  • Overview
  • Creating and Viewing Symbols
  • Using Symbols
  • Local vs. Global Symbols
DCL Procedures
  • Overview
  • Command Procedures
  • Debugging Command Procedures
  • Parameters
  • I/O with Command Procedures
  • Controlling the Flow of Execution
  • Lexical Functions
  • Subroutines
  • Exception Handling
  • Common Usage
System Parameters
  • Overview
  • Parameter Files
  • Manual Changes to System Parameters
SYSMAN Utility
  • Overview
  • Environment
  • Profile
  • Initialization
  • SYSMAN Commands
System Startup and Shutdown
  • Integrity Console
  • Alpha Console
  • System Startup
  • Booting
  • Conversational Boot
  • Customizing System Startup
  • Logging System Startup
  • System Shutdown
Network Configuration
  • Overview
  • TCP/IP Management Utility
  • TCP/IP Addresses
  • Name Translation
  • Configuration
  • Routing
  • Services
  • DECnet Phase IV
  • DECnet Plus
  • Startup and Shutdown
Batch and Print Queues
  • Overview
  • Viewing all Queues
  • Batch Queues
  • Print Queues
  • Autostart Queues
  • General Queue Management
  • Troubleshooting Print Queue Problems
  • Forms
  • Overview
  • Performance vx. Reliability
  • Types of Backup
  • Backup Utility Overview
  • Backup Save Operation
  • Backup Restore Operation
  • Backup Copy Operation
  • Incremental and Differential Backups
  • Backup Lists
  • Tape Label Processing
  • Getting a Consistent Backup
  • Minimal System Environment
  • Other Features
  • Testing
  • Overview
  • Terminology
  • Product Authorization Key
  • Activating a License
  • License Availability and Usage
  • Cluster Considerations
OpenVMS Clusters
  • Overview
  • Cluster Interconnects
  • Voting
  • Device Sharing
  • Device Naming
  • VMScluster Configuration
  • Satellite Nodes
  • Permanently Removing a Node from the Cluster
  • Modifying VMScluster Characteristics
  • Shared System Disk
  • Common System Files
  • System Shutdown
  • Viewing Cluster Information
Device Errors
  • Overview
  • Monitor for Hardware Errors
  • Review the Error Log File
  • Managing Error Logging
Appendix: Local Area Transport
  • Terminal Servers
  • Enable the LAT Protocol
  • Load Software on a Terminal Server