Enter the contest for old instance of VMS here:
If you have the oldest, you’ll win a free HP Integrity rx2660 server. All entries will get a 30th anniversary sweater.
Hurry, the offer expires January 15, 2008.
Why did HP make this USA only? Maybe they’re trying to save on shipping… 🙂
HP has posted this neat video. Look for Acision under Telecommunications,
Take a look at HP’s main page (http://www.hp.com). It mentions VMS!
I’ve keep a screen scrape here, just in case…
Well, it happened! VMS made it to 30 years yesterday. The HP site now has a video from Mark Hurd, the guest book comments (with some hilarious stories), and a list of VMS “firsts”. Well worth checking out:
Again, Happy Birthday!
This logo is starting to appear on HP emails.
To contribute your own VMS story, go to:
BTW — the official announcement of VAX and VMS was October 25, 1977.
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Get help for the VMS Operating system and the VAX computer that runs it.
The VMS operating system first booted 30 years ago. And it’s still going strong!
I came across The Operating Systems Handbook via a message in comp.os.vms. Here’s the link:
The author claims you can add “Working Knowledge of UNIX, VMS, OS/400, VM/CMS, and MVS.” to your resume after studying the book. There’s a chapter on VMS that’s a little dated, since it was written just as the Alpha was introduced, but still pretty handy.
If you love VMS, but need to talk to another OS, this could be useful, too…
MASS-11 was a word-processing package for VAX systems running VMS. I have a CHARON-VAX customer that has lots of files in MASS-11, and so I researched how to convert them to something more modern (Microsoft Word?).
Microsystems, the people who developed MASS-11, still exist. They only do conversions now, but here’s their information in case someone’s interested in going that way…
377 East Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148
Their web site (www.microsystems.com) is sometimes slow to load, but the phone number works.
[Adapted from a comp.os.vms posting of March 2006]
In May, HP built two data centers and blew one up to demonstrate disaster tolerance. VMS recovered first, in less than 14 seconds. The associated document said that it could have been adjusted to be less than 5 seconds.
Neat movie: www.hp.com/go/DisasterProof
Document: http://h71028.www7.hp.com/ERC/downloads/4AA1-3405ENW.pdf (PDF)
At a high-tech ballistics center managed by National Technical Systems
in Camden, Arkansas, HP simulated a gas leak using real explosives that
resulted in a very real explosion and datacenter destruction.
What was blown up? Products from the entire spectrum of HP products,
including HP servers, HP StorageWorks products, HP Software and HP
Procurve networking products running in five operating
environments-HP-UX, HP OpenVMS, HP NonStop, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft(r) Windows Server 2003.
Who said that computer geeks don’t have a sense of humor?