OpenVMS is a general-purpose, multiuser operating system that runs in both production and development environments. OpenVMS Version 8.4 continues support for all of the Integrity servers and options supported in previous versions of HP OpenVMS for Integrity servers.
OpenVMS Alpha supports Hewlett-Packard's AlphaServer series computers. OpenVMS software supports industry standards, facilitating application portability and interoperability. OpenVMS provides symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) support for multiprocessing systems.
The OpenVMS operating system can be tuned to perform well in a wide variety of environments. This includes combinations of compute-intensive, I/Ointensive, client/server, real-time, and other environments. Actual system performance depends on the type f computer, available physical memory, and the number and type of active disk and tape drives.
The OpenVMS operating system has well-integrated networking, distributed computing, client/server, multiprocessing, and windowing capabilities. It contains extensive features that promote ease-of-use, improve the productivity of programmers, and facilitate system management.
The Extensible Versatile Editor (EVE) is the default editor for OpenVMS. EVE allows users to insert, change, and delete text quickly. EVE is a full-screen editor that allows users to scroll through text on a terminal screen. EVE provides an EDT-style keypad, allowing EDT users to move easily to EVE.
The Mail utility allows users to send messages to any other user on the system. Multimode operation is available if a DECnet or TCP/IP product is installed and licensed on each participating node on the network. With OpenVMS 8.4 Mail Headers can have up to 998 characters and the mail forwarding entry limit is increased from 31 to 255.
Command level programming
Command level programming allows users to create special files, called command procedures that contain a series of DCL commands. When users execute a command procedure, the system processes the commands in the command procedure consecutively.
The Librarian utility permits storage of object modules, image files, macros, help files, text files, or any general record-oriented information in central, easily accessible files. Object module and image file libraries are searched by the linker when the linker finds a reference it cannot resolve in one of its input files. Macro libraries are searched by MACRO-32 and MACRO-64 when either finds a macro name that is not defined in the input file.
The OpenVMS Debugger allows users to trace program execution, as well as display and modify register contents using the same symbols that are present in the source code. The debugger contains a heap analyzer feature that displays a graphic view of memory allocations and deallocations in real time.
System Code Debugger
The OpenVMS System Code Debugger is a kernel code debugger. It allows a system code developer to trace the execution of nonpageable system code at any interrupt priority level (IPL). Based on the OpenVMS Debugger, the System Code Debugger uses the same interface and most of the same command set.
System Dump Analyzer (SDA) utility
In the event of a system failure, OpenVMS writes the contents of memory to a preallocated dump file. This dump file can later be analyzed using System Dump Analyzer (SDA). System dumps can either be full memory dumps, where all memory is written, or selective memory dumps, where only portions of memory in use at the time of the system failure is written. The dump file can be located on any locally connected disk.
Provisioning OpenVMS using HP Systems Insight Manager
Provisioning is the process of installing or upgrading an operating system. With provisioning support, HP SIM installs or upgrades OpenVMS quickly and easily on one or more servers in the network. You can install or upgrade OpenVMS on up to eight servers simultaneously. Provisioning support also facilitates installing or upgrading OpenVMS on Integrity servers and server blades that do not include a CD/DVD drive.
HP Availability Manager
HP Availability Manager is a system management tool that enables you to monitor one or more OpenVMS nodes on an extended local area network (LAN) from either an OpenVMS Alpha system, or an OpenVMS for Integrity server system, or a PC running Windows. This tool helps system managers and analysts target a specific node or process for detailed analysis and also can resolve certain performance or resource problems. It is the multiplatform replacement for the DECamds product and includes the DECamds functionality in its capabilities.
Management Agents for OpenVMS
HP Systems Insight Manager (HP SIM) is the foundation for HP's unified infrastructure management strategy. It provides hardware level management for all HP storage products and servers, including OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS for Integrity servers. With Management Agents installed on an OpenVMS system, that system can be managed using HP SIM as the single management console providing fault monitoring, configuration management, and event alarms.
Performance Data Collector
Performance data for an AlphaServer or Integrity server system can be gathered using the Performance Data Collector (TDC). By default, TDC periodically collects and stores data in a file that can be retrieved by user applications. A TDC Software Developers Kit (SDK) supports integration of TDC with new or existing applications and allows processing of "live" data as well as data read from files.
Class Scheduler for CPU Scheduling
The Class Scheduler is a SYSMAN-based interface for defining and controlling scheduling classes for OpenVMS systems that allows you to designate the percentage of CPU time that a system's user may receive by placing users into scheduling classes.
For accounting purposes, OpenVMS keeps records of system resource usage. These statistics include processor and memory utilization, I/O counts, print symbiont line counts, image activation counts, and process termination records. The OpenVMS Accounting utility allows you to generate various reports using this data.
Audit Analysis utility
For security auditing purposes, OpenVMS selectively records critical, security-relevant events in the system security audit log file. These records contain the date and time the event occurred, the identity of the associated user process, and information specific to each event type. This information helps the system manager maintain system security and deter possible intruders. The OpenVMS Audit Analysis utility allows you to generate various reports from this data.
Autoconfigure and AUTOGEN utilities
The Autoconfigure and AUTOGEN utilities automatically configure the available devices in the system tables and set system parameters based on the peripheral and memory architecture. This eliminates the need for a traditional system generation process when the hardware configuration is expanded or otherwise modified.
The Backup utility provides both full-volume and incremental file backups for file-structured, mounted volumes and volume sets. Individual files, selected directory structures, or all files on a volume set can be backed up and restored. Files can be selected by various dates and can be backed up to magnetic tape, magnetic disk, or Write Once Read Many (WORM) optical disk. The Backup utility can also be used to restore a saveset or list the contents of a saveset.
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