MicroVax and OpenVMS for dummies
Zane H. Healy
healyzh at aracnet.com
Fri Aug 27 20:20:07 CDT 2010
Find the OpenVMS FAQ for info on bypassing the SYSTEM password. If trying
to connect from a PC or Mac, it will be easiest if the system is running
TCP/IP. Getting DECnet or LAT software for either platform will be
The HP website will have PDF's and probably HTML versions of newer manuals
online. Probably V7.3 as that was the last for the VAX. You will also want
to check out the OpenVMS Hobbyist Program. For fun you might look at
getting it on HECnet once you get your ethernet connection sorted.
Nice haul. That's a very good VAX, and the VT525 is something I've lusted
On Fri, 27 Aug 2010, Teo Zenios wrote:
> I finally got some terminals (VT525) and DEC MMJ cables for my MicroVAX
> 3100/85. I tuned it on expecting it to be dead and found a copy of OpenVMS
> V7.1 is installed on the MicroVAX (well after I tried both serial ports on
> the terminal and the screen came up at 9600 baud).
> I have never owned anything DEC or any computers that didn't have built in
> video, sound, keyboards so I have a few questions.
> What kind of reading material do I need to understand how these systems
> and software work?
> Is there a default login/password for OpenVMS V7.1
> Is OpenVMS available for download? Is V 7.1 optimal for this old unit (I
> think it has the full 128MB but have to check, dual 2GB? drives and built
> in CDROM).
> I assume I can use some old PC or Mac software to login over the coax
> ethernet (does it do DHCP?) once I get some ethernet cables and I know
> what the heck I am doing.
> What kind of server was a MicroVAX 3100/85 anyway (files, applications,
> What are optimal setting for the VT525 to work with the MicroVAX (serial
> settings, color, lines, etc).
> Figured I would try some completely different systems last year and ended
> up finding the MicroVAX before it was turned into razorblades. Took me a
> while to get the other parts needed.
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