Help needed...VAX 7000 mop booting problems

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at
Fri Aug 3 21:14:21 CDT 2007

Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> On Friday 03 August 2007, Dave McGuire wrote:
>> On Aug 2, 2007, at 10:07 PM, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
>>> Anyone have any useful hints?  Or, another VAX 7000 to try
>>> repeating my
>>> (failing) experiment on?
>>    Neither of my 7000s are set up at the moment, but I may be able to
>> rig up some temporary power to give this a try over the weekend.
>> Have you tried MOP-booting the machine from a *BSD host running
>> mopd?  I believe mopd can produce fairly verbose log messages that
>> might be helpful, to see what's going on from the server's
>> perspective.
> It looks like this is my problem... 
> Page 4 of
> "VAX-11/7xx, VAX 6000, VAX 7000, VAX 8xxx, VAX
> 9000, and VAX 10000 series systems require a sys-
> tem disk that is accessed via a local adapter or
> through a local CI or DSSI connection. These sys-
> tems cannot be configured to boot as satellite nodes."
> So it looks like some DSSI gear (easier) or a whole bunch of CI gear 
> (harder) is going to be required to get this thing booting VMS.

That's weird, because I've *definitely* booted a VAX 6610 from a cluster 
using mop.

Peace...  Sridhar

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