Net-boot and install OpenVMS 7.x on MicroVAX 3x00?

Sean Caron scaron at
Sat Nov 22 10:39:46 CST 2014

Hi all,

Now that I've got some BA23s I've been busy building up a few Q-bus
systems. I've got one KA650 based system with a good, booting RD54 and one
KA655 based system with a good, booting Maxtor 340 MB ESDI drive (via a
Sigma controller). Points to Maxtor for quality, I guess!

As fun as it is to boot the vintage VMS 5.x releases on these drives and
fool around, I'd like to get OpenVMS 7.2 or 7.3 installed at least on my

While I'm saving up my pennies for a Q-bus SCSI card, does anyone know if
it's possible to do both a net-boot and a fresh VMS installation given an
existing VAXcluster where I do have a SCSI CD-ROM hooked up to one of the

I don't just want to boot it as a satellite node, I just want to use the
net-boot to bootstrap an installation since I don't have a local CD-ROM on
that machine to boot from.

If I can get it booted as a satellite maybe there's something "unsupported"
I can do to perform a network installation?

If not I guess I'll just play with 5.x until I can get a SCSI card on hand.



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