Getting Started with OpenVMS System Management / Edition 1

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Getting Started with OpenVMS System Management gives new VMS system managers a jumpstart in managing this powerful and reliable operating system. Dave Miller describes the essentials of what an OpenVMS System Manager will have to manage. He defines areas of OpenVMS System Management and describes why each is important and how it fits into the larger management task. Even though some OpenVMS management concepts are unique (for instance quotas), many concepts (such as account creation) have counterparts in UNIX and Windows NT. So, wherever possible, Miller points out to his readers the parallel to other systems.

The book is intended as a precursor to Baldwin's OpenVMS System Management Guide and various OpenVMS documents. Thus it refers the reader to other books for the detailed management steps. Getting Started with OpenVMS System Management is a great introduction to the material Steve Hoffman and Dave Miller are revising for the OpenVMS System Management Guide, 2E.

· Permits experienced system managers to begin managing OpenVMS more quickly
· Dovetails with other Digital Press publications for easier reference by the OpenVMS manager
· Points you in the right direction for the complete documentation on each issue
· BONUS FEATURE! Includes excerpts from five key DP OpenVMS books

Audience: UNIX and Windows NT system administrators that are transitioning to OpenVMS system management. New users of OpenVMS who need a practical guide to start getting familiar with the system. First time system managers with no experience who are approaching OpenVMS for the first time.

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Open Virtual Memory System (OpenVMS) is here to stay; and "that's a good thing." If you need to learn how to manage OpenVMS, this outstanding book is the one to get you started. Dave Miller puts the operating system into perspective, using analogy to other systems to pave the road to understanding. Conversely, this book is not intended as a stand-alone. It is incomplete in that many commands are simply not mentioned. Of those that are, only a few of the many options are discussed. In other words, you cannot manage a system with this resource alone.

Miller starts with an excellent introduction to OpenVMS, its features, the pertinent history, and a tutorial that brings you up to speed. The book is divided into ten chapters, one for each of the most important system management tasks. Each chapter covers a definition of the management task and several examples of what needs to be done, using specific OpenVMS commands. For example, Miller takes you through the basics of the boot process, discusses licensing and installation, and explores user accounts. There are good sections on queuing and backup. Next he looks at monitoring and performance and supplies a good chapter on security -- a very serious concern these days. There is also a discussion on networking and another on clusters. Then there are the appendices: The author (in an unusual move) decided to include excerpts from five OpenVMS-related books from the same publisher, since he felt that this may be your first exposure to OpenVMS. Finally, the addition of a glossary at the end of each chapter, or as an appendix, would have made this book the ultimate OpenVMS resource.

Keep in mind, this is not a step-by-step, how-to-manage book. Instead, it introduces several areas of OpenVMS system management and, by describing why each is important and how it fits into the larger management task, helps you relate this book to other manuals and texts. John Vacca

John Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written 38 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555582814
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: HP Technologies Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 0.45 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Donald Miller is currently employed at Raytheon Systems in Tucson, AZ, as a Principal Software Engineer. For more than 15 years he was a computer science professor at Bemidji State University (in Bemidji, MN), where he created and managed an OpenVMS cluster laboratory. Mr. Miller also has 20 years of aerospace experience in various software engineering positions. He is the author of OpenVMS Operating System Concepts from Digital Press, and is currently at work with Steve Hoffman on the second edition of Lawrence Baldwin’s OpenVMS System Management Guide, forthcoming from Digital Press.
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Booting; Startup script management; License management; Managing user accounts; Disk space management; Printer queue management; Batch queue management; Disk backup and restore; Performance monitoring and tuning; Security integrity management; Network management (TCP/IP and perhaps DECnet/LAT); Cluster management; Layered product installation
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Table of Contents

Introduction; Booting and Startup Script; Licenses; User accounts, Login, and Accounting; Queues; Backup; System Monitoring and Performance Management; Security; Network; Clusters
Appendices: The User Environment; VMS and the Web; Assessing OpenVMS and Linux: The Right Tool for the Right Job; Memory Management System Services; Symbols, Data and Expressions
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