This chapter defines key terms and describes preliminary procedures you must perform before
installing or upgrading your OpenVMS system.
NOTE: Throughout this book, examples are taken from OpenVMS Integrity servers' installations
or upgrades except where stated otherwise. OpenVMS DCL commands are in uppercase, while
HP Integrity servers console commands are in lowercase.
.1 Key Terms
Table 1-1 lists a few key terms you need to know before you install or upgrade the system.
Table 1-1 Definitions of Terms
HP Integrity Virtual Integrity VM is a soft partitioning and virtualization technology that provides operating system
Machines (Integrity isolation, with sub-CPU allocation granularity and shared I/O. Integrity VM can be installed
on an Integrity server or a hardware partition (nPartition) running HP-UX. OpenVMS can be
one of the guest operating systems supported.
A self-contained, intelligent, mass storage subsystem that lets computers in an OpenVMS
Clustersystemenvironment share disks. The disk on which you install or upgrade the operating
system can be connected to one of these systems (for example, an HSV or HSG).
A general-purpose disk storage server. For OpenVMS Alpha systems, the InfoServer may be
an independent hardware device or, beginning with OpenVMS Version 8.3, it may be a utility
software application) on an OpenVMS system. On OpenVMS Integrity server systems, the
InfoServer is only available as a software application on an OpenVMS system.
The InfoServer hardware can serve CDs only (it does not support DVDs); thus, this hardware
device cannot serve the OpenVMS Integrity servers operating environment (OE) DVD. The
InfoServer utility can serve both DVDs and CDs (for OpenVMS Integrity servers and OpenVMS
Alpha systems, respectively). The systems connected to the same LAN can use the InfoServer
utility to boot the OpenVMS operating system from a virtual drive (instead of the local drive).
For more information about the InfoServer utility, see the HP OpenVMS Version 8.4 New Features
and Documentation Overview.
A drive on your computer system, such as a CD, DVD, or disk drive (hard drive), that is
connected directly to the computer. If you have a standalone computer, it is likely that all
drives connected to the computer system are local drives.
The OpenVMS Alpha operating system CD or the OpenVMS for Integrity servers Operating
Environment DVD (OE DVD) included with an OpenVMS distribution kit, which contains
the OpenVMS operating system and the installation and other procedures described in this
Using HP Systems Insight Manager (HP SIM), the process of installing or upgrading OpenVMS
on one or more Integrity servers automatically. HP SIM initiates the process and the installation
or upgrade automatically continues in the background.
The drive that holds the operating system media during an upgrade or installation. This can
be a local drive or an InfoServer virtual drive. The drive contains the OpenVMS Alpha operating
system CD or the OpenVMS for Integrity servers Operating Environment DVD, or a copy of
The disk from which OpenVMS is typically booted. During an installation or upgrade, this is
the target disk because it receives files from the source drive. After installation or upgrade,
the target drive is booted and becomes the system disk.
The drive that holds the target system disk during the upgrade or installation. Note: the target
drive must be a hard drive, not a CD or DVD.
.1 Key Terms