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Analyze your VAX

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Please note: This procedure is copyrighted by Quayle Consulting Inc., 2004, and is for the sole use by customers of Quayle Consulting.


System Information

System Name and Purpose
VAX Model
Memory, MB
Operating System & Version
If you'd like to see when your version of VMS was released, see the VMS Release History page at the HP web site.

Process Information

Users can be connected to a VAX several ways. Many systems use more than one method.

Disk Drives

At the dagger prompt:

From VMS, logged in as SYSTEM:

"Which of the listed disks are used as removable devices?" On VAX systems, this will usually be RF-series disk packs and CD-ROM drives.

"Are the removable disks used to exchange information with other systems or only as backup?" This might identify other systems which need to be replaced.

Tape Drives

At the dagger prompt:

From VMS, logged in as SYSTEM:

"Used for Multi-Volume Operations?" Tape emulation is available in some versions of CHARON-VAX. Multi-volume operations are not a supported configuration for emulated tape drives.

If tape is only used for backup, there are other ways to back up a CHARON-VAX system that can be more convenient and faster. If tapes are used for archival storage or data exchange, these functions may have to be supported in the migrated system.

Serial Lines

All serial lines should be listed. If connected to a terminal server, please indicate under "controller". If directly connected to the VAX, include the controller type, if known.

Under VMS:

"Are any of the serial lines connected to any programmable devices that change the baud rate during the communication?" If true, the target machine's serial port hardware becomes critical. Fortunately, this is encountered very rarely in production systems.

Ethernet Adapters

VAX systems can have a maximum of two Ethernet interfaces. Some VAX models can only have one.

Printers

VAX systems are frequently connected to printers. Please specify all printers and how they are connected.

For serial printers, please specify the serial port on the VAX that is used, if known. For terminal servers, please specify the type of terminal server.

Q-Bus Hardware

Most VAX systems has a bus into which other devices can connected. CHARON-VAX can support Q-bus hardware because there is a PCI Q-bus adapter available.

IEEE 488 Controllers

IEEE 488, also known as GPIB and HP-IB, is generally used for instrumentation.

Synchronous Connections

Various synchronous cards (as opposed to serial) were available for Q-bus systems. Please specify all items as fully as possible.

Other

Disk, tape, and Ethernet interfaces should not be included, since they are replaced by modern or emulated hardware. DMA support should be confirmed with the manufacturer's documentation.

Software Applications and Middleware

While CHARON-VAX emulates a VAX in all respects, creating a complete test plan requires a list of application software. Include all VMS layered products such as PathWorks and language compilers.

Starting with VMS 5.0, most VMS products require a Product Authorization Key (PAK) license. From VMS, logged in as SYSTEM, capture the output from command "SHOW LICENSE".

Some applications require special license keys, such a specific system ID number or Ethernet adapter with a particular address. Please report these items.

TCP/IP is an optional component for VMS, and so it may not be installed. Also, there are three different TCP/IP implementations available: UCX (from DEC/Compaq/HP), Multinet (from Process Software), and TCPware (also from Process Software). Do the following to determine the the type and version number, if installed. All commands are from VMS when logged in as SYSTEM.

Support Status

Listing each type of support on the system provides the opportunity to realize cost-savings possible by migration.

Migration Goals

The goals in migration are necessary to evaluate the success of the migration. Multiple choices can be made.

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Cluster Analysis

To get a good picture of an entire cluster running under VMS, execute the following commands:

$ MCR SYSMAN (at the command prompt; rest of commands are at SYSMAN> prompt)
SET ENV/CLU
DO MCR NCP SHOW KNOWN NODES
DO MCR SYSGEN SHOW/ADAPTER
DO MCR SYSGEN SHOW/BUS
DO MCR SYSGEN SHOW/CONFIG
DO SH DEV Q
DO SH DEV X
DO SH DEV/FULL E
DO SHOW CLUSTER
DO SHOW CPU
DO SHOW DEVICE D/FULL
DO SHOW DEVICE LT/FULL
DO SHOW DEVICE MI/FULL
DO SHOW DEVICE MK/FULL
DO SHOW DEVICE MU/FULL
DO SHOW DEVICE T/FULL
DO SHOW LICENSE
DO SHOW MEMORY
DO SHOW NETWORK
DO SHOW SYSTEM
DO SHOW USERS

Note: This doesn't gather any load information. But it can give a good snapshot of the cluster's current state.


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