VMS 8.4 Alpha Hobbyist disk images

healyzh at aracnet.com healyzh at aracnet.com
Tue Feb 6 10:03:53 CST 2018

On 2018-02-06 07:37, Douglas Taylor via cctech wrote:
> On 2/1/2018 12:55 PM, Douglas Taylor via cctech wrote:
>> I'm getting an Alphaserver 1000a and wanted to install VMS 8.4 - 
>> hobbyist license from CD.
>> So, I went to the folder on my PC where I have the 8.4 hobbyist 
>> distribution.  There are 3 ISO files; ALPHA084, ALPHA084LP1 and 
>> ALPHA084LP2.
>> I thought I would burn these to CD and up and away.  However, Windows 
>> 7 balks and says, 'The selected disc image file isn't valid'.
>> Is it Windows 7 or is there something I'm missing?  Is the CD on the 
>> Alphaserver 2048 byte block size or 512?
>> Doug
> Progress: I was able to burn the hobbyist Alpha OpenVMS ISO images to
> CD using linux.
> Debian Liunx - you have to install cdrskin and the command I used was
> $ cdrskin --devices -data ALPHA084.ISO
> This is on a DELL desktop with one CD/DVD drive, instead of --devices
> I could have used dev=/dev/sr0.
> I was able to mount and explore these CD's on the Alphaserver 1000a.
> Doug

Congrats on the new system.

I know I've done this with Toast on my Mac, and I think I've done with 
Nero on the PC.  I've also used one of those programs to make CD's for 
my PDP-11's, including install CD's for RSX-11M+ and RT-11.  I didn't 
manage a RSTS/E install CD.

I'm using an interesting option on my VMS Cluster.  I have simh/VAX 
sharing out two different ConDists to my VMS cluster.  Though I need to 
burn an 8.4 CD, as I'm still at 8.3 on my Alpha.


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