This page contains tips on;
1. How to install FreeAXP on OsX(MacOS) using VirtualBox and Windows7.
2. Information on the OpenVMS Hobbyist Program.
3. How to handle different files after they have been put on OpenVMS filesystem.
4. Using DECwindows on MacOS using Virtualbox, FreeAXP, XMING.
5. DECwindows on a Mac.
FreeAXP installation on OsX – VirtualBox – Windows7
This is how I have setup FreeAXP on my MacbookPro
What you need;
1. OSX Yosemite is on my Macbook
2. Install VirtualBox
3. Inslall Windows 7 in a VM
This is how I have setup my network in the VM
In VirtualBox I assigned 4 CPU’s and 4096MB to my VM
Read and follow the instructions in the User manual you have downloaded;
9.3 NETWORKING AVANTI ON A SYSTEM WITH A SINGLE NIC
This is a very important step. You need the be sure you are connected by cable/ethernet and your windows install should have nice internet connection!
Write down the ip-adres of your windows installation (ipconfig)
If everything is ok and you have installed the extra NIC you can go ahead and bridge the 2 ethernet connections that show up in Windows – Network
Now you can configure the FreeAXP installation
Be sure the choose the Bridge in your network settings
Don’t forget to save the config file and startup your host.
I assume you know how to setup an OpenVMS node and configure DECnet (if you want) and TCPIP.
In my case my Windows has 192.168.178.39 as ip-adres, router: 192.168.178.1
I configured my node as 192.168.178.45, router 192.168.178.1
The first thing I did after everything was installed is tried to PING W7 from OpenVMS; OK
and PING OpenVMS from W7; OK
Now you can go ahead and install FTP, Telnet and whatever service you would like.
From my MacbookPro I can open Terminal/iTerm – Telnet (or if you prefer SSH) to my newly installed OpenVMS node.
Hope this helps!
Bart at divit.nl
OpenVMS Hobbyist Program
John’s List of FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)….
Q: Where are the kits?
A: Send me an email and let me know if you want VAX, Alpha, or Integrity.
You can specify one or more. I will send you a pointer to an ftp site with the kits
and iso (if available). If there is an iso, it can be burned on a PC and then used on the
VMS server. For Alpha iso images, many of the emulators can read them directly (no burn needed).
There is no cost for the kit / download; you are not permitted to share these kits with others
and you are NOT allowed to share the ftp login info.
Q: How do I renew PAKs when they have expired (or are about to expire)?
A: Re-Register at
Note the underscore between hobbyist and registration in hobbyist_registration.
Q: I want a different version of the operating system than what you’ve provided.
Where can I get an older version?
A: We are providing the latest version for each os; VAX V7.3, Alpha V8.4, I64 V8.4
We do not have older versions available for the hobbyist program.
Q: I can’t get into the ftp server where the kits are, whats going on?
A: The ftp server passwords will change, without notice, so if you can’t get in send me
an email requesting the current password(s).
Q: How do I get patches, updates, MUPs, etc?
A: The HP Services organization controls the HP Support Center (HPSC).
You must have an SAID (Service Agreement ID) to access the site. If you do not have
an SAID, please contact your local HP sales or HP re-seller.
Q: Where do I find OpenVMS documentation?
Q: I need help or I have questions, where do I go – where can I get help?
A: Please see
Q: How do I get the PAKs onto the server (or into the emulator)?
A: The PAKs are emailed to you as an ascii file. To load them you need to get them onto
the physical server or into the emulator’s virtual disk. The easiest way is:
1)Open text file in Notepad (or equiv) with a large window so I do not get line wrap.
2)Select and Copy the text of the file.
3)Via your terminal emulator, on OpenVMS at the DCL â€œ$â€ prompt do:
$ CREATE VMS_PAKS.COM
(now paste the contents from above here)
(Then enter a Control-Z to exit CREATE command)
That’s it – you should be all set.
An alternate way people get files onto their server or emulated server is to either create your own iso
image file with the files you want to transfer. If you do this, there is a good chance the OpenVMS file
attributes will be lost on your Windows (or Linux) system. To compensate for this, copy the files onto
your OpenVMS disk (from the iso) and set the attributes:
$ set file file.bck/attribute=(lrl:32256,rfm:fix)
$ set file file.sav/attribute=(lrl:32256,rfm:fix)
$ set file file.pcsi/attribute=(lrl:8192,rfm:fix,rat:none)
$ set file file.txt/attribute=(rfm:STM) or (rfm:STMLF)
DECwindows on a Mac using Virtualbox, FreeAXP, XMING
This is a follow up on the FreeAXP installation on OsX – VirtualBox – Windows7 tutorial
I struggled a little to get DECwindows running on my configuration and I really needed it to use CockpitMgr.
So here is what I did.
After you have installed and configured your OpenVMS node and started your network you are able to use DECwindows.
For this to work properly you need and X-windows client in your Windows system. I use the free Xming client for this so go ahead and download/install this. I created a shortcut on the Windows desktop called XLaunch maybe you should do the same.
Now let me tell you about my setup.
Mac ip-adres: 192.168.178.41
Windows ip-adres: 192.168.178.30
OpenVMS ip-adres: 192.168.178.101
Before we can start anything first edit
C:Program Files (x86)XmingX0.hosts
So you have entered the ip-adres of your OpenVMS node just to be clear on this!
Now start Xming from your desktop
First screen : I enable multiple windows
Second screen : I enable Start no Client
Third screen : left everything default
Last screen : )save if you like) and Finish
In the lower right corner of your windows installation is a X icon and you can rightclick it to open the log file and to check if there is anything strange or if there are errors. Should all be ok.
Now on the OpenVMS node just enter:
$ set display/create/node=192.168.178.30/trans=tcpip
$ run decw$examples:ico
and in my case this opens a window with some moving objects.
I hope this tutorial has helped you if you wantd to know how to setup everything for DECwindows to work.
feel free to email me if you have any remarks or questions at email@example.com
DECwindows on a Mac
ip-adres MacBookPro: 192.168.178.41
ip-adres VMS: 192.168.178.39 (VMS runs on a MacMini using Bootcamp/Windows7/FreeAXP)
Step 1. Download/Install and Run Xqartz.app this is a substitue for the obsolete X11.app
Step 2. On a Mac open Terminal and add the ip-adres of your VMS node
$ xhost +192.168.178.39
192.168.178.39 being added to access control list
You should see this message
Step 3. Connect to your VMS node (I use iTerm for this)
$ ssh -X firstname.lastname@example.org
X11 forwarding request failed on channel 0 (! I don’t know why I get this message)
Step 4. On VMS node (and be sure Xqartz is running on your Mac!)
$ set display/create/node=192.168.178.41/trans=tcpip
$ run sys$system:decw$clock