VSI Student Kit

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I am trying to get a decent installation running from a VSI 8.4 version in the hobbyist program. The only solution I have found thus far is the Student Kit. Click Here

So once you are done downloaded the stuff you need you can join me in the installation

Make sure that you have a 64-bit Windows PC with two network adapters connected, at least one of which is Ethernet (for example, Wi-Fi and Ethernet, or two Ethernet connections). In one of my other posts you can find a description on how to setup a a second network adaptor (#3)

Download the latest FreeAXP distribution kit from the migrationspecialist website

Install FreeAXP on your Windows machine. Must be 64bits.

Install the Student Package, don’t forget to rename from .exe;1 to .exe

Make sure that you have:
– IP and netmask of the Ethernet adapter that the emulator will use
– IP of the gateway (your router)
– (for name resolution) DNS server addresses

Ok, I still have my adapter from the previous installation. If this is your first I suggest you read in this post how to set up a second netword adapter.

Launch the Virtual Alpha Configuration Utility.

In the Virual Alpha Configuration Utility, go to the PCI6 tab, and for disk0.0, choose image file OpenVMS Student Package.img (located in Program Files\OpenVMS).

In the Virual Alpha Configuration Utility, go to the PCI11 tab and make sure the Type field has DE435 and the Interface field has the name of your adapter specified.

Now in the PCI6 add 2 disks, choose image file, give them a name and a pop will ask you what disk you want this to be. I created dka100 and dk200 both RZ28’s.

Click the Run button and save the configuration file when prompted. A Putty window will open.

In Putty, at the SRM prompt, enter BOOT DKA0. Wait for the statistics to be displayed.
>>> Boot DKA0

Press Enter to see the login prompt. Enter login SYSTEM and press Enter for the password. (this means the password is empty for now).

Enter “@TCPIP$CONFIG”; this should look like this


Choose option 1 (Core environment) and then option 2 (Interfaces). In the Interfaces menu, choose 1 (Configure WE0).

Enter your adapter IP address and netmask when prompted. Enter any hostname. Enter E to exit the Interfaces menu.
I picked
Enter Network mask, hit Enter
Enter a hostname: STUDNT (this is the default already configured codename)
Is this correct? [Yes] hit enter

Enter E to leave the interface menu

Choose option 3 for Routing. Enter [NO]
Do you want to configure a default route [Yes]
When prompted, enter the gateway IP and any hostname(or empty).

(optional) Choose option 4 for BIND resolver. Enter DNS server names and addresses; press Enter when you run out of DNS servers. Enter any domain name.

Enter your BIND server name:
Enter remote BIND server name []: enter
Enter next BIND server name: enter

Enter Internet domain: mydomain.com (I picked studnt.nl)
E enter

Choose E to exit into the main menu.
Choose option 6 (Startup HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS).
Choose E to exit the TCP/IP configuration utility.

$ show net
Product: TCP/IP Node: studnt.loft.nl Address(es):

Looks like we completed the first step!

Now you can continue and use TCPIP$CONFIG again to configure and start services like SSH, Telnet and FTP. I always configure SSH to use iTerm from my MacBook to connect to the node. I like it better than Putty. I keep putty open to keep opa0: alive and the node running.
Creating the keys can take a few minutes.

Shutdown and restart TCPIP and if things are correct you can use iTerm or any other Terminal App to open a connection.

$ mc authorize
UAF> mod system/password=xxxxxxxxx/nopwdlife/nopwdexp

Ok, My SSH connection isn’t working, maybe you already figured it out and saw my error. The IP-address I wanted was type wrong during configuration. So I had to do the configuration again and stopped and started the TCPIP service.

Just to be on the save site I restarted my node and started TCPIP manually
$ reboot

wait for the statistics

and login with your new password.

From iTerm;

bart@BartsAir ~ % ssh system@
The authenticity of host ‘ (’ can’t be established.
RSA key fingerprint is SHA256:18HX/p3luHRJ4HMQfEpWHqp3ZKTPz0vpNRj/4Hx16NA.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no/[fingerprint])? yes
Warning: Permanently added ‘’ (RSA) to the list of known hosts.

Welcome to OpenVMS (TM) Alpha Operating System, Version V8.4-2L2
system@’s password:

Last interactive login on Wednesday, 3-FEB-2021 21:42:40.47