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OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3--1 Release Notes

OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3--1 Release Notes

Order Number: AA--RSD0A--TE

June 2002

This manual describes changes to the software; installation, upgrade, and compatibility information; new and existing software problems and restrictions; and software and documentation corrections.

Revision/Update Information: This is a new manual.

Software Version: OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-1

Compaq Computer Corporation
Houston, Texas

© 2002 Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P.

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Contents Index


Intended Audience

This manual is intended for all OpenVMS Alpha operating system users. Read this manual before you install, upgrade, or use Version 7.3-1 of the operating system.

Document Structure

This manual contains the following chapters and appendixes:

Notes are organized by facility or product name when applicable.

This manual contains release notes introduced in the current release and notes from previous OpenVMS Alpha versions that still apply to the new release. A subheading for each release note indicates the version of origin (for example, V7.3).

Notes from previous releases are published when:

Related Documents

For a list of additional documents that are available in support of this version of the OpenVMS operating system, refer to the OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3--1 New Features and Documentation Overview manual.

For additional information about Compaq OpenVMS products and services, access the Compaq website at the following location:

Reader's Comments

Compaq welcomes your comments on this manual. Please send comments to either of the following addresses:
Mail Compaq Computer Corporation
OSSG Documentation Group, ZKO3-4/U08
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Nashua, NH 03062-2698

How to Order Additional Documentation

Visit the following World Wide Web address for information about how to order additional documentation:

If you need help deciding which documentation best meets your needs, call 800-282-6672.


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Chapter 1
OpenVMS Alpha Software Installation Release Notes

This chapter contains information that you need to know before installing the OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-1 operating system.

Compaq recommends that you read all of the following manuals before installing OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-1:

1.1 Upgrade Paths

Direct Upgrade Paths to Version 7.3-1

You can upgrade directly to OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-1 from only the following versions of OpenVMS Alpha:

Version 7.3
Version 7.2-2
Version 7.2-1
Version 7.2-1H1
Version 7.2
Version 7.1-2

If you are currently on OpenVMS Alpha Version 6.2x or 7.1, you can do a two-step upgrade: first to Version 7.2-x or 7.3, and then to Version 7.3-1.

Cluster Concurrent Upgrades

During a concurrent upgrade, you must shut down the entire cluster and upgrade each system disk. No one can use the cluster until you upgrade and reboot each computer. Once you reboot, each computer will be running the upgraded version of the operating system. Upgrade paths are the same as for a direct upgrade.

Cluster Rolling Upgrades

During a cluster rolling upgrade, you upgrade each system disk individually, allowing old and new versions of the operating system to run together in the same cluster. There must be more than one system disk. The systems that are not being upgraded remain available.

Only the following OpenVMS Alpha and VAX versions are supported for mixed-version clusters:

Version 7.3-1 (Alpha)
Version 7.3 (Alpha and VAX)
Version 7.2-2 (Alpha)
Version 7.2-1 (Alpha)
Version 7.2-1H1 (Alpha)
Version 7.2 (VAX)

Mixed-version support for some of these versions is restricted for cluster members running either the Registry server or applications that use the Registry services. See Section 4.26.1.

Mixed-version support for all of these versions requires the installation of one or more remedial kits. See Section 4.22.8.

Only two versions are supported in a cluster at one time.

For a discussion of warranted pairs and migration pairs of OpenVMS operating systems, as well as complete instructions on installing or upgrading to OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-1, refer to the OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-1 Upgrade and Installation Manual.

1.2 Compaq Operating System Support Policy


Effective immediately, Compaq Computer Corporation provides Standard Support, also known as current version level support, for its operating system software, OpenVMS and Tru64 UNIX, for the greater of:

This policy applies to major releases, new feature releases, and enhancement releases. It does not apply to hardware releases. The four types of releases are as follows:

The following OpenVMS core products are supported at the same level (Standard Support or Prior Version Support) and duration as the operating system version on which they shipped:

TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS
X.25 for OpenVMS
DECnet (Phase IV)
DECnet-Plus for OpenVMS
Advanced Server for OpenVMS
VMScluster Software for OpenVMS
OpenVMS Cluster Client Software
RMS Journaling for OpenVMS
Volume Shadowing for OpenVMS

All other products have current version level support until 12 months after a subsequent release.

For detailed information on OpenVMS operating system support, including definitions of the types of OpenVMS releases, visit the following web site:

1.3 General Application Compatibility Statement

OpenVMS has consistently held the policy that published APIs are supported on all subsequent releases. It is unlikely applications that use published APIs will require changes to support a new release of OpenVMS. APIs may be "retired," and thus removed from the documentation; the API will, however, continue to be available on OpenVMS as an undocumented interface.

1.4 Firmware for OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-1


The OpenVMS Version 7.3-1 CD-ROM package includes the Alpha Systems Firmware Update CD-ROM and Release Notes. We recommend you use the updated firmware with OpenVMS Version 7.3-1. Read the Release Notes before installing the firmware. Access the following web site for the most current firmware and the most up-to-date information on firmware (be sure to type the URL exactly as shown):


The Alpha Systems Firmware Update Version 6.2 restricts the hot-swap capabilities supported in AlphaServer GS160/320 systems. Hot-swap operations should be avoided on these systems with Version 6.2 firmware. Access the firmware website for the latest firmware and information that will correct this restriction.

The minimum version of Alpha Systems Firmware tested with OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-1 is Version 6.1.

1.5 Networking Options


OpenVMS provides customers with the flexibility to choose the network protocol of their choice. Whether you require DECnet or TCP/IP, OpenVMS allows you to choose the protocol or combination of protocols that works best for your network. OpenVMS supports both Compaq and third-party networking products.

During the main installation procedure for OpenVMS Version 7.3-1, you have the option of installing the following Compaq networking software:

Or, after you install OpenVMS, you can install a supported third-party networking product of your choice.

For information about how to configure and manage your Compaq networking software after installation, refer to the TCP/IP, DECnet-Plus, or DECnet documentation. The manuals in online format are available on the OpenVMS Documentation CD-ROM and can be ordered in printed format through Compaq (800-282-6672).

1.6 DECevent Version 3.1 or Higher Required for Certain Systems


Analyzing Earlier Hardware Platforms

DECevent Version 3.1 or higher is required to analyze hardware error log files on certain supported, earlier-version hardware platforms (for example, the 1200, 8400, GS60, and GS140 platforms).

When you install OpenVMS Version 7.3-1 or 7.3, the DECevent DCL command DIAGNOSE is disabled. If you are installing OpenVMS on a hardware platform that needs DECevent and its DIAGNOSE command, perform the following in this order:

  1. Install OpenVMS Version 7.3-1 or 7.3
  2. Install the DECevent software (included in the DECevent kit on the Compaq System Tools CD-ROM)

Otherwise, when you attempt to use the DIAGNOSE command, you will receive the following system message:

$ DIAGNOSE [parameters]
%DIA-E-NOINSTAL, DIAGNOSE has not been installed on this system

Analyzing Later Platforms

Compaq Analyze is now the supported error log analysis tool for OpenVMS and for later hardware platforms (for example, the DSnn, ESnn, GS80, GS160, and GS320 platforms).

Analyzing Both Platforms

If you have both a DECevent-supported platform and Analyze-supported storage devices, you will need both DECevent and Compaq Analyze. To install Compaq Analyze, you must install the WEBES Version 4.0 kit and then the latest Service Pak.

The current version of the DECevent kit is Version 3.4.

For detailed information about operating system requirements and supported hardware for DECevent, refer to the DECevent Release Notes, which are at the following web site:

Follow the "Download the documentation" link.

For detailed information about operating system requirements and supported hardware for Compaq Analyze, refer to the WEBES Installation Guide, which is with the other WEBES documentation at the following web site:

Follow the "View WEBES documentation" link.

For more information about DECevent, refer to the OpenVMS System Manager's Manual, Volume 2: Tuning, Monitoring, and Complex Systems.

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