Boosting Your e3000 Productivity
An Active HP 3000 Universe
By Bob Green, Robelle
This is a consortium of firms that have put together an ambitious one-stop location for the 3000, including both hardware and software support. Their web site contains many technical papers and downloads. Plus they are producing a newsletter with useful tips. For example, the May issue is online at: www.resource3000.com/news/pdf/R3Knews_V1N2_May05.pdf
This issue has articles about which version of MPE is right for you, configuring remote console on 9x7 servers, problems with fragmentation on big disks, and how to install and fully enable a new network printer without having to reboot your 3000.
For example, here is an extract from the article on remote consoles:
Controlling your server with a remote modem on 9x7 servers requires special considerations and an understanding of the underlying principles of the access port. This article has been highly condensed and the full article covers detailed troubleshooting along with in-depth explanations. ...
The full article is on the Web at: www.resource3000.com/papers/remoteconsole.html
Ron Seybold has started a blog for the 3000 Newswire. And so far it is excellent. He has interesting stories almost every day. Here are a few of my favorites:
Contributions still safe, but index in stealth mode (on the MPE library)
And Ron already has one guest posting by Gilles Schipper on DAT and DDS tapes.
Ron has enabled comments on his blog, which allows readers to add their own information and opinions to his writing. Over time, this feature has the potential to create a new forum for MPE users to solve their problems.
Ron's 3000 blog supports syndication: you can use a news reader to see a summary of the newest stories, and click through to read them. This means you don't have to go to his site to check if there is anything new; the newsreader lets you know.
The reader that I use is www.bloglines.com - on the 3000newswire.blogs.com site, you right click on the Subscribe to this blog's feed link in the right column and save the link to the clipboard, then past it into the Add Feed function in Bloglines.
The mailing list for HP 3000 users is still going strong, hosted on the Raven server at University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. It is nice to see 3000 enthusiasts helping other 3000 users. From the fourth week in August, there were questions (and answers) on the FEQ Foption, extending logon udc security to FTP access, Vesoft security, Maestro problems, Composite of Operands Too Big in COBOL II, the last ever 6.5 patch tape, and my favorite on ordering MPE OS tapes:
Subject: I need to order 7.5 OS tapes for an HP3000
Vladimir Volokh of Vesoft continues to travel the world, consulting at HP sites, large and small, well known and very obscure.
Robelle has come out with Suprtool version 4.9, continuing a tradition of yearly updates for MPE that started in 1978.
Adager has certified their product with the LFDS patch (Large File Data Set).
David Byrns of Summit Systems has even created a new product for the HP 3000, an IMAGE logfile analyzer that helps system managers with SOX audit compliance.
The Ecometry users have a mailing list that is still very active with MPE-related questions. For example:
I wonder if any Suprtool gurus can help me with this one. I want to update a field to the date in another field (in the same record) minus 6 days. Here's what I have so far but I'm getting an error because I cant figure out how to tell it to subtract:
The answer to this users problem came from Neil Armstrong:
This is doable, but takes more than one pass.
The Jazz Web site continues to add new tools and info. For example, the NewsWire reported that HP as added a new tool to report on the firmware levels in the 3000's Fast/Wide SCSI and MFIO multifunction cards.
Other enhancements to MPE include better granularity on FTP access control, a new set of Command Interpreter features, a Large Disk patch, enhancements to network printing, and more.
For a platform that many have declared dead, the HP 3000 looks very alive.
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