MPE/iX System Administration Handbook

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The first complete guide to MPE/iX system administration! Step-by-step procedures for typical tasks Solutions for the most common MPE/iX challenges Tools for optimizing system performance on the HP e3000 Advanced techniques for managing security and networking Includes practical introductions to MPE/iX scripting and programmingThe HP e3000 and its MPE/iX operating system embody proven, reliable, current technology that combines high performance with ease of use. Now, there's a complete, authoritative guide to MPE/iX: the MPE/iX System Administration Handbook. In this book, Jon Diercks covers every essential tool and skill required for successful MPE/iX system management. Diercks presents hands-on examples, solutions to common problems, and dozens of tips for streamlining operations and making the most of your HP e3000 system. Coverage includes: MPE/iX fundamentals: establishing connections, working with the system console, and more Essential commands: : HELLO: PRINT: RUN: LISTFILE: HELP, and more Installation, startup/shutdown, backup/recovery Managing spoolers, sessions, batch jobs, and processes Fundamentals of MPE/iX scripting and programming Security and networking configura

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JON DIERCKS is systems administrator for ORBiT Software. He has written for The 3000 NewsWire and is a regular columnist for Enterprise Solutions magazine. Diercks grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL and currently resides in northern California.

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Preface

Until now, there has never been a book devoted entirely to the task of providing comprehensive management for an MPE/iX system. In one sense, it is a testament to MPE's ease of use that people have used it since the early 1970s without the benefit of a book like this. Nevertheless, I accepted this challenge because I believe the book fills several needs. MPE has nearly three decades of history behind it, and that can be intimidating for a novice, so I start off with the absolute basics. Each chapter builds on the ones before, so if you want the whole story, reading cover-to-cover is one way to get it. For those that have some experience with MPE but want to expand or learn about newer features, the chapters are grouped by difficulty and general topic areas. I provide a fair number of contextual references as well (e.g. "for more detail on xyz, see Chapter n"), so skipping around should be reasonably comfortable. Seasoned MPE professionals will also find this book useful as a kind of "extended quick reference." I don't always go into exhaustive detail about each subject, but I try to provide enough of an overview to help the reader know where to go next. I often refer to specific HP manuals, help screens, and other external references for more complete coverage of specific topics.

Abbreviations/Synonyms

The HP e3000 computer and the MPE/iX operating system have been known by many different names over the years. Hewlett-Packard's original name for the computer was HP System/3000, and later simply HP 3000. The space is sometimes omitted (HP3000) and there are various shorthand abbreviations or nicknames like 3000 or 3K that may be used when the context makes the intention clear. The "e" was added in the year 2000, hailing the reinvention of the HP e3000 as ushering in a new era of embracing partnerships, enabling growth, and expanding on core strengths.

HP designed and developed the HP 3000's hardware and software simultaneously. The operating system was engineered from the ground up to be tightly integrated with the processor architecture, taking full advantage of its unique characteristics. The new operating system was named MultiProgramming Executive, or MPE for short. Early versions of MPE were named with incremental roman numerals, such as MPE III. The release called MPE V was the final version supported on the original 16-bit HP 3000 systems. When HP introduced 32-bit PA-RISC-based HP 3000 systems, a new version of MPE came with them-MPE XL. The jump in numbering was intended to reflect the significance of the change in architecture. MPE did not abandon its past, though. With almost zero exception, programs written for 16-bit MPE can execute flawlessly on MPE XL and all subsequent 32-bit releases of MPE without recompiling. Another name change came later, with the introduction of a Posix compatibility layer. This time, HP abandoned the roman numeral concept altogether and introduced MPE/iX, meaning MPE with Integrated PosiX.

The various flavors of naming styles for the HP e3000 and MPE/iX are used liberally in most of the product documentation and other written works. I have tried to be as consistent as possible within this book, but I still fall back into old habits occasionally. In general, it should be assumed that the various forms of these names are interchangeable, unless otherwise noted within a specific context.

Version Relevance

Most of the information in this book is targeted to MPE/iX version 6.5, although 7.0 was just being released as I was wrapping up the manuscript draft. Most of the changes in 7.0 were related to internal structures and drivers needed to support a new bus architecture, so from an operations and administration point of view, 7.0 should behave almost identically to 6.5. HP has done an excellent job of preserving compatibility across multiple generations of MPE, so much of the material presented here will be applicable to older and newer versions of the operating system. Some of the features described here are fairly recent additions, and so there may be some commands and scripts in this book that will not work on older MPE versions. I have tried to specify any patches or updates that are needed to support functionality that is not available on a base 6.5 release. Future editions of this book will incorporate descriptions of new functionality, as it becomes available.

Disclaimers

Several companies outside of HP have built their businesses around providing software and hardware products that extend or enhance the core services offered by MPE/iX. As a general matter of principle, in this book I have tried to avoid mentioning such third-party commercial products by name, opting instead to describe general categories of purchasable products that provide certain types of functionality. My hope in doing so is to avoid being accused of unfairly representing (or failing to represent) any vendor or product. In cases where I do describe a specific product, it should not be interpreted as an endorsement.

There are many URLs scattered throughout the book providing pointers to additional information. Because the Web is a much more dynamic medium than any printed work, it is very likely that some of these links will be invalid before the book ever hits the shelves. Obviously, I cannot control the links or the content they provide. I will post updates and corrections to the book's official Web site, http://diercks.net/mpe/

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