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Carly's Gone. What's Next for the 3000?
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Second, each 3000 customer must at some point face a decision about how to support their system if business needs require remaining on the system for the foreseeable future. Wilde says HP, together with HP partners, is working hard to assist 3000 customers, both short and long term. He points out that HP is “continuing to provide the same levels of world class support throughout the committed support window.” With regards to the future, Wilde notes that in addition to many HP and partner offerings in the transition space, HP has already announced numerous pre-2006 changes on behalf of customers including extensions of availability of software add-on products and license upgrades, and HP has announced specific plans for availability of certain information such as customer documentation and Jazz content after the end of HP support.

Will HP’s plans and offers be sufficient to meet your needs? Wilde does say that they’ve been continuing discussions with Interex and OpenMPE, and that as they approach the end of MPE support, they will “continue to consider how we work with partners who have appropriate business models.” Wilde’s statements are naturally cautious. HP has already said they are ending their commitment to the 3000, which puts Wilde and our friends at vCSY, many of whom have spent their careers with the
3000, in the challenging position of gracefully winding down the business while simultaneously helping their loyal partners and customers transition smoothly.

For example, a firm commitment one way or the other about MPE source code support after the end date might turn the tables for some customers. It’s in HP’s best interest to create a sense of urgency toward migration from the 3000. Yet, they and we know that it’s not that simple for many 3000 customers. That’s why we’ll be working closely with HP in the development of our business model so that HP can leave the 3000 world behind gracefully without any interruptions to support and service for those who remain on the 3000.

Will we have all the tools we need? While no one has been nominated by HP to have the source code to MPE, we do know that by working together, the entire 3000 community can, and will, take care of itself for as long as 3000 systems are alive and kicking. The folks at vCSY are good people who are doing everything they can for 3000 customers. But there are limits to what they will be able to accomplish, and you will need to decide what additional steps you will need to take to meet your business needs.


Configuring Remote Console Operation on 9x7 Servers

*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 indepth explanations
The Access Port (on the Multifunction I/O card - MFIO) gives the console operator control over the system and provides the ability
to connect a remote console through a modem. Series 9X7 (Nova’s) have two unique serial hardware ports found on the (MFIO): The Local Console (LDEV 20) and the Session Port (LDEV 21).

This article discusses configuration of LDEV 21.


LDEV 21 or Access Port 1 (Remote Modem) has two separate hardware modes requiring configuration. The normal default is as Session Port capable of systems sessions (LDEV 21) and configuration is done through a special NMMGR field labeled “Go To User Port”. Changes do not take effect until you restart the system.

Setting Up Your Remote Console

Step One

a. Configure the device with NMMGR:

:NMMGR <enter>

Open Configuration <F1>; DTS <F1> User Port <F4> - Configure,

Logical Device: 21
Line Speed: 9600 (recommended)
Modem Type: 1
Parity: None (allows binary transfers)

Then, VALIDATE the configuration.


Step Two

Configure the “ACCESS PORT” to match your LDEV 21 (Session
Port) configuration. To configure the ACCESS PORT you need to be on the system console where you can execute a CONTROLB to get the CM> prompt. (The dialogue below has been highly condensed)

*Notes: Do not use ‘LR” (Lock remote) or ‘UR’ (Unlock remote) unless you have an Ideal or HP modem or your modem will lock up!

CM>CA <enter>

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