InfoServer Software on Simh

To install the InfoServer software on Simh requires a fairly specific hardware configuration. This procedure shows the configuration needed and the procedure for completing the installation.

The InfoServer software can be obtained from the OpenVMS Freeware

The InfoServer 150 VXT simulator (VAX412) was used for this example however the procedure should apply equally to the InfoServer 100 (VAX411). The key points to note are that the target disk must be at SCSI id 1 (DKA100) and the boot flags must be set to D0000000.

Here is the Simh .ini file:

; Attach the NVRAM so that the boot flags can be saved
;
attach nvr vax412.nvr

; Setup SCSI devices. Disable any units that are not required or the
; installation will take a long time to complete as it waits for
; the units to be ready.
;
set rz0 disa
set rz1 rz24  ; System disk
set rz2 rz24  ; CD-ROM - see note below
set rz3 disa
set rz4 disa
set rz5 disa
; SCSI ID 6 is the initiator so is always disabled
set rz7 disa

; Disable all SCSI units on the second controller
;
set rzb0 disa
set rzb1 disa
set rzb2 disa
set rzb3 disa
set rzb4 disa
set rzb5 disa
; SCSI ID 6 is the initiator so is always disabled
set rzb7 disa

; Create a new disk image for the system disk
;
attach rz1 infoserver.rz24

; Attach the CD-ROM to the InfoServer/VMS V3.5 image from the freeware
;
attach rz2 ag-r7lfa-bs.img

; Start the simulator
;
boot cpu

The CD-ROM is being configured as a disk because the simulator does not currently support the SCSI CD-ROM commands.

Once the simulator is started, set the boot flags and boot from the CD-ROM:

Loading boot code from internal ka412.bin



KA41-2  V1.0          

F_..E...D...C?..B?..A...9_..8?..7...6...5?..4_..3_..2_..1?..


??  C  0080  0000.0004
??  B  0010  0010.0020
??  8  0060  0000.0002
 ?  6  80A1  0000.4001
??  5  0001  0000.000A
??  1  00C0  0000.100C

>>> SET BFLG D0000000

>>> BOOT DKA200


-DKA200

InfoServer 150 V3.5
Copyright (c) 1990 - 1997 Digital Equipment Corporation
%ESS-I-CONFIGDEV, Device configuration complete.  2 devices found
%ESS-I-FORMDISK, Formatting internal InfoServer disk, please wait...
%ESS-I-COPIED, Copy operation completed successfully.
%ESS-I-CREATEDBOOT, Boot partition created successfully.
%ESS-I-UPDATE, Update request completed successfully.
%ESS-I-UPDATESYS, Please REBOOT the InfoServer to run the installed version.
%ESS-I-VERIFY, Verifying DK1:

Enter Password: ESS


Digital Equipment Corporation
InfoServer 150 V3.5

InfoServer> SH DEV

Device   Device      Device        Device    Dev. Size/    Volume         Device
 Name     State       Type         Address   Record Num.    Label          Char

DK1:     On          Hard Disk       A/1       204863      UNKNOWN          AME
DK2:     On          Hard Disk       A/2        98880      IS_V35           AME
InfoServer> DIR DK1:

Directory DK1:

Partition Name               Used/Alloc    Services
--------------------     ----------------- --------------------
BOOT_PARTITION               5000/5008    
IS1000_V35                   1027/1040     Temp MOP

DK1: has 2 partitions in use. 6048 of 204863 blocks allocated. 
Largest contiguous free extent is 198784 blocks.
InfoServer> REBOOT
_Are you sure you want to reboot the server now [No]? Y

?06 HLT INST
    PC = 80033FEB
>>> BOOT DKA100


-DKA100

InfoServer 150 V3.5
Copyright (c) 1990 - 1997 Digital Equipment Corporation
%ESS-I-CONFIGDEV, Device configuration complete.  2 devices found
%ESS-I-VERIFY, Verifying DK1:

Enter Password: ESS


Digital Equipment Corporation
InfoServer 150 V3.5

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