Getting Started with OpenVMS System Management gives new VMS system managers a jumpstart in managing this powerful and reliable operating system. Dave Miller describes the essentials of what an OpenVMS System Manager will have to manage. He defines areas of OpenVMS System Management and describes why each is important and how it fits into the larger management task. Even though some OpenVMS management concepts are unique (for instance quotas), many concepts (such as account creation) have counterparts in UNIX and Windows NT. So, wherever possible, Miller points out to his readers the parallel to other systems.
The book is intended as a precursor to Baldwin’s OpenVMS System Management Guide and various OpenVMS documents. Thus it refers the reader to other books for the detailed management steps. Getting Started with OpenVMS System Management is a great introduction to the material Steve Hoffman and Dave Miller are revising for the OpenVMS System Management Guide, 2E.
About the Author
David Donald Miller is currently employed at Raytheon Systems in Tucson, AZ, as a Principal Software Engineer. For more than 15 years he was a computer science professor at Bemidji State University (in Bemidji, MN), where he created and managed an OpenVMS cluster laboratory. Mr. Miller also has 20 years of aerospace experience in various software engineering positions. He is the author of OpenVMS Operation System Concepts from Digital Press, and is currently at work with Steve Hoffman on the second edition of Lawrence Baldwin’s OpenVMS System Management Guide,, forthcoming from Digital Press.
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This book is Pam Chester's (an acquisition editor for Digital Press) idea, and I am very happy she asked me to do it. Theron R. Shreve, Pam's boss, also had a lot of input in formulating this book. Pam and Theron have been patient with my tardiness and relentless questions about the mechanics of the publishing business. In case you have not kept up, publishing has changed enormously in the last 10 years. In 1990 manuscripts were submitted in hard copy via FedEx and authors reviewed galley proofs. Now the manuscript is electronic and e-mails fly back and forth.
Thanks, too, to Alan Rose and Tim Donar for transforming, magically it seems, my manuscript into a real, live book. I really have no appreciation for all that is required and, frankly, do not want to be bothered with the details.
Also a great big "THANKS" to all the contributors to the comp.os.vms (COV) news group. I'm sorry there are too many individuals to name, and I hesitate to single any out because I may offend the others. COV discussions get my juices running and help me to focus on the important system management issues. The discussions are an endless source of information, both current and historical. Additionally, I had to post a few questions from time-to-time, just to clarify my thinking. The answers I received were thoughtful and complete every time. I have never been made to feel stupid when I received an answer, even if (in retrospect) the question was stupid. Thanks folks!
My two reviewers, Sue Rosselet of Bemidji State University and Helen Johnson, were great. The whole concept of the book changed as we worked together. As a result they read various forms of the manuscript three times. Such fortitude! Such dedication! Such patience! What a team!
Finally, thanks to my patient wife, Kari. She makes life go on when I do not have a life - when my life is a keyboard. She forces me to take time out and take her out, which is thoroughly enjoyable once I am able to unglue my eyes from the screen. And she is unbelievably patient with the mess; the books, manuals, e-mail printouts and bits of stickies everywhere. Thanks honey!
Green Valley, Arizona
David Donald Miller is currently employed at Raytheon Systems in Tucson, AZ, as a Principal Software Engineer. For more than 15 years he was a computer science professor at Bemidji State University (in Bemidji, MN), where he created and managed an OpenVMS cluster laboratory. Mr. Miller also has 20 years of aerospace experience in various software engineering positions. He is the author of OpenVMS Operating System Concepts from Digital Press, and is currently at work with Steve Hoffman on the second edition of Lawrence Baldwin's OpenVMS System Management Guide, forthcoming from Digital Press.