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Course number U3728S
Length 5 days
Delivery method Instructor-led training (ILT)
Onsite dedicated training (OST)
Price USD $4,000
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Course overview

This course is designed for computer professionals who need to understand and administer the TCP/IP environment in OpenVMS. This course provides information and experience to function in a networked environment that is focused on TCP/IP protocols. This course does not cover network internals.


The students should be familiar with general networking concepts and have system management experience with OpenVMS.


OpenVMS System Managers and Network Administrators who need to understand and administer the TCP/IP environment within OpenVMS.

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Benefits to you

  • After presenting introductory information on protocols and standards, the course examines the components and services within TCP/IP and the central protocols of TCP/IP with emphasis on their role in successful node-to-node communication.
  • The course includes lab exercises designed to reinforce the skills taught in the course. Services concepts and configuration are discussed and reinforced in the lab environment. Students also examine static and dynamic routing through a series of labs.

Course Objective

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe TCP/IP as implemented on OpenVMS.
  • Understand IP addresses and masks.
  • Use TCP/IP for OpenVMS user and management commands.
  • Install and configure TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS.
  • Manage NFS on an OpenVMS system.
  • Configure and troubleshoot static and dynamic routing.
  • Configure failSAFE IP for IP Adress failover in the event of NIC faliure.
  • Manage BIND on an OpenVMS system.
  • Configure SSH, Manage SSH service and customize the SSH run-time environment.
  • Understand BOOTP, DHCP, NTP, SNMP and SMTP.
  • Configure remote printing.
  • Troubleshoot TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS.
  • Present IPv6 concepts.

Detailed Course Outline

Network Overview
  • Introduction.
  • TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS.
  • Network Concepts.
  • Protocol Stack.
  • IP Addresses (IPv4).
  • IPv4 Subnet Masks.
  • Class C Network with Subnets.
  • Learning Check.

Installing and Configuring TCP/IP Services

  • Introduction.
  • Before Installation.
  • Installation.
  • After the Installation.
  • Configuration.
  • Automatic Startup and Shutdown of TCP/IP Services.
  • Startup and Shutdown of Individual Services.
  • Configuring DECnet over IP.
  • Learning Check.

TCP/IP Commands

  • Introduction.
  • User Services.
  • Management Examples.
  • Modifying Subsystem Attributes in SYSCONFIGTAB.DAT.
  • Learning Check.

Scaleable Kernel

  • Introduction.
  • Architecture of the TCP/IP Kernel.
  • TCP/IP Thread Contexts.
  • Introducing Parallelism into the TCP/IP Kernel.
  • Tracking a Write Operation.
  • Types of Kernel Request Packets (KRPs).
  • Measuring Throughput.
  • Scalable Kernel Performance Tests.
  • Enabling the Scalable Kernel for TCPI/IP Vesrsion 5.4.
  • Other Performance Enhancements.


  • Introduction.
  • Data Link Protocol.
  • Protocol Headers.
  • IP Header.
  • TCP Header.
  • Network Standards.
  • Using the Protocol Stack.
  • Internet Protocol Suite.
  • Learning Check.

Network File System (NFS)

  • Introduction.
  • NFS Concepts.
  • NFS Implementation.
  • NFS Server File Systems.
  • NFS SERVER Configuration.
  • NFS Server Administration.
  • NFS Client Configuration.
  • Learning Check.

Serial Lines

  • Introduction.
  • Serial Connections.
  • SLIP Encapsulation.
  • PPP Encapsulation.
  • PPP Configuration.
  • Setting Up SLIP.
  • Learning Check.


  • Introduction.
  • Routing Concepts.
  • Static Routing.
  • Dynamic Routing.
  • Routing Daemon (ROUTED).
  • Gateway Routing Daemon (GATED).
  • Configuring Routing Examples.
  • Learning Check.


  • Introduction.
  • Overview.
  • Comparing High Availability Technologies.
  • IP Cluster Alias.
  • DNS Alias with Loadbroker and Metric Server.
  • Introduction to failSAFE IP.
  • failSAFE IP Configuration Requirements.
  • failSAFE IP Service – Interface Health Monitor.
  • Configuring failSAFE IP Service.
  • Detectable Failures.
  • Management Utilities.
  • Home Interfaces.
  • Site Specific Customisation of failSAFE IP.
  • Static and Dynamic Routing.
  • Best Practices.
  • Validating failSAFE IP.
  • Avoiding Phantom Faliures.


  • Introduction.
  • Domain Name Service (DNS).
  • DNS History.
  • DNS Server.
  • DNS Daemon Processes.
  • Resolver Example.
  • Resolver Configuration.
  • DIG.
  • DIG Example.
  • BIND Master Server Setup.
  • Cluster Load Balancing.
  • Learning Check


  • Introduction to SSH.
  • SSH Implementation on OpenVMS.
  • SSH Capabilities.
  • SSH Components.
  • SSH Server.
  • SSH Client.
  • Authentication Methods.
  • Introduction to Keys.
  • Key Generation.
  • Managing User Key.
  • SSH Client/Server communication Process.
  • Host Authentication.
  • User Authentication.
  • Configuring SSH.
  • Customizing the user environment.
  • Customizing Password Authentication.
  • Customizing Public Key Authentication.
  • Customizing Host-based Authentication.
  • Port Forwarding.
  • Managing SSH.

Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP)

  • Introduction.
  • BOOTP (Bootstrap Protocol).
  • BOOTP Server.
  • BOOTP Data File Configuration.
  • BOOTP Example with a Trace.
  • Learning Check.

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

  • Introduction.
  • DHCP Concepts and Operation.
  • DHCP Configuration.
  • GUI Examples.
  • DHCP Cluster Failover Support.
  • DHCP Dynamic DNS Updates.
  • DHCP Client Setup.
  • Learning Check.

Network Time Protocol (NTP)

  • Introduction.
  • NTP and Time Synchronization.
  • Configuration Modes.
  • NTP Support Files.
  • NTP Utilities.
  • Learning Check.

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

  • Introduction.
  • Agents (Servers) and Management Stations (Clients).
  • SNMP Communication.
  • Log Files and Command Procedures.
  • Changing Default Configuration.
  • MIB-II.
  • Learning Check.

Remote Printing

  • Introduction.
  • Remote Printing Options.
  • LPR/LPD.
  • Configuring a Printer.
  • Printer Access Control.
  • Learning Check.

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol

  • Introduction.
  • SMTP Concepts.
  • SMTP Implementation.
  • IMAP Server Concepts.
  • IMAP Implementation.
  • Post Office Protocol (POP).
  • Mail Addresses.
  • Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME).
  • Summary of SMTP Management Commands.
  • SMTP Configuration.
  • SPAM and SMTP AntiSPAM.
  • Learning Check.


  • Introduction.
  • General Troubleshooting.
  • Configuration Troubleshooting.
  • Network Troubleshooting.
  • Lower-Level Protocol Testing.
  • Network Interface Problems.
  • Connectivity.
  • Network Traffic Problems.
  • Performance Tuning.
  • Learning Check.

IPv6 Concepts

  • Introduction.
  • The Need for IPv6.
  • IPv6 Terminology.
  • IPv6 Address Notation.
  • Types of IPv6 Addresses.
  • Global Unicast Address.
  • IPv6 Environment.
  • Configure IPv6.
  • Learning Check.