OpenVMS E9.2

OpenVMS E9.2 on x86 now available to the participants of the OpenVMS Field Test

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Welcome to OpenVMS (TM) x86_64 Operating System, Version E9.2

We are excited to announce the availability of VSI OpenVMS E9.2 for x86-64, field test version of the upcoming V9.2 release. This is the next step in the journey to migrate OpenVMS to the x86-64 platform. The E9.2 release allows you to use the operating system with some of the most commonly-used hypervisors and includes a host of newly migrated applications.

VMS Software, Inc. is migrating OpenVMS and its layered products to the industry standard x86_64 architecture, to help customers protect their investment in OpenVMS infrastructure, especially in virtualized environments and in the cloud. OpenVMS E9.2 is available to all VMS Software, Inc. customers as their valuable feedback will contribute to the quality of the first production release, V9.2.

For planned release dates, please see the roadmap.

For hypervisors on which OpenVMS has been tested by VSI, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

See lists of open source and layered products working on OpenVMS for x86.

You can participate in the field test if you are a customer or partner of VSI with a valid support contract. Please fill in this form to receive credentials for the Service Platform where you will be able to download files and report issues. See below for instructions on how to use the Service Platform.

To determine if your hardware can run OpenVMS E9.2, run this Python script on the hardware in question. Information on the virtual machine hosts tested by VSI is provided below and in the release notes. If you need to compile and link your source code, you will need an Integrity running OpenVMS V8.4-2L1 or higher because OpenVMS V9.1-A does not have native compilers yet.

Download Script

Take a look at this video that explains how to use the VSI Service Platform to download E9.2 and report bugs. Be sure to check this web page and the VSI Service Platform periodically for updates.

  • TCP/IP Services X6.0-15 for OpenVMS.
  • New version of OpenSSH provided separately.
  • VAX floating point supported by all compilers but Fortran.
  • Shared disks, including a Cluster Common System Disk, are supported among VMware ESXi guests on the same host.
  • Much improved user-mode debugger.
  • Additional open source products: PHP, Python, Samba.
  • Additional layered products: DQS, DECwindows Motif.

VSI$SUPPORT.COM is a script that generates reports about your system necessary for VSI Support to investigate the issue. You can get it here.

When installing DECnet-Plus, you will see the following messages:

%PCSI-I-PRCOUTPUT, output from subprocess follows ...

%SYSGEN-W-SETMAX, value set to maximum for parameter GH_EXEC_CODE

This is a known issue that does not affect the installation.

Tested Platforms

For more information on the versions, refer to the Release Notes above.

Virtual Machines Tested:

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  • CentOS Linux release 7.9.2009 (Core); QEMU emulator version 2.12.0 (qemu-kvmev-2.12.0-44.1.el7_8.1)
  • Linux Mint 20.2; QEMU emulator version 4.2.1 (Debian 1:4.2-3ubuntu6.21)
  • OpenSUSE Leap 15.3; QEMU emulator version 5.2.0 (qemu-5.2.0-150300.112.4.src)
  • Rocky Linux 8.5; QEMU emulator version 4.2.0 (qemu-kvm-4.2.0-59.module +el8.5.0+726+ce09ee88.1)
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS; QEMU emulator version 2.11.1 (Debian 1:2.11+dfsg-1ubuntu7.39)
  • Ubuntu 21.04; QEMU emulator version 5.2.0 (qemu 1:5.2+dfsg-9ubuntu3.1)
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  • Workstation Pro V15.5.7
  • Workstation Player V16.1.0
  • Fusion Pro V11.5.7
  • Fusion Player V12.1.0
  • ESXi V6.7.0, V7.0.2
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  • VirtualBox V6.1.x


Check out our Field Test Q&A or contact us.