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Anybody ever heard if it's possible to emulate Digital's (now Compaq's) VAX VMS operating system on a PC ?
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by:cookre
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Several years ago there was some talk of a commercial port, but it died a proper early death, considering the likely paucity of customers.  Afterall, consider the expense of re-writing all that Alpha code for Intel, not to mention the porting of applications.

I have a vague recollection that there once was a VMS look-alike for Unix (VCL?), but I don't know if it's still around.
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Gavin_Smith earned 50 total points
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VMS is intrinsically linked to the hardware it runs on, VAX or Alpha.  Any
'emulation' would require the emulation of the hardware too.

If you're interested in running VMS at home, have you considered searching
through Ebay or some such site for 'old' VAX or Alpha machines? If you're
a DECUS member you can purchase a non-commercial / hobbyist
full-featured version of VMS for around US$30. Try :-

http://www.decus.org
http://www.montagar.com/hobbyist/

....for details.

I've not used them but Boston Business Computing provide 'OpenVMS
Emulation Tools', like VCL (A DCL emulator for MSDOS), amongst other
things. Try :-

http://www.bosbc.com/bbc.htm

....for details.

Hope this helps...
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by:ferguswilson
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Gavin,
True it's linked to the VAX hardware, but seeing as there are Emulations for a lot of defunct systems I thought VMS might have something similar (even though it's not quite dead yet). As a home hobby I'm building an arcade machine for the old style games I used to play as a kid. This is all on a PC emulating long dead hardware !

I'm not a home hobbyist (with VMS), but got thinking about the possibility because of my job. We have to keep a handfull of old VAX's running VMS v5 on site with an old version of Oracle on them. These have to be kept up and around for a number of years on the network for legacy reasons, and I'm keeping them in pre-Y2K dates because both the versions of VMS & Oracle are not Y2K compliant.
Since our business requires them still, and neither are under support any more, if in the next 7 or 8 years the hardware dies, it could get messy for us. I thought (hoped !) that I could stick these on some PC maybe ?
Doesn't seem like it though !

I'll leave this question open for a while longer in case someone else has any ideas on this matter.
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