How do I create an VMS-format ISO image

Posted on 2009-05-15
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
I have VMS files loaded onto my windows system.  I need help on creating a VMS-format ISO image of these files.  
Question by:DCCoolBreeze
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dolomiti earned 500 total points
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to be sincere I never burned a CD for VMS.

I have in mind 2 solutions:

1) Use FTP to transfer files (in binary mode).

2) Have you a CD (already burned), that you normally mount in OpenVMS ?
Could you provide me the commands by which you mount it on VMS ?

If you can, I am interested too at the version of VMS, platform(Alpha, Itanium),
and the type of files (text,program,images...).

I have an idea: bring such CD on Windows CD-driver and make an ISO image file (using Nero, Roxio, ... ecc)
Then, edit this created image by a program like WinISO, deleting all files
from image, coming from the original CD.
Drag new files (yours) in the still opened image, then save the iso file.
Burn it, and mount on VMS.


Author Comment

ID: 24404006

thanks for the ideas.  I have some command files (text files) and some freeware files that I want to load onto VMS.  I do not have a VAX so I am using linux and SIMH (VAX/PDP emulator).  I have loaded the latest version of OpenVMS (7.3) onto linux.  I am new to VMS so I have not setup ftp.  Don't really know how yet since I am working with an emulator.  I have been able to mount a CDROM (ISO image). So I want to create a VMS-based ISO.  Then I can mount the ISO and simply copy the files over.

I understand that VMS uses files-11 (ODS-2, ODS-5) directory structure.  

I will try taking the ISO i created from the OpenVMS 7.3 CD and copying files into it using UltraISO (I use this ISO app) and see how it works...

If you want to play with VMS - great old system - you can do it for about $30 USD.  OpenVMS Hobbyist website is a great site.

Author Comment

ID: 24404023
I just tried to open the ISO image I created from the OpenVMS CD.  Windows cannot read the directory structure so copying files to the ISO image will not work.

Expert Comment

ID: 24405331
then have you not any native VMS-CDROM ?
Could you provide me coordinates about SIMH ?
I will give a look there, probably some ideas will come.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31582131
I learned that there are no tools to save files in files-11 format (VMS).  FTP is a method.  

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