2017-03-28 00:35:56 UTC
For a while, I've been fooling around occasionally with a
SIMH emulated VAX (VMS V7.3) on a Mac Pro ((Early 2008), OS X
10.11.6), and being annoyed by the need to use FTP to move
files to and from my main VMS (Alpha) system. It took me
long enough to figure out how to get the Mac to route IP
traffic between the SIMH/tap0-interface subnet to the real
(Mac-Alpha-others) LAN that I lacked sufficient ambition to
investigate trying to run DECnet-over-IP to obviate the usual
IP-only methods. Until today.
Who knew how easy this is, and why didn't I?
WISP $ dire/date/prot alp-l::login.com;
LOGIN.COM;128 1-JAN-2017 22:06:40.49 (RWED,RWED,RE,RE)
ALP $ dire/date/prot wisp.antinode.info::login.com;
LOGIN.COM;127 1-JAN-2014 00:58:52.43 (RWED,RWED,RE,RE)
Aside from a little fooling around with the proxies, and
having to tell NET$CONFIGURE.COM to use "Domain" as well as
"Local" for "directory services", this stuff seems to work
with much less fuss than I expected. (Assuming, of course,
that you already have DECnet-Plus installed and (minimally)
Does everyone with an emulator already know all this
stuff? Having read nothing about it, I always assumed that
some serious effort was required to enable the DECnet-over-IP
transport, but it seems that (assuming you enabled PWIP on
the TCPIP side) the actual effort would be to _disable_ the
IP transport, not to enable it.
It's no wonder that everyone here is so enthusiastic about
DECnet-Plus. It's a miracle.