HP has announced that after the end of 2006, they will no longer
support the HP 3000, but Robelle confirms continued support for MPE.
Of course, we are ready to help you
plan for the future, and our products
also support HP-UX.
Here is a Robelle Press Release: Migrating an application can be
complex, expensive and risky. There is no rush to move before you are ready.
Robelle will help you extend the life of your 3000s and make
your eventual migration easier as well.
Migrating off the 3000: The Robelle Information Site
We have gathered into one page the links to
publicly available information on migrating off MPE/iX, especially to HP-UX.
As Hewlett-Packard loses interest in the HP 3000, it is important that end users start
taking responsibility for their own systems. Toward that end I have compiled a list
of useful reference web sites on the HP 3000 (excluding the topic of
Robelle has built a list of consulting resources for our customers -
people who know the HP 3000, Suprtool and Suprtool-based applications.
These can be a big help to anyone who is homesteading, since
3000 expertise within the company will thin out over the years.
At HPWorld in September 2002, Hewlett-Packard agreed to make the 3000 hardware and software manuals available to independent web sites such as OpenMPE when they remove the manuals from the HP web site. I hope that someone at OpenMPE has already downloaded copies of the files, just in case.
Some other vendor's 3000-related manuals are on the web as well:
However, many vendor web sites have no obvious sign of user documentation for their HP 3000 software products. For example, Cognos and DISC. So for these products, you should ensure that you carefully file copies of the documentation.
Resource3000 is a consortium of companies that offers hardware and
software support for the 3000, plus also sells software products and
used hardware. Web site.
The 3000 Newswire
Another great source of information is "The 3000 Newswire" magazine. As a
subscriber to the magazine, you receive well thought out articles
every month. They now also have a very interesting daily blog
One site that has as its explicit goal to archive the useful information required to maintain and operate an HP 3000 is the "OpenMPE" site:
OpenMPE is gathering 3000 information that will be needed after HP exits the business.
For example, they already have list of companies that use the 3000, relative
power ratings of the 3000 servers, 3000 software tier structure from HP, lists
of thrid-party hardware and software support organizations, freeware downloads, and links
to MPE-related manuals.
Interex, the final incarnation of the HP 3000 Users Group, is gone.
There web site and services are also gone, but they were not of much
use to HP 3000 users for quite a while.
Beyond RISC. This book is a guide to the PA-RISC version of the HP 3000 and the software of the MPE operating system. It is slightly dated, since MPE has had many releases since the conversion to RISC architecture, but it is still very useful. The book is out of print, but a few copies are still available at Allegro. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to buy one.
MPE/iX System Administration Handbook by Jon Diercks. This book was published
in 2002 by Prentice Hall. It "covers the essential tools and skills required for
successful MPE/iX system management. Diercks presents hands-on examples, solutions
to common problems, and dozens of tips for streamlining operations and making the
most of your HP e3000 system." Very useful.
TurboIMAGE (or IMAGE for short) is the database included with MPE. The user manuals are on-line at
docs.hp.com and here are some other useful links:
Jazz is a web site at HP which developed as a resource for porting
Internet and Posix utilities to MPE. It had a great deal of software
for download, as well as numerous papers and reference documents. Speedware/Activant
have taken over as the
keeper of Jazz as of early 2009.
[Note: The columns at John Burke's site are the author's editions, unedited and uncut, with some material that has never been published in the NewsWire. On the other hand, about a year's worth of these two NewsWire columns, from 1998-1999, can only be found in the archives of the 3000 NewsWire site. More than six years of MPE technical papers, indexed through a search engine, are available at
Beechglen has a very useful archive of technical tips that you should bookmark for future reference.
Dozens of topics, including Traceroute from MPE, Speeding Up Backups,
using CI variables with FTP, and much more.
HP Encyclopedia: Line Drawing Characters.
You may have to delve into some old code that uses HP Line Drawing characters.
Here is an article from our Encyclopedia that compares them with other
line drawing characters.
HP e3000 UDCs
and Command Files:
Here is a web site with (almost) everything you ever
wanted to know about User-Defined Commands
and Command Files on the HP e3000, with a database of
sample commands and links to much more relevant information
on the web, including the Command File page
of Robelle's Ken Robertson. The site was created
Telamon contributed library (freevt3k, etc.) excellent introduction to Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
Curtis Larsen explains that
LDAP allows you to create directories of information similar
to what you would see in a telephone book. Any information you
want to store for later quick retrieval: names, telephone numbers,
conference room capacities, addresses, directions ó even picture or
sound files. Using directories such as these is an incredible time-saver
(canít you think of company applications for one already?), but LDAP can
do so much more. The directories you create are wholly up to you, so the skyís the limit.