C S S C    N E W S L E T T E R                                                                                                  Vol 3  No 2                                          February 10, 1995   TABLE OF CONTENTS  1.0  Remote Device Facility (RDF) ordering information  2.0  Calculating CSSC IFR charges for Community Colleges  3.0  Oracle Web pages  4.0  Procedure to create a standalone system backup       ***    AXP-2100 with SWXCR DRA devices     ***  5.0  Calls received/answered by SCACAD, SCADM and SCSYS for January 1995  1.0  Remote Device Facility (RDF) ordering information       Touch Technologies, Inc. has allowed the Common SUNY Support Center       to extend the number of sites beyond the original six first agreed       upon.  Below is information on how to purchase a site license as       well as a product description.       To purchase a site license, please send a purchase order to:       		Touch Technologies Inc.       		9988 Hibert Street, Suite 310       		San Diego, CA 92131       		(800) 525-2527                (619) 566-3603       		Fax:  (805) 582-6150       		Sue Darrow, Sales Representative       Remote Device Facility Site License per campus:  $2,475.00       This is a one time fee and includes 90 days of support.       Extended annual support per year per campus:  $250.00       You will receive documentation from the vendor.  Remind them that       you do not need the tape.  Please let Connie Vasi (vasick@snybufaa)       know when your purchase order is in the works, and she will request       that it be made available to your campus through GETSOFTWARE.       PRODUCT DESCRIPTION       Remote Device Facility (RDF) developed by Touch Technologies, Inc.,       allows VMS and ULTRIX computer systems to directly and transparently       access remote VAX/VMS tape drives across a DECnet network and allows       VMS systems to share disk drives across DECnet.  This enables tape       drives to be shared between VMS and ULTRIX computer systems.       Tape drives attached to OpenVMS computer systems are accessible       from any VMS or ULTRIX system connected via DECnet.  Tape drives       behave as if they are locally connected, working with existing VMS       and ULTRIX commands and procedures.  Systems can perform any tape       application including standard VMS and ULTRIX backup, restore,       software installations and upgrade operations on remote mounted VMS       tape drives.       Disk drives attached to OpenVMS computer systems can be accessed by       other VMS systems across DECnet.  RDF provides full READ/WRITE       access to the disk.       Remote Device facility allows centralized backup procedures and       saves money on hardware by eliminating the need for each node to       have its own tape drive and controller.  There is a greater       utilization of the faster, more expensive, and higher capacity tape       drives by allowing users to backup to tape drives that reside       elsewhere on the network.  Data processing staff and computer       operators can achieve greater efficiency and service to the entire       organization.  2.0  Calculating CSSC IFR charges for Community Colleges       The following comment comes from a Community College.  Ron Brown's       response is directly below.       > I appreciate the Executive Board's willingness to 'waive' 50% of the       > IFR charge for the Community Colleges, but before my Director of       > Finance and Business Services asks... isn't 15.51% of $33,000        > $5,118.30 rather than $6,058?  It appears that Central is actually       > charging 18.36% in IFR charges rather than 15.51%.              The best way to explain this is with an example.       Let's say the fee was $100 and the IFR was 15%.  If we take 85% of       $100, we get $85.  This would be the amount the CSSC actually gets.        Therefore, to get the $100 for the CSSC it would have to be more than       $100.  The way this is calculated is       85% of x equals $100 (x = $117.65)       If you take 85% of $117.64, you get $100.       Similar for the CSSC       If you take .8449 [(100-15.51)/100] of $39,058, you get $33,000.       The CSSC will not get any part of the IFR charge.   3.0  Oracle Web pages       Oracle now has a World Wide Web site (actually it has been around 2       - 3 months).  The URL is: http://www.oracle.com/       There is a wide variety of information available from this home       page.  Currently there are some 90-day trial versions of Personal       Oracle, Oracle Workgroup Server for NT and Oracle Workgroup Server       for Netware.  In addition to the software, there is condensed       versions of documentation available as well.       You can find out new information about Oracle by following the       "about Oracle" link.  Information about products and services,       announcements, etc., can be researched.       Currently, you can also find software on the home page that will       allow you to link your WWW server to Oracle.  This will allow anyone       on the Internet access to Oracle.  There is quite a nice demo that       demonstrates some of the capabilities.       Below is the text from Oracle's Home page:       ----------------------------------------------------------------------       Welcome to the Oracle Information Highway home page. Now you can use       the World Wide Web to test drive the latest products from Oracle       Corporation, the leading software and services provider for the       Information Age. To take advantage of our 90-day Free Trial offer       just click on the color billboard.       The Oracle Information Highway pages are also a one-stop source for       the latest information about Oracle products and services,       announcements, alliances, and business partners.       If you've been waiting for the ideal moment to make the transition       PC-based client/server application development, the right time is       right now.  Come to an Oracle Client/Server Forum.       Bring the power of Oracle7 to your WWW Server by linking them       together with our free Oracle World Wide Web Interface Kit.       After the 90-Day trial period or at any time, you may purchase a       Full-Use License.       Questions or comments regarding this service?       webmaster@us.oracle.com       Copyright 1994 Oracle Corporation       500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores,       California 94065. All rights reserved.       56,017 accesses.                   4.0  Procedure to create a standalone system backup       ***    AXP-2100 with SWXCR DRA devices     ***	The new DRA devices need to be configured before you can boot	from the DRA disk. The following is for SWXCR DRA devices only.	1.) Boot from the OpenVMS AXP V6.1 CD-ROM distribution kit.		>>> BOOT DKA600	Note: The main files needed are only on the CD-ROM distribution.		2.) Select option 2  (Go to DCL)	3.) Configure the DRcu: devices:		$$$ @[SWXCR_E$KIT]DRCONNECT	Note: SWXCR Controller in slot=7 IRQ=11 on our system.	4.) Perform a Backup of the system disk.		$$$ MOUNT/over=id DRA0:       --> Good system disk		$$$ mount/for DRA7:           --> Scratch disk		$$$ BACKUP/IMAGE DRA0: DRA7:  --> From DRA0: to DRA7:	5.) Install the SWXCR-Ex software on the new system disk.		$$$ @[SWXCR_E$KIT]INVOKE_PCSI    --> To DRA7		$$$ logout				Select option 3	6.) Test the new disk to see if you can boot.		>>> SHOW BOOTDEF_DEV  --> S/B DRA0		>>> BOOT DRA7                                            Joe Weber - SUNY Support Center  4.0  Calls received/answered by SCACAD, SCADM and SCSYS for January 1995                               January           SCACAD        8  (DSN - 1)           SCSYS        56  (14)           SCADM        80  (Oracle: orders 3, info 3, tech 7)                                                     () vendor supplied answer                                             Editor:  Betty Spencer                                                      SCACAD@SNYBSCVA