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Guidelines for Year 2000 Code Investigations

This page describes the approach OpenVMS Engineering took when investigating the OpenVMS Version 7.1 operating system for Year 2000 readiness. This information is provided in case it is useful to customers who are reviewing their own applications and environments in preparation for the Year 2000.

OpenVMS Year 2000 Investigation Process

We investigated the latest code for products in our organization, including all the system integrated products (SIPs): OpenVMS Cluster Systems, Volume Shadowing for OpenVMS, RMS Journaling, DECnet for OpenVMS, and DECnet-Plus for OpenVMS. All of these SIPs are Year 2000 ready. See our investigation findings for the status of other layered products.

The only products we did not investigate are freeware and products that are going to be retired. For more information about the goals and scope of the OpenVMS Year 2000 Initiative, see the white paper.

The OpenVMS Year 2000 Initiative entailed a due diligence investigation of the OpenVMS Version 7.1 operating system. Engineers were asked to ensure that the methods and tools used for searches and analyses provide results that were equivalent to the results that would be obtained from a line-by-line code review. We developed a formal investigation process and issued guidelines to be used by all who investigated the base operating system. Those guidelines, which are summarized in this document, were also distributed to layered products that run on OpenVMS.

The following pages describe the OpenVMS Year 2000 investigation process, which included the following steps:

» Defining the scope of the project
» Finding and analyzing potential problem areas in code
» Testing the system for Year 2000 problems
» Documenting the findings
» Resolving any Year 2000 limitations
»  Return to OpenVMS Year 2000 home page