About the HP 3000
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.
Read our wide-ranging collection of news stories, links
and articles about the issues raised by HP's decision to cancel the 3000.
It is quite feasible to keep some or all of your applications on the 3000
even as HP departs and keep the applications fine-tuned for an indefinite future.
Click the link above to find out about independent software and hardware support,
sources of hardware, and much more.
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.
Robelle's Migration Page
3000 Reference Information
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.
A lot of links for manuals have stopped working however, our own Neil Armstrong stored off some of his manuals and collected many from various DVDs and
internet sources and placed here:
Neil Armstrongs HP 3000 Manual and Paper Collection
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.
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
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
and here are some other useful links:
The IMAGE FAQ answers the most common questions about this database and points to useful vendors, tools, etc.:
Robelle's IMAGE Programming Tutorial teaches how to write programs that access IMAGE databases:
Robelle's IMAGE Performance Analysis explains how to use HowMessy, DBLoadng, Adager and DBGeneral to monitor and improve the performance of your database:
Robelle's IMAGE Encyclopedia Page on the IMAGE database:
3000-L Mailing List
The 3000-L mailing list is a place where users can post and answer questions.
It will probably continue to be a place where the confused system manager can
go for help with his HP 3000.
UTC archives: http://raven.utc.edu/archives/hp3000-l.html
Other lists at UTC:
Other mailing lists:
Robelle's Encyclopedia of HP 3000 and related topics,
is an excellent resource of cross-linked articles:
Allegro has an excellent guide for new 3000 users as "Learning MPE":
Robelle has 14 papers and 14 tutorials on-line at
covering topics from the System Debugger to programming the CI.
Allegro has 13 papers on-line at
covering topics from "what to do when your system is hung" to "setting up a network printer".
Adager has most of the database papers written by their staff over the years,
plus guest papers from Vesoft and others:
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.
Of course The 3000 Newswire
is the premier source of news.
However, Robelle also posts 3000-related news and links to
its home page and archives them via monthly newsletters.
More 3000 Links
Robelle's list of vendors: http://robelle.com/support/hp3000.html#related
Other Useful e3000 Web Pages
- Suprtool - high-speed database extract
- Qedit for Windows - easy Windows edit for host files without downloads
- Host-Based Qedit - classical favorite of 3000 programmers
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.
- Adager User Manual: widely-used tool
for restructuring IMAGE databases
- VisImage - visual report writer that uses Suprtool
- Apache/iX Documentation - world class web server
Allegro Consultants, Inc. DEFRAG, SPLASH
Atlantic Tech Services Hardware maintenance and repair
Beechglen Development Consulting - Help desk/web enabling
Bradmark Technologies, Inc. DBGENERAL, SUPERDEX
Cerius Technology Group Integrator
Computer Design & Integration (CDI) Integrator
Computer Solutions, Inc. Integrator
Cypress Technology Inc. HP reseller
Denkart Inc. WINGSPAN, VIA NOVA
- Design 3000 Plus tools for
lights out operation
Dynamic Information Systems Corporation OMNIDEX
Fluent Edge Technologies Consulting - MACS
GBSI Reseller, consulting
Hire Experience Consulting - Ecometry/MACS
- Horner Consulting, get extreme with MPE
id enterprises, inc. Accounting, manufacturing, consulting
Kubler Consulting Performance and capacity planning consulting for HP-UX and MPE
Lund Performance Solutions SOS, DEFRAG
M.B. Foster Data Express, ODBCLink
Melillo Consulting Inc. HP reseller, Consulting
MiniSoft MS92, FRONTMAN
Network Systems Company Employment
Nobix JobRescue, data center management, document-enabling
Odin Technologies Consulting - Ecometry/SGA
O'Pin Systems REVEAL, HOTKEY
ORBiT Software BACKUP
Orion Group Software Engineers Integrator
Paul Edwards & Associates HPe 3000 Consulting, Suprtool training
Pharmacy Computer Services Rx/3000
Quintessential School Systems K-12
- ROC Software Maestro, Spoolmate,
TapesPlus, Formation, DCM/Pak, Backpack/iX.
Robelle Solutions Technology Inc. Qedit, Suprtool, Qedit for Windows.
- ScreenJet Ltd. ScreenJet
- S.M. Gorden & Assoc Data Warp
SolutionSoft Systems Inc. Disc Space Manager, Compression Storage Manager
The Source Remarketed HP 3000 and HP 9000
- The Support Group
support and software, MANMAN
Taurus Software, Inc. WAREHOUSE
Triad Computers new and used HP equipment