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Migration: Not just a 3000 project

Talk to another machine to assure a future

We'll file this one under both Homesteading and Migration, because this advice from the GHRUG International Technology Conference can serve both those staying and those leaving the 3000 community. Make sure your HP 3000 talks to another server well — today. It can mean the difference between using newer technologies down the line for the 3000 as you transfer data, either for backup or transitions to new systems.

For the homesteader, long term use of the 3000 might be blocked by a change in something like Cisco networking protocols. This is a de-facto kind of standards shift, according to ScreenJet's Alan Yeo. And it's just the kind of change that HP, or any third party support provider, will find it impossible to difficult to address (depending on whether it's HP or the third party you use.)

"When people talk about long-term homesteading, and what's going to happen to the 3000, this is the one point," Yeo said. "If you've got a 3000 and it's isolated from the outside world, you've probably got a lot less problems. But if you're using a 3000 in an environment that's pretty related to other machines or other sites — well, if HP are no longer doing patches, next year when Cisco might change what they're doing with their FTP process, or somebody else changes something and it becomes a de-facto standard, the odds are you won't get the link between the 3000 and another device working."

One solution lies in another platform, according to Marxmeier's AG's Michael Marxmeier, who was also at the GHRUG talk.

"You should plan ahead to be able to communicate with servers in the rest of the world," said Marxmeier, especially for any company with governmental computing partnerships or requirements.

Yeo said his company was using an intermediate server as a workaround while setting up an FTP exchange of HP 3000 backup files with a Network Attached Storage device. An intermediate server can cause a tremendous increase in network traffic from a 3000 to another device, he added, so solving the direct link challenge is the most efficient solution.

And the migration connection on this advice? It's sensible to plan for a target migration server to act as the intermediary between an HP 3000 and another device. Makers of network devices such as routers and switches will continue to be able to communicate with Unix servers, for example, or even Windows XP systems.