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The 3000: Always New to Someone

Yes, HPSUSAN, there is a transfer

When buying an HP 3000, how do you transfer HPSUSAN numbers legally?

OpenMPE director Donna Hofmeister replies:

I believe that you do not transfer MPE licenses. If you buy a 3000, you buy the license as well.

When another community member explained that HP transfers HPSUSAN numbers to new systems, Lars Appel, a former HP support engineer now consulting with Marxmeier Software, added:

Keep in mind, even if you arrange to move the HPSUSAN number from the old system to the new system... this might not solve all your license code issues with third party applications... because some of them might also check HPCPUNAME if the license depends on the system “size” as well... and your HPCPUNAME might be different when your new system is not of the same model and CPU count.

How should parts and entire HP 3000 systems be stored if stockpiled?  What ration of parts will be functional after being stored for 6-24 months?  What will be the level of workability for parts and systems after 2008?

Donna Hofmeister replies:

I’m not sure you (as a company) should be worrying about stockpiling hardware unless you’ve got some circumstance (like being based in the Yukon or something) that warrants doing so.  The hardware support vendor that you partner with should being doing this for you. This is an example of the kind of question you need to ask your hardware partner.

Hofmeister went on to deliver some supplemental hardware advice to help keep a 3000 running uninterrupted.

Having said that, I’ll urge you as strongly as possible to look at upgrading your disc. It’s probably the one component most likely to fail on your box — especially if you’re still running internal 4Gb or 8Gb drives. If your drives have been in service for more than 8-10 years (did you put in new disc to upgrade to 5.5 for Y2K?) in my opinion you’re skating on thin ice! It’s a matter of time before you’ll be changing disc in a panic instead easily over some weekend. So ask your vendor — do you have staff that can assist with a disc migration?

I’ll add in one other comment.  Do not even think of trying to homestead without hardware support. Sure, it looks cheap to buy hardware only when something breaks. However, if you come to your local hardware vendor five years from now wanting a replacement “x” and you’ve no previous relationship with this company, I wouldn’t much blame them for laughing uproariously after you get off the phone. On the other hand, by establishing a relationship (e.g., contract = spending money) with them now, you can jointly determine your best course of action.