I got V440 and have several questions:
- as far as I saw, the easiest and most flexible OS would still be Solaris, since both OpenBSD and Debian lacked some functionality. Both Debian and OBSD had problems with partitioning and boot options, while Debian couldn't recognize two dditional Quad Gigabit cards and required drivers that were not available. Thus, I figured it would be safest to try with Solaris - as machine has 2x 1.2 GHz Sparcs and 4GB RAM, would latest Solaris 10 work fine (I don't require GUI; compiler sets nd web/DB related applications will suffice, and I am aware they are available and work properly (but not necessarily to fast) on Slowaris.
Bubba wrote:- the machine was taken from a financial institution and lacked any DASD, but I also didn't get any administration documentation. IOW - when I bump into ALOM's login part, I have no clue how to log in. Apparently, while searching through the Net, "admin" should be username and last 8 *digits* of V440's serial number would make a password. Although I assume someone tampered with those credentials, my serial number is alphanumeric, so this "digit" part largely makes me doubt in that information. Nevertheless, I also read it is possible to reset ALOM credentials via Solaris. Since I can boot (>ok prompt appears and allows booting from cdrom and disks), is this doable?
- lastly, my ROM version is OpenBoot 4.22.33 and there seems to be an upgrade. It also seems Oracle has put much effort to make my life miserable and provided numerous steps in order to obtain one with requirements I don't understand how to comply to. They require "The Customer Support Identifier (or CSI) is the identifier used for the support contract for between you and Oracle Support. You may request access to one or more, typically you enter a CSI of about 8 digits in length." and filling out contact forms... All in all, I wonder, since I cannot find change log and would like to upgrade machine with two additional CPU's with 8GB RAM, is it worth additional trouble and exploration? What is the procedure of upgrading OpenBoot anyway? Can it be obtained via 3rd party, in terms of being able to download it somewhere else?
Exactly the upgrade I'm aiming for, but with 12 GB of RAM.PymbleSoftware wrote:I have a v440 4 x 1.2 GHz, 16Gb,
I'm not so much into enterprise software - FLOSS (lighttpd, MySQL, gcc...) will do. In addition, it seems that quasi-hardware mirror (RAID 1) can only be set on Solaris.I happen to run Solaris 10 update 10 on it in case I need to install WebLogic, Tuxedo, TimesTen, Oracle DBs, etc ... I had Solaris 10 update 8 on it. Sol 10 update 10 needs text mode install for ZFS pools for root file systems. With an XVR-500 in it I could do a graphical install on it. Then pull the monitor off it and use Xnest.
I'm kinda not in to this experimental mumbo-jumbo. I need reliable workhorse, and for 30$ (yeah, I got it for 30$, don't ask! ) it worth giving some effort to make it work right.Another option is OpenIndiana.org ... I have not tried this but I think I read somewhere that OI SPARC builds exists for server only not desktop. OpenIndiana does graphical installs with zpool root file system. I used OI on x86 for a few months in the workplace and my experiences ranged from cool, very slick, thats kinda Linux like to ... WTF is this amateur hour?
Since there will be few apps on it, I'd rather compile them myself, so I don't find any of this an issue.Another thing to think about is software... sunfreeware.com, CSW, blastwave, OI repositories or opensolaris repos, etc... I don't usually get into those MacPorts vs Fink vs HomeBrew type wars but there are several Solaris repos out there and some people prefer one or other over the rest.
Oh, I tried, God knows I did.Mine was admin/admin or admin/root or something equally lame on it. Maybe try a few obvious choices. See if you can wipe it and try admin/blank. I haven't had to mess around with the ALOM since I re-installed Solaris on it. Mine was set to auto power on, once you have the ok prompt what more do you need?
If I had a change log or any other sane document, I might know. Can you tell me your version, so I can be certain that my upgrade will work (since it will be much similar to yours)?Never felt inclined to mess with OpenBoot upgrades and I am not sure why you want to do so.
Hehe, ditto, that's why I'd like to make it my primary server and run number crunching on it.My 4 x 1.2 GHz & 16Gb is enough to kick off a build and go do something else.. About powerful enough for what I use mine for...
Luckyil, I never worked for any of those, machine got to me via some other routes. However, thanks for the heads up, I figured their support system could be waste of time altogether...I wouldn't contact Oracle, SUN, IBM or HP without a service contract for the Telco, bank or ISP I was working for. Even then it is most often a complete waste of time.. they usually know less than you do and a week in their "support" system and you usually have it sorted before they can even define the problem.
Bubba wrote:Oh, I tried, God knows I did.Mine was admin/admin or admin/root or something equally lame on it. Maybe try a few obvious choices. See if you can wipe it and try admin/blank. I haven't had to mess around with the ALOM since I re-installed Solaris on it. Mine was set to auto power on, once you have the ok prompt what more do you need?
I'd like to have it under control, plus the fact I can access machine on bare metal level, without a need to actually leave comfort of my cozy room. And it provides other cool features; well, anyway, I have it and I want it, if nothing else.
(My emphasis added)in the SUN document number 816-728-10 it is wrote:About the System Configuration Card
The system configuration card (SCC) contains unique network identity information, including the Ethernet MAC addresses and host ID (stored in idprom), the OpenBoot firmware configuration (stored in nvram), and ALOM system controller user and configuration data. It supplants the NVRAM module used on previous Sun systems. The SCC is housed in a slot behind the system doors, next to the system Power button (see “Locating Front Panel Features” on page 7).
I even tried copying serial number from that card as a potential password. Didn't help.PymbleSoftware wrote:It looks like a credit card with a smart card chip, next to the power button
I thought of reading and writing to that card via some 3rd party hardware tool. Do you know any?If you could acquire a blank one, duplicate and wipe ALOM fields.
Hopefully. I wouldn't like to blow the whole machine just for that card, since they seem to be quite expensive, at least on Ebay.It would probably ask you to set the password.
Well, I *am* doing everything through the serial port.You might also try the serial port on the ALOM card. The same document states something to the effect of the ALOM network ports are secure but the serial is not.
I'm pretty sure I have the same problem as the last guy that commented on this entry - there are plenty of options, but non that would hardly resemble on the one about erasing the password. I'll give it a try once again, though...zmttoxics wrote:To reset the ALOM password, read this: http://blog.mc-thias.org/?title=sun_ser ... &tb=1&pb=1
The default password should be no password or `changeme`
Bubba wrote:I thought of reading and writing to that card via some 3rd party hardware tool. Do you know any?I wrote:If you could acquire a blank one, duplicate and wipe ALOM fields.
Bubba wrote:Hopefully. I wouldn't like to blow the whole machine just for that card, since they seem to be quite expensive, at least on Ebay.I wrote:It would probably ask you to set the password.
Perhaps when someone with similar machine would provide dumb of card content, I might get some idea where the users and passwords are written...
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