6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2013 2:29 PM by 403074 RSS

    Reg: Sun V880 Server

    987066
      Hello,

      Recently I got an old Sun V880 server. I don't know the root password. I connected a network cable to Serial port in RSC card and other end I connected to cross over 9 pin connector ( Sun Part No. 530-3100-01 ).

      When I start the server and connect using putty as well as Hyperterminal, I get the below message.

      Memory Cells Test, PASSED.
      Data CACHE Test
      Verify D-CACHE Performance Increase
      D-CACHE Performance Increase I-CACHE Disabled
      D-CACHE Performance Increase I-CACHE Enabled
      Verify D-CACHE Memory
      Data CACHE Test, PASSED.
      Main Sectors FLASH CRC Test
      Main Sectors FLASH CRC Test, PASSED.
      Load the RSC, then run the VxDiags
      RSC version 2.2 ()

      Full VxDiag Tests
      PCF8591 THERMISTOR TEST
      PCF8591 THERMISTOR TEST, PASSED
      BASIC TOD TEST
      Read the TOD Clock: SAT JAN 01 00:00:13 2000
      Wait, 1 - 3 seconds
      Read the TOD Clock: SAT JAN 01 00:00:15 2000
      BASIC TOD TEST, PASSED
      ETHERNET CPU LOOPBACK TEST
      50 BYTE PACKET - a 0 in field of 1's. Attaching network interface cpm0... d
      one.
      50 BYTE PACKET - a 1 in field of 0's.
      900 BYTE PACKET - pseudo-random data.
      ETHERNET CPU LOOPBACK TEST, PASSED
      MODEM PRESENT TEST
      Verify Modem is present
      MODEM PRESENT TEST, PASSED
      MODEM INIT and REGISTER TEST
      Check for VALID PCMCIA Address
      MODEM Register Test
      MODEM INIT and REGISTER TEST, PASSED
      MODEM TUPLES TEST
      Read TUPLES Data
      Verify TUPLES Data
      MODEM TUPLES TEST, PASSED
      Full VxDiag Tests - PASSED

      Status summary - Status = 7FFF
      VxDiag - - PASSED
      POST - - PASSED
      LOOPBACK - - PASSED
      BATTERY - - PASSED
      I2C - - PASSED
      EPROM - - PASSED
      FRU PROM - - PASSED
      ETHERNET - - PASSED
      MODEM - - PASSED
      MAIN CRC - - PASSED
      BOOT CRC - - PASSED
      TTYD - - PASSED
      TTYC - - PASSED
      MEMORY - - PASSED
      MPC860 - - PASSED

      Please login:
      Please login:


      I don't know the username and password, I tried using Ctrl + Break to get OK prompt and there is no response. If I enter username and password continuously four times the system hangs. Then I have to remove the RSC card and short the battery and after that I get the same message.

      Can someone help me to make it work this server?

      Regards
      George
        • 1. Re: Reg: Sun V880 Server
          Pascal Kreyer-Oracle
          I will suggest to use the Stop-N key sequence on a connected keyboard to reset OBP parameters, connect your putty session to the mainboard serial connector and then boot on a Solaris media in single-user mode to reset root password.
          • 2. Re: Reg: Sun V880 Server
            403074
            Hello George,

            attach to the console port (25 pin SUB-D, not the one on the RSC) and use Ctrl + Break to get to the OK prompt. Review (and capture !) the current OBP settings with printenv. The console is currently directed to the RSC, but now temporarily directed to the serial console. Change the setting from RSC to to serial console with setenv. For the exact settings review the OBP 4.x User's Guide, RSC User's Guide and the V880 documentation which is still freely available for download.

            The RSC password can be reset with rscadmin if Solaris is running.

            If the disks are cleaned (no Solaris installed) and you didn't get the RSC software media (at least the SPARC package) with the system, you won't be able to use the system with the RSC, because downloading the RSC software requires a service contract.

            Michael

            Edited by: maal on 25.01.2013 08:08
            Someone was faster...
            Using the Sun Keybord requires an installed framebuffer (graphics card). Without the framebuffer POST doesn't enable the keyboard, input-/output is directed to the serial console or RSC.
            • 3. Re: Reg: Sun V880 Server
              987066
              Hello Michael,

              Thank you for the mail and I appreciate. I still not able to go ahead from the prompt where I was before. I am not an expert in Solaris, trying to catch up something. If you don't mind can you please clarify some doubts.

              In my server I have the below given ports.

              Serial Port A/B ( 25 pins ) Looks like parallel port

              One TPE Fast Ethernet Interface

              On RSC Card ... One serial port, one modem port, one Ethernet port.

              First I connected network cable to Serial port and other end connected to 9 pin adapter and this adapter connected to serial port of my laptop used Hyperterminal as well as putty.

              Second time I connected a 25 pins adapter to Sun server Serial port A/B and other end to 9 pin adapter in my laptop. Then there is no response.

              Please correct me in which way I should connect the adapter and cable to check this problem.

              Thanks in advance
              George
              • 4. Re: Reg: Sun V880 Server
                tholtorff - oracle
                Hi George,

                It's probable that the output-device and input-device OBP variables are set to rsc-console. That is the reason why you are not getting anything on console while connected to Serial Port A/B (25 pins).

                First thing you need to do is reset RSC password. As Michael mentioned you can do this from Solaris OS by invoking 'scadm' command. To get the console from Serial Port A/B (25 pins) I would suggest to physically remove RSC card from host. This will redirect input and output device to ttya. Connect to Serial Port A/B (RSC card removed) and power on the server. You should get output from console (POST, OK prompt and booting Solaris if Solaris is installed and auto-boot OBP variable is set to true).

                If Solaris is not installed then you can simply proceed with installation of new OS (please choose full installation). After installation please put back in the RSC card and use 'scadm' to reset password of the RSC (please consult scadm manual pages).

                When password reset procedure will finish successfully, connect the console cable to RSC serial port, log in with username and password and change OBP variables 'input-device' and 'output-device' to rsc-console.

                After all of the above you will be able to use RSC to control your host remotely (power off / power on / remote console / environmental status and more).

                Regards,
                Tom
                • 5. Re: Reg: Sun V880 Server
                  987066
                  Hello Tom,

                  Thanks for the mail. I tried in the same way as you said. But there is no output. Please help me.

                  Thanks
                  George
                  • 6. Re: Reg: Sun V880 Server
                    403074
                    Hello George,

                    - power-cycle the system
                    - POST (power-on selftest) output should appear (regardless of the OBP settings) on the serial console (serial A/B jack). The keyboard and addin-boards are probed/activated in a later stage of POST.
                    - Use Ctrl + Break to get to the OK prompt.

                    Make sure that the used console cable is null-modem (RxD/TxD crossed to connect two DTE "terminal" devices). The most simple console cable is 3 wire (RXD, TXD and GND).

                    I mispelled the utility for confguring the RSC, it's called rscadm not rscadmin. The software (package) SUNWrsc is not supplied on the Solaris media (just reviewed the Solaris 10 3/05 media).
                    Maybe it was included with one the earlier Solaris media kits. The Solaris 9 12/02 Software Suppplement CD contained RSC 2.2.1. The latest/last version is RSC 2.2.3 with supports the newer SC boards (without. modem). Your system contains the earlier RSC board.

                    This is the link to the V880 documentation:

                    http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E19095-01/sfv880.srvr/index.html

                    Michael