I recently got a Sun fire x4100 server, which does not have an OS loaded. I am able to connect to ILOM (version 18.104.22.168) through the Serial management port and using SSH in Putty. I can also get to the web admin page and launch the remote java console.
However, when I enter the start /SP/console command from a Serial or SSH session the session hangs at "Serial console started. To stop, type ESC (" It will return to the -> prompt if you press the escape characters, however, it doesn't bring up another prompt (such as ok>) and it doesn't respond to any other input. I can't get anything except a blank black screen from the locally attached monitor or the java remote console. I also can't get a BIOS screen to show up for the system, though I can watch the full ILOM boot process in the serial connection.
The machine doesn't seem to detect any hardware problems. How can I check what it is using for a console output device? I just need to change the boot order so that it uses the OS install CD?
Ok, that makes more sense and an important distinction for anyone who isn't used to Sun hardware to realize (This is my first experience with a Sun server)....I think I have been starting the system board using start /SYS because the fans, etc in the server would really take off after issuing that command. However, still no output to the local monitor, the javarconsole, or any change in the serial console (It is still hanging at the Escape sequence notice).
Just to make sure I'm doing this correctly, (if its not available through the local monitor) console access is usually achieved by:
1) starting ILOM (plug in server)
2) establish either a serial or SSH terminal session
3) fire up the system board using start /SYS (or restart it, when necessary, if it started when the server was plugged in using stop -f /SYS and then start /SYS)
4) allow console access using start /SP/console (Can you specify where console access is allowed/directed with this command?)
5) check javarconsole or local monitor for BIOS screen/system board boot up
Is there another way to start the system board or if it is starting, which it seems to be, is there a way to figure out what it is using for an output?
Another thing I noticed about this setup was that it does not display the correct type of RAM when I do a show /SYS/MB/P0/D0
It displays this for each of the slots that have a DIMM:
type = DIMM
fru_name = 2048MB DDR 400 (PC3200) ECC
fru_manufacturer = MICRON TECHNOLOGY
fru_version = 0200
fru_part_number = 36VDDF25672G-40BD2
fru_serial_number = D602AAA7
but I've got 4 matching PC2700 256MB DIMMs in the white slots, which may be too small for the machine to recognize?? It doesn't display any memory faults, but could a RAM issue be preventing it from booting??
PC2700 256 MB DIMMs are not certified for this platform.
Please look on these both URLs which memories are supported :