[rescue] needed: u1 NVRAM chip

Cody Swanson mailinglists at sysop.ca
Wed Sep 24 16:30:19 CDT 2008

Carl R. Friend wrote:
>    On Wed, 24 Sep 2008, Bill Bradford wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 04:37:19PM -0400, Carl R. Friend wrote:
>>> [...]  We've got an SS-10 from the Jurassic Era that runs a
>>> license-manager, including licenses that we can't get re-cut
>>> because the original vendor no longer exists.
>> Can't you do the "hostid" trick on a newer machine and run them on
>> something newer (if they're locked to the hostid), or does this also
>> have software that you don't have the reinstallation media for?
>    I haven't tried resetting the hardware type in an NVRAM and
> seeing what happens.  Does Solaris query this NVRAM/config value
> for anything important?
>    As far as installation media goes?  Well, I suspect that went in
> one of the many "cleaning frenzies" we've had in the computer room
> in the past few years.  At least we have three-way mirrors on the
> machine and disk images stashed elsewhere for when the fecal matter
> hits the impeller....
>    Cheers!
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If you are running solaris 8 or newer you can virtualize the machine in
a solaris 10 branded zone and set the hostid for the container to be the
same as your current host. This is what I did at work to phase out some
older license servers for software that is no longer being produced.
Plus a new T2000 can host many old ss20's.

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