[rescue] Fwd: Re: Might rescue a B1600 w/ B100s blades: licensing issues?

Peter Stokes peter at ashlyn.co.uk
Sat Jul 5 02:18:44 CDT 2014


There are no licensing issues and yes you use standard Network boot for 
the SPARC blades and PXE for the x86. The disks are standard laptop ones 

The only issue most folk find is if the switch has had a password set. 
Resetting is non trivial and not documented. If this is set, get back to 
me as I managed to obtain the work around to reset it.

Best of luck with it, if you need any help get back to me as I have 
setup/tested a few of these and still have one on the shelf.


On Fri, 4 Jul 2014 19:48:58 -0700, dillwyn at room53studios.com wrote:
> Hello,
> Thinking about adding a Sunfire B1600 chassis with a handful
> of B100s blades to my collection of old Sun gear.
> I have a dim recollection of management licensing issues on
> used blade servers, though not necessarily Sun's. Is there
> anything like that I need to worry about?
> I'm not talking about whatever Oracle calls things like the
> descendants of the Solstice products, just something which
> might interfere with getting it up and running if I have to
> do a factory reset type of thing. (Assuming such a reset is
> possible, if I encounter a password prompt when I connect
> a terminal.)
> BTW, all the hard drives have been pulled from the blades.
> Any risk the replacements will need special firmware, or a
> weird, proprietary bootloader written to the first few
> sectors, etc? Years ago, I got burned on a Dell-branded
> Clariion filer with a couple of dead FLARE drives, and I
> don't really want to deal with problems like that again.
> Thanks in advance,
> adk
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