im new on this board and i have some questions about the RAQ3.
First i have to say sorry for my bad english. I hope you can understand what i mean and try to describe.
Today Ive bought an RAQ3 - will be here in 4 Days.
First i have downloaded the RAQ Restore CD for the RAQ3 from Sun. But now i have found here a lot of Topics about the RAQ4
OS on the RAQ3 Now, i am downloading the RAQ4 Restore CD, too.
After reading a lot of Topics i have a few questions:
For a normal Restore of the RAQ3 i need this File - Right?:
960-RAQ30101AU - RaQ 3/3i English
The "i" stands for SCSI Controller - Yes?
When i want to update my RAQ3 to 4 which Restore CD should be used?
960-RAQ4S101AU - RaQ 4 English
960-RAQ40101BU - RaQ 4i English
Take the 4i RaQ Update for the 3i RaQ (RAQ with SCSI)?
Take the 4 RaQ Update for the 3 RaQ (RAQ without SCSI)?
cobalt.rom-2.9.34.img - the 2.9.34 ROM, needed for upgrading the RAQ3?, available at Cobalt FAQs (get the .md5 as well and check the md5sum)
The flashrom utility, available at ftp-eng.cobalt.com/pub/users/thockin/old-2.4
The RAQ550 OS Restore CD, available as a downloadable ISO image from Sun Support
Is a Rom Update needed for the Update from Version RAQ3 to RAQ4? Which files schould be used? And how to do this?
If you are rebuilding the server, I would actually recommend going all the way up to the RaQ 550 OS. It's the newest, best kernel support, etc. The 550 OSRCD will automatically upgrade the ROM on your server for you, so that's another plus.
The RaQ 3i was a follow-on model to the RaQ 3. The i model added (IIRC) the 2nd Ethernet port, the external SCSI adapter, and the PCI slot. Some RaQ 3 motherboards have a 2nd IDE connector built in, so you can add a second hard drive and run RAID 1 if you have the RaQ 4r or RaQ 550 OSRCD. You can purchase the mounting sled, etc., from raqware.com if it's not already inside the case.
FYI, the RaQ 4 model is a stripped-down RaQ, with no SCSI, no PCI, and only one Ethernet port. The 4i adds the SCSI/PCI/Ethernet, and the 4r is like a 4i but with 2 hard drives and RAID 1 configuration. There was never a RaQ 3r, only the 3 and 3i.
From the FTP server (ftp://ftp.cobalt.sun.com/pub/iso/), download the newer RaQ 550 OSRCD. There is a README.TXT file in the same directory with the ISO images that will tell you which is which.
On the first pass at restoring, it will ask you if it can flash the ROM. Say yes, and it will do so. Then at some point you will power down the RaQ, and power it back up. That's the second pass at the restore, and that's when you will actually be formatting the HD, installing the OS, etc.
At this stage, it is very important to correctly specify the platform you are installing on -- there is a list of choices: RaQ 3, RaQ 4, Qube 3, etc. Make sure you choose RaQ 3! If you choose RaQ 550, you will make the box into a boat anchor. If that happens, get in touch with Gerald at raqware.com and he can fix it for you.
Do NOT install the actual RaQ 550 kernel PKG files though; the memory layout in the RaQ 3 is not the same. You can get 550 kernels rebuilt for the RaQ 3/4 memory layout at http://www.nuonce.net/. Install those PKGs in place of the Sun kernel PKGs when you're at that point on the patch page, and you'll be fine.