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SANTA CLARA, CA -- May 13, 2002 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. is making the delivery of network applications simpler and more affordable than ever with the introduction of the Sun Cobalt RaQ(tm) 550 server appliance.
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The Strongbolt2 ROM
With the arrival of Strongbolt2, we have a new ROM for Cobalt servers.
The new ROM is based on the source from, but modified to include a 2.6 kernel. The reason for this is to facillitate booting from USB and support for extra hardware.
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Strongbolt 2 upgrade released
A new year sees a completely new release of Strongbolt.
The Strongbolt2 upgrade is an easy process that just involves installing a couple of packages through the package management interface (bluelinq).
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Support from OS Office is nothing short of amazing.
Finding companies that stand behind their products these days can be challenging, but the staff at OS Office proves they still exist.
I continue to be stunned by their response times and outstanding service.
Jim Murray
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CentOS3 BlueQuartz Howto

CentOS3 BlueQuartz Howto

This page is provided for archive reasons. We do not support the following configuration. CentOS3 is coming to the end of its life cycle and will no longer be patched.

Step 1 - Base Install

Install centos 3.6 on an old i386 with the absolute minimum amount of packages. Do not install a boot loader.

When prompted for to make partitions, we recommend the following partition scheme:

A root partition "/" (of 1500 - 2000 MB)
A var partition "/var" (of 1500 - 2000MB)
A swap partition (the same as your physical RAM i.e.: 512mb)
A home partition "/home" (remaining space)

If you choose to install RAID, now would be a good time to set it up. I prefer to have the 2 drives plugged in at this stage, and configure raid using disk druid.

Upon completion of this, PUT DISK1 BACK IN AND REBOOT

Step 2 - Getting ready for the RaQ

Boot the old i386 into Linux rescue, using centos 3.6 disk1

Whilst in rescue mode, chroot to the installed root.

#chroot /mnt/sysimage

Remove the previously installed modules.

# rm /etc/modules.conf

Make a temporary CDROM mounting drive:
# mkdir /mnt/tmp
# mount the CDROM using:
# mount /dev/hdd /mnt/tmp
# cd /mnt/tmp/RedHat/RPMS

Replace the i686 C Libraries with i386 ones.
# rpm -i --force glibc-*.i386.rpm
# rm -Rf /lib/i686

Now the same for OpenSSL
# rpm -i --force openssl-*.i386.rpm

You can put the files that you need for this stage on a USB stick, or download them. Centos install disk 'Linux rescue' does recognise most USB storage.
Alternatively you could enable the network and download the files you need from:

Unmount the CDROM and mount the USB stick.
# cd ~
# umount /mnt/tmp
# mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/tmp
# cd /mnt/tmp

Install the panel LCD programs available here
# rpm -i panel*.rpm

Get your kernel installed, I have one available.
If you choose to use the kernel I built it is available here..

Copy the kernel over
mv vmlinux.bz2 /boot/

Get the kernel modules in place. I have a tar.gz file here

Make the directory for the kernel modules:
#mkdir /lib/modules/2.4.25

Extract the modules.tar.gz /lib/modules/2.4.25/
tar -xvzf modules.tar.gz -C /lib/modules/2.4.25/

Take out the virtual consoles
# vi /etc/inittab

you can remove or comment out the following lines:

1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6

Make the LCD device file. The correct way is:
mknod /dev/lcd c 10 156

Make the locks directory for LCD panel

#mkdir /etc/locks

You have now finished with this stage. You can power down the pc, and take the drives out.

Step 3 - Booting the New operating system

Put the drives in the raq, and connect your null modem cable.
upon boot, let kudzu configure devices. Kudzu will also add the correct parameters to make your serial console work.

kudzu will prompt you to configure your network details. If you put in the wrong details, you can change them by editing the following file.

The network config file


This file should contain something like this :

Restart the network:

If you have had to edit this file, be sure to restart network services.

#service network restart

Yum needs to have the GPG key installed in order to update. I prefer to update things before installing BlueQuartz. If you get an error, this usually means that you have configured your network incorrectly.

#rpm -import

#yum -y update

Remove un-needed services

#chkconfig --del cups
#chkconfig --del isdn
#chkconfig --del pcmcia
#chkconfig --del kudzu

Step 4 - Installing BlueQuartz

BlueQuartz requires several RPMS to be installed before it can install;

#yum install php bind-chroot openssh telnet-server expect net-snmp perl-DB_File ntp perl-URI

Its worth having a look at the BlueQuartz website

Also, check to see whether or not there is an updated version of BQ, then download the setup files.

or if the bq servers are a bit slow, try our mirror:
# wget
#tar -xvzf BlueQuartz-5100R-CentOS3-i386-2006011501.tar.gz
#cd BlueQuartz-5100R-CentOS3-i386-2006011501

Once the BlueQuartz payload is installed, continue.

Remove modules that cause chatter in the logs.

echo 'alias char-major-10-224 off' >> /etc/modules.conf
echo 'alias char-major-4 off' >> /etc/modules.conf
echo 'alias char-major-6 off' >> /etc/modules.conf
echo 'alias hid off' >> /etc/modules.conf
echo 'alias keybdev off' >> /etc/modules.conf
echo 'alias mousedev off' >> /etc/modules.conf

yum install mysql-server mysql php-mysql squirrelmail
service mysqld start
chkconfig --add mysqld
chkconfig --levels 345 mysqld on
cd /home
tar -xvzf phpMyAdmin-2.7.0-pl2.tar.gz
mv phpMyAdmin-2.7.0-pl2 phpmyadmin
echo 'Alias /phpmyadmin /home/phpmyadmin' > /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpmyadmin.conf

Create the PHPMyAdmin config file:

vi /home/phpmyadmin/

PHPMyAdmin has changed, for older versions, use this:

$cfg['PmaAbsoluteUri_DisableWarning'] = TRUE;
$cfg['PmaNoRelation_DisableWarning'] = FALSE;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = localhost;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['port'] = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['socket'] = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['connect_type'] = 'tcp';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['compress'] = FALSE;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['controluser'] = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlpass'] = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = 'cookie';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['user'] = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = '';
$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = 'insertsecrethere';

For newer versions use this:

$i = 0;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = 'localhost';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['extension'] = 'mysql';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['connect_type'] = 'tcp';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['compress'] = false;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = 'cookie';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['user'] = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = '';
$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = 'osoffice';


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