Lightning strike may have taken out a HDD!
Unable to find some place from which I can get service and a legit download of the necessary firmware (even from a questionable site), I've decided to order a couple of the smaller supported drives to get the box working.
I admitted it was probably folly, but I got the Sun Fire X4600 M2. It's in the lab, but still not running.
In probably another folly move, I've ordered another big server.
Recently I acquired a giant server that I plan to provision as a replacement for my hand-me-down workstation-turned-server. This is the first test of software through that server, and so far it's going pretty smoothly.
With a little help I was finally able to get my server's firmware upgraded.
I've got an old Sun Blade 100 workstation that I've been using as a web and application server and file store since I bought it in 2000. At the time, it was the biggest (1.6GB RAM) and just about fastest (500MHz RISC CPU) machine in the joint. Today,…