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.
Not avoiding blogging, just very busy. Lots of things have happened this year, and I should probably say more about them. Maybe later.
Has it really been a half year since I've blogged. I need to get better at this.
Resolution: write more.
That's all for now.
I was able to replace the failed HDD with a new hybrid drive and install Mac OS Sierra Beta without a hitch.
The headline might be a little misleading, but trying to install the Apple OS Sierra Beta led to a series of events that seems to have rendered my MBP inoperable for the moment.