Subject: DigitalServer 3305 & SRM console code upgrade
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Erik E. Fair <email@example.com>
Date: 03/24/1999 02:43:49
I bought a DigitalServer 3305 (apparently a renamed AlphaServer 800; 500
MHz 21164 CPU) and I am in the process of learning how to set it up as a
NetBSD system; it is designed to be an NT server, but the documentation
reveals that both the ARC and SRM console firmware are there, and it wasn't
hard to coax the system to do SRM by default. A lot of this stuff is
reminding me of time spent in days of yore, caring for VAXen (no big
surprise there, plus ca change).
The NetBSD/alpha FAQ gives a pointer to where the latest firmware can be
found, but doesn't say much about whether it's a good idea to be running
the latest & greatest, or stick with what your machine was shipped with. My
system has SRM v5.1 (Feb '98) now, and the current rev on DEC's web pages
is v5.3 (Nov '98).
As a secondary issue, this box has a very nice cage in the front for
UltraWide SCSI drives with SCA-2 connectors on 'em, but what DEC wants to
charge for storage is extortionate. I would like to find a source for the
disk mounting brackets for this system, buy three of those, and then
separately buy disks from somewhere else at commodity prices.
Anyone know where those brackets can be purchased as parts (replacement or
otherwise) without disks in 'em? A web search revealed little...