Tuesday, August 28, 2007

SCO Unixware bites again

OMG - I cannot maneuver through that POS. Specifically it's Unixware 5.0.2

We have an old Intellicenter ACD tied to a Fujitsu 9600 where the SCSI drive is dying. How do I know it's the drive? I've replaced the whole system. You know how hard it is to find working motherboards with ISA slots? I ended up using my personal PIII-800 (ok, so it's not well used recently) as it has an AGP, 3 PCI, and 2 ISA slots, and works like a dream. I actually bought this from Scott Congdon probably 8 or 9 years ago. I raised it all the way from a PII-233. *sigh*

Anyhoo. Apparently you can't just Ghost an older SCO installation. The OS REALLY likes to know what the drive parameters are in some wacky way. So if you do dparam /dev/rhd0 `dparam /dev/rhd0` (I think that's the right device) it'll hardcode the hd param into the boot info, and THEN you can ghost the drive. Otherwise trying to boot off your new drive will result in a 'boot error'.

Unfortunately for me, the source drive was really on it's last leg and I have corrupted Oracle data. But again, it's SCO, so I have no clue where the damn Oracle server even starts from. ARGH!!! I'll be returned to work again at night to restore an older ghost back to the original (GASP!) drive and hopefully it'll last long enough to get a good ghost back to the new scsi drive.

What a headache. You'd think an ACD machine would run raid.

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