Sun Fire V120

Through the gracious efforts of a friend, I have managed to come by a Sun Fire V120 server with a 650MHz UltraSPARC IIi processor.  It is in need of a hard drive, but is otherwise in working order.  I’ll be getting some cheap 80 pin SCSI drives on ebay in a few days, but in the meantime, my issue is the serial (or LOM) connection used to administrate the server.  There is no video card, so serial is the only way to go (there is a PCI slot, but normal video cards will not work due to Sun using an Open Boot PROM rather than a BIOS).  Perhaps more annoying is the RJ-45 connector that is used for the serial port.  Because of this, I am unable to connect to it.  I may be able to make an RJ-45 to DB9 adapter tonight and attempt to connect.  I haven’t come up with a use for this machine yet, but I’m sure that it will be making use of the Gentoo SPARC project.  I’ve never used Sun hardware before, so this should be fun.

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