We have an old T2000 Sparc Enterprise server that is not being used in production anymore. So the plan is to make it a Solaris 11 playground and test environment. The first step I took was to install the most current alom firmware. ALOM is quite different from the more modern iLom interfaces that come with all current Sun Servers. According to metalink the firmware was lust updated in May 2012 which impressed me since the server has been EOL since 2009. To install the update you just need to set up an ftp server somewhere and have the flashupdate command download the file from there. With the new firmware I was able to change the Alom access from telnet to SSH. yay.
Sun-Fire-T2000 System Firmware 6.7.6 2009/10/29 16:06
Host flash versions:
OBP 4.30.4 2009/08/19 07:24
Hypervisor 1.7.3.a 2009/10/29 15:50
POST 4.30.4 2009/08/19 07:47
Are you sure you want to power off the system [y/n]? y
SC Alert: SC Request to Power Off Host.
SC Alert: Host system has shut down.
Keyswitch is in the NORMAL position.
sc> flashupdate -s 18.104.22.168 -f Sun_System_Firmware-6_7_12-Sun_Fire_T2000.bin
SC Alert: System poweron is disabled.
Update complete. Reset device to use new software.
SC Alert: SC firmware was reloaded
Are you sure you want to reset the SC [y/n]? y
User Requested SC Shutdown
sc> Connection closed by foreign host.
sc> setsc if_connection ssh
I may have to re-check the raid controller settings on the machine but the real big next step is to install Solaris 11 itself. Of course, I could simply burn an ISO and ship the disc to the data center but that would only be half the fun (and I have no idea if the drive is still working). So instead I will set up an automatic install server. Unfortunately, we do not already have a solaris 11 system in that datacenter which leads to a chicken-egg problem. We do have an Oracle VM cluster and I am downloading a Solaris 11 VM template as I am typing this.