Sun Fire V125 Server Product Notes

This document contains the late-breaking news about the Sun Fire V125 server.

Topics include:

Generally, this information was discovered after the release of the documentation set. However, this document might also contain information that does not normally fit in the other documents in the Sun Fire V125 documentation set.

Shipping Kit Contents

The shipping kit might contain different items than those described on the packing list. For example, to promote eco-responsibility, the kit might no longer contain the RJ-45 Ethernet cable, the antistatic wriststrap, or other ancillary items. Alternatively, serial adapters, fasteners, or other items not listed on the packing list might be included to enhance the customer experience. Contact Sun Microsystems, Inc. to purchase the items you need. These ancillary items also might be available at computer supply stores.

Operating System

If you need to reinstall the operating system for the Sun Fire V125 server, you must use the minimum level of the Solaris Operating System and apply the latest version of required patches in the following list:

Platform Name Output

On the Sun Fire V125 server, the platform name varies depending on the software you use to get the name. The following list describes the differences:

Note - The prtconf command is the preferred method for obtaining the platform name.

ALOM Issues

The first time you log in to the Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager (ALOM) software you will be logged in as the admin user, and you will be prompted to set the password for the admin user.

A new ALOM NVRAM variable, if_connection, has been added to the ALOM software. The if_connection variable controls the network connection type (Telnet or SSH). SSH is the default setting.

For more information, refer to the Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager (ALOM) 1.6 Administration Guide.

Communicating With the Server

This section provides information on connecting a console device to the server.

The chapter contains the following section.

Setting Up a Console Connection to the Server

In order to communicate with the server you must connect a console to it.

Whichever type of device you use as a console, make the physical connection to the server by connecting to the appropriate port on the console and to the SERIAL MGT port on the back of the server.

procedure icon  To Connect to the Server Using a Sun Workstation

1. Connect to the server using an RJ-45 patch cable.

2. From a terminal session, type:

# tip /dev/term/a -9600

In the proceeding example, the tip command is for a workstation that is using its TTYA serial port to connect to the server. If you later configure your workstation to use TTYB, type the following to set up a Tip session:

# tip /dev/term/b -9600

Note - The commands given here will change if the serial connection settings have been reconfigured.

procedure icon  To Connect to the Server Using an ASCII Terminal

1. Set up a connection between the terminal and the Sun Fire V125 server.

2. For the General terminal settings, refer to the terminal’s operating manual.

3. Make the setting changes shown in the following table.






Bit Rate




Data Bits


Stop Bit


Flow Control


VT100 Emulation

On (if applicable)

Connecting to the Server Using a System Running Microsoft Windows

If you want to configure and operate a Sun Fire V125 server from a PC or laptop running Microsoft Windows, you can do so using the Windows Hyperterminal.

Note - The following procedure relates to Windows 98. Other variants of Microsoft Windows might differ slightly.

Note - If you use a Palm Pilot or similar device, ensure that Hot Sync Manager is closed. If it is not, you will not be able to communicate with the server from your PC or laptop.

procedure icon  To Connect to the Server

1. Connect the RJ-45 patch cable to the port labeled SERIAL MGT on the rear of the server.

2. Connect the other end of the patch cable to the DB-9 adapter.

3. Connect the DB-9 serial adapter to the COM1 serial port on your PC or laptop.

4. Open a Windows Hyperterminal:

a. Choose Start > Programs > Accessories > Communications > Hyperterminal.

b. Run Hyperttrm.exe.

5. In the Set Up New Session window:

a. Name the session.

b. Choose an icon.

c. Click OK.

6. In the Connect To window:

a. Click Edit.

b. Click Connect Using.

c. In the drop-down menu, click Direct to COM1.

Note - If you connected the DB-9 adaptor to a port other than COM1 on your PC or laptop, choose the appropriate option from the list in the drop-down menu.

d. Click OK.

7. In the COM1 Properties window:

a. Change the Bits Per Second value to 9600.

b. Set Flow Control to Xon/Xoff.

The correct values for all settings in this window are shown in the following table.




Bits Per Second


Data Bits




Stop Bits


Flow Control


c. Click OK.

The sc> prompt appears in the Windows Hyperterminal.

Using the Sun Fire V125 Server With a Terminal Server

The serial ports on the Sun Fire V125 server are DTE ports. If you connect these to other DTE ports, then the cabling between them must perform a crossover (also known as a roll-over).

If the pinouts for the server’s serial ports correspond with the pinouts for the RJ-45 ports on the terminal server, you have two connection options:

If the pinouts for the server’s serial ports do not correspond with the pinouts for the RJ-45 ports on the terminal server, you must make a crossover cable that takes each pin on the Sun Fire V125 server’s serial port to the corresponding pin in the terminal server’s serial port.

TABLE 0-3 shows the crossovers that the cable must perform.

TABLE 0-3 Pin Crossovers for Connecting to a Typical Terminal Server

Sun Fire V125 Serial Port (RJ-45 Connector) Pin

Terminal Server Serial Port Pin

Pin 1 (RTS)

Pin 1 (CTS)

Pin 2 (DTR)

Pin 2 (DSR)

Pin 3 (TXD)

Pin 3 (RXD)

Pin 4 (Signal Ground)

Pin 4 (Signal Ground)

Pin 5 (Signal Ground)

Pin 5 (Signal Ground)

Pin 6 (RXD)

Pin 6 (TXD)

Pin 7 (DSR /DCD)

Pin 7 (DTR)

Pin 8 (CTS)

Pin 8 (RTS)

procedure icon  To Connect to a Sun Fire V125 Server Through a Terminal Server

1. Attach the appropriate cables as described in Using the Sun Fire V125 Server With a Terminal Server.

2. Open a terminal session on the console, and type:

# telnet IP-address-of-terminal-server port-number

For example, for a Sun Fire V125 server connected to port 10000 on a terminal server whose IP address is, you would type:

# telnet 10000

Hardware and Software Issues

This section contains the title, number, summary, and possible workarounds for hardware and software issues that were found before the release of the product.

Add SUNW,Sun-Fire-V125 to the SMCCfrutest Dynamic Test (CR 6452315)

FRU and PICL-related packages are not installed when installing less than the entire cluster from media. This issue does not impact the preinstalled software image.

Workaround: Install the Entire Distribution Plus OEM metacluster.