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History
SANTA CLARA, CA -- May 13, 2002 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. is making the delivery of network applications simpler and more affordable than ever with the introduction of the Sun Cobalt RaQ(tm) 550 server appliance.
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The Strongbolt2 ROM
With the arrival of Strongbolt2, we have a new ROM for Cobalt servers.
The new ROM is based on the source from sourceforge.net, but modified to include a 2.6 kernel. The reason for this is to facillitate booting from USB and support for extra hardware.
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Strongbolt 2 upgrade released
A new year sees a completely new release of Strongbolt.
The Strongbolt2 upgrade is an easy process that just involves installing a couple of packages through the package management interface (bluelinq).
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Testimonials
Support from OS Office is nothing short of amazing.
Finding companies that stand behind their products these days can be challenging, but the staff at OS Office proves they still exist.
I continue to be stunned by their response times and outstanding service.
 
Jim Murray
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Strongbolt FAQ

Strongbolt FAQ

 

Common Pre installation questions:-


Common Pre installation Answers:-

What is the difference between the "Standard" and the "Enterprise" versions of the Strongbolt install disk?
The Standard and Enterprise version are technically exactly the same. The Enterprise edition comes with an Enterprise level of support. We recommend that companies who offer hosting services choose this version.

 

Why isn't Strongbolt free?
The Strongbolt installation system took many months to develop and as much as we would like it to be free, unfortunately we cannot afford to release it free of charge. The Strongbolt development team are committed to delivering a top class product. If this project was "free" then this would impact on quality. This is regrettable, but this is the way of things in the world.

 

What is the cost of updating Strongbolt?
There is no cost! After buying the installation disk, updates are managed by the YUM update tool. This will keep your system up to date with CentOS and BlueQuartz updates. When CentOS releases version 5, there will be a new Strongbolt CD. This will be available to current customers at a substantial discount.

 

What other costs are there?
There are no other costs. We only ask that you buy the installation CD. This helps keep the project going.

 

How are updates managed?
Updates are managed by the YUM package manager. In order to update the system, simply log in to the server through SSH and type "yum -y update". This will update the system to the latest verison of CentOS and BlueQuartz. We have put a lot of effort into making Strongbolt compatible with all other CentOS and BlueQuartz packages.

 

Can I migrate from Cobalt Linux to Strongbolt Linux?
We have had several positive reports from people who have migrated sites and settings successfully from Cobalt Linux to Strongbolt Linux using the Cobalt Migration Utility. However, the Cobalt Migration Utility is a third party application, and as such we cannot support it directly.

 

Can I migrate form Strongbolt Linux to nuonce.net's installation?
We have had several positive reports from people who have migrated from Strongbolt to nuonce.net's installation using the Cobalt Migration Utility. However, the Cobalt Migration Utility is a third party application, and as such we cannot s upport it directly.

 

What kind of hard drives can I put in my RaQ 3 or 4?
You can use many different hard drives in a RaQ 4, we have tested upto 120gb drives. Apparently the bios is limited by the 137gb barrier. We have not tested this and cannot confirm it. We do know that the new Seagate 7200.9 drives are not supported. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE 7200.9 HARD DRIVES, THEY DO NOT WORK AND YOU MAY DAMAGE THEM.

 

What kind of hard drives can I put in my RaQ 550?
You can use many different hard drives in a RaQ 550, we have tested upto 160gb drives. We do know that the new Seagate 7200.9 drives are not supported. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE 7200.9 HARD DRIVES, THEY DO NOT WORK AND YOU MAY DAMAGE THEM.

 

What kind of hard drives can I put in my Qube 3?
We have written support for the Qube3, and have had several reports of flawless installs. Please follow the same precautions as above (for the RaQ 3 or 4)

 

Can I use SATA drives in my server?
We will be testing this over the coming weeks. Please check again soon.

 

What will happen when Centos 5 comes out?
When Centos 5 is released, there will be a new version of Strongbolt. The new version of Strongbolt will be reduced in price to customers who wish to upgrade to it.

 

Does Strongbolt Linux support Japanese LCD output?
We have been testing Japanese language support on the LCD recently. Several users have reported that the LCD works fine in Japanese after installing an additional RPM on a Qube 3, RaQ 3, 4 and 550

 

Is this system compatible with nuonce.net's installation?
Compatability tests so far have indicated that you can use the majority of PKG files from nuonce.net. We have also had success migrating sites to and from nuonce installations. Please contact us if you have any problems. One of our goals is to be 100% compatible with the nuonce version.

 

Can I install xyz.PKG from another BlueQuartz vendor? We have tested a number of PKG files from both of the main BlueQuartz vendors - Solarspeed and nuonce.net. We have so far reported no errors when using PKG files from either of these PKG providers.




Common Post installation questions:-







Common Post installation Answers:-

Why does the LCD say "Stopping Portmap" when I shutdown?
When shutting down a Strongbolt Qube 3, Strongbolt RaQ 3, Strongbolt RaQ 4, or Strongbolt RaQ 550, the initscripts output the shutdown of services to the LCD on the server. The last service to report a shutdown is Portmap. After this the server will continue to poweroff whilst still showing "Stopping Portmap" on the LCD. The server will halt correctly, still outputting this message to the LCD. We are working on a kernel update that outputs a message on the LCD (on RaQ3,4 and Qube3) and switches off (on a RaQ550) when you shutdown. We do not consider this a critical issue, as these servers are web servers, and should always be on. Please wait a minute or so after powering down before switching the appliance off. When we have resolved this, we will email update information to all of our customers.

 

 

In the main Active Monitor page on a RaQ550, why do I not see the status of fans?
The fan status page does work on RaQ 550's, and will output the health and speed of fans. However, the main active monitor page does not show a green or red light to indicate their health. We are currently working on an update for this. We hope to release an update soon. All updates will be easy to install shell scripts or PKG files.

 

In the main Active Monitor page, why do I not see the temperature status?
The processor temperature status page does work on RaQ 3, RaQ 4 and RaQ 550's, and will output the temperature of of CPU on the CPU temperature page. The main active monitor page does not show a green or red light to indicate their health. We hope to release an update soon. All updates will be easy to install shell scripts or PKG files.