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Title: OpenServer 6 Hardware Overview Presented by: Alexander Sack, Senior Developer

OpenServer 6 Hardware Overview Presented by
Alexander Sack, Senior Developer Paul Hurford,
Director Hardware Technologies
  • Certified Hardware
  • General SCO Hardware Database Statistics
  • OpenServer 6
  • New Channel Partner Hardware Certification
  • Future Hardware Developments
  • OpenServer 6 Specifics
  • Basic Requirements
  • General Device Guide
  • OSR5 vs. OSR6
  • Q A

  • Certified Hardware information

OpenServer 6 - Firsts
  • For the first time with any SCO OS Release,
    Computer Systems from Hewlett-Packard and Intel
    were certified and available the day of Product
  • Fujitsu Siemens, IBM, Maxdata, and Toshiba
    followed on quickly with additional
  • SCO Staff wanted the Hardware products for
    OpenServer to be current with this release. We
    eliminated all ISA, EISA, and PS/2 Bus types from
    this release, and selectively grandfathered
    individual products in each category of hardware
    to OpenServer 6

OpenServer 6 Available Hardware
Computer Systems Certified for OSR6
  • New Channel Partner Hardware Certification

Channel Partner Certification Programs
  • NEW Hardware Certification Programs for Channel
  • SCO distributors and channel partners can now
    certify their white-box server solutions in the
    SCO Hardware Database.
  • Two new programs are available to list computer
    servers under your company name, and model
    number, and list them as Certified, or compatible
    products with SCO Operating System Platforms.

Program Mechanics
  • Providing a low-cost program for SCO channel
    Partners required
  • Creating a computer system test suite for
    automated test results collection and model data
    gathering. This program can be downloaded at
  • http//
  • This new test called the System Certification
    Tests (SCT) and is also available on the optional
    services CD of OpenServer 6 and must be used for
    both the SLP, and RCP channel partner programs.
  • This test suite replaces the older Platform Load
    Test previously used for OEM system testing.
  • Getting agreement from participating OEM partners
    to permit pass-through Certifications without
    retesting by the channel partner

Rebranding Certification Program (RCP)
  • Rebranding Certification Program (RCP)
  • This program is available to SCO authorized
    Distributors and Channel Partners who are
    customers of major OEM suppliers of computer
    systems. The channel partner purchases computer
    system components and then assembles a "White
    Box" system using their own model name and model
    number. If a participating original OEM has
    Certified a specific Server Board, the channel
    partner can re-certify the same system without
    retesting - using this program. 
  • Intel Servers available for the RCT Program
  • http//

Rebranding Certification Program (RCP)
  • RCP Specifics
  • Eligible Products
  • Any computer system product manufactured by
    Intel Corporation that has been Certified by
    Intel for any SCO platform, and Release, and is
    submitted by an SCO authorized channel partner
    is eligibile for rebranding.
  • Submission and testing requirements
  • Model numbers submitted by the channel partner
    must be unique and can only describe one system.
  • The system board used for the certification can
    not be modified in any way from the original
    certified OSM platform.
  • The disk subsystem must be identical to the OEM
    certified product
  • BIOS changes from the original OEM Certified
    product are not permitted. Only BIOS revisions
    listed as certified in the original OEM
    certification are valid.
  • The microprocessor clock and speed must be the
    equal to or less than the OEM certified product.
  • The microprocessor must be from the same
    microprocessor family and the same type as the
    OEM certified product.
  • Any alterations to a submission from the original
    OEM certified model will be rejected.

Computer System Listing Program
  • Computer System Listing Program (SLP)
  • This program is available to SCO authorized
    Distributors and Channel Partners who wish to
    list a computer system as "Compatible" in the SCO
    Hardware Database after testing the hardware for
    24 hours. The channel partner assumes all support
    issues requested by their customers who purchased
    this system.

Computer System Listing Program (SLP)
  • SLP Specifics
  • Eligible Products
  • Any computer system product that will install
    the target SCO Operating System platform and
    release and pass a twenty-four (24) hour stress
    test using the SCO System Certification Tests
    (SCT) will be permitted listed in the CHWP.
  • System Listing requirements
  • The definition of Compatible Hardware is
    Compatible Hardware is hardware that is
    represented to work with the product based on
    driver availability, but has not been certified
    by either the OEM vendor or SCO. Any vendor or
    Channel Partner of SCO whose hardware is listed
    as compatible becomes the technical support
    contact point for any issue that may arise.
  • The product model name and number must be
    specific and unique and can only describe one (1)
  • The exception to this is a suffix may be added to
    the model name/number to describe more than one
    speed of a processor
  • The SCO Channel Partner has installed and tested
    for twenty-four 24 hours the SCO operating system
    platform on each system family and release of the
    operating system that the product will be marked
    as compatible in the CWHP.
  • The SCO Channel partner agrees to support any
    customer of the channel partner in a timely
    manner if a problem or issue is discovered after
    the computer system has been listed.

  • Whitebox Checklist
  • Full ISL is required for both programs
  • http//
  • SLP Program
  • Run System Certification Tests for 24 hours for
    SLP Program
  • Collect System Data
  • Enroll in SLP Program
  • When tests PASS, submit to SCO for publication
  • RCP Program Install target OS and SCT
  • collect system data
  • Enroll in RCP Program
  • Submit collected files to SCO for publication
  • By running the above tests you can ensure a
    smooth OSR6 deployment!

Program Pricing
System Certification Program Contact Information
  • For Further Information
  • Go to
  • http//
  • (or) Contact your SCO Sales Representative,
  • For SCO Americas customers phone - 1 (800)
  • For SCO Americas customers fax all RCP and SLP
    agreements to 1 (831) 439-9774
  • For SCO International customers phone - 44 (0)
    870 351 8626
  • For SCO International customers fax RCP and SLP
    agreements to 44 (0) 870 351 8627
  • Email for further information.

  • Future Hardware Developments for OpenServer 6,
    and UnixWare

  • Well, thats a different Break-Out Session…
  • Come see us on August 8th in Room 102
  • from 315 to 445

  • OpenServer 6

OpenServer 6 A New Beginning
  • OSR6 has the most current hardware support of any
    release of OpenServer
  • Most of the administration of hardware devices is
    done automatically by the OS
  • Continue to use SCOadmin and the standard mkdev
  • Various certification tools are available to
    validate any new OSR6 server deployment

OpenServer 6 - Basic Requirements
OpenServer 6 - Basic Requirements
  • AMD64 and EMT64 CPUs are compatible with OSR6 in
    32-bit mode.
  • Intel Hyperthreading Technology is fully
    supported on OSR6.
  • Dual Core Support
  • Not in the product for FCS
  • Will arrive as a separate add-on that will allow
    OSR6 to recognize and distinguish between cores
    and logical processors.
  • Supports Hyperthreaded Dual-Core, e.g. Intel
    Extreme Edition
  • Intel Xeon certified platforms should be
    available at release
  • Licensed like Hyperthreading

OpenServer 6 - Basic Requirements
  • IDE
  • Promise Fasttrak and Ultra TX2
  • All Intel ICH based controllers
  • PCI IDE Controller Specification Revision 1.0
  • SATA
  • Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)
  • Found on ICH6M/R chipsets
  • Supports SATA II features such as NCQ and
  • Whitebox chipsets plan AHCI support, e.g. SiS,
    Via, etc.
  • SAS
  • HP SAS has been certified.
  • Adaptec and LSI SAS support due in the
    Fall/Winter timeframe.

OpenServer 6 - Basic Requirements
  • Intel Pro/100 and Pro/1000
  • Note OEMs rebadge and release their own version
    of this chipset.
  • Broadcom BCM5700 NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet
  • Marvell Yukon PCI-E Chipset
  • Driver is available through the Marvell website.
  • Wireless Intel Centrino
  • Prism Wireless based chipset

OpenServer 6 - Basic Requirements
  • OSR6 ships with latest stable server
  • Supports almost every modern graphics chipset
  • Also provides support for a wider range of input
  • Caveats
  • If graphics chipset is not recognized, fall back
    to VESA
  • 3D Acceleration is typically not supported
  • No AGP/GART support

  • General Device Guide

General Device Guide
  • SCSI devices
  • MMC-3 compliant CD/DVD devices
  • SCSI-2 disk and tape
  • Fibre Channel now available for OpenServer 6
  • ATA-4 IDE devices
  • 48-bit LBA support is ATA-6 feature
  • All SATA disks are ATA-6
  • Modern ATAPI drives are at least MMC-3 compliant
  • Serial/Parallel Cards
  • Any onboard serial or parallel chipset should get
  • Limited support for some higher end Digi and
    Connecttech boards

General Device Guide
  • USB
  • Host Controller Interface (HCI)
  • EHCI, OHCI, and UHCI are all fully supported
  • Any compliant HCI chipset should just work
  • Mass Storage
  • If the device requires a special driver, we dont
    support it!
  • Human Interface Devices (HID)
  • Compliant mice and keyboards should just work
  • Limited support for USB HID input with,
    e.g. touchscreens

  • OpenServer 5 vs. OpenServer 6

OSR5 vs. OSR6
  • mkdev
  • no need to use mkdev to force OSR6 to recognize
    new hardware
  • devices are auto-detected in most cases
  • new disks on a SCSI bus are detected
    automatically after a reboot
  • new controller instances are detected
    automatically after a reboot
  • mkdev hd is the only useful command, providing a
    simple front-end to fdisk and divvy
  • the rest of the hardware mkdev family ( tape,
    cdrom, fd, flopti, juke, ls120 ) are unused

OSR5 vs. OSR6
  • /dev/string/cfg
  • /sbin/resmgr
  • echo pcilong /usr/sbin/ndcfg
  • /sbin/sdiconfig l
  • /etc/hw

OSR5 vs. OSR6
  • Nodes
  • Most OSR5 style nodes should exist on OSR6
  • Nodes are auto-created by idmknod/idmknodd/sdimkde
  • SCOadmin hardware
  • OSR6 uses mainly OSR5 SCOadmin toolset
  • Ties into the mkdev script set
  • CPU administration
  • /sbin/psrinfo
  • /sbin/psradm

OSR5 vs. OSR6
  • Video
  • /etc/xorg.conf
  • SCOadmin Video now calls configuration
  • NIC
  • SCOadmin Network
  • Same interface and procedure for adding and
    removing NIC cards.
  • Serial and Parallel ports
  • Hardware should be auto-detected, configure with
    SCOadmin Serial

OSR5 vs. OSR6
  • Disk
  • All hard disks on OSR6 are auto-detected
  • /etc/conf/cf.d/mscsi and /etc/conf/cf.d/hdlist
    are no longer needed
  • Hot-plug events for USB and AHCI are automatic
    and should show up via /sbin/sdiconfig l
  • Continue to use mkdev hd interface to manage
    slice and filesystem layout
  • Ghost Names

OSR5 vs. OSR6
  • MPIO
  • Something new for SCO OpenServer
  • Multi-Path I/O
  • Installed by default but disabled
  • Use mkdev mpio to enable/disable
  • Provides Redundancy

  • Hardware Device Certification

  • SCO Hardware Database (CHWP)
  • http//
  • Fully searchable database of certified hardware
    on OSR6
  • Good place to start when building a whitebox
  • OSR6 is SVR5 so hardware certified on UW7 has
    been selectively grandfathered
  • If hardware is not listed, remember to check the
    OEMs website for a driver.

Device Certification
  • Drivers
  • http//
  • BTLDs are no longer used, OSR6 uses UW7 style
    HBA diskettes and pkg format
  • Load HBA drivers during ISL via a floppy or ATAPI
    CD-ROM device
  • OEM vs. SCO supplied?
  • In general, use the SCO supplied driver as it has
    gone through the SCO certification process and
    has been extensively tested
  • Look at IHVVERSION package field to compare SCO
    vs. OEM driver

We appreciate your attendance at this session,
and your continued support of SCO Products

Contact Information Alexander Sack, Senior Developer Paul Hurford, Director, Hardware
Strategies Mike Drangula,
Senior Developer
  • Need to discuss fibre channel in relationship to
    OSR 6 - alex
  • Need to discuss Storage solutions from HP - alex
  • Need to elaborate on wireless futures for
    OSR6/UW7 - paul
  • Need to expound on new server certification
    Programs paul