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I am running a Windows network envirnment and need to network boot a Sun SPARCstation IPC.  It requests an IP via RARP.  I have searched and searched and still havn't found a Windows RARP server.  Does anyone know of one (or a way I could boot my SPARC machine without using RARP)?

Thanks in advance.
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Do you know anything about this server?  It doesn't seem to work for me.
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i'm assuming you eneterd the mac and the IP you want in the .tbl file

sure you don't need a bootp server?
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Yea, I entered the IP and MAC address in it.  I am booting an old Sun computer which requests RARP.  When it tries to boot it says "Couldn't find RARP/ARP server".  What is an ARP server?  Maybe I need that instead.
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Looks like you have a couple of issues going here. 1st, your NVRAM battery may be dead and you're going to have to get that going before you can get anywhere. 2nd, you not only need a rarp server but a TFTP server to host your boot image so the box can download it. This box has scsi and will boot from a bootable ISO image CDROM. You'll need a SCSI CDROM drive with a 512k block size (most Toshiba and NEC mechanisms support this) set to SCSI ID #6. At the prom prompt, type "b cdrom" or "boot cdrom", depending upon which prom revision you're using - in many cases, either will work, but if one doesn't the other will. If you're looking for a copy of Linux, www.linuxiso.org has downloadable ISO images you can burn onto a CD yourself. Take a look at http://www.netbsd.org/Documentation/network/netboot/intro.sun.html as well.
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My NVRAM battery is dead, but if I reset all the settings every time it loses power than it seems to work fine.  I do have a Windows tftp server running but the sun needs to get an IP before I can get anywhere.  Essentially, I want to put some sort of OS on that machine (the HD with Solaris got corrupted) without spending any money (I don't have an SCSI CD-ROM drive around).  Also, my floppy drive doesn't seem to work right.  When I replaced the hard drive for a good one, the floppy stopped working.  For example when I type "eject" at the ok prompt the floppy drive continusely ejects.
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It won't netboot with a dead battery. You should be able to find a boot.img from one of the linux distros, but you have to replace the battery.
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Why not?  All the values are set so it is no different than having a batery.  All the battery  does it keep the settings after losing power.  Does the fact that I have a DHCP server running on the same network matter?
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The dhcp server doesn't matter, it the box was looking for bootp it would work but it's not you need the rarp server.
Have you set a valid mac address? ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff is what it looks like on power up with a dead battery (which is imbedded in the nvram chip, btw. Take a look at
http://www.squirrel.com/squirrel/sun-nvram-hostid.faq.html
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Here ya go: $20
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Then I'd borrow a scsi cd that will do 512k block size and a suitable distro of Linux.
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