SCO 5.0.4 on VMware
Some material is very old and may be incorrect today
© November 2006 Jonathan Moore
To install SCO Openserver 5.0.4 on VMWare Server 1.0.1 or VMWare ESX using SCSI Disks.
Notes - VMWare ESX does not support IDE disks.
You will need a copy of the Openserver 5.0.7 boot disk. The
Openserver 5.0.4 boot disk will not work. This can be obtained from
SCO. I used evaluation media which was supplied free from SCO.
These instructions were written for VMWare Server 1.0.1. Adapt accordingly for ESX.
Download the Buslogic BTLD, at writing it was located at ftp://ftp.isu.edu.tw/pub/Hardware/mylex/multimaster/mmunix.exe
- Copy it to a pre Windows XP computer. The install will not work on Windows XP
- Insert a formatted floppy disk and open a command window.
- Navigate to the directory the file has been saved to and extract 'mmunix.exe'
- Type 'unix a:' and follow instructions
Create a new Virtual Machine
- Select 'Custom'
- Select 'Other' and version 'Other'
- Create name and location accordingly
- Deselect if desired, 'make this virtual machine private'
- Use if desired 'local system account'
- Select 'one' processor unless you have a SCO SMP licence
- Select memory size as desired, 256mb is adequate
- Use 'bridge networking'
- Select '' logic' for I/O type
- 'Create new virtual disk'
- Select 'SCSI' as 'Virtual Disk Type'
- Select 'Disk Size' as desired to a maximum of 2GB. Change 'Disk File' name as desired
- When VMWare has finished creating a disk edit 'Virtual Machine Settings'
- Double click on 'CDROM (IDE 1:0) and change 'Virtual device node' to 'IDE 0:0' and click 'Ok'
Note - Press the space bar to display multiple choices on the install screens
Insert SCO 5.0.7 boot disk and insert SCO 5.0.4 CDROM
- Power on Virtual Server
- At the 'boot' prompt type 'restart hd=Sdsk link=blc Sdsk=blc(0,0,0,0) Srom=wd(0,0,0,0)' and press return
- Swap floppies when requested and insert the Buslogic BLC driver, press return.
- Press return to begin installation.
- At 'Please insert (blc) package...' press return
Continue through to 'Identifying installation media' and press arrow
down to 'Accept above choices' press return and press return again on
- Follow through install screens and make changes as desired. Select 'Fresh' on install type and continue till the 'Configuring Optional Software' screen appears
- Press return on 'Network card', 'Autodetect' and select 'AMD PCNet' (default entry)
- Proceed and select 'Ok' on the unattended installations
- When the prompt 'Please select the floppy device you are using' press '2' and press return, then return again.
- Select 'b' on 'Abort BTLD load, but continue installation' then press return
- Select 'y'
then return when prompted with 'Do you wish to proceed with the
installation'. Then return again when prompted with '<enter> to
continue'. Openserver will now be installed to the hard drive.
When install has finished press return till '** Safe to Power off is
Displayed **'. Leave the BusMaster BLC disk in drive and remove the
CDROM. Press return to reboot.
At the 'boot' prompt type 'defbootstr hd=Sdsk link=blc btld=fd(64) Sdsk=blc(0,0,0,0)' Press return when prompted with 'Please insert the fd(64) volume'
- Press 'a' and return when prompted with 'Driver <blc> apparently should be replaced..'
- Login as root into the system.
- At the shell prompt type 'mount /dev/fd0135ds18 /mnt' then return
- Type 'btldinstall /mnt' then return
- Press return when you are prompted with 'Please enter the names of the packages you wish to install, default blc'
- When you are prompted with 'There is already a blc installed' press 'y' and return
- Press 'y' and return when you are prompted with 'A previous installation of Buslogic driver'
- Press 'y' and return at 'Do you want to enable Tag Queueing'
- Press 'y' and return to 'Do you want to rebuild the kernel?'
- Press 'y' and return to 'Do you want this kernel to boot by default?'
- Press 'y' and return to 'Do you want the kernel environment rebuilt?'
- Remove floppy disk, reboot and test.
Extra drive space will be added at this this.
If running, shutdown SCO and shutdown the virtual machine
- Click on 'Edit Virtual Machine' and click 'Add'
- Select 'Hard Drive' and create a second SCSI disk as above. This disk can be of any size. (It has not been tested over 12GB.)
- Start the virtual machine and type in the root password to enter single user mode.
- Type 'mkdev hd' and press 2 and return to 'Add a hard disk to SCSI Controller'
- Press return to accept the default entry of 'blc' when you are prompted with 'Enter the prefix of the SCSI host adaptor..'
- Enter '0' and return on 'Which blc SCSI host adaptor supports this device.'
- Press 'n' and return on 'DMA channel x'
- Press '0' and return on 'What SCSI Bus is this device attached to'
- Press '1' and return on 'What is the target ID for this device'
- Press '0' and return on 'What is the LUN of this device'
- Press 'y' and return when prompted with 'Update SCSI configuration..'
- Press 'y' and return on 'A new kernel must be built and rebooted'
- Press 'y' and return on 'Do you want this kernel to boot by default..'
- Press 'y' and return on 'Do you want the kernel environment rebuilt...'
- Type 'init 0' and reboot the system.
IMPORTANT - These steps have to be repeated a second time from single
user mode. (You will not be asked to rebuild the kernel again.)
You do not have to use these steps to the letter. Set up as desired.
FDisk will open now. Press '2' and return on 'Use Entire Disk for UNIX'
- Press return to continue.
- Press 'q' to quit
- Press 'q' to quit unless you wish to scan the entire drive. (May take some time.)
- Press return 'Enter number of bad blocks to allocate..'
- Press '1' and return on 'Please enter the number of file systems...'
- Press 'y' on 'Do you wish to make any manual adjustments to the sizes and names of the file systems.'
- Press 'n' and return
- Press '0' for division 0 (the entire disk) on 'which division'
- Press 'u' and return on 'what do you want to call it'
- Press 'q' and return to continue to next screen.
- Press 'i' and return on 'Install the division set-up shown'
The screen will now show 'Making File Systems', this may take a while.
Type 'mkdev fs' and press return to create a mount point for the new file system
- Press '1' and return when prompted with 'Add a new file system to system'
- Press 'u' (or whatever name to called this file system) and press return
- Press 'y' and return on 'Do you wish to continue'
- Press 'u' and return (or whatever name you wish to call this mount.
- Press 'y' and return on 'Do you wish to continue'
- Press '1' and return on 'Always mount'
- Press 'y' and return on 'Do you want to allow users to mount this file systems'
- Type 'init 0' to reboot the system. This time enter multiuser mode
- Login and type 'mount' to check the file system has been mounted
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