Installing debian on the SS4000-E

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Installing Debian

To boot the installer, you will need a serial nullmodem cable; a computer with a serial port; and a ribbon cable with a male DB9 connector at one end, and a 10-pin .1″ IDC header at the other and an active http server.

01-03-2014 12-03-06

NB: Cable Connection Layout

Download the following files from:

initrd.gz = ramsdisk.gz

zImage  = zImage

To boot the SS4000-E

Use your serial null modem cable and the ribbon cable to connect to the serial port of the SS4000-E, and reboot the machine. You hyperterminal and the connected COM port to communicate with the machine

Set the following in the connection properties:

baud rate of 115200, 8 bits word length, no stop bits, and one parity bit.

When the machine boots, you will see the following line of output:

No network interfaces found

EM-7210 ver.T04 2005-12-12 (For ver.AA)

== Executing boot script in 1.000 seconds – enter ^C to abort

At this point, hit Control-C to interrupt the boot loader. This will give you the RedBoot prompt.

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Via Console cable

Redboot> fconfig boot_script_data
.. fis load ramdisk.gz
.. fis load zimage
.. exec

Redboot> load -v -r -b 0x01800000 -m ymodem ramdisk.gz
Redboot> load -v -r -b 0x01008000 -m ymodem zImage
Redboot> exec -c "console=ttyS0,115200 rw root=/dev/ram mem=256M@0xa0000000" -r 0x01800000

The installer will now start as usual.

Debian Installer process

Follow these steps to install Debian:


1. Setup drives in RAID5, then set as Physical Drive for LVM

2. Setup remainder of drive as LVM volumes

3. Reboot

Additional Software:

NFS, samba/CIFS & iSCSI

nfs-common for NFS

samba for CIFS

open-iscsi for iSCSI
“apt-get install nfs-common samba open-iscsi open-iscsi-utils”


apt-get install lvm2 dmsetup mdadm reiserfsprogs xfsprogs

Easy ruTorrent installer + Web server, FTP, Webmin

wget –no-check-certificate -O autodl-setup

sh autodl-setup

Webmin on Debian

Add rep source to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb sarge contrib

deb sarge contrib


apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl

Then run the command:

apt-get update

apt-get install webmin

Webmin will be installed to:

The administration username will be: root

The administration password wil be: the password of your root account.

You should now be able to login to Webmin at the URL:





If webmin stops starting after an update or reboot then SSH in and run the following:

update-rc.d -f webmin default

Missing/Un-used Modules:

Open the module, do as requested and then click the “refresh modules” link

NFS Exports

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