Originally posted by hopbalt
yeah the problem is I dont have a Solaris 5.1 CD for the old SUN box to boot from.
Are you saying I can boot the SUN machine using a new Linux CD and that it doesnt have to be the same OS version that the hard drive was originally mounted/formatted under?
If this is all legit as you say...
And no one has the root password for this workstaton?
I believe you mean CPU type of which the SUN machine is the SPARC. Knoppix live CD is only for i86 processors. Nope, doesn't have to be the same OS as originally formatted.
Also the hard drive is probably SCSI. Which means installing a SCSI controller and finding the adaptors etc to connect the drive. That is if you don't already have a controller.
You might be able to use install CD for SPARC to boot in rescue mode. Mount the drive and modify the files. I will assume that it has UFS support. I don't know if there are any UFS capabilites for rescue mode on the i86 CD distros.
If you stick the drive on your W2k machine and install linux you might have to recompile the kernel to get ufs for read / write capabilities.
And it would be best to reinstall the hard drive like it was. Is it in a removable chassis?