APC - InfraStruXure Manager Server
I recently get this APC equipment made to manage a small datacenter. I'm not interested by the purpose of this appliance so I just check if there is something interesting inside !
Ok, this is serious! I was interested to look inside when I plug the unit and heard the characteristic beep of a Phoenix BIOS initialization.
APC didn't design a specific board to handle their InfraStruXure Manager application, they simply use an embedded motherboard of avalue company and an Hard-Drive. This is a surprise as it's not the case of the NetBotz Rack Monitor 450 which is an APC electronic board.
- Power Supply Unit from 100-240 V to +5 V and +12 V.
- Motherboard 3.5" :
- Onboard VIA Eden ESP8000 800 (133X6.0) MHz CPU
- VIA VT8606 Chipset
- TFT, 2-CH LVDS
- AC97 Audio
- Dual Realtek 8139C 10/100Mbps LAN
- 1 PC/104, Type I/II CF
- 2 COM, 2 USB 1.1
- Memory Kingston SODIMM 256MB
- Seagate hard-drive of 30GB
|CPU||Onboard VIA Eden ESP8000 800 (133X6.0) MHz CPU|
|Mémory||Kingston SODIMM 256MB|
|Ethernet||Dual Realtek 8139C 10/100Mbps LAN|
|I/O|| 2 x EIDE (Ultra DMA 100), 2 x FDD, 1 x LPT,1 x RS-232, 1 x RS-232/422/485, 1 x K/B & Mouse|
2 x USB 1.1 ports
|Display Chipset||VIA VT8606 TwisterT with integrated S3 Savage4 2D/3D graphics engine|
For a CNC project I mounted the mobo like that.
Re-Flash the BIOS
As APC put their BIOS (you can just change the time and show PC health information !), I need to flash the BIOS with the firmware available on the avalue site. But the APC BIOS don't boot on Floppy or USB device so I created an emulated floppy boot CD with winimage software.
Here is my boot disk with:
- DOS 6.22
- awdflash.exe the flash utility of Phoenix BIOS.
- BIOS image:
- 3610r14 BIOS v1.4 of the 03/27/2003
- 3610r16 BIOS v1.6 of the 11/11/2004
Then connect an IDE CD-ROM drive and power on the unit. At the prompt, type : awdflash, put as input file : 3610r14.BIN or 3610r16.BIN, wait, reboot and enjoy the complete BIOS.