This B3 miniserver is New Old Stock (NOS) without hard drive or rescue USB flash drive.
Based on hard drive rail marks, it appears this unit originally had a hard drive - which was removed.
Once you have your B3 miniserver (with Wireless LAN),
you need to decide which linux distribution you desire to use.
Initially, for testing your B3, I recommend using a live-USB image.
These can be found in Development section of Excito Forum.
Sakaki developed many Live-USB choices (GitHub).
Redsleeve(7) : https://github.com/sakaki-/redsleeve-on-b3
Since the history or mfg. date of this B3 was unknown, I updated the B3 bootloader to support 3 TB disks.
http://wiki.excito.com/w/index.php?titl ... _3TB_disks
I decided to use Gordon’s bubbagen image (gentoo with B3 webUI), systemd init type.
https://github.com/gordonb3/bubbagen/bl ... /README.md
SanDisk Cruzer Fit 16GB USB Flash Drive was chosen for the live-USB image.
I used my desktop computer (Win10) to prepare this new flash drive.
1.) Remove (or move) all files from the flash drive.
2.) Format the flash drive as FAT (FAT32 is fine).
3.) Install on your Windows PC an archival tool that supports “xz” images. I used 7-Zip.
4.) Download desired “xz” image from GitHub, saving to your local PC hard drive.
5.) Insert the prepared flash drive in the Windows PC USB port. Assure it has a drive letter assigned.
6.) Extract the “xz” image to the flash drive. My extraction utility took 22 minutes to perform this step.
So, now I have a bootable, live-USB image of Bubbagen, “systemd” version.
Per Gordon’s instructions, the B3 booted Gentoo (sakaki) with Excito webUI (gordon).
After a few minutes, the B3 was operational — with its LAN port (eth1) attached to my home network.
The Excito webUI (http, port 80) was accessible by computers/tablets on my home network.
Using Gordon’s patched Excito webUI, log-in as administrator (admin).
Go to the Settings menu, Time and Language sub-menu, for changing the time zone, date, and time.
For this Excito B3 miniserver I installed a new Western Digital NAS “Red” 3 TB hard drive.
The Bubbagen (GitHub) section, Installing Bubbagen on your B3's Internal Drive (Optional),
did not work as expected. I assume the script could not handle a blank 3 TB hard drive (no partitions)
So, logged in as “root” to the Bubbagen “Live” USB image — to use the parted application.
This utility offers a simple interface for partitioning disks and supports very large partitions (more than 2 TB), using 64-bit identifiers for the partitions — GPT (GUID Partition Table).
The Gentoo parted example, /dev/sda , is perfect for this B3 miniserver.
It is recommended to ask parted to use optimal partition alignment.
Next, we use parted, to put a GPT label on the disk (/dev/sda).root # parted -a optimal /dev/sda
GNU Parted 2.3
Welcome to GNU Parted! Type 'help' to view a list of commands.
Warning: Changing the partition type will remove all partitions from the disk. All data on the disk will be lost.
Continuing under the “parted” command, create four (4) partitions on this hard drive as shown in example.(parted) mklabel gpt
https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Handbook:A ... n_the_disk
After creating these GPT partitions on the 3 TB drive, I re-tried Gordon’s script for installing Bubbagen.
This time the script ran, as expected.
I shutdown the B3, removed power, and removed the live-USB flash drive.
Reconnecting DC power, the B3 mini-server booted up after about 90-100 seconds, with solid Blue LED.
There were some false starts: Ethernet cable not fully inserted into home network hub, B3 seemed to not boot the hard drive Gentoo image (took longer than Gordon noted)
Quirks (bugs?) discovered, so far.
1.) The Date of the Date/Time Clock on the right-side of webUI pages are different (time correct, local TZ) —
Home versus Settings, time and language (sub-menu).
At 22:00 local time (April 20), one page displays date as April 20 - while the other page displays date as April 21. It appears the “date” in B3 webUI is using different underlying date references (gentoo/linux).
As mentioned earlier, the Clocks are identical, local time-zone (TZ). Only dates displayed differ.
Possibly one is taken from a UTC base, while other is taken from local (selected) time zone.
2.) Installing Bubbagen/Gentoo on new 3 TB hard drives (with no partitions) has an issue with this script /root/install_on_sda.sh
3.) Accessing the Excito B3 webUI via Win10 browser: http://B3 was problematic (inconsistent).
Since the B3 acquires its IP address via my home router DHCP — this may be a local network issue.
I am still investigating, I will likely will need check DHCP service on the Excito B3 (turn off).
4.) Earlier forum posters have noted “unstable” issues with B3 miniservers.
Based on my previous work with original Bubba and Bubba|2 ...
installation of these images on new/used B3 miniservers — does require patience and linux familiarity.
Yet to Do:
1.) Configuration of the Wireless LAN (wlan0) is currently “locked” via Bubbagen webUI.
I need to decide on my desired network access with good security protections for this wireless port.