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Booting SparcStations over the net? - Sun Solaris

Hello! As the topic already says, I'm trying to get some old SparcStations to boot over the net, because there disks are nearly broken and it's only about some weeks they will failure completely. So I have looked around in docs.sun.com to find some information about how to setup a boot server for them, so that they will boot over the net and mount any filesystem via nfs. Somethings I found were that I have to change the boot device of the SparcStations (ok, this one is clear) and that there has to be a server with rarp (as far ...

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    Default Booting SparcStations over the net?

    Hello!

    As the topic already says, I'm trying to get some old SparcStations to
    boot over the net, because there disks are nearly broken and it's only
    about some weeks they will failure completely. So I have looked around
    in docs.sun.com to find some information about how to setup a boot
    server for them, so that they will boot over the net and mount any
    filesystem via nfs. Somethings I found were that I have to change the
    boot device of the SparcStations (ok, this one is clear) and that
    there has to be a server with rarp (as far as I know for dchp I need
    to change the eeprom). Also I found in the guides how to install
    workstations over the net. But I found no "guide" which explains, how
    to setup a server (will be a SunFire 280 or similar) to get the
    SparcStations booting from it without having a disk (ok, I know this
    is a problem in sight of performance, but for some easy tasks this
    would be ok).

    So is there any doentation about this? What exports and files will
    be needed and how do I setup RARP?

    Thanks for any hints :-) (and excuse my english *g*)
    Jan Guest

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    there are tools on the Solaris installation CD. (Tools directory)
    setup_install_server
    See advanced installation guide.
    for RARP to work, the /etc/ethers and /etc/hosts should contain the
    adresses.
    /etc/bootparams contains the boot informations
    /tftpboot contains the net boot.

    Jan wrote: 

    Bertrand Guest

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    Jan wrote:

    |> So is there any doentation about this? What exports and files will
    |> be needed and how do I setup RARP?

    http://www.netbsd.org/Doentation/network/netboot/

    Most of it applies to any OS

    --

    "I'm a doctor, not a mechanic." Dr Leonard McCoy <starfleet.fed>
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    Volker Guest

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