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Hi all. I have spent my afternoon to find a way to boot my Netra X1 (cdrom less) from a Solaris Intel 8, in order to install Solaris 9 SPARC. The cdrom 'Solaris 9 Software 1 of 2' contains two slices : s0, s1. To search both slices, I have run this script on my Intel : # for i in /dev/dsk/*s*; do echo "------ $i : "; fstyp $i; done The result (only successfull fstyp are kept here) is :   Devices under hsfs represent the "s0" slice of the cdrom. All other devices belong to two IDE hard ...

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    Default Network installation of a SPARC from an Intel ?!

    Hi all.

    I have spent my afternoon to find a way to boot my Netra X1 (cdrom
    less) from a Solaris Intel 8, in order to install Solaris 9 SPARC.

    The cdrom 'Solaris 9 Software 1 of 2' contains two slices : s0, s1.

    To search both slices, I have run this script on my Intel :

    # for i in /dev/dsk/*s*; do echo "------ $i : "; fstyp $i; done


    The result (only successfull fstyp are kept here) is :
     


    Devices under hsfs represent the "s0" slice of the cdrom.
    All other devices belong to two IDE hard disks.

    A little despaired, I connected an IDE cdrom to my Netra, praying for
    seeing a successfull "boot cdrom" : in vain.

    I am open for (almost) any solution. ;-)

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    SpiceBug


    no_spam@freesurf.fr Guest

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    Default Re: Network installation of a SPARC from an Intel ?!

    In article <dyndns.org>,
    <fr> wrote: 

    It's one of those totally insane things Sun missed. The other way around
    is also impossible. In Solaris 8 you could set up a jumpstart server
    from the iso-files loopback mounted. It was 10-15x faster than from the CD/DVD
    which is the only way to make it work in S9.

    The 'put the IDE-drive in the X1' is the method with greatest chance
    of success. Keep fiddling until the drive is found via 'probe-ide' from
    the ok prompt. Then boot from it using the command 'boot disk1' or similar.

    'Boot cdrom' will probably not work as the X1:s were never fitted with one.

    /wfr
    Fredrik


    --
    Fredrik Lundholm
    dol ce.chalmers.se

    Fredrik Guest

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    Default Re: Network installation of a SPARC from an Intel ?!

    fr wrote in message news:<dyndns.org>... 
    <snip>
    It wasn't clear to me if you had a actual Sol9 CD, or the
    iso image (in which case you could use lofiadm).
    I use my peecee (with Sol8) to jump my Blade 100, with
    no problems.
    You should review
    http://docs.sun.com/db/doc/817-0491/6mg9nutcn?a=view

    Some steps, as I recall, with the actual CD, are:
    - add sparc entry in pc /etc/hosts and /etc/ethers
    - ensure /etc/netmasks is ok
    - insert cd 1 of 2 for sparc in peecee (ensure it mounts)
    - make a directory on the peecee called /export/config (for example)
    - copy contents of /cdrom/cdrom0/s0/Solaris_8/Misc/jumpstart_sample
    into /export/config
    - modify rules, host_class, sysidcfg in /export/config
    - nfs share /export/config
    - in /cdrom/cdrom0/s0/Solaris_8/Tools there is add_install_client; you
    need to
    run it like: ./add_install_client -i <ip_of_sparc> -e <MAC_of_sparc>
    -c peecee:/export/config -p peecee:/export/config hostname_of_sparc
    sun4u
    - on the sparc console (through tip or whatever), do following at ok
    prompt:
    boot net - install

    I am sure others will have better info.
    Regards,
    nolbu Guest

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    Default Re: Network installation of a SPARC from an Intel ?!

    fr writes:
     



    Unfortunately, the CD packaging containsa large part of the
    OS (the bit you need to boot) on a "ufs" slice which is readable
    by Solaris SPARC only.

    I think you may fare better using the DVD or copy the miniroot on a
    SPARC system if you have one.

    (Even dd'ing it off the disk; then transporting it to a system running
    Solaris 8 or later and then mounting it using lofiadm should work)

    Casper
    --
    Expressed in this posting are my opinions. They are in no way related
    to opinions held by my employer, Sun Microsystems.
    Statements on Sun products included here are not gospel and may
    be fiction rather than truth.
    Casper Guest

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    Default Re: Network installation of a SPARC from an Intel ?!


    On 09/24/03 at 21:34:00, chalmers.se (Fredrik Lundholm) wrote:
     


    thanks for all : it works now.
    It finally put a DVD drive in the X1, in the place of the second hard
    drive.

    When "ok" prompted, here is the "probe-ide" result :
     
     
     
     



    Then I tried "boot cdrom" : it works !

    Thanks a lot.

    SpiceBug
    no_spam@freesurf.fr Guest

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