Installing solaris 10 10/08

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Installing solaris 10 10/08

Postby solquestions » Fri, 20 Feb 2009 15:20:57 GMT

I used CD's to install Solaris 10 10/08 on two E450's, and on an E
250.

I found that while the E450's had almost exactly same h/w
configuration, the install program behaved differently.......I did
not, for instance, on one E450, get any options before getting the "do
you want to enable remote services" on the other E450, I did.

This seem even wierder on the E 250, here, using the same CD's, I got
an option for ZFS (I got a choice between ZFS and UFS), on the E 450's
I did not.

All systems seem to have UltrasparcII processors of 400MHz or better,
the 250 is single cpu, the 450's are dual.

Any ideas?

Command used to install: ok> boot cdrom
reset-all etc were for the most part, aprior, done.....

all disks are 9GB.

In advance, I thank you.


Re: Installing solaris 10 10/08

Postby cindy.swearingen » Sat, 21 Feb 2009 03:57:49 GMT



Hi--

I never install from media so my comments might not be helpful:

For the discrepancy between the options for installing ZFS or UFS,
check the
memory on these systems.

The option to install ZFS is from the text mode installer, not the GUI
installer.
The GUI installer might not be presented if the system doesn't have
enough
memory to run it.

Cindy

Re: Installing solaris 10 10/08

Postby solquestions » Sat, 21 Feb 2009 07:58:27 GMT

n Feb 19, 12:57m, XXXX@XXXXX.COM wrote:

Cindy,

For answering my question, I thank you.
i did not see the GUI on the 250 on which I found the zfs
option......the other systems had more memory, and hence, showed me
the GUI...the 250 had 512m, the two e450's had 2gb each. How do i "not
let the GUI installer come up?"

I tried jumpstart and, in teh past have been successful, I want to do
a jumpstart to install zfs root...my jumpstarts have, of latem been
failing......
here are some sample files:

# cat rules
hostname suncluster001 - suncluster001_profile -
hostname suncluster33 - suncluster33 -

# cat rules.ok
hostname suncluster001 - suncluster001_profile -
hostname suncluster33 - suncluster33 -
# version=2 checksum=7972
#


# cat suncluster001_profile
install_type initial_install
system_type server
partitioning explicit
filesys c0t0d0s0 7000 / # specify size of /swap
filesys c0t0d0s1 512 swap # specify size of /swap
filesys c0t0d0s5 512 /globaldevices # specify size
of /swap
filesys c0t0d0s6 128 # specify size of /swap
filesys c0t0d0s7 128 # specify size of /swap
filesys c0t3d0s7 8632 /usr # specify size of /swap
cluster SUNWCXall
#


# cat suncluster33
install_type initial_install
system_type server
partitioning explicit
filesys c0t0d0s0 8192 /
filesys c0t0d0s1 512 swap
filesys c0t0d0s3 3072 /usr/local
filesys c0t0d0s4 3072 /opt
filesys c0t0d0s5 512 /globaldevices
filesys c0t0d0s6 128
filesys c0t0d0s7 128
cluster SUNWCXall
#


# cat sysidcfg
keyboard=US-English
system_locale=en_US
install_locale=en_US
timezone=US/Central
timeserver=localhost
name_service=NONE
security_policy=NONE
terminal=vt100
nfs4_domain=dynamic
network_interface=hme0{dhcp protocol_ipv6=no}
root_password=XXXXXXXXXX

#


I did not get any errors from the add_install_client, check scripts
etc...it may however, be a dhcp issue, I may have an errant dhcp
server.....the jumpstart on one nroke at what I believe is the nfs
point...on the other system, the jumpstart kinda broke at the very
initial phase, where, the system talks about keyboard etc


Which Sun document mentions the text/gui zfs?

Also, any leads on jumpstart will be appreciated...

Re: Installing solaris 10 10/08

Postby cindy.swearingen » Sat, 21 Feb 2009 08:46:35 GMT

n Feb 19, 3:58 pm, XXXX@XXXXX.COM wrote:

Yes, sorry, I realize now that my answer wasn't very complete.

If you want to use the text mode installer, then use this command:

ok boot cdrom - text

The Solaris 10 10/08 doc that describes the ZFS root install
experience
is here:

http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/819-5461/zfsboot-1?a=view

I can't answer your JumpStart questions, but the experts on this list
probably can.

Cindy

Re: Installing solaris 10 10/08

Postby ITguy » Sat, 21 Feb 2009 11:11:24 GMT

> For answering my question, I thank you.

Installing to a ZFS root is only available through the text mode
installer.  To boot up a system from CD without openwindows:

ok>  boot cdrom - nowin

To boot with openwindows but still use the text mode installer:

ok>  boot cdrom - text



Your profiles look like you'll be installing Sun cluster.  Sun cluster
doesn't yet support ZFS root.  You can work around this by assigning
less space to the ZFS root pool and creating a standard UFS slice for /
globaldevices.  Here's an example profile to install to ZFS root:

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
install_type          initial_install
system_type        standalone
cluster                 SUNWCXall

# Syntax: <Keyword> <Zpool name> <Zpool size> <swap size> <dump size>
<Vdev(s)>
pool rpool auto auto auto rootdisk.s0

# This line is optional - It names the root ZFS dataset "solaris10"
and creates a separate dataset for /var
bootenv installbe bename solaris10 dataset /var
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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5.Core dump in / when "ls -lt" under Solaris 10 (10/08)

Hello everyone,

I just installed the latest version of Solaris 10 (10/08) to our
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However, when we try to issue "ls -lt" command at the / directory, we
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Another strange thing is that the "core" dump file is created anytime
we issue the "ls -lt" command in the / directory.  Why ? I tried to
fsck the entire root disk but to no avail.

Anyone knows how to resolve this ?  Thanks, Bill.



# cd /
# ls -lt

< just hanged there !!!>


^C#

# ls -lt core
$ ls -lt /core
-rw-------   1 root     root     4452190 Mar  4 19:03 /core

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