This chapter contains the following sections:
4.1 Installing SPARC Solaris Onto a B100s Server Blade
To install the Solaris 8 HW 12/02 (Build 5) Operating Environment onto a B100s blade, follow the instructions in the Sun Fire B1600 Blade System Chassis Software Setup Guide, the Solaris 8 Installation Guide (806-0955), and the Solaris 8 Advanced Installation Guide (806-0957).
4.2 B100s (SPARC Solaris) Server Blade Issues
The following problems are known to affect the Sun Fire B100s Server Blade:
- 4877079: Blades running SunVTS sometimes power down when the System Controller is reset.
This problem is known to affect the Blade Support Chip firmware in version 5.1.3 on the server blades. When a System Controller resets it attempts to read FRUID information from each FRU in the chassis; if it fails to read this information for a particular FRU, it powers that FRU down. It is known that when SunVTS is performing its BSC test on a blade this can cause the FRUID EEPROM to become temporarily unreadable by the System Controller. If the System Controller is reset while this test is executing on a blade, then it might not be able to read the FRU information for that blade. And if it cannot, it will power the blade down. To avoid the possibility of experiencing this problem, you would need to disable the BSC test in Sun VTS.
- 4726915: SunVTS will not start because of missing XML libraries
To run SunVTS you need to load the SUNWlxml and SUNWlxmlx packages. These are not loaded by default in Solaris 8, therefore you must add them manually from the supplemental CD supplied with Solaris 8 HW 12/02. They are located in the following directory on the CD: XML_Libraries_2.4.12/Product.
To make the contents of this CD available via NFS, on the NFS server, type:
# share -F nfs /cdrom/solaris8_hw1202_suppcd
Then, to load the packages onto the server blade, access the blade's console, and type:
# mount -F nfs server:/cdrom/solaris8_hw1202_suppcd /mn
# pkgadd -d /mnt/XML_Libraries_2.4.12/Product SUNWlxml SUNWlxmlx
- 4779970: When booting a blade with the kernel debugger (kadb) enabled, a warning message appears
If you boot a blade with the kernel debugger enabled, you will see the message "WARNING: todblade: kernel debugger detected: hardware watchdog disabled". Because you have enabled the kernel debugger, the kernel watchdog functionality cannot be used. The message simply warns you of this fact. There is no other effect upon the operating system functionality.
- 4803500: If you insert a blade less than 10 seconds after removing it, the service LED is lit on the blade and chassis, and service required messages are logged
After using the removefru command to make a blade safe for removal, remove the blade, and then wait at least 10 seconds before re-inserting it or before inserting another blade into the same slot.
- Shared library patches for C++ are not included in Solaris 8 HW 12/02.
The 32-Bit and 64-bit shared library patches for C++ (libC.so.5, libCrun.so.1, and libdemangle.so.1) are not included in the Solaris 8 HW 12/02 release. They are available on http://sunsolve.sun.com. The numbers for these patches are: 108434-10 and 108435-10.
- 4811241: When you install Solaris with "Entire distribution plus OEM support" and error message appears
If you install Solaris with "Entire distribution plus OEM support" onto a server blade, the following error message will appear on the console and in the log file maintained by the Solaris install process (there is no effect on the operation of the server blade and no corrective action is required to be taken by the user):
/a/var/sadm/pkg/SUNWidecr/install/postinstall: test: argument expected pkgadd: ERROR: postinstall script did not complete successfully
Installation of <SUNWidecr> failed.
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