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Configuring the Preinstalled Solaris 10 Operating System
This chapter explains the steps for configuring the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) that has been preinstalled on your server. The factory-installed version is Solaris 10 11/06 or later.
Note - Unlike with SPARC® systems, you will not see the output of the preinstalled Solaris 10 image through a monitor when you power on the server. You will see the BIOS Power-On Self Test (POST) and other boot information output.
Before you begin configuring the preinstalled OS, do the following:
Tip - To find the server module, PCI Express Module, and SP MAC addresses, see the customer information sheet included with the system box or the server, PCI EM, and SP MAC addresses printed on their respective labels.
Use the worksheet in TABLE 3-1 to gather the information that you need to configure the preinstalled Solaris 10 OS. You only need to collect the information that applies to your application of the system.
Note - Before you perform this procedure, you need to set up the service processor. If you have not done so, see Connecting to the Server Module ILOM.
Use the information that you gathered in Installation Worksheet as you perform the configuration.
After configuring the server module ILOM, you can configure the preinstalled Solaris 10 operating system (OS) by using the service processor to connect to the system console.
You can connect to the service processor using a serial terminal, or the Ethernet, as described in Connecting to the Server Module ILOM.
If you connect to the service processor using a serial terminal, you can use one of the following options:
1. Connect and login to the service processor using one of the methods described in Connecting to the Server Module ILOM.
The server module ILOM prompt appears.
2. Make sure the communication properties of the service processor are set to the defaults. For example:
3. If the speed is anything other than 9600, change it by using the command:
-> set /SP/serial/host pendingspeed=9600 commitpending=true
4. Start the serial console mode by entering the following:
-> start /SP/console
Only accounts with Administrator privileges are enabled to configure the SP serial port.
5. When the prompt appears, type y:
Are you sure you want to start /SP/console (y/n)? y
6. Power on main power to the server by using a pointed object or stylus to press the recessed Power button on the front panel.
POST messages appear on your screen as the OS boots up.
7. Follow the Solaris 10 preinstallation onscreen prompts.
8. Use the information gathered in Installation Worksheet to help you enter the system and network information as you are prompted.
The screens that are displayed will vary, depending on the method that you chose for assigning network information to the server (DHCP or static IP address).
After you have entered the system configuration information, the server completes the boot process and displays the Solaris login prompt.
The server module's console is automatically directed to the serial port. GRUB, the open source boot loader, is the default boot loader in the Solaris OS for X86- or X64- based systems. The boot loader is the first software program that runs after you power on a system.
Use a cable to connect the serial port of the host server (either through the chassis SER MGT port or through a dongle's serial port) to the video port of the client system.
From the GRUB menu, you have the option of displaying the installation process to a VGA connection (video port) as shown here:
* Solaris 10 11/06 s10x_u2wos_09a X86 *
* Solaris failsafe *
* Solaris 10 11/06 s10x_u2wos_09a X86 (VGA) *
To display output to the video port, for example, choose the Solaris 10 11/06 s10x_u2wos_09a X86 (VGA) option.
You can access the various collections of the Solaris 10 OS user documentation at:
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The documentation listed in this section provides instructions for using the Solaris Installation program and is available at the following web site:
Make sure you follow the instructions for x86-based systems, not SPARC-based systems. For more information, see the Solaris 10 Release and Installation Collection for the version of the Solaris 10 operating system you have installed. This documentation is available at:
After you configure the preinstalled Solaris OS, the Solaris Installation program reboots the system and prompts you to log in. The system displays the message of the day, indicating the preloaded software that comes with your system:
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If you want to reinstall Solaris or to install a different version of Solaris, you can install the OS in one of several ways, including by DVD and network (using Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE)).
For step-by-step procedures, see Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Basic Installations.
If you need to reinstall software, you can download the software from the following sites: