System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

ProcedureHow to Prepare for Adding Diskless Clients in the Solaris 10 OS

When you use the smosservice add command to add OS services, you must specify the platform, media path, and cluster (or software group) of each diskless client platform that you want to support.

Before You Begin

Ensure that the system that is intended to be the OS service is running a supported release. Also verify that the combination of OS server release and diskless client release is supported. For more information, see OS Server and Diskless Client Support Information.

  1. Identify the diskless client platform by using this format:


    For example:


    The following are the possible platform options:






    sun4c, sun4d, sun4m, sun4u, 

    Starting with the Solaris 10 1/06 OS 

    Solaris_10, Solaris_9, and Solaris_8 



    Solaris_10, Solaris_9, and Solaris_8 

    Note –

    The sun-4c architecture is not supported in the Solaris 8, Solaris 9, or Solaris 10 releases. The sun-4d architecture is not supported in the Solaris 9 or 10 releases. The sun-4m architecture is not supported in the Solaris 10 release.

  2. Identify the media path.

    The media path is the full path to the disk image that contains the OS that you want to install for the diskless client.

    The Solaris OS is delivered on multiple CDs. However, you cannot use the smosservice command to load OS services from a multiple CD distribution. You must run the scripts that are found on the Solaris software CDs (and optional Language CD) to do the following:

  3. Create an install image on a server. For information on setting up an install server, refer to Solaris Express Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations.

  4. Load the required OS services from the CD image.

    Use one of the following scripts:

    • CD 1 – /media/Solaris_11/Tools/setup_install_server

    • Additional Solaris Software CDs – /media/Solaris_11/Tools/add_to_install_server

    • Language CD – /media/Solaris_11/Tools/add_to_install_server

    For example, if you are using the setup_install_server script from the Solaris Express Community Edition Software 1 CD on a locally connected CD-ROM device, the syntax looks similar to the following:

    # mkdir /export/install/sparc_11
    # cd /cd_mount_point/Solaris_11/Tools
    # ./setup_install_server /export/install/sparc_11
  5. After the Solaris CD image is installed on the disk, specify the disk media path. For example:

  6. Identify the SUNWCXall cluster when you add OS services.

    You must use the same cluster for diskless clients that run the same OS on the same system.

    For example, consider the following Solaris 9 diskless clients:

    • sparc.sun4m.Solaris_9

    • sparc.sun4u.Solaris_9

    To set up these diskless clients, you would need to specify the SUNWCXall cluster for each diskless client because the sun4u and sun4m systems require the SUNWCXall cluster. In addition, diskless clients that run the same operating release (in this example, Solaris_9) on the same system must use the same cluster.

    Note –

    If you are using a sun4u system, or if you are using a system with an accelerated 8-bit color memory frame buffer (cgsix), you must specify SUNWCXall as the cluster.