Sun Ultra 27 Workstation Linux, OpenSolaris and Solaris Operating System Installation Guide

Chapter 2 Installing the OpenSolaris Operating System

This chapter provides information about installing the OpenSolaris OS on your workstation if your workstation did not come with the preinstalled OpenSolaris OS option.

OpenSolaris 2009.06 (x86/x64) is the minimum version supported for your Sun Ultra 27 Workstation. If you do not already have the latest LiveCD distribution media, you can download it from:

Note –

For information describing how to configure the optional preinstalled OpenSolaris OS image, refer to the Sun Ultra 27 Workstation Installation Guide (820-6771) for setup instructions. Do not follow the instructions listed here.

This chapter includes the following sections:

System Requirements

The following table outlines the various requirements for installing the OpenSolaris 2009.06 operating system on your workstation.

Table 2–1 OpenSolaris Installation Requirements




The minimum requirement is 512 Mbytes. 

Disk Space 

Recommended size is at least 9 Gbytes. A minimum of 3.2 Gbytes is required. 

Multiboot Capability 

If you are installing the OpenSolaris software on a system that will have more than one operating system installed, use the fdisk command or a third-party partitioning tool to create a new partition or to make adjustments to pre-existing partitions. See:

For more information about preparing a multiboot environment for specific operating systems, see:

Preparing for OpenSolaris OS Installation

The following procedures describe how to prepare your workstation for OpenSolaris installation.

Erasing a Currently Installed OS

To erase the currently installed OS, you can use the Tools and Drivers DVD to erase partitions on the boot hard drive. If you use the Erase Primary Boot Hard Disk option, it erases all partitions except the diagnostic partition.

Caution – Caution –

The Erase Primary Boot Hard Disk option erases all partitions and all user data on the hard drive, except the diagnostic partition. Be sure to back up all data on the hard drive before performing this action.

The system diagnostic software requires the diagnostic partition to write its test scripts. Otherwise, the only output is the display on the diagnostic screen.

If you accidentally remove the diagnostic partition, you can re-create and mount it using the Create Diagnostic Partition option on the Tools and Drivers DVD. See the Sun Ultra 27 Workstation Service Manual for instructions.

ProcedureTo Erase the Currently Installed OS

To erase all partitions on primary boot hard drive except the diagnostic partition:

  1. Back up any data on the workstation's boot hard disk that you want to save.

  2. Insert the Tools and Drivers DVD into the workstation DVD drive and power cycle the workstation.

    The workstation will boot from the Tools and Drivers DVD.

  3. When the Tools and Drivers main menu appears, select the following option:

    Erase Primary Boot Hard Disk

    This option erases all partitions currently located on the primary hard drive, except for the diagnostic partition. The diagnostic partition, if it is present, remains untouched.

Setting the BIOS for the OpenSolaris OS

SATA must be configured as AHCI in the BIOS. If the BIOS has not been changed (still at factory defaults), it is already set correctly and you can skip this section. To verify the SATA configuration setting in the BIOS, do the following:

ProcedureTo Set the BIOS for the OpenSolaris OS

  1. Power on the workstation.

  2. Press the F2 key at the Sun logo screen to enter the BIOS Setup menu.

  3. Go to Advanced > Integrated Devices.

  4. If necessary, change the Configured SATA As option to AHCI.

  5. Press the F10 key to save your changes and exit the BIOS.

Setting the LSI RAID Configuration

If your workstation has multiple disks, you can use this procedure to set up a mirrored RAID volume. The process of RAID creation for the LSI controller included in your workstation is fully described in the Sun LSI 106x RAID User's Guide (820–4933).

ProcedureTo Set the LSI RAID Configuration

  1. Power on the workstation.

  2. During the BIOS portion of the boot, press Ctrl-C when prompted to open the LSI configuration tool.

  3. Select the SAS controller you want and press Enter.

    The adapter properties screen appears.

  4. Select RAID properties and press Enter.

    The RAID properties screen appears.

  5. Select the type of RAID volume you wish to create.

    The Create New Array screen appears.

  6. Select the disks you would like to include in the RAID volume.

    Caution – Caution –

    Do not mix SAS and SATA disks within a RAID volume.

  7. Add global hot spares, as needed.

  8. When the volume has been fully configured, press C.

  9. After the array is configured, save changes and exit.

    Note –

    After you create IM and IME RAID arrays, the system may perform an automatic reboot to enable the write cache feature.

Installing OpenSolaris

You have two options for installing OpenSolaris on your workstation:

After completing one of the above installation options, proceed to Post OpenSolaris Installation Tasks.

Post OpenSolaris Installation Tasks

After completing the OpenSolaris installation and rebooting the Operating System, review the following post installation tasks and, if necessary, perform the tasks that are applicable to your system.

Installing Device Drivers to Support Additional Hardware

The Device Driver Utility enables you to connect to the Image Packaging System (IPS) and use it to search for device drivers for hardware in your system that might not have a driver installed.

To start the Device Driver Utility, choose Applications > System Tools > Device Driver Utility.

For more about device drivers and using the Device Driver Utility, refer to:

Installing Updates

After installing the OpenSolaris 2009.06 operating system, you may find that some of the software applications that you use on a regular basis are not immediately available to you. You may also want to check for the latest updates and fixes available after the operating system was released. You can install software applications or package updates from a package repository, by using either the Package Manager GUI client that is used by IPS or the IPS command-line interface (CLI).

Directions for accessing and installing updates can be found at: