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:
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:
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.
Recommended size is at least 9 Gbytes. A minimum of 3.2 Gbytes is required.
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:
The following procedures describe how to prepare your workstation for OpenSolaris installation.
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.
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.
To erase all partitions on primary boot hard drive except the diagnostic partition:
Back up any data on the workstation's boot hard disk that you want to save.
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.
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.
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:
Power on the workstation.
Press the F2 key at the Sun logo screen to enter the BIOS Setup menu.
Go to Advanced > Integrated Devices.
If necessary, change the Configured SATA As option to AHCI.
Press the F10 key to save your changes and exit the BIOS.
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).
Power on the workstation.
During the BIOS portion of the boot, press Ctrl-C when prompted to open the LSI configuration tool.
Select the SAS controller you want and press Enter.
The adapter properties screen appears.
Select RAID properties and press Enter.
The RAID properties screen appears.
Select the type of RAID volume you wish to create.
The Create New Array screen appears.
Select the disks you would like to include in the RAID volume.
Do not mix SAS and SATA disks within a RAID volume.
Add global hot spares, as needed.
When the volume has been fully configured, press C.
After the array is configured, save changes and exit.
After you create IM and IME RAID arrays, the system may perform an automatic reboot to enable the write cache feature.
You have two options for installing OpenSolaris on your workstation:
Install OpenSolaris locally (at the workstation) using the LiveCD.
To install OpenSolaris from the LiveCD, refer to the Getting Started with OpenSolaris 2009.06 guide on the web: http://dlc.sun.com/osol/docs/content/2009.06/getstart/
If you want to install the OpenSolaris operating system (OS) on multiple client systems on a network, you can use the automated installer (AI) to accomplish that task. The automated installer performs essentially “hands-free” network installations of the OpenSolaris OS. For information on using the automated installer, refer to the OpenSolaris Automated Installer Guide on the web at: http://dlc.sun.com/osol/docs/content/2009.06/AIinstall/index.html
After completing one of the above installation options, proceed to 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.
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:
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: