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Product Information Web Site

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About This Documentation (PDF and HTML)

Contributors

Change History

Hardware Installation and Product Notes

Hardware Installation

Installation Overview

Front and Back Features and Components

Unpacking the Server and Identifying the Rack Mounting Hardware

Installing the Server In the Rack Using the Standard Rack Mounting Kit

Installing the Server In the Rack Using the Universal Rack Mounting Kit

Removing the Server From the Rack

Cabling and Power

Getting Service for Your Server

Managing Your Server

Setting Up the Preinstalled Solaris Operating System

Communicating With the ILOM and the System Console

I/O and Interrupt Resource Allocation

Sun Fire X4800 Server Specifications

Product Notes

Overview of the Sun Fire X4800 Server Product Notes

Supported Software and Firmware

Hardware Issues

Oracle Solaris 10 Operating System Issues

Linux Issues

Oracle VM Issues

Windows Operating System Issues

ESX Issues

Oracle ILOM Issues

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant Issues

BIOS Issues

Operating System Installation

Oracle Solaris Operating System

Introduction to Oracle Solaris OS Installation

Preliminary Tasks Before Installing An OS

Creating a Virtual Disk

Solaris OS Installation Tasks

Linux

Introduction to Linux Installation

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant

Preliminary Tasks Before Installing An OS

Selecting a Media Delivery Method

Installing Oracle Linux

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Configuring a Linux Server to Support PXE Installation

Identifying Logical and Physical Network Interface Names for Linux OS Configuration

Windows

Introduction to Windows Installation

Windows Installation Task Overview

Getting Started With the Windows Server 2008 Installation

Selecting a Media Delivery Method

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant

Downloading Server Software

Configuring a Remote Console

Creating a Virtual Disk

Installing Windows Server 2008

Updating Critical Drivers and Installing Supplemental Software

Incorporating Device Drivers into WIM Images for WDS

Identifying Network Interfaces in Windows

Oracle VM

Introduction to Oracle VM Installation

Preliminary Tasks Before Installing an OS

How to Erase Your Boot Hard Disk

How to Create a Virtual Disk

How to Set the Boot Drive

Installing Oracle VM

System Requirements

How to Obtain Oracle VM Software

How to Install Oracle VM Server

How to Install Oracle VM Manager

Creating and Managing VM Resources

ESX

Installing VMware ESX 4

Installing VMware ESXi 4.0 Installable

Booting From OS Distribution Media

Administration, Diagnostics, and Service

ILOM Supplement

Overview of the ILOM Supplement

Introduction to Oracle ILOM Software

How to Access the Console

Updating Firmware

Indicators, Sensors, and Traps

Diagnostics Guide

Overview of the Diagnostics Guide

Introduction to System Diagnostics

Troubleshooting the Server

Troubleshooting DIMM Problems

BIOS POST

Using the ILOM to Monitor the Host

Creating a Data Collector Snapshot

Using SunVTS Diagnostics Software

Performing Pc-Check Diagnostic Tests

Service Manual

Sun Fire X4800 Server Service Manual Overview

Server and Component Overview

Power and Reset

Removing and Installing Components

Sun Fire X4800 Server Service Procedures, and Information

Sun Fire X4800 Server Specifications

Index

How to Erase Your Boot Hard Disk

Your server might have the Solaris OS preinstalled on the hard drive. If so, you must erase it before installing Linux.

Before You Begin

Obtain a copy of the Tools and Drivers CD before starting this procedure.


Caution

Caution - This procedure erases all data from the hard drive. Back up any data you wish to save before starting this procedure.


  1. Back up any data on the hard drive that you want to save.
  2. Insert the Tools and Drivers CD into the server's CD/DVD drive.

    If your server does not have a CD/DVD drive, use the remote console (JavaRConsole). See How to Connect Remotely Using the ILOM Web Interface in Sun Fire X4800 Server Installation Guide.

  3. Boot the system from the Tools and Drivers CD.

    The tools and drivers main menu appears.

  4. Select Erase Primary Boot Hard Disk from the main menu.

    This erases all partitions currently on the primary hard drive except for the diagnostic partition. If the diagnostic partition is present, it is not erased.

Next Steps