The installation server contains the installation image needed to install systems from the network. You must create an installation server to install the Solaris software on a system from the network. You do not always need to set up a boot server. Refer to the following guidelines to determine whether you need to set up a separate boot server.
If you are using DHCP to set installation parameters, or if your installation server and client are on the same subnet, you do not need a boot server. See Chapter 16, Configuring and Administering the DHCP Client, in System Administration Guide: IP Services.
If your installation server and your client are not on the same subnet and you are not using DHCP, you must create separate boot servers for each subnet. You could create an installation server for each subnet. However, installation servers require more disk space.
This procedure assumes that the system is running Solaris Volume Manager. If you are not using Solaris Volume Manager to manage media, refer to System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems for detailed information about managing removable media without Solaris Volume Manager.
On the system that is to become the installation server, become superuser or assume an equivalent role.
Roles contain authorizations and privileged commands. For more information about roles, see Configuring RBAC (Task Map) in System Administration Guide: Security Services.
The system must include a DVD-ROM drive and be part of the site's network and name service. If you do not use a name service, you must distribute information about this system by following your site's policies.
Insert the Solaris Software DVD into the system's drive.
Create a directory to contain the boot image.
# mkdir -p install-dir-path
install-dir-path – Specifies the directory where the DVD image is to be copied.
Change to the Tools directory on the mounted disc.
# cd /cdrom/cdrom0/Solaris_10/Tools
where cdrom0 is the path to the drive that contains the Solaris OS DVD media.
Copy the disc in the drive to the installation server's disk.
# ./setup_install_server install-dir-path
install-dir-path – Specifies the directory where the DVD image is to be copied,
The setup_install_server command indicates whether you have enough disk space available for the Solaris software disc image. To determine available disk space, use the df -kl command.
Decide if you need to make the installation server available for mounting.
If the installation server is on the same subnet as the system to be installed or you are using DHCP, you do not need to create a boot server. Proceed to Step 7.
If the installation server is not on the same subnet as the system to be installed and you are not using DHCP, complete the following steps:
Verify that the path to the installation server's image is shared appropriately.
# share | grep install-dir-path
install-dir-path – Specifies the installation image where the DVD image was copied.
Make the installation server available to the boot server by adding this entry to the /etc/dfs/dfstab file.
share -F nfs -o ro,anon=0 -d "install server directory" install-dir-path
Verify that the nfsd daemon is running.
Share the installation server.
Change to the root (/) directory.
# cd /
If the installation server is not on the same subnet as the system to be installed or you are not using DHCP, you need to create a boot server. For more information, see To Create a Boot Server on a Subnet With a DVD Image in Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations.
If you are using DHCP or the installation server is on the same subnet as the system to be installed, you do not need to create a boot server.
After you set up the installation server, you must add the client as an installation client. For information about installing client systems over the network, see How to Add Systems to Be Installed From the Network With add_install_client.
For additional information about the setup_install_server and the add_to_install_server commands, see the install_scripts(1M) man page.