Sun Cluster Software Installation Guide for Solaris OS


The Sun Cluster Software Installation Guide for Solaris OS contains guidelines for planning a SunTM Cluster configuration, and provides procedures for installing, configuring, and upgrading the Sun Cluster software on both SPARC® based systems and x86 based systems. This book also provides a detailed example of how to use Sun StorEdgeTM Availability Suite 3.1 software to configure data replication between clusters.

Note –

In this document, the term x86 refers to the Intel 32-bit family of microprocessor chips and compatible microprocessor chips made by AMD.

This document is intended for experienced system administrators with extensive knowledge of Sun software and hardware. Do not use this document as a presales guide. You should have already determined your system requirements and purchased the appropriate equipment and software before reading this document.

The instructions in this book assume knowledge of the SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS) and expertise with the volume-manager software that is used with Sun Cluster software.

Note –

Sun Cluster software runs on two platforms, SPARC and x86. The information in this document pertains to both platforms unless otherwise specified in a special chapter, section, note, bulleted item, figure, table, or example.

Using UNIX Commands

This document contains information about commands that are used to install, configure, or upgrade a Sun Cluster configuration. This document might not contain complete information on basic UNIX® commands and procedures such as shutting down the system, booting the system, and configuring devices.

See one or more of the following sources for this information.

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes that are used in this book.

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol 




 The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


 What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output

machine_name% su



 Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

These are called class options.

Do not save the file.

(Emphasis sometimes appears in bold online.) 

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P–2 Shell Prompts



 C shell promptmachine_name%
 C shell superuser promptmachine_name#
 Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt$
 Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt#

Related Documentation

Information about related Sun Cluster topics is available in the documentation that is listed in the following table. All Sun Cluster documentation is available at




Sun Cluster Overview for Solaris OS


Sun Cluster Concepts Guide for Solaris OS

Hardware installation and administration 

Sun Cluster 3.x Hardware Administration Manual for Solaris OS

Individual hardware administration guides 

Software installation 

Sun Cluster Software Installation Guide for Solaris OS

Data service installation and administration 

Sun Cluster Data Services Planning and Administration Guide for Solaris OS

Individual data service guides 

Data service development 

Sun Cluster Data Services Developer’s Guide for Solaris OS

System administration 

Sun Cluster System Administration Guide for Solaris OS

Error messages 

Sun Cluster Error Messages Guide for Solaris OS

Command and function references 

Sun Cluster Reference Manual for Solaris OS

For a complete list of Sun Cluster documentation, see the release notes for your release of Sun Cluster software at

Accessing Sun Documentation Online

The docs.sun.comSM Web site enables you to access Sun technical documentation online. You can browse the archive or search for a specific book title or subject. The URL is

Ordering Sun Documentation

Sun Microsystems offers select product documentation in print. For a list of documents and how to order them, see “Buy printed documentation” at

Getting Help

If you have problems installing or using Sun Cluster, contact your service provider and supply the following information.

Use the following commands to gather information on your system for your service provider.



prtconf -v

Displays the size of the system memory and reports information about peripheral devices 

psrinfo -v

Displays information about processors 

showrev -p

Reports which patches are installed 

SPARC: prtdiag -v

Displays system diagnostic information 

/usr/cluster/bin/scinstall -pv

Displays Sun Cluster release and package version information 

Also have available the contents of the /var/adm/messages file.