Before you begin to install software, make the following preparations.
Read the following manuals for information that can help you plan your cluster configuration and prepare your installation strategy.
Sun Cluster Release Notes for Solaris OS – Restrictions, bug workarounds, and other late-breaking information.
Sun Cluster 3.x Release Notes Supplement – Post-release documentation about additional restrictions, bug workarounds, new features, and other late-breaking information. This document is regularly updated and published online at the following Web site.
Sun Cluster Software Installation Guide for Solaris OS (this manual) – Planning guidelines and procedures for installing and configuring Solaris, Sun Cluster, and volume-manager software.
Sun Cluster Data Service Planning and Administration Guide for Solaris OS – Planning guidelines and procedures to install and configure data services.
Documentation for all third-party software products.
Have available all related documentation, including third-party documents.
The following is a partial list of products whose documentation you might need to reference during cluster installation:
Solstice DiskSuite or Solaris Volume Manager software
Sun StorEdge QFS software
SPARC: VERITAS Volume Manager
SPARC: Sun Management Center
Plan your cluster configuration.
Plan your cluster installation completely. Identify requirements for all data services and third-party products before you begin Solaris and Sun Cluster software installation. Failure to do so might result in installation errors that require that you completely reinstall the Solaris and Sun Cluster software.
For example, the Oracle Real Application Clusters Guard option of Oracle Real Application Clusters has special requirements for the hostnames that you use in the cluster. Another example with special requirements is Sun Cluster HA for SAP. You must accommodate these requirements before you install Sun Cluster software because you cannot change hostnames after you install Sun Cluster software.
Also note that both Oracle Real Application Clusters and Sun Cluster HA for SAP are not supported for use in x86 based clusters.
Use the planning guidelines in Chapter 1, Planning the Sun Cluster Configuration and in the Sun Cluster Data Service Planning and Administration Guide for Solaris OS to determine how to install and configure your cluster.
Fill out the cluster framework and data-services configuration worksheets that are referenced in the planning guidelines. Use your completed worksheets for reference during the installation and configuration tasks.
Get all necessary patches for your cluster configuration.
See “Patches and Required Firmware Levels” in Sun Cluster 3.1 Release Notes for the location of patches and installation instructions.
Copy the patches that are required for Sun Cluster into a single directory.
The directory must be on a file system that is accessible by all nodes. The default patch directory is /var/cluster/patches/.
(Optional) If you are not using SunPlex Installer, you can create a patch list file.
If you specify a patch list file, SunPlex Installer only installs the patches that are listed in the patch list file. For information about creating a patch-list file, refer to the patchadd(1M) man page.
Record the path to the patch directory.
(Optional) Use Cluster Control Panel software to connect from an administrative console to your cluster nodes.
Choose the Solaris installation procedure to use.
If you intend to install Sun Cluster software by using either the scinstall(1M) utility (text-based method) or SunPlex Installer (GUI-based method), go to How to Install Solaris Software to first install Solaris software.
If you intend to install Solaris and Sun Cluster software in the same operation (JumpStart based method), go to How to Install Solaris and Sun Cluster Software (JumpStart).