If you are running Solaris 2.5, Solaris 2.5.1, Solaris 2.6, or Solaris 7 on an x86 machine using Solstice DiskSuite 4.0 or 4.1, use the following procedure to upgrade to Solaris 8 and DiskSuite 4.2.1.
Run the metacvt(1M) command included with the DiskSuite 4.2.1 software distribution. The metacvt command is located in the /tools subdirectory on the CD. Make sure you save the S94SUNmd.cvt output.
Refer to the metacvt man page for detailed instruction on how to use this command and a list of actions the command performs.
The metacvt command generates a script called S94SUNWmd.cvt. Make sure you save this script in a location that will not be overwritten during the software upgrade.
Reboot the system and upgrade the operating system to the new version.
If a mirrored system partition must be resized to accommodate the new system files, resize each submirror that mirrors the partition to match the partition's new size.
Do not perform an initial installation. An initial installation will reformat the system disks and destroy the data on them. It may also change the disk device bindings and invalidate the metadevice configuration saved in the S94SUNmd.cvt output.
Make sure you upgrade the correct slice. On machines with mirrored root file systems, the Solaris installation software displays all slices used in the root mirror as available for upgrade. Choose the slice that the system boots from. The section, "How to Find the System Boot Slice When Upgrading the Solaris Operating System", explains how to locate the boot slice.
Remove all the old Solstice DiskSuite packages that may reside on the system.
Install the Solstice DiskSuite 4.2.1 software using the instructions in the "Initial Installation of Solstice DiskSuite".
Run the S94SUNmd.cvt script.
Refer to the S94SUNmd.cvt(1M) man page for additional information on the script.
Reboot the system.