When you install from the Solaris 8 Installation CD, the SolarisTM Web Start installation program might prompt you to use an existing swap slice to hold the installation software. However, the installation program does not indicate whether the existing swap slice starts at cylinder 0 or not. If you choose to use this slice and it does not begin at cylinder 0, installation might not be possible on some disk configurations.
Workaround: If you intend to perform an initial install, follow these steps.
This will prevent any file system preservations on the disk.
During setup, answer No to all questions that prompt you to use an existing swap slice.
If prompted, select None from the list of alternatives, then answer No when you are prompted to re-select a slice to hold the Solaris installation software.
Select a disk to re-partition when you are prompted by the installer.
Choose a size when you are prompted to provide a size for the swap slice.
When the installer asks if the swap slice can start at the beginning of the disk, answer Yes.
Complete the installation.
For more information on re-partitioning disks or choosing a size for the swap slice, see the Solaris 8 Advanced Installation Guide.
When you install from the Solaris 8 Installation CD and you choose a swap slice that is not on the default boot disk, the Default Install selection might be disabled. This problem can occur even when the swap slice starts at cylinder 0 and the default boot disk contains sufficient space for a Default Install. The following error message is displayed.
Note:Default install is not possible.The file system requires manual layout.
If you are performing an initial install, choose the default boot disk as the location for the swap slice.
Perform a Custom Install if your swap slice is not located on the default boot disk.
A network gateway is used to communicate with other networks. A gateway system contains multiple network interface adapters and each adapter connects with a different network.
If you use the Solaris 8 Installation CD to install the Solaris 8 2/04 operating environment on a gateway system, Solaris Web Start 3.0 uses the primary interface to gather system information. You cannot instruct Solaris Web Start 3.0 to use an alternate network interface to gather information for system identification.
Workaround: To specify another interface for gathering system information, choose one of the following workarounds.
Create a sysidcfg file that specifies the network interface to use during system identification. See “Guidelines for Preconfiguring With the sysidcfg File” in Solaris 8 Advanced Installation Guide and the man page sysidcfg(4) for information on how to create and modify a sysidcfg file.
Use the Solaris 8 Software 1 of 2 CD to launch an Interactive Installation of the Solaris 8 2/04 operating environment. Specify that the system is networked, and then select the alternate network interface to use for system identification from the list that is provided.