The first task in the Web Start Flash installation process is to install a system, the master system, with the configuration that you want each of the clone systems to have. You can use any of the Solaris installation methods to install a subset or a complete installation of the Solaris operating environment on the master system. After you complete the installation, you can add or remove software or modify any configuration files.
The master system and the clone systems must have the same kernel architectures. For example, you can use a Web Start Flash archive that was created from a master system that has a sun4u architecture only to install other systems with a sun4u architecture.
You must install the master system with the exact configuration that you want on each of the systems that you are installing with the Web Start Flash archive that was created from this master system. The decisions you make when you design the installation of the master system depend on the following:
The software you want to install on the clone systems
Peripheral devices that are connected to the master system and the clone systems
The architecture of the master system and the clone systems
After you install the Solaris operating environment on the master system by using any of the Solaris installation methods, you can add or delete software and modify system configuration information as necessary.
Delete software. You can remove software that you determine is not necessary to install on the clone systems. To see a list of software that is installed on the master system, use the Product Registry. For detailed instructions, refer to System Administration Guide: Basic Administration.
Add software. You can install software that is included in the Solaris release and software that is not delivered as part of the Solaris operating environment. All of the software that you install on the master system is included in the Web Start Flash archive and is installed on the clone systems.
Modify configuration files. You can alter configuration files on the master system. For example, you can modify the /etc/inet/inetd.conf file to restrict the daemons that the system runs. All of the modifications that you make are saved as part of the Web Start Flash archive and are installed on the clone systems.
After you install the Web Start Flash archive on a clone system, some host-specific files are deleted and re-created for the clone machine. The installation program uses the sys-unconfig(1M) command and the sysidtool(1M) programs to delete and re-create the host-specific network configuration files. The files that are re-created include such files as /etc/hosts, /etc/defaultrouter, and /etc/defaultdomain.
You might be installing a master system that has different peripheral devices than the clone systems. If you install the master system with the Core, End User, Developer, or Entire Software Group, the master system supports only the peripheral devices that are attached to the master system at the time of installation.
For example, if you install the Entire Software Group on a master system that has a cg6 frame buffer, the installation contains support for only the cg6 frame buffer. Consequently, you can only install the archive that you create from this system on clone systems that have either the cg6 frame buffer or no frame buffers. If you use the archive to install a clone system with an Elite 3D frame buffer, the Elite 3D will be unusable because the required drivers will not be installed.
You might have clone systems that have peripheral devices that the master system does not have. You can install support for these peripheral devices on the master system even though the master system does not have the devices. The Web Start Flash archive you create from this master system contains support for the peripheral devices on the clone systems.
If you plan to install clone systems that have different peripherals from the master system, you can install support for those peripherals on the master system in one of the following ways.
Install the Entire Plus OEM Software Group - The Entire Plus OEM Software Group is the largest Software Group available and contains every package found in the Solaris operating environment. If you install the Entire Plus OEM Software group on the master system, the master system includes all of the drivers that are included with the Solaris release. A Web Start Flash archive that is created from a master system that you install with the Entire Plus OEM Software Group works on any clone system that has peripheral devices supported by the installed release of the Solaris operating environment.
Installing master systems with the Entire Plus OEM Software Group guarantees compatibility with other peripheral configurations. However, the Entire Plus OEM Software Group requires over 1 Gbyte of disk space. The clone systems might not have the space that is required to install the Entire Plus OEM Software Group.
Install selected packages - When you install the master system, you can install only the packages that you need for the master system and the clone systems. By selecting specific packages, you can install only support for the peripherals that you know exist on the master system or clone systems.