This chapter provides an introduction on how to set up your network and systems to install the Solaris software from the network instead of from DVD or CD media.
This section provides you with information you need before you can perform an installation from the network. Network installations enable you to install the Solaris software from a system, called an install server, that has access to the Solaris 9 disc images. You copy the contents of the Solaris 9 DVD or CD media to the install server's hard disk. Then, you can install the Solaris software from the network by using any of the Solaris installation methods.
Install server – A networked system that contains the Solaris 9 disc images from which you can install Solaris 9 software on other systems on the network. You create an install server by copying the images from the following media:
Solaris 9 DVD
Solaris 9 Software 1 of 2 CD and Solaris 9 Software 2 of 2 CD
After you copy the image from the Solaris 9 Software 1 of 2 and Solaris 9 Software 2 of 2 CDs, you can also copy the images from the Solaris 9 Installation CD and the Solaris 9 Languages CD as necessary for your installation requirements.
You can enable a single install server to provide disc images for different Solaris releases and for multiple platforms by copying the images on to the install server's hard disk. For example, a single install server could contain the disc images for the SPARC platform and x86 platform.
For details about how to create an install server, refer to one of the following sections.
Boot server – A server system that provides client systems on the same network subnet with the information that they need to boot in order to install the operating environment. A boot server and install server are typically the same system. However, if the system on which the Solaris 9 software is to be installed is located in a different subnet than the install server and you are not using DHCP, a boot server is required on that subnet.
A single boot server can provide Solaris 9 boot software for multiple releases, including the Solaris 9 boot software for different platforms. For example, a SPARC boot server can provide the Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 boot software for SPARC based systems. The same SPARC boot server can also provide the Solaris 9 boot software for x86 based systems.
When using DHCP, you do not need to create a separate boot server. For more information, see Using DHCP to Provide Network Installation Parameters.
For details about how to create a boot server, refer to one of the following sections:
(Optional) Name server – A system that manages a distributed network database, such as DNS, NIS, NIS+, or LDAP, that contains information about systems on the network.
For details about how to create a name server, refer to System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (DNS, NIS, and LDAP).
The install server and name server can be the same or different systems.
Figure 10–1 illustrates the servers that are typically used for network installation.
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) provides the network parameters that are necessary for installation. When using DHCP, you do not need to create a separate boot server. After you have created the install server, you add clients to the network with the add_install_client command and the -d option. The -d option enables you to set up client systems for Solaris installation from the network by using DHCP.
For information on DHCP options for installation parameters, see “Supporting Solaris Network Installation with the DHCP Service (Task Map)” in System Administration Guide: IP Services.