Solaris 9 Installation Guide

To Create a JumpStart Directory on a Server

Note –

This procedure assumes that the system is running Volume Manager. If you are not using Volume Manager to manage discs, refer to System Administration Guide: Basic Administration for detailed information about managing removable media without Volume Manager.

  1. Log in as superuser on the server on which you want to create the JumpStart directory.

  2. Create the JumpStart directory anywhere on the server.

    # mkdir -m 755 jumpstart_dir_path

    In the command, jumpstart_dir_path is the absolute path of the JumpStart directory.

    For example, the following command creates a directory that is called jumpstart in the root (/) directory and sets the permissions to 755:

    # mkdir -m 755 /jumpstart
  3. Edit the /etc/dfs/dfstab file by adding the following entry.

    share -F nfs -o ro,anon=0 jumpstart_dir_path

    For example, the following entry shares the /jumpstart directory:

    share -F nfs -o ro,anon=0 /jumpstart
  4. Type shareall and press Enter.

  5. Determine if you want to copy examples of custom JumpStart files to your JumpStart directory.

    • If no, go to Step 8.

    • If yes, use the following decision table to determine what to do next.

    Example Locations 


    The Solaris 9 DVD or the Solaris 9 Software 1 of 2 CD for your platform 

    Insert the Solaris 9 DVD or the Solaris 9 Software 1 of 2 CD into the server's CD-ROM drive. 

    Volume Manager automatically mounts the CD. 

    An image of the Solaris 9 DVD or the Solaris 9 Software 1 of 2 CD for your platform on a local disk

    Change directory to the location of the Solaris 9 DVD or the Solaris 9 Software 1 of 2 image. For example, type the following command: 

    cd /export/install

  6. Copy the example custom JumpStart files into the JumpStart directory on the profile server.

    # cp -r media_path/Solaris_9/Misc/jumpstart_sample/* jumpstart_dir_path


    The path to the CD, DVD, or image on the local disk 


    The path on the profile server where you are placing the example custom JumpStart files 

    For example, the following command copies the jumpstart_sample directory into the /jumpstart directory on the profile server:

    • For SPARC systems:

      cp -r /cdrom/cdrom0/s0/Solaris_9/Misc/jumpstart_sample/* /jumpstart
    • For x86 systems:

      cp -r /cdrom/cdrom0/s2/Solaris_9/Misc/jumpstart_sample/* /jumpstart
  7. Update the example JumpStart files so that the files work in your environment.

  8. Ensure that root owns the JumpStart directory and that the permissions are set to 755.

  9. Allow systems on the network to access the profile server.

    For detailed instructions, see To Allow All Systems Access to the Profile Server.