Solaris 9 Installation Guide

SPARC: To Perform an Installation or Upgrade With the Custom JumpStart Program

  1. If the system is part of a network, ensure that an Ethernet connector or similar network adapter is attached to your system.

  2. If you are installing a system that is connected through a tip(1) line, ensure that your window display is at least 80 columns wide and 24 rows long.

    To determine the current dimensions of your tip window, use the stty(1) command.

  3. If you are using the system's DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive to install the Solaris 9 software, insert the Solaris 9 SPARC Platform Edition DVD or the Solaris 9 Software 1 of 2 SPARC Platform Edition CD in the drive.

  4. If you are using a profile diskette, insert the profile diskette in the system's diskette drive.

  5. Boot the system.

    • If the system is new, out–of–the–box, turn on the system.

    • If you want to install or upgrade an existing system, shut down the system. At the ok prompt, type the following command:

      ok boot cdrom:net - install [[url:ask]] [[dhcp]] [[nowin]]


    Specifies to boot from a CD or a DVD. 

    For a system with an older EEPROM, replace cdrom with sd(0,6,2) to boot from the system's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.


    Specifies to boot from an install server on the network. 


    Specifies the location of the custom JumpStart files. You can specify a URL for files that are located in the following places: 

    • Local hard disk

    • NFS server

    • HTTP server


    If you placed a sysidcfg file in the compressed configuration file, you must specify the IP address of the server that contains the file, as in the following example:

    If you saved the compressed configuration file on an HTTP server that is behind a firewall, you must use a proxy specifier during boot. You do not need to specify an IP address for the server that contains the file. You must specify an IP address for the proxy server, as in the following example:


    Specifies that the installation program prompt you to type the location of the compressed configuration file after the system boots and connects to the network. 

    If you bypass the prompt by pressing Return, the installation program interactively configures the network parameters. The installation program then prompts you for the location of the compressed configuration file. If you bypass the prompt by pressing Return, the Solaris suninstall program begins.


    Specifies to use a DHCP server to obtain network installation information that is needed to boot the system. 

    If you do not specify to use a DHCP server, the system uses the /etc/bootparams file or the name service bootparams database.


    Specifies not to begin the X program. You do not need to use the X program to perform a custom JumpStart installation, so you can reduce the installation time by using the nowin option.

    Note –

    SPARC: The system checks hardware and system components and your SPARC system boots. Booting lasts several minutes.

  6. If you did not preconfigure system information in the sysidcfg file, when prompted, answer the questions about system configuration.

  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the software.

    When the JumpStart program finishes installing the Solaris software, the system reboots automatically.

    After the installation is finished, installation logs are saved in a file. You can find the installation logs in the following directories:

    • /var/sadm/system/logs

    • /var/sadm/install/logs