This appendix describes changes to this book for Solaris 9 update releases.
Minor changes were made to fix a bug.
The following list describes new features and changes to this book for the Solaris 9 12/02 release.
When using the Solaris Flash installation feature, several new procedures and examples have been added.
The flar create command is used to create a Solaris Flash archive. The command has been updated with new options that increase your flexibility to define archive contents when creating an archive. You now can exclude more than one file or directory. From an excluded directory, you can restore a subdirectory or file. This feature is useful when you want to exclude large data files that you do not want cloned. For information on how to use these options, see Customizing an Archive's Files and Directories.
New procedures for splitting, merging, or extracting information about the archive have been added. For information on these procedures, see Administering Solaris Flash Archives.
The Solaris installation programs now support LDAP Version 2 profiles, which enable you to configure your system to use a proxy credential level. During the Solaris Web Start or Solaris suninstall program installation programs, you can specify the LDAP proxy bind distinguished name and proxy bind password. With any installation method, you can preconfigure LDAP before installation by using the proxy_dn and proxy_password keywords in the sysidcfg file. For information on preconfiguring these profiles, see Preconfiguring With the sysidcfg File.
When using Solaris Live Upgrade, new procedures and examples have been added, which are the following:
Creating a profile
Testing the profile
Using the profile to upgrade or install a Solaris Flash archive
For more information, see Chapter 33, Upgrading With Solaris Live Upgrade (Tasks).
This book now contains procedures and descriptions that relate to x86 based systems.
Minor changes were made to fix bugs.
The following list describes new features and changes to this book for the Solaris 9 4/03 release.
The Solaris Flash installation feature provides new enhancements for this Solaris release.
A Solaris Flash installation can now update a clone system with minor changes. If you have a clone system and want to update it with minor changes, you can create a differential archive that contains only the differences between two images, the original master image and an updated master image. When you update a clone system with a differential archive, only the files specified in the differential archive are changed. The installation is restricted to clone systems that contain software consistent with the original master image. You use the custom JumpStart installation method to install an differential archive on a clone system.
Special scripts can now be run for configuration of the master or clone or run to validate the archive. These scripts enable you to do the following tasks.
Configure applications on clone systems. You can use a custom JumpStart script for some uncomplicated configurations. For more complicated configurations, special configuration file processing might be necessary on the master system or before or after installation on the clone system. Also, local preinstallation and postinstallation scripts can reside on the clone and protect local customizations from being overwritten by the Solaris Flash software.
Identify non-clonable, host-dependent data that enables you to make the flash archive host independent. Host independence is enabled by modifying such data or excluding it from the archive. An example of host-dependent data is a log file.
Validate software integrity in the archive during creation
Validate the installation on the clone system
In the Solaris 9 4/03 operating environment, the Solaris Web Start and suninstall installation programs use a new default boot-disk partition layout to accommodate the Service partition on x86–based systems. If your system currently includes a Service partition, the new default boot-disk partition layout enables you to preserve this partition.
For more information, see x86: Change in Default Boot-Disk Partition Layout.
Minor changes were made to fix bugs.